Falcon invests in new laser cutting technology to improve production

Salvagnini L5 laser machine

Falcon Foodservice has invested in the Salvagnini L5, a powerful new laser machine, as part of the company’s ongoing investment in its manufacturing plant.

In comparison to the company’s previous laser, the new technology will offer significant improvements in production dramatically increasing the speed of manufacture of its product line as well as enhancing the cut quality, design flexibility and overall responsiveness to customers.

The Salvagnini L5 is a computer-controlled fibre laser, using special optical fibre to carry the beam. It allows for a more compact design and reduces the regular maintenance that traditional CO2 lasers require.

It is 60% faster than the company’s current laser, and uses 70% less power. This reduction in energy usage will not only help to minimise the lifetime carbon footprint of Falcon products, but will also ultimately allow for increased savings to be passed on to customers.

The laser will also deliver increased design flexibility. The L5 can process a wider range of materials, including brass and copper, which will allow Falcon to be even more responsive to customer’s requirements.

Operations director Kevin Campbell, said: “The speed and flexibility of the new laser, coupled with handling automation, will bring direct benefits to both Falcon and our customers, the L5 will increase our production capacity and gives us an extra competitive edge in the market.”

The new laser is installed in Falcon’s Stirling factory and became operational in mid-August.

With a company history going back nearly 200 years, Falcon now supplies operators throughout the catering industry, exporting around the globe.

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