Mazak Newsroom

March 2019

Logan Steel's Laser Opens New Doors

Steel service center, Logan Steel, increases capabilities and orders with Mazak fiber laser. Logan Steel is a second-generation, family owned steel service center in Meriden, Connecticut that adds value to raw material. Logan steel continues to grow with their customers and adding value. With the increase in automated machinery and highly advanced computer controlled equipment, Logan steel wanted more output with less input.Logan Steel was looking for laser in order to get higher repeatability and faster cutting in light gauge materials. The laser was also a way to open more doors to new work with the increased speed, tight tolerance and higher accuracy. It was the natural progression for Logan Steel’s customer base which drives their business. This also made it more cost effective instead of farming the laser cut materials out.

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Creating Efficiency

One of Inc. Magazine's fastest-growing companies is based out of Vidalia, Louisiana owned by a brother duo called Southern Designs and Gifts. Tance Hughes, Founder and CEO, and his brother partner Seth Hughes, who runs production, are duet who manufacture home décor which could already be hanging in your home. In 2013 the company began making wall art with four CNC plasma tables. The four plasma machines were running 24 hours a day but just couldn’t keep up. After doing their due diligence and attending FABTECH, Southern Design decided to go with the Mazak OPTIPLEX NEXUS Fiber 6kW laser-cutting machine.

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One Year Later: 2019 Steel and Tariffs Outlook

The past, present and future of tariffs, steel, service centers and fabricators. Since entering The Oval Office, President Trump has implemented many new policies for the United States. One of these impactful decisions was announced through the President’s Twitter in March 2018. Trump’s decision was to set tariffs of 25 percent on imported steel and 10 percent on aluminum which was put into effect in June 2018. What has happened since implementing these tariffs and where are we at now? These questions are answered differently depending where you stand in the metals industry.

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February 2019

Five Tips for 2D Software Programming

Five Tips for Programming 2D Software for Mazak laser-cutting machines. Maximize your laser-cutting production and minimize loss by utilizing these five Mazak Smart System software programming tools and techniques. Check out these five major techniques and tools that you can use with Mazak Smart System to make your laser-cutting processes most efficient.

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January 2019

Laser Creates Single-Piece Part Flow

Percival Scientific of Perry, Iowa does more than you think. Being a leader in the manufacture of environmental growth chambers, or incubators, means they are changing the world of agriculture. With long term view in mind, Jesse Smith, Director of Manufacturing at Pervical, knew the cutting department wouldn’t be able to keep up with space and labor constraints. In 2016, Percival purchased their first laser which was a 2kW OPTIPLEX NEXUS FIBER. Implementing dynamic nesting and a low batch process style to single-piece part flow, the new software and laser weren’t the only changes to their fabricating.

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Cheers to 100 Years!

A fabricator’s guide to laser-cutting assist gases: Whether you are new to laser-cutting or need a refresher course, here is what you need to know regarding assist gases. This laser-cutting assist gas guide is here to refine your understanding regarding the difference gases and why they are used.

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