Customer Successes

Custom Systems OEM Speeds Up Production

Belco Industries is a custom systems OEM which makes extrusion equipment, finishing systems, industrial parts washers and drying ovens. Previously Belco had a 2.5kW CO2 laser from Laser Lab, but it was 20 years old. Chris Stewart, Belco's manufacturing engineer, knew that the answer was to get a new laser to meet their specific criteria. Stewart required a laser that had proven itself in the industry and decided on the Mazak OPTIPLEX FIBER III 8kW laser-cutting machine. Since implementing the OPTIPLEX FIBER 8kW there have been many benefits for Belco including reduced bottleneck. They are now able to produce more parts and cut thicker materials quicker with their new Mazak high-powered laser.

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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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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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Direct Diode Laser Technology Provides a New Blueprint for Metal Design Systems Growth

Direct Diode Laser technology allows Metal Design Systems higher throughput with near-perfect edge quality while also allowing the company to expand their capabilities and increase their opportunities. Continuously incorporating new methodology into their systems, MDSI works to add innovative features and installation improvement. One of their most recent additions was the purchase of a Mazak OPTIPLEX 4020 DDL laser cutting-machine.

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Leading the way

Siouxland Fabrication Inc. is a complete fabrication job shop. Going from prints to finished assembled products, they do it all. Started in 2004, Siouxland was already an experienced fabricator and they continue to run on experience. Siouxland has a variety of Mazak lasers, totally eight different lasers all in some sort of automation cells ranging from configurations with one to three machines in each cell. Siouxland was looking to increase capacity and enter into the light gauge market. Their decision was to upgrade to a Mazak OPTIPLEX 3015 DDL with a LASER FLEX automation system with tower, unloading to the floor and shuttle cart.

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Blazing the Trail for Mobility

Action Manufacturing started out in the recreational motor sports business but in 2008, 10 years after his son’s accident which left him paralyzed, Tim Swenson knew he need to get his son back into the outdoors again. Now Swenson focuses on the all-terrain wheelchair. Action Manufacturing manufacturers the Action Trackchair and Action Trackstander which is accompanied by a variety of accessory options ranging from rear utility racks, fishing rod holders, gun racks, footrests and more. Now having sold over 3,500 Action Manufacturing knew a more efficient and accurate system needed to be put in place.

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Perfect Machine for Future Opportunities

Uni-Structures, based in Kennesaw, Georgia fabricates drive-thru components to the quick-service restaurants (QSR) industry. Ultimately Uni-Structures was looking for something that would give them the capabilities they needed today, but would also allow for the most growth potential tomorrow. The Mazak OPTIPLEX NEXUS 3015 Fiber opened up so many more opportunities. They were able to consider what other products Uni-Structures could offer their customers. The laser cutting system has allowed them to get ahead and stay ahead.

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Hitting The Boom

According to the 2018 Construction Design Outlook webcast presented by ConstructConnect, the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the forecast for construction in 2018 is expected to remain strong. Ken Simonson, chief economist with the AGC, is forecasting a 2 to 7 percent increase in construction spending for 2018. Since 2015, the construction industry has seen significant growth, and according to the joint forecast, it isn’t slated to slow down anytime soon. Looking back, construction spending through October 2017 totaled $917.0 billion, an increase of 4.3 percent over 2016. Furthermore, construction starts increased 7.9 percent over 2016, rising to $737.8 billion. Prescient Co. Inc., a technology and manufacturing company, is no exception. Offering a faster, greener and more cost-effective alternative to conventional building structures, the company is well positioned to see continued success in 2018. Brendan McDonough, business development director at Prescient, stated, “Our goal every year is to double in revenue, and 2018 is no different. We have continued to grow with the construction boom.”

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Marcon Metalfab Increases Opportunities with Innovation Investments

Marcon Metalfab in Delta, British Columbia, Canada excels in metal fabrication for the transportation, building construction and utilities industries. From design to installation Marcon does it all. Marcon invests in technology that can improve its speed of delivery. Each machine has its place but none magically changes the way the shop works. Marcon has an array of technologies which include a Mazak 3D FABRI GEAR 400 tube laser cutting system and recently added a Mazak OPTIPLEX 4020 Fiber 6kW.

