(featured in FFJournal® – 12/15)

Industrial strength produces silken smooth goods.

You make a first impression once. A freshly pressed shirt implies someone wants to be taken seriously. A fluid, draped tablecloth topped off with carefully ironed linens separates an upscale event from a backyard barbeque. These areas of detail are achieved on a grander scale with the appropriate equipment.

In the case of Leonard Automatics Inc., Denver, North Carolina, industrial laundry equipment is produced in part with its TruLaser 2030 from Trumpf Inc. The equipment Leonard Automatics produces is used to automate the traditionally labor-intensive pressing and finishing of garments and flat items, such as cloth napkins, in high-production facilities. The decision to upgrade its laser equipment to fiber technology was prompted by the need to outpace its previous production rate. “We bought our first modern cutting machine, a Trumpf CO2 laser, back in 2010 and ran it for five years,” recalls Jacob Frushtick, manufacturing technology manager, Leonard Automatics. “But since then fiber laser technology has really outpaced CO2.”

Leonard Automatics was using an older model TruLaser 2030. After upgrading to the fiber version, they realized they could sell their current machine without paying much more per month. “Things really lined up perfectly,” Frushtick says. “We cleaned out our remaining loan on the laser we had and swapped out the old one for a new one.” Cutting 24-gauge stainless steel up to 1/4 in. with a fiber laser has doubled the amount Leonard Automatic can cut compared to its previous machine. “The edge quality is better, too,” Frushtick says. We have less to clean up because of a cleaner cut. Our power bill is also down $900 each month.”

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