End User: ABF Custom Manufacturing Ltd.
As a one-stop manufacturing shop—fabricating, stamping, welding and machining—ABF Custom Manufacturing Ltd., Mississauga, ON, recognizes the need to invest in technologies to remain competitive.
More importantly, owner Abdul Samad Panchbhaya, who formed the company in 1990, understands technology is key to competing against countries like China.
“To remain in Canada we must make products of higher quality that are less expensive than what people can get from offshore countries. To do that, we need to invest in technology. We’ve invested close to $1.5 million so far in fabricating equipment, including lasers and punching machines.”
The investment includes three automated (high speed shuttle table) Amada FOMII3015NT 4 kW laser cutting machines, purchased earlier this year. To keep up with orders, the company is already considering a fourth Amada laser cutting machine.
Panchbhaya says he selected Amada’s laser for several reasons.
“The company offers good technical support and service, and I think Amada has better technology than many other companies because I can do more with these machines than other lasers and yet they are priced competitively.”
He selected the 4 kW models—that he describes as “reliable workhorses”—because of the majority of heavy plate cutting he does in his shop. Standard thicknesses for stainless steel is 5/16th of an inch (8 mm) and up to .5 in. (12.7 mm) for aluminum.
ABF’s 100,000 sq ft manufacturing operation is divided by fabricating and machining processes. The sheet metal fabrication shop includes laser cutting, punching, punch/laser, stamping, welding (robotic, spot and stud processes), roll forming and automatic saw cutting. Parts for hydraulic tanks, transformers and the healthcare industry are the main markets the shop serves.
The automation-ready Amada laser is built with a solid cast frame, water-assisted cutting and a precision motion system. New features include an automatic nozzle changer cut process monitoring and auto-pierce detection. The machine is capable of high speed processing of thin and thick materials, in part attributed to the rack and pinion drive system in the X axis and high precision ball screws in the Y and Z axes. The heart of the FOMII is the Amada/Fanuc RF excited resonator, a fast axial laser that produces high edge quality.
“The machines are easy to work with, provide consistent performance and offer energy efficiencies. We work around the clock so it is important to have reliable machines like these,” says Panchbhaya. SMT