New investment to add to our laser cutting service.


High Speed Lasers hope to add to our established laser cutting services and create new jobs through the investment in a brand new Bystar Fiber 3015 Dynamic Edition 10kw.  The new machine will enable us to offer our customers increased capacity, very competitive quotes by improved cutting speeds  and processing of thicker brass, copper and aluminium.

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Adapt and overcome.

When we started out in laser cutting 10 years ago, we had no idea of the vast range of jobs that we would encounter.  It is true that there was always the temptation to keep things simple, stick to what we knew and what were good at.  Nothing wrong with this approach at all but sometimes in the workplace, like life, it is important to try something different and push the boundaries.


A customer asked us to make perforated cones for them.  Pre-perforated sheet was not an option in this case because the customer needed customised margins all around the developed blank.  So we did the preparatory CAD work, developed the blank, cut the profile (including the 8 000 plus holes!) and formed to shape on our CNC Press Brakes.  This type of job is not straight forward.  The initial blank development needs to be spot on and laser cutting this amount of holes from a relatively small area can be fraught with problems.  We adapted and overcame and we learned some very valuable lessons along the way, as well as adding another string to the company Bow.


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Ten reasons why we should train employees

Ten Reasons why we should train employees


  1. Increase productivity

Laser cutting is like any other industry, if your employees know what they’re doing and are properly trained, productivity will increase. The manufacturing industries have caught on to this gem a long time ago. The most successful sheet metal working businesses train their staff to achieve improved quality, provide better service, reduced snagging and ultimately make a profit.

  1. Reduce employee turnover

Investing in your employees will let them know you are interested in developing their skills. As a result, they tend to stay longer and contribute more to your business. Recruiting replacement staff is expensive, time consuming and risky. It’s much better to train and retain your best people in the first place. Technical, management and administrative training courses can be as good a pay rise during difficult times.

  1. Decrease need for supervision

Untrained and under-qualified staff can drain your management resources and distract your best people from urgent and important tasks. How many times have your Managers said that they can’t do something because they are still “keeping an eye” on an employee? Free up a Managers time and effort by training employees to do the work themselves

  1. Increase ability to employ new technologies

Keeping up to date with technology, especially in the sheet metal working industry, is essential. Ensuring that your employees are current with technology will not only enable them to do their job better but also ensures that your Company is at the forefront when it comes to the competition.

  1. Increase safety to decrease work-related injury/illness

Training in health and safety will reduce the amount of work based injuries which occur. This protects not only the employee, but also the employer when it comes to possible corporate manslaughter charges. Let your insurance broker know that you have evidence of accredited H&S training. This will help the broker negotiate a better quotation with underwriters on your behalf.


  1. Maintain employee credentials/certifications

Maintaining credentials is cheaper than allowing them to expire and starting again. Ensure that the hard-won qualifications of your employees remain up to date with regular training.

  1. Help employees meet new responsibilities

Who would allow a 17-year-old to operate a £500 000 Laser Profiling machine without any instruction? Then why do some Companies promote employees to new positions without giving them the necessary skills to perform their new role effectively? Training for newly promoted employees is beneficial to both the Company and the employee in terms of productivity, effectiveness and efficiency.

  1. Increase job satisfaction, morale and motivation among employees

A happy workforce is a productive workforce. Training increases the wellbeing of employees and reduces absenteeism, mistakes and stress in the workplace – always beneficial for a Company.

  1. Enhance company image, e.g. conducting diversity training

PR and reputation is increasingly important. Gaining an accreditation such as IIP (Investors in People) can be prestigious in terms of promoting the Company and ensuring that people would like to work for, and with the organisation.  In our own case at High Speed Lasers we undertook a program of training laser cutting machine operators on press brakes which helped us enormously.

  1. Improve risk management, e.g., training about sexual harassment, diversity training

Training in essential areas will reduce the risks associated with employing people and potential Employment Tribunal claims. Remember, the average cost of just defending a Tribunal claim is around £10K. And that’s excluding an award made against you.

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Out with the old, in with the …. old? Not for High Speed Lasers


Saying goodbye to an old friend

We’re in the process of updating our two oldest laser cutting machines. The two old girls that helped to establish us as serious in this super competitive UK Laser cutting market, almost 10 years ago now. They have served us well, and they leave us to go on to work for someone else, somewhere else in the world. If it sounds as though I’m talking about these two hunks of laser cutting machinery like they are old friends, that is because they feel like they are old friends. During those formative first five years I spent more time with them than friends or family. Nights, days, fair weather and foul, we did what we had to do to keep our promises with our customers. These reliable pieces of laser cutting kit enabled us to do this.

When the time came for their inevitable replacement, we had a lot of decisions to make. A question that crosses all manufacturers minds at this time is “Do I REALLY need a brand new laser cut machine?”. For us, this question was the no brainer. Our purchasing spec had a long list of boxes to be ticked, right at the very top of this list was reliability.

Mechanical things break down from time to time, it is inevitable. We do what we can to minimise the risks and maximise the productive time but, inevitably, the time will come (exactly when you don’t need it to!) when we will need the help of the machine manufacturer. We have worked with Trumpf for all of our 10 years, all of our laser cut machines are Trumpf and all have been purchased from brand new. Far from the cheapest option, but when was the cheapest option ever the right one?

Ongoing investment is a prerequisite for a job shop like us and as we wave our old servants goodbye, we look forward to welcoming their Trumpf replacements with open arms, safe in the knowledge that they will see us well into the next 10 years.

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