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Tube Laser Increases Shop's Productivity

In years past, metal fabrication in the U.S. was a booming industry that served most of the country's largest manufacturers. However, in recent years, a lot of U.S. based manufacturers have been forced to source product overseas to cut down on manufacturing costs in an adverse economy. Despite this recent trend, Square Deal Machining Inc. (SDMI) has continued to experience tremendous growth. This evolvement is largely due to the addition of new, seven-figure state-of-the-art technology that has made the company more productive and efficient than ever before.

SDMI recently added its first tube laser, a TRUMPF TruLaser Tube 7000. A tube laser can process round and square tubes up to 10" in diameter, as well as structural beams and other open profiles. This allows the designer to construct in multiple dimensions and planes. "This front line technology, coupled with a computer numerical control (CNC), is expanding the product and design possibilities for SDMI customers," said a company spokesperson. "In addition to providing clients with possibilities for product design and customization, this new process has streamlined operations at SDMI."

Facilities equipped with the most advanced technology can produce quality items in a cost-effective manner, minimizing costs to the customer by reducing labor costs. For example, Owner Joe Morgan and his team discovered existing cut-and-form jobs that could be completed in just one step on the tube laser. In addition, jobs are being completed more rapidly. Computer technology makes it easy to design or modify products, and the increased cutting speeds of the specialized plasma cutting equipment reduce project turnaround time.

Features of the TRUMPF TruLaser Tube 7000:

  • Process parts with a diameter of up to 10" and wall thicknesses of up to 0.4" for mild steel.
  • The part removal station sorts finished parts onto movable conveyor tables, into wire mesh boxes or into containers.
  • The TruLaser Tube 7000 can handle additional optional process steps, such as tapping threads.
  • The bevel cutting option enables high-quality bevel cuts of up to 45°.
  • The sensor system ensures the smooth running of the entire machining process.
  • The TruFlow Series CO2 laser and high-quality cutting data help produce the best possible results for every cut.

Morgan said, "Proactive thinking, advanced planning and investing in the latest and greatest technology is key to this company's success. SDMI strives to stay ahead of expected demand."

SDMI began as a one-room machine shop in Marathon, NY, and has grown into a 300,000 sq. ft. facility that offers full-service fabrication, machining and welding capabilities. There are three additional SDMI facilities, all located in New York. Morgan is committed to keeping company operations modern, innovative and efficient by regularly investing in the latest technology and equipment.

For more information contact:

Square Deal Machining Inc.

98 U.S. 11

Marathon, NY 13803



Farmington Industrial Park

111 Hyde Rd.

Farmington, CT 06032


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