Custom Parts: Trumpf TruLaser 1030
Background: Quickdraft designs and manufactures conveying and exhaust systems. Because each system is tailored to the clients’ specific needs, many components of these systems require custom fabricating, which results in similar looking pieces with slightly different measurements. Each part must be marked with sizes, part numbers, bend lines, center lines and other information – a process that has always been labor intensive. Quite often having these parts created and shipped by a laser vendor could take several days or weeks. After receiving the parts, they still had to be measured and marked for identification. In an effort to streamline their processes and provide faster turn-around time on orders, Quickdraft began to seek out alternative methods to process these custom orders.
Improve turn-around time for custom parts
Challenge #1: Decrease the overall turn-around time for standard and custom parts.
Solution: Trumpf TruLaser 1030 was installed at Quickdraft in October of 2013. Since that time, Quickdraft has seen a number of improvements in production processes, primarily in secondary processes and efficiency.
The level of efficiency the company has experienced since the installation of the TruLaser 1030 has surprised even the Quickdraft team. The ability to process jobs in-house has revolutionized the way Quickdraft operates on a daily basis. No longer do parts need to be sent to outside vendors for cutting. This enables projects to be completed days or even weeks ahead of schedule.
Now, once the product specifications are loaded into the Trumpf TruLaser, it can begin cutting the part immediately. Subsequent orders for the same part can be cut on demand. Jobs are no longer batched and long lead fabrications can start immediately.
Etching capabilities improves quality, decreases errors
Challenge #2: Custom-made parts need to be labeled with part numbers, measurements, fitting guides and other specifications. Previous methods required manual measuring and labeling which was not only time consuming, it left room for potential errors.
Solution: The Trumpf TruLaser 1030 has the ability to etch directly on the part during the cutting process. Secondary processes such as drilling and parts clean-up have been eliminated.
The Trumpf TruLaser 1030 has changed the way Quickdraft looks at all the parts they manufacture. It has eliminated a lot of steps that were once essential, including using more cost effective material for their fabrication and parts.
With the new technology and processes in place, Quickdraft has become more efficient all around. The elimination of lag time during the production and assembly process has cut order-to-delivery time down by days allowing Quickdraft to turn rush orders around very quickly.
Cutting time is available for custom pneumatic conveying and exhaust system parts. Request a Quote today!