Metal Cutting with Laser Equipment

There are many methods available today for metal cutting.  In ancient times metal cutting could only be accomplished by manual methods where a machined tool normally with pressure and teeth would cut through the metal.  Today metal cutting can be performed without the equipment touching the metal.  Laser cutting has become one of the most efficient ways of cutting metal without contact with the material.  Lasers can cut stainless steel, aluminum, carbon steel and many other materials.

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Shorter lead times in Metal Fabrication

Noble Industries is a metal fabrication company serving the states of Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri,  Arkansas, Georgia, Minnesota, Wisconsin and surrounding states.  Even with the current gas prices, we have customers in California, Texas, Montana and other states west of what is known as the “Midwest”.

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Metals, Alloys and Carbon and a simplified approach on how it relates to metal fabrication

Pure or unaltered metals are found in nature.  Metals are known to be good conductors of electricity and heat.  Taking pure metal and mixing it with carbon and other elements make it a great product for metal fabrication.  A metallurgist can go into great detail of the elements in each sheet metal product.  This can become so complicated it will make your head spin.  We will leave that to a metallurgist.  Highlights of common sheet metal materials used in metal fabrication at Noble Industries will be covered in this article.

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Proficient Production Laser Cutting Services

When laser cutting parts there are many things to consider if you want the most efficiently cut parts.  Common edge cutting or common line cutting is a feature used in production laser cutting for both flat and 2D laser cut parts where nested parts share a common edge.   Our P.E.P. software will analyze the part or parts and lay them in a nest for the most efficient material usage.   Other things that need to be considered is pierce interference and collision avoidance which can affect cut out material getting on a part or a previously cut part interfering with the next cut line.

It is also important to understand the kerf, which is the lost material between the 2 parts being laser cut.  The kerf will change based on 5 variables which are the properties of the material and it’s thickness, the laser cutting speed, wattage, frequency.  This is probably the biggest reason many programmers and laser operators fail to common line cut parts.

The benefits are great if the time is taken on large production runs.   Common line cutting will save between 12.5% to 40.9% of the total cutting distance of a 60” X 120” sheet of metal which could mean making a profit on a job and saving the customer money.  Noble Industries loves opportunities to bring a win-win solution to our customers!

For more information about laser cutting and for a quote, go to www.nobleindustries.com or call Brenda Snyder at 800-466-1926.

OEM Metal Products

GM, Ford, Caterpillar, John Deere, Kubota are just a few OEM companies that most everyone will recognize by name alone.   Have you ever considered the number of OEM metal fabrication companies that make components for these companies?  There are quite a few 2nd tier companies supporting the quality workmanship that is represented in a popular OEM product.

By working for Noble Industries, an OEM metal fabrication company, I have the luxury of seeing Original Equipment Manufactured components daily.  Many parts we make are for OEM products scarcely heard of yet they provide a useful purpose to people all over the country.  Noble Industries is a large ISO 9001 certified custom metal fabrication company with capabilities to fabricate sheet metal, tube and wire parts.  Our ISO certification makes us a great metal fabrication company for OEM products.

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