Laser Cutting Service Inc
“We literally built our business around SigmaNEST.”
Laser Cutting Services, Inc. (LCSI) of Tualatin, Oregon is one of the country’s many metal distributors. However, Owner Ron Duffy is combining precision laser cutting technology with the power of SigmaNEST to set the company apart.
Mazak laser cutting and robotics, combined with SigmaNEST®
An epiphany came when LCSI saw they could distribute metal in a very unique, value added fashion; cut to perfection and finished to specified size. This unique twist to supplying metal, laser cut to size was a hard sell at first. Nobody did this, and the methodology used at the time was to make the oversize parts and grind the parts to size while deburring. With LCSI’s precise method, many prints had to be changed as the laser cut parts were too perfect, rendering the grinding and deburring operations unnecessary.
It took three years of what LCSI owner Ron Duffy calls “the missionary work of introducing the idea of value added cut metal”. But the benefits to the customer kept adding up to the point that word got out and the good name of LCSI spread. The word was, when you need metal cut to size, fast (1-3 days), call LCSI! The LCSI customer base grew and before long the company was tested with hard to cut profiles that no one else wanted to touch. The unusual geometries were a challenge but the company’s highly trained operators, programmers, and the sales engineering staff worked together as they do today to tackle these “break through opportunities”, and with their “never say no” way of doing business, supported their customers.
“Soon new laser systems replaced older units; and with the new automation system, sophisticated cutting technology, used with SigmaNEST for nesting, we have quadrupled our capacity! Things that took hours of labor and set up time now take minutes and are performed by the sophisticated machines themselves to optimize the cutting head, the flow of gas, and the placement of material. These machines can basically run lights out.”
One LCSI customer explained: “We have a great relationship with LCSI and have been utilizing them for over 10 years. Their product is great and keeps getting better. Delivery is timely, and their prices can’t be beat – we have checked. We don’t get a lot of time from our customers and LCSI exceeds our expectations. Ron Duffy always invests into his company and he uses the best and latest in Mazak equipment and SigmaNEST software in order to take care of customers.”
NEST WITH THE BEST®
Duffy added: “We work as a team serving our customers in every way we can. We employ the best highly trained team, the best Mazak machine tools, and the best nesting software – SigmaNEST.”