HVAC manufacturer GENSCO INC changes tactics with L5 fiber laser

FFJournal.net, by Gretchen Salois

December 2016 - A third-generation family-owned fabricator of HVAC sheet metal and specialty products, Gensco Inc. has been in business since 1948. Years of process inefficiencies led the Fife, Washington-based company’s leadership to improve its cutting process. “We bought a Salvagnini L5 3 kW laser so we could cut metal without the extra steps we had to take when using a bandsaw,” says Ryan Walters, Columbia manufacturing manager, a manufacturing division at Gensco.

“We wanted more accurate cutting results that could help us increase productivity. The laser improved quality and our productivity downstream because we only needed to set up the automated build process once and could run it without issue. Automated processes ate up that bottleneck.”

Gensco Inc. cuts approximately 5,000 parts a day and its Salvagnini L5 runs lights out.
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