The IFH Group West Installs New Prima Laser/Punch System

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Installed at The IFH Group West, the Prima Laser/Punch system has expanded the capabilities for fast, repeatable, cost-effective prototyping and production.

The IFH Group West has increased throughput while improving manufacturing precision with its new Prima Laser/Punch System.

The Prima Laser/Punch is a significant improvement to our manufacturing process. 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 IFH Group West has enhanced production capabilities by installing an integrated Prima LPe6f 4000-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 setup times while increasing IFH Group West’s 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 leading 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”x120” sheet of material, up to 0.315” thick. The turret features an up-forming station for processing high formed features, and can cut 16ga. (0.0598” thick) mild steel at approx. 590 inches per minute. 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. And 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 pounds or 100mm (3.937”) of material.

About The IFH Group
There are three primary operations at The IFH Group, Inc. The first is the manufacturing of hydraulic oil reservoirs and fuel tanks for off-road vehicles used in construction, agriculture and many other areas. The second area of focus for The IFH Group, Inc., is the manufacturing of fluid storage and dispensing equipment for lubricants, oils, chemicals and other industrial fluids. This operation also includes state-of-the art equipment and processes for custom metal fabrication and powder coating. The third is the fabrication of electrical enclosures and custom kiosks. Today, The IFH Group operates a 131,000 sq. ft. facility in Rock Falls, IL, and an 88,000 sq. ft. facility in Arlington, WA. The IFH Group is the largest manufacturer of small, customized fuel and hydraulic oil reservoir tanks in the country.

For more information, contact The IFH Group, Inc., 3300 East Route 30, Rock Falls, IL, 61071. Tel: 800-435-7003; Fax: 815-626-1438; info(at)ifhgroup(dot)com. Or visit http://www.ifhgroup.com

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