In response to the global Covid-19 crisis, Made in Group were forced to cancel their annual manufacturing exhibition and will now hold the industry's first virtual exhibition of its kind. Beginning on August 17th, this will be a 2 week long "Digital Business Festival", featuring over 30 events and aiming to feature 5,000 delegates.
Backing Britain Live 2020 is being organised by the Made in Group which has two strong networks in the Midlands and Yorkshire, its aim to keep industry connected and help manufacturers collaborate, share best practice and promote British manufacturing. This will include: Webinars, Conferencing, Round Table Discussions, Networking, Virtual Expo Hall, Digital Mastermind Groups and a Physical Goodie Bag.
Our state-of-the-art laser cutting machines enable us to cut a wide range of materials and thicknesses whilst maintaining high levels of speed and quality. As well as state of the art laser cutting equipment we also employ Sigma MRP back office software to streamline the processing of orders and customer management. This also allows complete stock control of raw materials.
Our current set-up comprises of three advanced Bystronic laser cutting machines 2 of which are new company purchases:
Thanks to the Bystronic laser cutting machines at our disposal, we can offer a complete range of cutting thicknesses to suit a multitude of applications. We can cut up to thicknesses of 25mm and our large 4000mm x 2000mm bed allows us to cut both large one-off items as well as mass-produced parts.
At SLP, we hold appropriate levels of mild steel in stock, to allow us to service our customer base in a timely and cost effective fashion. We regularly cut S275 JR and S355 JR but are also able to offer mild steels tested up to S355 J2+N should the application demand it. These grades are all available in thicknesses from 3mm up to 25mm.
At the thinner end, we supply parts cut from Cr4 (0.9mm – 3mm) should you require it. We can also supply Hardox, Abro, Weldox and Boron which are all available on request. The General and Structural Steels we cut and supply are used un a wide variety of applications including General Sheet Metal, Construction, Rail, Agricultural, Machinery, Architectural and Renewables.
ISLP Entered a Team in to 5 a-side Competition played at the U-Mix Centre in Sheffield on Sunday 24th February, to Celebrate the Life of Cyrille Regis organised by Football Unites, Racism Divides (FURD).
They were unbeaten in the Competition, but lost out reaching the Final by 1 goal on Goal Difference. Jamie Ward (pictured) was the Star Performer scoring all SLP’s Goals.
In terms of Spring Steel, we can supply laser cut Cold Rolled Steel Strip (bright hardened). We also keep stocks of CS95 (hardened to 50/52 RC), CS80 (hardened to 48/50 RC) and 75Cr1 (hardened to 48/50 RC and 42/44 RC). We offer a thickness range of 0.3mm - 4.mm for maximum choice and application versatility.
We also offer Hot Rolled Steel Strip in the form of 75Cr1 and 80Crv2. These come in a thickness range of 1.8mm – 8.3mm. We have extensive knowledge in this area and have built a large customer base who use these materials in the following applications:
We recently appeared in a BSI (British Standards Institution) case study to promote certification and technical standards. Laser cutting specialist SLP gains multiple benefits from its BSI certification to two international standards. The company cares about quality, which it has enhanced and is proud to demonstrate through its certification by BSI to two international standards: the iconic ISO 9001:2015 for quality management, and the CE mark for structural steel - BS EN 1090 CE Exc.Class 2. Please click the image to download the PDF case study.
SLP Managing Director Duncan Proctor stated “From our perspective there are benefits to certification that go beyond compliance, including better processes, better controls and better traceability. It’s just as much about improving working practices and professionalism.” Why certification? It is no accident that SLP has grown to become a multi-million pound business. Working across a wide range of sectors, the firm’s technical expertise is coupled with a commitment to providing excellent product quality, customer service and value for money. Duncan also stated:
“We’re fast, we’re efficient and we’re reliable, we’ve invested in the latest technology, enabling us to deliver laser-cut metal products on time and to specification to every corner of the UK. We wanted to be the best at what we do and that’s also why we’ve invested in our international and European standards.”
