Problem: One of our long time customers has been receiving stiff competition from China and Mexico, and we were eager to help them reduce their manufacturing costs. We identified a component part that required too many operations and used a costly band sawing process on tough stainless steel trapezoid tubing.
Solution: The component was rerouted for 5-axis laser cutting. The new process eliminated 3 saw operations and the corresponding band saw blade costs. Additionally, it eliminated 2 separate laser operations previously done on our flat laser cutting machines.
Results: The customer received price reduction on extremely competitive product, helping improve their position in the market.