Superior Steel Launches New Manufacturing Process
A local business is continuing to push forwards into a brighter technological future.
Superior Steel Door & Trim Company, located at 154 Fairmount Ave., Jamestown, launched a new addition to its manufacturing process on Jan. 1.
The latest update is a new fiber laser cutting machine called a ENSIS-3015RI, manufactured by the Japanese equipment company Amada.This gives Superior the ability to cut sheet metals, pipes and structural steels with a single machine.
“As solutions, use of a fiber laser oscillator capable of high-speed cutting and integration of multiple processing steps have become necessary,” said Superior President Bevin Shults via news release. “Our investment in this machine will allow us to provide our customers with a higher quality product in less time and for less money.”
The ENSIS technology used by the machine allows it to automatically adjust the cutting beam to deal with a wide range of materials without needing a lens change. The machine also uses a Water Assisted Cutting System or WACS in order to cool itself during the cutting process.
“Basically it is opening up more productivity and more opportunity for us to to manufacture with more speed and accuracy,” said Matt Ekstrom of sales and estimating. “We had machines in the past such as a turret press, which we still have. This allows us to do work like that more accurately, with more speed and much tighter tolerances.”
After a lengthy period of research leading up to the purchase, Superior has gone through an extended six to eight week period of setup and training.
According to Ekstrom, that process is around 80% of the way completed.