Simply Plastics Case Study | Lotus Laser Systems
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Simply Plastics Case Study

 

THE CUSTOMER

Simply Plastics is a leading UK supplier of plastic sheet, acrylic rod and tubes for industrial, commercial and home usage.

A large proportion of their business is a cut to size service which allows their customers to customise products, such as acrylic sheet, to the exact specifications required. They continually face a high demand for cut to size acrylic commonly of 5-10mm thickness but sometimes up to 20mm or even 25mm thickness.

THE CHALLENGE

What defines Simply Plastics within their sector is a consistent supply of very high product quality and service.

Their first laser cutter was a Chinese import that could not meet the demands of their customers or the standards of their business.  Some laser cutting acrylic jobs demand a near mirror finish, polished edge without any damage to the top or bottom surfaces and many machines on offer cannot provide this.

They needed a solution that was capable of delivering the highest levels of edge quality and productivity.

When testing many alternative systems the edge quality most machines produced did not match the requirements of Simply Plastics.

More recently, due to the coronavirus crisis, Simply Plastics have experienced a marked increase in demand for screens used to prevent the spread of infection. This additional pressure has meant that employees are working multiple shifts to fulfil the high demand for laser cut acrylic.

THE SOLUTION

Investing in a Lotus Laser Systems model Blu125 100w CO2 laser cutter delivered the results that they were seeking.

During the initial trials the Blu125 100w outperformed competing systems some of which were x4 its price.

A second system was recently supplied to service the huge increase in demand. In less than two days of ordering, Lotus Laser Systems supplied a new Blu125 200w laser cutting machine.

The extra power of the second system not only delivers increased productivity but even further enhances the quality of edge, especially for the very thick materials.

Al Higgs, Director of Simply Plastics says “We chose the Blu125 200w because of its large 1250mm by 900mm work area and massive 200w CO2 laser power. Blu125 is the ideal laser cutter to ensure no job is too large or too long in process time, ensuring that we could cut the extra demand for screens very efficiently”.

THE RESULT

With the help of two Blu125 laser cutting machines Simply Plastics are now operating more efficiently than ever. Their Lotus Laser Systems require very little maintenance and are built to last a lifetime but aside from the hardware their Blu125 are back-up by one of the best, most experienced support services in the laser cutting machine industry.

Simply Plastics’ owner Al Higgs emailed his thanks to Lotus Laser: “thanks so much for everything you’ve done this week to get us up and running – fantastic service, it really was!

 

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