We would like to take this opportunity to say a thank you to everyone involved with our company including customers, staff, suppliers and partners for your support during the year. We are looking forward to 2019 and working with all of you again next year. Season’s greetings from all of us and we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Our last working day before Christmas will be Friday 21st December, which makes our last day for despatch of stock items Thursday 20th. We are open on Wednesday 2nd January. We would like to wish our customers & suppliers the best wishes for the festive season.
We have had an excellent year and are pleased to be moving into next year with a positive outlook. We have significant expansion plans and projects planned for 2019 and more news will be made available in this area over the first months of the year.
At Specialised Laser Products, we specialise in the manufacture of laser cut 420 Stainless Stainless Steel for a multitude of real world applications. We have extensive knowledge in this area and have built a large customer base who use this materials in the following applications: Machine Knives, Food Processing Blades, Slitting Line Spacers, Surgical Instruments, Hand Knives, Circular Saw Bodies, Spring Washers and Packaging Knives.
420 Stainless Steel provides excellent corrosion and wear resistance which suits a lot of our specialist customers. This can be supplied in a variety of forms and thicknesses including strip bright hardened to 47/51 RC 0.5mm to 3mm thick, cold rolled sheets annealed 1.5mm to 3.5mm thick and cross rolled sheets descaled and annealed 4.3mm to 10.5mm.
Specialised Laser Products are proud to be the sponsors of a local junior football team based in Rotherham called Bramley Sunnyside Junior Football Club. We are sponsors of the under 9’s team who are presented in the image. The club was formed in 1994 which makes them just one year older than SLP.
Bramley Sunnyside Junior Football Club is a fully inclusive club run by local volunteers for children aged from aged 4 upwards. Their teams play in the Sheffield and District Junior Sports League as well as a range of tournaments across South Yorkshire. They welcome new players and coaches, have all of the equipment available for new teams to get started and will support all new coaches with attaining the required qualifications.
As part of our continued growth we are pleased to announce that we have launched a new website. The new website offers information on our main areas of operation including, laser cutting of specialist metal sheet/plate covering Stainless Steel 304, 316 & 420 grades, Spring Steel, Aluminium and Tool Steels. Our new website offers a wide range of information including our accreditations, capacity, secondary processes and also our latest news and event updates. Bookmark our website to keep up to date with the latest technologies and capabilities at SLP.
SLP is a family-run laser cutting company and we pride ourselves on going the extra mile to deliver first-class customer service: striving to meet the tightest of deadlines, whilst ensuring that the precision and quality that underpins our reputation is maintained at all times. We want to be the best at what we do - which is why we’ve invested in the latest technology, enabling us to deliver projects on time and to specification. It’s no accident that we’ve grown to become a multi-million-pound business delivering laser cut metal products to every corner of the UK.
Tool steels supplied by SLP are renowned for their durability and high performance characteristics. They are sourced from reliable mainstream suppliers and are certificated with material analysis. Our tool steels are the preferred choice of many industry leaders within the Machine Knife industry and we can supply laser cut blades/blanks with finish grinding allowances added.
Due to the excellent quality of these materials, you can be assured of consistent hardness when heat treated. They will offer superb performance when in operation throughout a multitude of applications. We offer a wide range of materials commonly used in the tooling industry, including, M2 (Werkstoff 1.3343), D2 (1.2379), 440B Stainless (1.4112), OI (1.2510), L3 (1.2067), 420 Stainless (1.4034) and Chipper (1.2360). Most of these materials are available in thicknesses from 1mm to 12.5mm.
The tool steels we stock and supply are available for use across a spectrum of end applications, including: Machine Knives, Packaging Knives, Paper Slitting Knives, Food Processing Blades, Shear Blades, Planer Blades and Ground Flat Stock.
Tom Revill comes on board at SLP joining our sales team in the role of an Internal Sales Officer. This is a vital part of the business allowing for the rapid response to customer enquiries and one that we can already see results benefiting the department and other areas of our manufacturing processes. Tom has worked in the industry at Steel Dynamics and also Outokumpu for over 10 years in production, sales and the visiting of customers. Tom has a great level of experience within the Laser and Plasma cutting industry and is shown here being welcomed by SLP MD Duncan Proctor.
Tom is from Sheffield, supporting Sheffield Wednesday and also involved with a junior football team at Beighton Magpies in the Sheffield area of the South Yorkshire.
