The customer is Federal Mogul Sealing in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape.
Trumpf Inc. one of the largest manufacturers of fabricating machinery in the United States has announced that it has manufactured the 1 000th TruLaser 1030 fiber laser, less than 8 years after the first machine was assembled. The significant connection for South Africa is that the customer is Federal Mogul Sealing, based in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape.
The TruLaser 1030 was developed at Trumpf in the United States and was first introduced with a TruCoax laser in May of 2009. This configuration can be found on 563 of the 1000 machines manufactured by Trumpf.
In the early stages of development, the machine was only equipped with a fixed table inside for material support. Soon after the machine made its debut, customers requested expanding its material handling capabilities. Not having pallets was simply no longer an option for the machine’s potential. A single pallet, and later a fully automatic pallet changer providing material loading and unloading was developed and implemented as a machine option.
Staff from Trumpf USA in front of the 1 000th Trumpf TruLaser 1030 fiber laser bound for South African customer Federal Mogul Sealing in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
In August of 2011, production of the TruLaser 1030 fiber began. Both machines allowed Trumpf to reach a new customer segment and enable them to grow into higher performance machines. To date, one-third of the machines have been sold to the North American market, followed by Germany, China, and India.
The 1 000th machine is bound for Federal Mogul Sealing in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The company is a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings LLC, a global supplier of products and services to the world’s manufacturers and servicers of vehicles and equipment in the automotive, light, medium and heavy-duty commercial, marine, rail, aerospace, power generation and industrial markets.
This South African location manufactures automotive parts such as connecting rods, cylinder liners, engine bearings, piston rings, pistons, technical textiles, transmission products and valve seats.
Trumpf Inc. is the USA subsidiary of the Trumpf Group, a global high-technology company manufacturing machine tools, lasers and electronics for industrial applications.