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Gripple’s Nukon 2D Fibre Laser Investment Fuels Innovation and Sustainability

by Anna

Gripple, a global leader in wire joining, tensioning, and suspension systems, reports significant benefits from its investment in a Nukon 2D flat sheet metal fibre laser machine. Installed at the Norfolk Bridge manufacturing site in Sheffield, UK, the Nukon Eco 315 4kW model has brought vertical integration, product development, and sustainability advantages.

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With a focus on expanding global sales, empowering its Ideas & Innovation team for new product development, and enhancing sustainability through vertical integration, Gripple chose the Nukon fibre laser machine from Nukon Lasers UK. The machine, supplied by Nukon Lasers UK, boasts highly accessible power and performance, equipped with solid state American-made nLIGHT fibre lasers.

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The Nukon fibre laser has played a pivotal role in cost-effectively manufacturing seismic bracing and blast protection systems, showcasing its precision, speed, and flexibility. The machine has also contributed to producing components for solar cable hangers and machine tools, aligning with Gripple’s commitment to net-zero status by 2030.

Claire Tunnard, Production Manager at Gripple’s Norfolk Bridge site, emphasized the Nukon fibre laser’s impact on innovation and sustainability. She noted its role in creating components for challenging environments and the rapid production of solar cable hangers. Additionally, the machine aids the Ideas & Innovation team in exploring new product development opportunities.

The decision to cut with compressed air rather than nitrogen gas has led to significant cost savings, contributing to Gripple’s competitiveness. Nukon Lasers UK has provided valuable technical knowledge and support, ensuring the seamless integration and performance of the fibre laser machine.

Steve Haddrell, Sales Director at Nukon Lasers UK, highlighted the collaborative approach, stating, “We have worked closely with Gripple since day one and will continue to do so. Our UK service and support teams are never more than a phone call or short drive away, and we also have the added support of the incredibly helpful and approachable teams at Nukon’s European HQ.”

Gripple’s investment in the Nukon 2D fibre laser machine exemplifies the intersection of technological innovation, sustainability goals, and operational efficiency in modern manufacturing.

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