The commisioning of a Bystronic CNC Fibre Laser Machine, the first of its kind in Zimbabwe by blades manufacturing firm, Sawpower Blades Limited will be a major efficience boost to the local mining sector .
The Bystronic CNC Fiber Machine was recently imported from Switzerland by the local manufacturing firm at a cost of 220 000 Euros. The machine uses two types of laser sources, that is, the carbon dioxide laser and the relatively new fibre laser that uses Fibre Optics for transmitting the laser light and at the same time offers improved efficiencies over carbon dioxide laser cutting.
Laser cutting is a thermal process for processing sheet metal. The laser beam is created by the laser source, conducted by mirrors or a transport fibre in the machine cutting head where a lens focuses it at high power on a very small diameter.
CNC laser cutting offers enormous benefits to the manufacturing industry by greatly improving production times and component accuracy, resulting in improved efficiencies and quality of manufactured items.
Sawpower managing director Ralph Stead said the commissioning of the machine is testimony of Government’s Zimbabwe is open for business narrative which has seen more companies getting back their feet.
He said a lot of companies especially mining firms resorted to engaging regional laser cutting companies for the cutting of their steel but the commisioning of the first laser cutting machine will be a boost.
“The Laser cutting machine is the first in Zimbabwe and the commissioning falls part of Government’s Zimbabwe is open for business mantra. What we have here is top notch technology on conventional metal processing methods. It’s a fully upgraded machine to meet the latest demands of the market.
“CNC laser cutting offers enormous benefits to the mining and manufacturing industry by greatly improving production times and component accuracy, resulting in improved efficiencies and quality,” said Mr Stead.
He said this new technology has been made available through the collaboration and assistance of Bystronic Sales AG, a division of Bystronic Laser AG and one of the world’s leading suppliers of CNC laser cutting machines and allied CNC machines.
“This latest, up to date, world technology is right here in Zimbabwe. This brings enormous advancement to our industrial sector with the ability to produce items of extremely high and consistent accuracy at production times. Material wastage is also reduced substantially, allowing for more efficient use of imported materials,” he said.
Mr Stead applauded First Cut (Pty) Ltd of South Africa who are the Southern African Bystronic distributors and have been very instrumental in making this project a reality.
Industry and Commerce Minister Dr Mike Bimha who officially commissioned the plant said such an investment will go a long way in developing the economy.
He said the company has 45 employees and has potential to increase the number at the same time reducing unemployment levels for the country.
“I am challenging you to look at possibilities of exporting the technology into the region. Government is in support of companies such as Saw Power and there are incentives being offered on importation of such machinery,” said Minister Bimha.