SSC Laser Cutting is experienced within the cutting of steel to accommodate the British rail industry. When using our laser cutting service, we guarantee full traceability of every piece of steel that enters and leaves SSC lasers premises. We are accredited with ISO 9001:2015 and EN 1090-1:2009+A1:2011 (EN1090-2 and EN1090-3) meaning that we are proven to provide quality products and services consistently. We pride ourselves on having the most stringent quality checks along with having the confidence to test your materials to ensure that we meet your exact specifications.
Our Laser Cutting Technology for the Rail Industry
The laser cutting advancements, especially within rail transport, has allowed for a more safe and reliable form of travel due to enhancement of accuracy of the parts. This means that for the avid train traveller, they can expect a much more comfortable journey and for the rail industry, the accuracy in the components used on the rail lines result in less maintenance delays.
Quality provided by Flatbed and Laser Tube Cutting
The quality that is produced from using a flatbed and laser tube cutting machine to manufacture parts is undoubtedly unbeatable.Using this type of laser cutting is highly cost effective and saves on time when making different components – perfect for the rail industry.
Our laser cutting machines produce repeat components effortlessly and accurate to + or – 0.2mm. In an industry where parts receive considerable impact and stress regularly, and in some cases for extended periods of time, it’s common for these consumable items to wear down and become less safe for use over time. Laser cutting means we can provide you with exact replica parts incredibly easily and efficiently, so that excessive downtime for maintenance is avoided, reducing train delays and the likelihood of frustrated commuters.
Each component that SSC produce is based on exact customer requirements and we produce these using technical drawings and CAD files. This enables us to perform pre-processing checks for accuracy and provide advice where necessary or requested.
Laser Cut Component for the Rail Industry
When manufacturing laser cut components for the rail industry, we find that there’s often a lot of variety between requests. For example, in one project we could be using our flatbed laser machine to produce components for carriage frames, cab sides or connection plates, however, the next project could require us to use our tube laser to create parts for signage or overhead line structures.
For one of our more recent projects, our client requested that we laser cut parts for Overhead line electrification steelwork, which are paramount to ensuring the trains run and it was absolutely vital we got it right! The work included masts, telescopic-struts, cantilevers, booms and bracketry and our client ensured it was all fabricated to EXC 2 of EN 1090-1:2009 CE Marking regulation and galvanised to BS EN 1461:2009.
Our Adige LT8.10 Tube Laser, Bystronic ByTube 130 and Bystronic 12kW and 10kW Fiber Flat Bed Lasers enable us to produce parts in unrivalled timeframes and with impressive accuracy, meaning our client put their trust in exactly the right team and chose the right team for the job.The Adige comes equipped with an active scanner, meaning that we are able to make comparisons between 3 dimensional images of the tube and the theoretical section (the CAD design) meaning that we are able to ensure that your parts are entirely accurate, and free of material flaws or defects which may weaken the component over time or reduce performance when in use.
The telescopic struts that we were tasked with creating needed to be adjustable so that they could be adapted to each environment they were to be installed in. The struts were produced using tube laser technology, working with box section in 140mm x 140mm x 6.3mm, 180mm x 180mm x 6.3mm and 200mm x 200mm x 6.3mm. It was imperative that the 180mm square fit snugly inside the 200mm square so that the telescopic jack mast can adjust in 0.25mm increments due to the fact we cut holes at 50mm pitches. The incredible accuracy of our laser cutting machines made light work of this and the project ran to completion without a delay.
Laser operators used hot S355 grade mild steel for the struts, chosen by clients due to its higher tensile and impact strength. Hot S355 grade mild steel also has a smooth surface making the material very suitable for laser cutting in the rail industry.
We were delighted to receive images of the struts’ installation (as shown below) as we love to see progression once the components have left our manufacturing sites and how SSC Laser has assisted in the development of a project. Work with this client is ongoing, with new lines being developed and changes on existing lines still to be made.
ISO9001:2015 Accreditation for Quality Systems
Our ISO9001:2015 Accreditation for Quality Management Systems and our CE Marking accreditation: EN 1090-1: 2009+A1: 2011 – Execution of steel structures and aluminium structures demonstrates our professionalism, capabilities and quality of work produced for the rail industry. We deliver products that meet your exact specifications, whilst ensuring components are compliant with all relevant statutory and regulatory requirements.
If you have any upcoming projects in mind that you would like us to fast track through our laser cutters, contact our team.