The life of every prototype and production order has it’s beginning in these departments.
Sureway entered the modern world of CNC punching in 1999, with the introduction of a Pullmax P126 punching cell. At the time, with the availability of 15 independent tooling stations, a sheet size capability of 54 x 100, and material thickness up to .188″, we had the latest in CNC turret punching technology. Sureway added a second P126 in 2001 with additional loading/unloading and part picking capabilities.
We’ve come a long way since then, as both of those machines have since been taken out of commission and replaced by modern, faster and larger sheet capable machines. In 2005, we introduced a P720 Pullmax punching cell, which we christened “Heidi”. With this machine the CNC punching department took on a whole new level of capabilities: complete automation (allows us to run lights out), faster processing (twice as fast as the P126’s), and larger sheet capacity (in excess of 60” x 120”). In addition to the typical punching associated with all turrets, this machine has the ability to form material, much in the same way a press brake would form smaller parts. Flange heights up to 3″ are easily accommodated. In addition, it has the ability to tap threads in virtually any material thickness up to .25″ with any one of its 6 independent tapping stations.
As recently as February of 2017, we added a second P720 with all the same punching, forming and tapping capabilities.
Any capable fabricator will have a sheet metal laser on its floor. At Sureway, we wanted to be more than just capable. Enter the Prima 3d laser cutting system. In situations where turnaround requirements are measured in minutes, there’s no substitute for a laser machine. Introduced in 2004, this machine has nearly zero setup time, capabilities that include sheet sizes of up to 60″ x 120″, as well as the ability to cut the full perimeter of tubing diameters up to 12″. With 2500 watts on tap, .312″ material thicknesses are a breeze, and this also gives us the ability to handle aluminum and stainless steel. As the name implies, this machine is able to cut in 3 dimensional space. 3d cutting is a significant advantage when it comes to cutting parts that have already been formed or require stamping prior to cutting. With 5 axis of rotation, and 16″ of vertical travel, there are very few parts that this machine can’t handle.
Although the Prima was at the forefront of technology for its time, our newest lasers, added in 2011 and 2013, are yet again the latest offerings for sheetmetal processing. Our Trumpf 5030 lasers, 3Kw & 5Kw respectively, no longer use gasses and mirrors to create and deliver a beam, but rather use solid state technology and fiber optics to do the same job. Not only does this cut back on consumables, but it also creates a more energy dense beam, and delivers it without deterioration. This translates into unbelievable cutting speeds and unrivaled cutting edge quality. The fiber optic delivery also allows us to cut more exotic and highly reflective materials like copper and brass, materials you can’t process on a CO2 laser. Both our Trumpf machines also incorporate a fully automated load/unload system that allows us to run 24/7.
All of our punching cells, as well as our lasers, are programmed using offline software. Our 7 engineers are trained on a variety of software packages that includes Si-cam for the Prima laser, Trutops for the Trumpf fiber machines, and Jetcam for the 2 punching systems. The code generated is stored on a server and is picked up wirelessly by any one of our CNC machines for immediate use.