QFS Technologies is a specialist supplier of body-in-white (BIW) parts to the automotive industry, and has recently invested in a new TRUMPF TruLaser Cell 5030 five-axis (3D) laser cutter
Founded in 1997, Birmingham-based QFS Technologies develops and manufactures prototypes from single panels to complete assemblies’ for BIW as well as concept and show vehicles. It supplies panels in batch quantities of 25-150 through various prototype build phases and is now increasingly asked to support OEM customers with production volumes sometimes running into thousands of parts.
To help meet demand it became clear that a new five-axis laser cutter would be required, so the company recently took delivery of a new TRUMPF TruLaser Cell 5030 to provide flexible 2D and 3D laser cutting. It is said to offer a low machine-hour rate and be well suited to small and medium batch sizes where the components required are frequently changed.
TRUMPF’s TruTops Cell Basic software enables operators to make quick adjustments to programs directly at the machine. BIW parts produced on the new TruLaser Cell 5030 are mostly made from aluminium, although some are cut from high-strength steel, typically 1-3 mm thick.