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Central Tube and Bar's need to handle larger capacity lead them to the FABRI GEAR 400

Central Tube and Bar, Inc. is a leading supplier and processor of high quality, prime tube and bar products including round, rectangular and square tube. They serve primarily large OEMs in a variety of industries, along with fabricators and service centers in eight South Central states. Central Tube and Bar needed a tube laser that could handle larger capacity to give them more machine time and handle more sizes. In early spring, April 2016 Central Tube and Bar had their newest tube laser installed, the Mazak FABRI GEAR 400.

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B&W Trailer Hitches becomes first to market since implementing FABRIGEAR 220

The FABRIGEAR 220 has allowed B&W Trailer Hitches to be the first-to-market with the aftermarket gooseneck hitch for the Aluminum-Body 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty. B&W was able to design, test and release a gooseneck hitch within the matter of days after the trucks were delivered to the dealerships due to the FABRIGEAR. This process is now being done on a Mazak chip machine. This process would have takes a couple weeks compared to a couple days if they started on a chip machine.

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FR Conversions Advances their Mobility due to Mazak Fiber Laser and Automation Solution

People with disabilities are making less money yet they are stuck paying a higher price to purchase a mobility vehicle. The cost for a disability van ranges from $40,000 to upwards of $100,000. This is where Eliyahu Rosenbloom found his niche. After researching and visiting multiple laser manufacturers with laser-cutting and automation solutions ranging from $600,000 to $5 million, Rosenbloom decided on the Mazak Optiplex Nexus 3015 Fiber with a 24-shelf compact vertical flexible manufacturing system for FR Conversions.

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ThermoEnergy Systems Custom Greenhouses Grow Thanks to FABRI GEAR

Since 2005 Thermo Energy Systems Inc. has been providing complete turnkey systems for the greenhouse industry covering everything from the ground up.

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Yellow Goat Designs pushes their creativity limits thanks to laser technology

Yellow Goat needed to cut 1/2 mm thick aluminum and a high-quality polished edge on acrylic. They focused on a CO2 laser to get the best cut quality. But when it came down to picking a laser, the OPTIPLEX NEXUS was the one because Mazak's products, prices and service are all top of the line.

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OPTIPLEX NEXUS Fiber puts the Pedal to the Metal for RealWheels

RealWheels started looking at a new CO2 machine, but when they saw the fiber lasers, they knew that was truly what they needed. After extensive research, RealWheels realized that the OPTIPLEX NEXUS Fiber was the laser-cutting machine for them having all the bells and whistles but still at an economical price.

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Mazak Helps Teach Customer Service

OMT-Veyhl USA Corp. located in Holland, Michigan manufactures ergonomic office furniture, work stations and conveyors. Dan Shaw, Vice President of Operations, took a trip to Japan to learn about Mazak customer service and manufacturing.

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Eaglestone eliminates second shift and brings laser-cutting in-house

Eaglestone was running a second shift to keep up with custom demands and out sourcing their laser cutting. At the Mazak Optonics TechnologyDays in spring 2015, Eaglestone realized that the OPTIPLEX NEXUS CO2 was the solution they needed.

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Constantly changing LED technology leads TAMCO to purchasing a flexible OPTIPLEX Fiber

With the lighting industry hitting the LED revolution, the technology is always changing. TAMCO needed a machine that was flexible enough to change with the LED technology.

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Sjoberg Tool & Mfg. relies on Mazak lasers to keep giving customers the highest level of service

Hartland, Wisconsin job shop makes a statement by keeping up with advanced technology.

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Las Vegas company installs an OPTIPLEX that has allowed them more customers and given their shop new capabilities

P&S Metals and Supply Co. based out of Las Vegas, NV fabricates highway signage that varies from artistic animal sculptures to industrial freeway signage. Their OPTIPLEX has been, "the gift that keeps on giving" says Gene Perry, Owner of P&S Metals and Supply Co.

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Superior Tube's FABRI GEAR 400 Success

Superior Tube Products Inc. is a family-owned contract manufacturer that specializes in the fabrication of metal tube and pipe, parts and assemblies. Read about how the FABRI GEAR 400 has improved their business.

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