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How well do fiber lasers perform when cutting thicker metal sheets?

As the metal fabrication industry evolves, fabricators are looking to advances in machinery to help them grow their businesses. Fiber lasers have been some of the fastest progressing equipment in the industry and continue to exceed expectations as manufacturers bring out innovation after innovation. Fiber lasers’ most impressive claim to fame is their reputation for cutting thin material with incredible speed and accuracy. Not to mention the ability to cut reflective materials better than any other technology, and of course, a lower operating cost than CO2 lasers prompting cheers for productivity across the board. But when it comes to thicker materials, can fiber lasers make the cut?

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Your metal fabrication business depends on a productive team and your machines running properly when you need them to. You never want to start an order only to find out one of your machines has an issue, causing you to spend unplanned time and money fixing it and potentially compromising the quality of your product. That is where preventative maintenance comes in – on a daily basis.
We have talked about the benefits of preventative maintenance before, with upsides including preventing unplanned breakdowns, increased productivity, and saving your bottom line in the future. You may have a longer-term preventative maintenance schedule, like annual oil changes for machines, for instance. But are your operators performing daily maintenance on your equipment?

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Technological advances have been at the forefront of the manufacturing industry, causing dramatic shifts in productivity decade over decade since the Industrial Revolution. While growth and demand has been relatively stable in the past, the industry is now moving faster than ever. In today’s global economy, market leadership is not driven by efficiency and quality alone. Keeping up with demand, the ability to produce diverse products in shorter cycles, and getting products to market as quickly as possible is more important than ever.

What’s the missing link? Early adoption of technology. Fabricators who adopt the latest tech are at the cutting edge of productivity. By adopting new technology early, manufacturing companies benefit from efficiency and production of high quality finished products at reduced costs, to stay ahead of competitors.

Here are the Top 3 Game Changers in the Metal Fabricator World Today:

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