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GGP 04 Apr 2016

‘Personal service’ from Lambert GT Lambert GT Services has been involved with the recent Westcountry Glass expansion project and relocation from Saltash to Langage, Plymouth. During the project, which was developed over a five week timeframe and included the installation of a Northglass furnace, Lambert says it was able to offer a ‘full turnkey package’ to remove an existing LGT machine at the M5 Glass branch and move a Cooltemper from the Saltash branch and install it at M5 Glass. Mark Norcliffe, director of Westcountry Glass, said: “At all times, we have found the personal service from Lambert GT Services a real benefit to our business. Peter and his team have project-managed the installation from start to finish with professionalism and common sense, creating minimum disruption to the rest of our business. The quality of the Northglass furnace is very encouraging and we are confident it will bring great benefits in the coming years.” The acquisition of a new machining centre is said to have ‘drastically increased’ the PVC-U window output of Peterborough based BSW Systems, a Liniar PVC-U and Smart’s aluminium fabricator, specialising in supplying to the trade. Having experienced average, consistent growth of 45% per year over the past three years, the management team at BSW knew they would have to invest in new machinery in order to keep pace with demand. “When we first set up, we were producing approximately 150 windows per week,” said Mark Knowling, BSW production director. “That figure had risen to more than 400 per week by the end of 2015, so we had to find a way to dramatically increase production to effectively service our customers’ needs. “After some research and industry recommendation, we decided that the Supercut 6 would be the ideal machine to fulfil our requirements and give us the capacity to cut and weld up to 750 frames per week.” The latest machining centre for PVC-U profiles, the Supercut, has 108 MACHINERY been custom built by Avantek Machinery (formerly Wegoma Machinery Sales) for the UK and Irish window industry. The Supercut range feeds from right or left, providing what is described as ‘the ultimate in production flexibility’. Utilising Jetmove 200 axis drives and control systems, along with freely programmable and interpolation axis movement software, the Supercut’s bespoke Axis 2013 database operating system has been exclusively developed by Jetter and Schmidgall. “We were expecting teething problems, which is normal for a project of this size,” said Mark. “But the Avantek team has been on hand to solve any issues that we’ve had during the changeover. We’ve had regular engineer visits throughout, as well as training for our staff. “The new Supercut has had a phenomenal effect on our productivity – we’ve been breaking records month-on-month since installation. By speeding up the line and increasing output it’s enabled us to improve our workflow and accuracy – in fact, all our products are now going through the Supercut to give the same accuracy of finish.” Production capacity increased with FC500 www.ggpmag.com April 2016 Specialist toughened glass manufacturer, TuffX, has recently had a third glass toughening furnace installed. Part of a planned investment of £1.2 million in 2015-16, the Glaston FC500 furnace means the company now has a weekly glass production capacity of 25,000m² of 4mm toughened conservatory roof glass, and is reportedly one of a select few manufacturers with three furnaces. TuffX’s Graham Price said: “We have three Tamglass (Glaston) furnaces because they are the best on the market for toughening glass. “The quality they give is excellent, which is exactly what we want for our customers.” The new furnace can toughen glass with thicknesses of 4mm – 19mm, and handle sheet sizes up to 4.2m x 2.4m. Graham added: “Investment in a new furnace gives us the infrastructure to produce processed glass for an even wider variety of complex commercial applications, giving us greater scope to supply developing markets.” BSW’s production manager Andrew Wainwright (left) and production director Mark Knowling Supercut increases output


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