http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 14.19Change: 0.18
R/$ = 11.55Change: 0.10
Au 1200.27 $/ozChange: 5.81
Pt 1203.50 $/ozChange: 6.00
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Mar 02, 2012

Equipment acquisition to improve processing speed

Back
Africa|Components|Copper|Fabrinox|Projects|Stainless Steel|System|Trumpf|Africa|Europe|Germany|South Africa|Energy|Energy Consumption|Energy Efficiency|Equipment|Head Technology|Higher Processing Speed|Laser Technology|Laser-cutting Equipment|Less Energy|Manufacturing|Manufacturing Technology|Mild Steel|Products|Service|Services|Sheet-metal Components|Steel|Subassemblies Manufacturer|Thin Stainless Steel|Andre Visser|Power|Operations|Cutting Head Technology|Laser|Laser Technology
Africa|Components|Copper|Projects|Stainless Steel|System||Africa|||Energy|Equipment|Manufacturing|Products|Service|Services|Steel||Power|Operations|
africa-company|components|copper|fabrinox|projects|stainless-steel-company|system|trumpf|africa|europe|germany|south-africa|energy|energy-consumption|energy-efficiency|equipment|head-technology|higher-processing-speed|laser-technology-industry-term|lasercutting-equipment|less-energy|manufacturing|manufacturing-technology|mild-steel|products|service|services|sheetmetal-components|steel|subassemblies-manufacturer|thin-stainless-steel|andre-visser|power|operations|cutting-head-technology|laser|laser-technology
© Reuse this



An investment in new laser-cutting equipment will enable sheet-metal components and subassemblies manufacturer Fabrinox to achieve a higher processing speed on thin metals.

The efficiency of the fibre-guided TruDisk 3001 is twice that of the current carbon dioxide beam source machines Fabrinox operates, and when the machine is in full production and all processes are optimised, the output will double the current capacity.

MD André Visser tells Engin-eering News that the company expects to take delivery of a TruLaser 5040 Fiber L47 machine from manufacturing technology provider Trumpf in May this year.

“This machine is part of a bigger expansion programme worth R14-million and will be the second machine to be commissioned this year. The balance of new equipment will follow in early 2013 and includes new processes to broaden the company’s service offering,” says Visser.

The TruLaser 5040 Fiber L47 machine, with a maximum laser power of 3 kW, is being imported from Germany. “This technology was only made available to the market in December 2011 and is very new,” he says.

He notes that a definite advantage of this machine is that it consumes less energy.

In addition to the energy efficiency of the laser’s fibre-guided TruDisk 3001, the machine features an efficient cooler, which adapts the cooling power as needed by means of four compressor stages, reducing energy consumption when lower cooling power is required.

The machine also has an automatic shutdown system that is activated or deactivated by a switch element. It automatically shuts down if a program end or job end is indicated for longer than five minutes, or if there is no axis motion for ten minutes.

Besides saving energy, the automatic shutdown also reduces wear and tear on the machine, says Visser.

The TruLaser 5040 is able to process a range of metals. “The laser cuts thin stainless steel and aluminium as well as nonferrous metals, such as copper and brass, reliably and [with great precision],” he says.

It can also easily cut mild steel up to 20 mm.

Visser notes that the machine’s single cutting head technology, automatic nozzle changer and focus setting are what make it unique.

“With the TruLaser 5040, different material thicknesses can be processed without having to change cutting heads, reducing nonproductive time.”

Further, as the cutting head does not need to be changed, contamination of any kind is prevented from infiltrating the beam delivery system, which has a positive impact on the process reliability of the machine, he states.

In addition, the machine’s automatic nozzle-changer option eliminates the need for operators to exchange nozzles, providing optimal support, especially during automated system operations.

Local Laser Industry
Visser comments that the use of laser technology has increased rapidly over the past ten years and has become standard in most industries. He adds that it is, therefore, no longer a company’s biggest competitive advantage.

Nevertheless, he notes that, despite challenging market con-ditions, the number of projects requiring the use of laser technology has increased over the past five years.

Currently,

Fabrinox is especially active in Africa, with the number of projects having “more than doubled over the past two years”, he says.

Visser believes that one of the reasons for this increase in projects is that companies in Africa are realising that they can rely on South African companies to provide them with the required products. “Also, we are in the same time zone, which simplifies trade between countries,” he explains.

