A HAPPY ENDING
Setting the technology bells and whistles aside, JIT is
quite happy with its new machine. “Purchasing the newest
fiber laser definitely gave us unparalleled capabilities,”
says Marcoux. “With the acquisition of our 8000 watt
BrightLine fiber laser, we anticipate an increase in
production capacity by 40 per cent. Because of this, we’re
able to offer our customers superior cut quality, at greater
thickness and across a wider variety of materials than was
possible before. It’s also allowed us to increase our efficiency
significantly in order to meet the demand of our customers.
We’re very pleased with our decision.” SMT
FABRICATING Laser 62
When Metal tronics missed an opportunity to bid on a
$250,000 order, owner Milan popik Jr. knew it was time to
purchase a second laser cutting machine for his busy one-stop fabricating and welding shop in Mississauga, on.
last november, the company installed a Mitsubishi
4. 5 k W 2D co2 laser cutting system, the eX series. Metal
tronics purchased the machine through Mc Machinery’s
local distributor, Fabricating Machinery solutions, based in
“it’s beautiful,” says popik, when asked about the
“i looked at competitor systems, but for us, Mitsubishi had
the best quality. the company urged us to run the machine
as hard as we could and that’s what we’ve
been doing. We’re getting great quality of cut
and we’re impressed. the quality is flawless.”
indeed, he says quality of cut parts is so
good that it’s eliminated secondary deburring
and sanding operations for most parts.
“this has helped us keep our costs down
and be more competitive.”
ralf Vollmer, the sales representative for
FMs, says the laser offers excellent cut quality
on mild steel, stainless steel and aluminum
“and competes nicely with 5 and 6 k W lasers,
however it is offered at a lower price point than the higher
power resonators.” He adds that like all Mitsubishi lasers, the
machine is equipped with the remote 360, a production
and machine monitoring system that allows a customer to
remotely monitor the machine, production, maintenance,
alarms and critical components from a smartphone or tablet.
it also allows service support to access the machine remotely
with the permission from a customer.
popik says he is also impressed with the speed at which
the machine can cut, estimating it’s about 2.5 to 3 times
faster than his older Mitsubishi laser the company purchased
nine years ago.
“What used to take three to four hours to cut on our
older laser now takes just one hour so we’re saving a lot of
time. the machine works so fast that we’re now looking at
purchasing downstream equipment to help support our
higher production efficiencies. We’ve also been able to take
on more jobs for customers who just want the laser cut parts
since we can do it so much more quickly now.”
the eX series Mitsubishi laser is Mitsubishi's fifth general
flying optic co2 laser cutting system. two key features Metal
tronics liked were the magnetic head that allows for quicker
recovery after a collision, and the built-in Jet pierce, that
allows for aggressive piercing of mild steel.
the new machine measures 1.5 by 3 m ( 5
by 10 ft) and is equipped with Mitsubishi’s
X-Flow r series resonator that features a crossflow design the
company says consumers up to 90 per cent less gas than
traditional fast-flow system, giving the resonator a low cost of
ownership, according to Mc Machinery.
Milan popik sr. formed Metal tronics in 1983. the one-stop
1,115 sq m ( 12,000 sq ft) fabricating and welding shop offers
laser cutting, shearing, bending and welding services and
specializes in medium to small lot sizes. the shop has the
ability to cut from .025 mm (.001 in.) up to 25. 4 mm (1 in.) mild
steel, 19.05 mm (0.75 in.) stainless steel, and 12. 7 mm (. 5 in.)
aluminum. Metal tronic’s customers are diverse, says popik.
“We do work for the ttc, hospitals, pharmaceutical labs,
we’ve fabricated parts that have gone into the space shuttle,
and we’re doing work now with parts for the renovations at
He says he’s optimistic about growth for 2016 and beyond.
“We’re now able to offer faster turn around time for
customers and that will keep us competitive.”
eX series CO2 laser
Metal Tronics Inc. âWEBSITES:
Milan popik senior, left, and his son Milan
popik Jr., say the new Mitsubishi co2 laser
has helped the company cut costs and
become more competitive.