“I like kit that gives us the edge” Mark Fitzpatrick, Managing Director
We have spent over 250k on laser-cut parts every year for the last 5 years. It has been a strategy that has served us well. When quoting work we would “add our bit on” to the laser price and do what we do best which is the fabrication. In the early days of laser cutting we were making good money on existing parts because it saved us so much time. That margin has diminished each year as laser-cutting has become the “norm”.
Furthermore over the last 5 years I have also watched the big brand laser manufacturers have an arms race on speed, energy consumption, accuracy and while these have been impressive they have been incremental.
I like to buy kit that gives us the edge so I was waiting for a more disruptive change. When Simpson Technology first mentioned the Mitsubishi I thought it would not be able to compete with the big brands but I did a lot of research. I found out that Mitsubishi are a world leader in machine tool manufacturing and that they have been involved in making lasers for decades, one of their main markets being the USA. I went on many forums in the USA and the most common word used to describe the Mitsubishi laser was reliable.
The new fibre technology represents the leap in technology I was looking for to give me a competitive edge. The rest of my concerns were answered by Simpson Technology because they know the product like the back of their hand but not only that, Simpson Technology also understood the laser process and the little important things that other suppliers couldn’t explain. Good products sold by honest people is always a winning combination in our experience.