Tornqvist's output increases by 50 percent with the new LVP

Tornqvist’s output increases by 50 percent with the new LVP

December 11, 2013 10:04:51 AM

Tornqvist, Inc., established in 1876, is a longtime manufacturer of component parts for the industrial, architectural and pharmaceutical industries. The company moved into a new 27,500 square-foot facility three years ago to accommodate its steady increase in business. 

Ken Grimbilas, vice president of Tornqvist since his family took it over in 1986, explains the decision to relocate as an important step in preparing for a successful future. “It got to a point where the move was absolutely necessary. The new facility has a much larger capacity that will enable our continued growth in the future.”

With 22 employees, Tornqvist operates one-and-a-half shifts, five to six days a week.The shop's extensive list of equipment includes a laser, shears, brakes, turret punch presses, single-end punches, drills, saws and plate rolls. The Wayne, NJ, business performs multiple applications, including welding (mig, tig, stick, spot and submerged), grinding, sanding, polishing, custom finishing and machining (milling, turning, tapping and inspection). The extensive in-house capabilities allow Tornqvist to offer customers quick turnarounds, which earns the company a lot of repeat business.

“It was a gamble,” Grimbilas says about purchasing his first laser, an Amada LC667, in 1989. “But it allowed us to be faster and more versatile for our customers than we were on punch presses.” 

Fifteen years later, Grimbilas was ready to upgrade. “I wanted our new laser to have more capabilities than the Amada and help us expand into newer markets,” he explains. After 18 months of extensively researching every laser manufacturer and machine on the market, Grimbilas decided to go with a Mitsubishi 3718LVP-40CFX with MSCIII automation. 

“One of the main things that sold me on Mitsubishi was their professionalism,” he explains. “They were very patient and thorough with me,” he says of Paradigm Metalworks, Mitsubishi’s North Jersey dealer. “They never gave me the runaround like other sales teams did. If they didn't know the answers to my questions, they'd get back to me or connect me with a technician who could help.


“The LVP generates 50 percent more output than the old laser,” says Grimbilas. Aside from faster overall speed, the Mitsubishi has exceptional startup. “With our old machine ,startup was 45-60 minutes. Now, we're cutting parts within ten minutes.” With the LVP, switching materials is easier and faster, too. He continues, “Changeover used to take us up to an hour. Now, we're able to switch materials and thicknesses within minutes.”

Grimbilas wanted a laser that would separate Tornqvist from the competition by cutting faster and thicker. The new Mitsubishi LVP-40CFX can cut up to 1” hot rolled steel, 1/2” stainless and 3/8” aluminum, greatly expanding Tornqvist's capabilities for current and future customers.

Mitsubishi's EL4 automation has had the biggest impact on Tornqvist's production.

“Now we don't need a manual controller present all the time so production continues during breaks and between shifts,” Grimbilas explains. “Our productivity has reached an all-time high. We can just program the laser and load it up with material at night, and it'll run lights-out until the job is finished.”

In addition to faster cutting speeds and quicker changeover, the LVP's heavier capacity, load/unload unit and round-square-rectangle tube cutting capabilities have enabled Tornqvistto reach out to newer markets and expand within existing markets.

It is clear that Grimbilas isn't planning on slowing down any time soon and will continue to move Tornqvist into the future. “As we grow, I am more likely to turn to Mitsubishi. Their solid support and commitment has been a big part of our success.”

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