Tom stated “The facilities at SLP offer large state of the art modern machinery with rapid turnaround capabilities, the company also offers a vast range of stock sheet materials in a range of sizes and specifications making it a desirable business partner in this sector UK wide.”
The recent Made in Yorkshire event held as The Centenary Pavilion, Leeds United Football Club in Leeds, was the largest manufacturing expo held in Yorkshire during the year. Specialised Laser Products enjoyed the day with around thirty prospects being catered and harvested including some that have now converted to enquiries and actual orders. A worthwhile day was had by all.
The event was free to attend and we saw a good level of people and businesses interested in our capabilities. We would like to thank all attendees and the event organisers for putting on a great show in a good location. For visitors, the Made in Yorkshire exhibition was a good day out meeting potential suppliers and trade partners representing some of Yorkshire’s leading manufacturers.
The Made in the Yorkshire Manufacturing Exhibition is back and is Yorkshire’s biggest expo for manufacturing! This is your opportunity to join over 1,000 decision makers from the Yorkshire Manufacturing supply chain, OEM purchasing teams and 100 exhibiting Made in Yorkshire members. The event is on Thu 17 May 2018 with timings being 08:00 to 14:30. The event location is at The Centenary Pavilion, Leeds United Football Club, Leeds, LS11 0ES.
The event is FREE to attend for Made in Yorkshire & Made in the Midlands members, Manufacturing and Engineering businesses and companies with a vested interest in manufacturing including: buyers, purchasers, procurement teams, official partners and sponsors. For visitors, the Made in Yorkshire exhibition is your chance to visit the best of Yorkshire’s movers and makers in one day and network with key decision makers from across the Yorkshire industry.
Specialised Laser Products have recently appointed Martin Cadet as our new Sales Manager. Martin brings with him a wealth of experience and contacts within the manufacturing and engineering industry sectors. His role will see new business development activities across the UK with a focus on partnership creation, sales generation and the expansion of turnover within the business.
Martin has worked for Barratt Group, Outokumpu, Corus and other leading companies in the UK steel and metals sector. Specialised Laser Products Managing Director Duncan Proctor stated “We welcome Martin to our team and can already see the results of his activities. His experience will be of great benefit to our expansion plans for the coming years and we look forward to working together on the development of sales and customer relationships.”
Martin started as an apprentice professional footballer with Rotherham United when he started his career, despite being a self-confessed Sheffield United supporter. In his spare time, he enjoys time on the golf course and socialising with close friends and is looking forward to the role as it develops in the coming months. We welcome Martin to Specialised Laser Products.
We at Specialised Laser Products are currently looking for a new team member to join our expanding sales team. We are looking for an enthusiastic hardworking individual with experience in laser cutting or a similar industry to join our busy sales team and assist with our increased volume in sales enquiries and quotations, along with telephone enquiries and general administration.
If you would like to know more please contact Carly Pidd on 01709 837333 or email@example.com. Salary will be dependent on experience.
Specialised Laser Products has recently joined the “Made In Yorkshire” initiative to promote our company across the region and engineering companies located across the Central & Northern UK areas. The initiative “Made in Yorkshire” helps raise our profile to a wider audience allowing us to engage with other members and actively grow our network creating partnership opportunities. We are also enhancing our public profile and public support of the manufacturing community. By joining Made in the Yorkshire we are enhancing our reputation as one that shares the same ethos of other members and those that want to see the long term prosperity of manufacturing in the Yorkshire region.
Made in Yorkshire is a Yorkshire based manufacturing & engineering peer to peer membership association including near 100 members from all tiers of all industry supply chains. They exist to unite Yorkshire industry by bringing together like minded companies at Director level to Source, Supply, Share best practice and Collaborate within the region. Current members include: Portakabin, Gripple, Seabrook Crisps, Rosti Automotive, Balmoral Tanks, Hesco, Teconnex, Corocoat and many more.
Specialised Laser Products have recently invested in the latest technology for materials and resource planning. Developed for the specific requirements of the fabrication industry, SigmaMRP is a manufacturing resource planning (MRP) system that manages transactions and communication with customers and suppliers, inventory of goods and raw materials, along with departmental and outsourced processes. We have implemented this new technology into our laser cutting business process and our customers are already seeing the benefits.
