Searching for a high-speed CO2 laser cutter for cutting electrical insulators, Tocana Ltd. from Dublin visited the Trotec booth at the Sign & Digital show in Birmingham. After consultation and a demo from Trotec´s experts Tocana ordered a SpeedMarker directly at the show.
Tocana specialise in the design, development and manufacture of electrical and electronic insulation solutions. They cut flame retardant electrical insulators for computer, power supplies, electrical and power distribution systems, telecommunication equipment, medical equipment, automotive components, consumer products, lighting, TVs and appliances. The insulators are made from a variety of plastics including a special Polypropylene, which is flame retardant and can withstand a voltage of 32,000 volts (dielectric breakdown).
Up to now the insulators have been produced with conventional metal cutting and creasing dies. Now they use the SpeedMarker for high-speed laser cutting (cycle time: <10s each). The advantages of the laser are:
- more flexibility in design
- faster time to market
- cost reduction on saving cutting dies
- better cost efficiency on small runs
"At Tocana we pride ourselves on our reaction time. We have built our reputation on super quick response times and our ability to provide solutions quickly and economically. We had been looking at upgrading some of our existing cutting systems but wanted something really special and fast. The SpeedMarker was not the only machine we looked at but once our engineers started to work with their counterparts in Trotec that was that. Trotec were able to customise the product to suit our industry requirements and they delivered exactly what we needed in record time. We are already working with Trotec on a second system."- Fearghal McEvatt - Managing Director, Tocana Ltd. -