LC5 laser cutting for commercial vehicles

Nitator and LC5 to produce chassis for Volvo and Scania


Initial situation

Nitator is a Swedish company that has been operating as a subcontractor in the heavy automotive field since 1983. They produce chassis for their main customers: Volvo and Scania. Nitator is considered to be a consultant that makes very high quality products in addition to being a service provider for high level technical and logistic support.

Effect

The philosophy of the company has always been to invest in technology to maintain a high product value. Relying on secondary subcontractors for processing tubes often meant Nitator could not achieve the required quality standards for chassis production. The arrival of a Lasertube system marked a turning point for them.

The solution

The BLM GROUP LC5 laser cutting machine for tubes and sheet metal revolutionized the manufacturing activities of Nitator.  Process automation eliminated the errors inherent in manual processes while improved cutting accuracy guaranteed greater reliability during the robotic welding process. Now material goes from a raw state to finished, ready to weld, part all in a single work station.  The ability to optimize material utilisation provides a considerable boost to productivity for the subcontractor.

The benefits

With a laser system, prototyping tubular chassis for commercial vehicles is an easy and flexible task, suited to cut geometries that before were simply unthinkable: for companies like Nitator, the strength of which is in their know-how, it is very important to be able to count on versatility to tailor new solutions for customers. Furthermore, choosing a BLM GROUP system also means being able to rely on an effective technical support group for spare parts and quick on-site assistance.

Technical aspects

Laser reliability and versatility guarantees greater cutting efficiency, high productivity, and high quality results in tube and sheet processing. The reduction in electrical consumption plus the elimination of hard tooling combine to reduce operating costs. The complete LT Combo system with Ragno Speed automatic loading system makes unmanned operation possible without compromising quality.