Wheatland Upgrades Capabilities with CO2 Laser

WHEATLAND, Pa. – A newly acquired carbon dioxide laser cutting system will enable Wheatland Steel Processing to provide quick turnaround times, custom-cutting services and cost savings for customers, says its president, Tim Jablon.

“Previously, things that needed to be cut by hand or run through a stamping die are now able to be done using the CO2 laser system,” Jablon said in a prepared statement. “This not only expands our capabilities but offers our customers a cost savings and the ability to offer short, customized runs.”

Wheatland Steel Processing was founded in 1972. It operates a 100,000-plus square foot plant at 1700 Broadway Ave.

The Cincinnati CL707 CO2 laser system incorporates high-speed linear motor drive, motion control systems, electronics, beam delivery, fiber optics communication and software to enhance machine performance and accuracy, Wheatland Steel says. The new equipment can cut a wide range of materials and products with close tolerances and it produces minimal scrap.

The laser system can take a 5-by-10-foot piece of steel and cut up to a 7/8-inch thick piece of carbon steel and ½-inch aluminum and stainless steel. The process will allow the company to enter untapped markets, such as the oil and gas industry.

“A customer can send us a pencil sketch of what they would like cut and we can develop a print with the use of our computer-aided drafting programs,” Jablon said. “Because of this, Wheatland can start cutting parts on the new laser machine in just a few days or less.”

Pictured: A cutting machine at Wheatland Steel Processing in Wheatland, Pa.

SOURCE: Wheatland Steel Processing.

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