“You can stick with current technology... or you can innovate. Partnering with the technology leader made a tough decision quite simple.”
— Michael McCarthy, CEO/President
“Fiber Technology isn’t Evolutionary,
it’s Revolutionary for our Industry.”
An 8-station changer automatically
changes, cleans and calibrates the nozzle
based on material processing
Located in New Holstein, WI, METKO Inc. is a high tech and highly-precise custom metal fabricator.
Since 1971, this family-owned business has served a wide variety of markets and clients — fabricating
everything from tanks and reservoirs for off-road vehicles to lawn equipment. When the time came to
purchase another laser, CEO and president Michael McCarthy weighed his options, “You’ve got two choices
with equipment. You can stick with current technology… or you can innovate. The decision to add a fiber laser
to our workforce of three CO2 cutting systems was made easy by partnering with the laser technology leader.”
With all three axes driven by linear drives, Amada’s FOL-AJ boasts rapid traverse speeds of 13,380
ipm and a 5G acceleration speed for the entire work envelope — the system’s maximum cutting speed
of 9,449 ipm cuts processing time in half!
Amada’s revolutionary fiber laser cutting system has enabled METKO to:
• Increase productivity (The FOL-AJ cuts thin material 2 to 4 times faster than a comparable
4000 W CO2 laser).
• Improve part quality (Amada’s fiber laser provides superior speed and edge quality in
material thicknesses up to 7/8˝ compared to other solid-state systems).
• Increase throughput (Small footprint automation provides for continuous, on-demand
production with minimal supervision. The FOL-AJ incorporates high-speed shuttle tables to
externalize the material setup maximizing green-light-on time).
• Reduce costs ( 2 to 3 times more efficient use of electricity, no laser gas and less routine
maintenance, all substantially add to METKO’s bottom line each month).
• Expand capabilities Process Range Expansion, or P.R.E., allows production processing of
copper, brass, titanium and other materials that were previously difficult to cut).
Another benefit METKO is profiting from is increased part consistency with the
fiber laser. McCarthy says, “From the first part to the last, the FOL-AJ delivers unmatched
speed and consistency.”
Amada America, Inc.
180Amada Court • Schaumburg,IL 60173 • 877-262-3287