In addition to inventory, work order, process scheduling and tracking progress, we also cut, bend, or punch sheet metal with a need to catalogue and recall remnants for future jobs. SigmaMRP is practical and robust offering the ability to us to grow in the coming years with our expanding requirements.
Specialised Laser Products have recently invested in a sitewide update to all of our manufacturing facility lighting systems. The upgrade has replaced all of our lighting systems in the main laser cutting storage and factory areas. Our business was using fluorescent and halogen lighting and we have reduced our electricity by as much as 70% by switching to LED lighting, with a return on investment expected to be achieved within just two years.
With each light having an operational life of 50,000 hours, maintenance is drastically reduced and with an unrivalled expected failure rate of just 0.002%. the LED lighting that we have installed is expected to use 70% less energy than their equivalent halogen bulbs, in addition they provide a more uniformed distribution of bright light with less shadows, improving health and safety and creating brighter more pleasant working conditions. Our valued staff have already feedback on the benefits of a better working environment all round.
We would like to take this opportunity to say a thank you to everyone involved with our company including customers, staff, suppliers and partners for your support during the year. We are looking forward to 2018 and working with all of you again next year. Season’s greetings from all of us and we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
We have had an excellent year over the last 12 months and are pleased to be moving into the next year with a strong order book. We have significant expansion plans and projects planned for 2018 and more news will be made available in this area over the first months of the year.
Specialised Laser Products have a vacancy for a full time Sales Manager to join our team. SLP was formed in 1995 to initially support the machine knife industry in the south Yorkshire area with laser cutting services. SLP has grown year on year and now operates from a 20,000sq/ft premises. With a policy of constant re-investment in the latest technology both in machinery and office software, SLP now services a wide range of industries and offers Laser Cutting, Flame Cutting, Press Braking, CNC machining and various other secondary services.
Full role and description details are found on our website in the Vacancies section. Please contact Duncan Proctor 01709 837333 to apply for the position.
Specialised Laser Products have a longstanding partnership with BOC in the supply of industrial gasses to our modern manufacturing facility located in the centre of the England right next door to the M1 corridor. Due to increased and expected increases in contract, project and long-term customer work we have recently expanded the capacity of our Nitrogen storage facility to in excess of 20,000 litres. This is a 100% increase on our previous facility for the storage on Nitrogen and the investment is already seeing returns for our laser cutting machines and equipment.
Part of the investment was the introduction of a Nitrogen Tank safety wall which would prevent gas flooding any work zones in the event of a leak. This would be unlikely but we take employee safety and the environment very seriously along with a duty of care for all.
Specialised Laser Products have just completed a project to enhance our 3D CAD and design capabilities using SolidWorks 3D CAD. The software allows for the latest technology in CAD animation, revision control, costing, part and assembly modelling, photo view 360, tolerance analysis, CAD library and interference check. This represents the latest in a number of investments undertaken at the company during 2017.
SolidWorks is a comprehensive 3D design solution that adds powerful simulation and design validation to the capabilities of our existing software, as well as ECAD/MCAD collaboration, reverse engineering, and advanced wire and pipe routing functionality. The software is already providing benefits to our customers and is reducing the time and resources required within the complete process from enquiry to delivery of goods.
The company has recently invested in a press brake folding and bending machine to support our growth in secondary services. The investment has seen in excess of £100k expended into this project with the machine being commissioned during the summer. The new folding and bending machine offers in house Fast and Easy Part Processing, High Precision Operation, Reduced Power & Maintenance, Stop – Start technology, Up to 50% power saving, High Speed Operation, Bending Solution Pack Options and Angle Sensors Option the cater for all scenarios.
With more than 125,000 press brakes and 1,500 bending cells installed AMADA are at the forefront of press brake innovation and product development. The patented lower beam design and large working envelope of the HFE give the user great flexibility whilst the latest touch screen 3D control panel and energy saving drive improve efficiency and profitability. We are pleased to be in partnership with a leader in this type of technology and look forward to our investment in the coming years.