IMT installs new laser cutting machine
By Hannah Sundermeyer05 March 2018
Iowa Mold Tooling Co., Inc. (IMT) has announced the installation of a new laser cutting machine as part of an initiative to improve efficiency.
Iowa Mold Tooling Co., Inc. has installed a new laser cutting machine as part of an initiative to improve efficiency.
“IMT is committed to delivering quality products for our customers — both in the end result and in the manufacturing process,” said John Wacker, manufacturing engineer, IMT. “Investing in equipment that improves productivity allows us to position ourselves as a better partner for our customers.”
With a dramatically faster cutting speed than the previous machine, the new equipment will cut steel for all of the IMT product lines, including its portfolio of Dominator® service trucks and articulating and telescopic cranes. The new laser cutter was selected as part of an effort to improve the first operation as a whole, including ergonomics, visual management and material handling strategies as well as the overall operations layout.
“This laser is faster, more cost-efficient and requires less energy to operate,” said Wacker. “It’s all-around a better machine, which means our operations will improve across the board — allowing us to pass along those efficiencies to our customers.”
Installing the new laser eliminates previous maintenance issues with the old technology, in turn eliminating downtime. Implementing the new laser technology will have a ripple effect on productivity across the company, further improving dependability, throughput and overall efficiency throughout IMT.