Laser Cutting & Metal Fabrication
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Here at Yorkshire Profiles Ltd we are extremely well-established specialists in laser cutting and sheet metal fabrication, which we offer on a business-to-business and business-to-client basis. We always make sure that we provide services of the highest possible quality, no matter how big or how small the job. We are ISO9001:2008 registered so you can order assured that we take quality and service seriously.
Our laser cutting service
Our highly technological laser cutting service promises to deliver results of excellent quality, each and every time. The advanced technology involved in our laser cutting set-up means that our laser cutting is not only unbelievably accurate but is completed at a rapid rate too. For this reason we are able to offer our competitive prices for laser cutting services without compromising on quality – we are one of the leading laser cutters in the United Kingdom.
Our laser cutting machine
The Amada F1 laser cutter we use is one of the fastest CO2 laser cutters on the market and allows us to carry out all manner of laser cutting tasks with a maximum part size of 3000mm x 1500mm and up to 25mm thick!
About the Amada F1
It has a very high-powered 4 kw oscillator, which can cut materials of up to 25 mm in thickness. It has a shuttle table, which allows for much faster material changes, which in turn dramatically reduces down-time thus reducing part costs. Another clever feature of the Amada F1 is that it has a ball bearing loading system, which works to prevent any scratching that could occur during the loading and the unloading processes. We have made a stainless steel cutting table for when a job requires us to cut stainless steel parts – this is especially important and advantageous, because it helps greatly to prevent any chances of cross-contamination between stainless steel and mild steel, as well as dramatically reducing the frustrating occurrence of splattering. One of the main strengths of the Amada F1 is just how speedy it makes the entire laser cutting process. It can cut up to 25 mm mild steel, 12 mm stainless steel and 8 mm aluminium. Contact us if you would like to know more about our Amada F1 and the unbeatable services it allows us to deliver.
Why laser cutting is advantageous
The process is an extremely fast one
It is a lot more cost effective than many other cutting methods
The laser ensures an extremely accurate cut, up to +/- 0.1mm depending on material thickness
The process allows for a wonderfully smooth finish
In some cases the result can be a nice, polished appearance
The fact that there is no physical contact during the cutting process means that there is no chance of marks and scratches around the cut. Nor is there distortion which can be associated with punched components
The machine can run unmanned all day and all night, allowing us to offer superb 24/7 service
Sheet metal fabrication
We offer a number of sheet metal fabrication services here at Yorkshire Profiles Ltd. Our 3D development software allows us to design exactly what you want, which we then make with our state-of-the-art machinery and equipment. If you have your own 3D designs, you can send them to us and we will take it from there.
Sheet metal folding
We can fold materials of various thickness provided they are up to three metres in length, thanks to our press brakes – which have seven axes. We can also save the details of your parts to our database, so that if you require any more of the same fold, we can provide it straight off the bat.
Our safety edge tooling means that a tight, 180-degree fold is added to the edge of your sheets, in order to prevent any sharp edges – which is always something you should be concerned about but especially so if the sheet is going to be used in public areas.
As well as sheet metal folding, we also specialise in other metalwork services, including hole-tapping and countersinking. Unless you specify otherwise, they will be completely de-burred – sometimes we get clients who prefer us not to – which is fine.
So that we can offer customers a wider variety of services and continue to expand the business into other areas, we offer a fantastic array of welding services. We weld using both tungsten inert gas (TIG) and metal inert gas (MIG), depending on the job at hand. We also offer spot welding services, which we can do on big or small projects alike. Some of the materials we have experience welding are mild steel, stainless steel and aluminium.
We are happy to take on any job that you have for us, whether that is building fascias, stair and gantry assemblies, sheet metal enclosures, or bespoke drawer units and light fittings.
Powder coating and anodising
We have established excellent relationships with nationwide (and local) powder coating companies, and can offer these services to you. Though these are of course third party services, we promise that they will be as well-executed as they would be if we were doing them ourselves.
Founded in 2001 by Martin Halliwell, Yorkshire Profiles Ltd started off as a very small waterjet cutting operation. The first machine used by the business was, looking back, somewhat primitive by today’s standards: it was, frankly, quite unreliable and frequently produced inaccurate results. As you can imagine, this caused the business to struggle, eventually culminating in the machine being sent back to the supplier.
We then began to look for a new, much better waterjet cutting machine, which we sourced from WaterJet Sweden. The results improved immediately and dramatically, cutting much more accurately than the previous machine and more than doubling the capacity of the business. We were now getting into our stride.
This trusty new WaterJet Sweden machine, in fact, allowed us to establish a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week operation of production. Especially thick plates could be left to cut overnight, without the need for any human supervision, and the parts would be ready by the next morning for collection by the customer.
Yorkshire Profiles had a beloved company mascot: a German Shepherd who went by the name of Mr Anderson, who had a really good ear for the waterjet machine’s health – he could tell by the sounds it made whether or not it was running nice and smoothly. Unfortunately, Mr Anderson passed away and his presence is sorely missed; he has never been replaced.
From a business perspective, though, things were starting to go our way. We had new customers and clients coming in left, right and centre, and as a consequence we had to hire a few more staff members in order to keep up with the ever-increasing workload.
We were delighted to turn the company into a family-run business, as Martin’s wife Karen became a crucial member of the workforce in 2004, as did their son Matthew in 2007.
We made a bold decision to purchase a second cutting machine, this time a state-of-the-art laser cutting one – in the middle of the recession – but as business was still strong despite the financial climate, and our single waterjet machine could not keep up with the workload, we had to invest in more equipment. We are delighted to say this was absolutely the right choice. It allowed us to take on even more work and also take on even more employees, doubling the size of the workforce.
In 2014 the decision was made to remove the waterjet to expand further on the laser cutting and sheet metal fabrication side of the business as laser cutting technology moves forward at an exponential rate. This was a tough decision to make but all the facts and figures strongly suggested the timing was right. We not only serve customers in North Yorkshire now, but nationwide!
Everyone here at Yorkshire Profiles is trained to an extremely high standard from day one, and through hands-on experience they become even more skilled. That is our ethos here, and it also dramatically reduces our costs – meaning we can charge such competitive rates for our fantastic services.
The three things we make sure we always focus on here at Yorkshire Profiles Ltd are:
Affordably-priced service for all clients
Accurate parts to client specifications
Fast turnaround of full quantities
If, for whatever reason, we are not able to meet these requirements first time round in any instance, the team pull together and do whatever it takes to rectify the situation.
A brief background on laser cutting
The first production laser cutting machine was made in 1965 by the Western Electric Engineering Research Center in New York, USA. It was used to drill holes in diamond dies. Two years later over here in the UK, laser-assisted oxygen jet cutting was pioneered, but it was not until the early 1970s that this technology was put into utilisation – it started to be used to cut titanium in the production of aerospace applications. Simultaneously, carbon dioxide lasers were developed for the cutting of non-metallic materials.
If you would like to find out more about our services, call us on 01904 737095 today.
We can fold up to a length of 3000mm. We also offer tapping, countersinking, finishing and welding services.
Our Laser Cutting service promises high quality parts with prompt service and product turnaround.
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“Good quality products with a fast turn around time – also helpful when developing new products.”Alex, Manufacturer of Flexible Hose Assemblies.
“Pleased with consistent good service, price and quality.”Roger, Manufacturers of Freeze Driers
Hessay Industrial Estate
North Yorkshire, YO26 8LE
T. 01904 737095
F. 01904 737096
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