From left: Aysel Saglam and Semih Erbek of Baykal Machine Tools, and Irina Solovianenko of Access MachineryClick image to enlarge

Turkish fabricating equipment manufacturer Baykal Machine Tools debuted its new fiber laser cutting machine in Canada at a recent open house organized by Baykal's Canadian distributor Access Machinery.

 The 2 kW Neo fiber laser cutting machine was on display at Matcom International in Vaughan during a three-day open house. Semih Erbek, president of Baykal, who was on had for the open house, says Baykal has been focused on fiber laser cutting technology for the past six years to develop what he describes as a cost effective machine equipped with leading edge technologies.

An inside look at Baykal's Neo fiber laser cutting machineClick image to enlarge

"We're able to offer technologies found on more expensive fiber lasers but we've developed a machine at a more competitive price point. The machine we are demonstrating is a 2 kW model, but we build the machine with .5 kW up to a 6 kW power, and by the end of this year, we'll be offering an 8 kW machine."

The fiber machine is equipped with an nLIGHT resonator, which Erbek says offers unique advantages.

"Our machines are, on average, 30 per cent faster in terms of cutting speed, and cutting and pierce quality are substantially superior to competitor machines in the market and nLIGHT plays a major role in this because of the technology the company is able to offer in its resonators."

Erbek says the nLIGHT technology combined with patented technologies from Baykal, give the machine builder the abiity to manipulate the beam and tweak piercing capabilities.

"Because of this, on 15 mm mild steel for example, we're able to pierce the material six times faster than the competition."

Erbek says the Baykal fiber laser machines offer two features he says are unique in the market and will help to build the company's brand in North America: an easy-to-upgrade machne with the ability to cut highly reflective materials such as brass or copper.

"Sometimes a manufacturer may purchase a 2 kW machine because that's what it has the budget for, but the company may need a 3 or 4 kW machine. We can easily upgrade the machine with a higher resonator by simply opening a shaft where the resonator is located and replacing it and we can do it quickly. Our machine is also immune to reflection. Some of the competitor machines are equipped with sensors so that if a reflective material is being cut it will stop the machine and with some models, the reflective material may burn the machine. This won't happen with our machine because of a patented component that manages reflective materials and allows the machine to continue to cut."

The machines are built in Turkey and Erbek says it typically takes less than a month to build a machine. While Baykal's distributor doesn't stock the machines, Erbek says if a Canadian customer orders a machine not in stock in North America, delivery and installation will take a maximum of two months."

Irina Solovianenko, who handles sales and business development at Baykal's Canadian distributor Access Machinery, says there's a strong market for fiber laser cutting technology and says her goal is to sell five more machines in North America.

"We are building the brand and to do this, we'll work with our customers and create showrooms at their facilities. As business grows, well begin to stock the machines but our main focus is to first build the brand. Baykal is well known in Ontario and our next steps are to establish the brand in Ontario, Central Canada and in BC."

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