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The IFH Group West Installs Prima Laser/Punch System

The IFH Group West, Arlington, WA, has enhanced production capabilities by installing an integrated Prima LPe6f 4,000-watt fiber laser with a 30-ton punch. Replacing a standalone laser cutting system and three metal punches, the new system has already shown to reduce project set-up times while increasing capacity and technical capabilities.

The IFH Group West, LLC fabricates an array of custom electrical enclosures and precision sheet metal parts. The IFH Group West is a subsidiary of The IFH Group (Rock Falls, IL), the originator of industrial fluid storage and handling systems and a fabricator of custom hydraulic reservoirs and fuel tanks.

"The Prima Laser/Punch is a significant improvement to our manufacturing process," said Ryan McCarty, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at The IFH Group. "With this in place, we can now deliver prototypes and 1-off or 2-off projects with very quick turnaround; much shorter than a typical 3- or 4-week lead time."

The Prima LPe6f is a 61-station, 30-ton servo-electric turret punch press with a 4,000-watt IPG fiber laser. The system will process a 60" x 120" sheet of material, up to 0.315" thick. The turret features an up-forming station for processing high-formed features, and can cut 16 ga. (0.0598" thick) mild steel at approximately 590 IPM. The servo-electric punch press can stroke 1,000 times per minute.

Connected to the Prima LPe6f is a new LSR (loading and stacking robot) that retrieves and stacks parts on a pallet, and loads new sheets into the machine for processing. Attached to the LSR is a two-sided combo tower that holds raw sheet metal, parts and material skeletons, currently outfitted with 21 shelves, each having a capacity of 6,600 lbs. or 100 mm (3.937") of material.

For more information contact:

The IFH Group, Inc.

3300 East Route 30

Rock Falls, IL 61071


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