Further, he points out that laser technology is becoming more user friendly.

In addition, Visser expects the automated loading and offloading of material onto laser machines to become more prevalent in future. “These automation technologies are mostly available in Europe at the moment but will be available in South Africa within a few years,” he says.

Meanwhile, Visser highlights rising electricity costs as being Fabrinox’s biggest challenge, adding that the energy efficient TruLaser 5040 will significantly benefit the company.

Further, the lack of skilled operators and programmers is proving to be another significant challenge.

For this reason, Fabrinox runs a training programme for its employees.

“We employ a certain number of young people, not older than 25, who are then given in-house training and sent to Europe to receive training from the machine suppliers,” he explains.

Fabrinox will, this year, focus on increasing its capacity as it diversifies into new markets and on training artisans and operators to provide customers with high-quality products and services.

Edited by: Chanel de Bruyn
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Metals News
Give its large mining potential, African economies are expected to play an increasingly important role in producing raw materials for the production of steel. The Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said it was expecting growth from  South Africa, in...
Growth in the steel industry worldwide has stabilised following substantial fluctuations during the recession, but a fair amount of uncertainty remains, particularly as a result of structural change in the Chinese economy, according to World Steel Association...
The government’s substantial infrastructure programme outlined in the National Development Plan is expected to drive demand for steel over the next decade, says Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Mzwandile Masina. He told over 250 delegates to the Organisation for...
More
 
 
Latest News
Lumwana, Zambia
Canada’s Barrick Gold Corp will suspend operations at its Lumwana copper mine, in Zambia’s Northwestern province, after the country enacted legislation that raised the royalty rate on openpit mining operations from 6% to 20%. TSX- and NYSE-listed Barrick, the world’s...
South African cement firm PPC on Wednesday named a mining industry veteran as chief executive, ending a three-month leadership vacuum that has hit its shares. PPC's former CE Ketso Gordhan abruptly resigned in September after clashing with the board. He then...
anzania's attorney general resigned late on Tuesday, becoming the first political casualty in an energy corruption scandal in the east African country that has led Western donors to delay aid and weakened the currency. The resignation followed a vote in parliament...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Liquid Fuels 2014 - A review of South Africa's Liquid Fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2014 Report examines these issues, focusing on the business environment, oil and gas exploration, the country’s feedstock supplies, the development of South Africa’s biofuels industry, fuel pricing, competition in the sector, the...
Water 2014: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2014 report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context, but also in the African and global context, and examines the issues of water and sanitation, water quality and the demand for water, among others.
Defence 2014: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Defence 2014 report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key participants in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial multibillion-rand...
Road and Rail 2014: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure (PDF report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2014 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and the push to move road...
Real Economy Year Book 2014 (PDF Report)
This edition drills down into the performance and outlook for a variety of sectors, including automotive, construction, electricity, transport, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum.
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, trade figures, production and the policies influencing the sector.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
South Africa remains an important manufacturing and export platform for Ford Motor Company, says executive chairperson Bill Ford. However, he adds that other countries on the continent are “becoming interesting”, and that the US carmaker is casting its net wider for...
TO BE PHASED INTO SERVICE The first MeerKAT dish, with another 63 to come
Germany’s Max-Planck-Society (MPG) and the Max-Planck-Institute for Radio Astronomy (MPlfR) are investing €11-million (about R150-million) into South Africa’s MeerKAT radio telescope array programme. The money will be used to design, build and install S-band radio...
Infrastructure spend in sub-Saharan Africa will grow from $70-billion in 2013 to $180-billion by 2025, says PwC capital projects and infrastructure Africa leader Jonathan Cawood. This is one of the findings of PwC’s Capital Projects & Infrastructure report on East...
Private-owned defence and aerospace manufacturer Paramount Group and the Ichikowitz Family Foundation unveiled its Anti-Poaching Skills and K9 Training Academy in Magaliesburg last month.
MATT BARKER Wireless networks should enable users to engage and must provide relevant information to them based on their activity and location
The inclusion of Bluetooth to provide sub-three meter accuracy and heightened functionality for users is one of the ways to change existing wireless networks into engagement networks. An engagement network differs from common wireless networks in that it enables the...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks