There is nothing more exciting than taking sheets of metal and different components such as magnets and assembling them into a working machine. The whole process leading up to the point where the customer presses a button that starts up the machine is magical. If more young people saw and experienced this process, then it likely that there would be a rush of youngsters wanting to be involved in the manufacturing industry.
At the Bunting European headquarters in Berkhamsted, UK there is an extensive manufacturing facility equipped with a range of technology to design and manufacture magnets, magnetic assemblies and magnetic separators. The Laser Cutter is one item of equipment in the process that has had a dramatic effect on productivity and quality.
Originating in 1965, laser cutting is a technology that uses a laser to cut materials and is used in a wide range of industrial manufacturing applications. Laser cutting works by directing the output of a high-power laser most commonly through optics. The laser optics and CNC (computer numerical control) are used to direct the laser beam down onto a programmed location on a flat sheet of steel or stainless steel. The focused laser beam is directed at the material, which then burns through the metal leaving an edge with a high-quality surface finish.
At Bunting this results in:
- Accurately repeatable sized cuts;
- High speed production;
- Using as much of the steel or stainless steel sheet as possible;
- Safe manufacturing;
Additional photographs of the Laser Cutter in action can be seen on the Bunting Europe Flickr gallery (all photographs have been taken by Paul Fears Photography).
Bunting continues to review the manufacturing process and invest in technology to increase efficiency, productivity and quality. Further information on the Bunting Magnetics Europe operation is available on their website or they can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org.