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GGP 04 Apr 2016

110 MACHINERY Machining utopia GGP visits Emmegi (UK) customer, Newbury Commercial Glazing, to find out how its operations have been transformed by the latest cutting and machining technology from the Everybody has a smartphone these days – but with technological innovation moving at such a rapid speed, how many of us use these clever gadgets to their maximum potential? How many of us are even fully aware of what they can actually do – and if we were, what could we achieve? This was the analogy used by Newbury Commercial Glazing operations director, Ian Hannis, who claims to be reaching production ‘utopia’ with the latest cutting and machining technology from Coventry based machinery supplier, Emmegi (UK). Warwick based Newbury, which specialises in commercial installations in Smart Architectural Systems, Schuco and Kawneer, took delivery of an Emmegi Precision TS2 electronic twin head cutting off machine with front blade, and a Phantomatic X4 4-axis work centre last year. According to Ian, following a process of ‘trial and refine’ the Emmegi machinery, operating in tandem with Logikal software from Business Micros Aluminium, has completely transformed the production process at Newbury, making it quicker and more efficient. The set up has also resulted in increased output, greater precision manufacturing and a more efficient deployment of staff. Describing the partnership as ‘the gold standard of machines and software’, Ian said: “There is a real synergy between Emmegi and Logikal. We understand 100% what we can get out of the machines and software, therefore the natural link from Emmegi to Logikal has allowed us to use them to their full potential. “We’ve seen a 42% saving in machining time, allowing capacity for fabrication-only work and a ‘stop-start’ fabrication process has been replaced by a more fluid, faster run. Jobs which previously took 11 days to complete can now be done in six.” With up to 12 staff on the factory floor, the Logikal–Emmegi machining partnership is able to account for every minute of their time and Ian hopes to increase productivity even further, allowing Newbury to expand its operations, without having to recruit and train more people. Skills shortage With a skills shortage currently facing the construction industry, Newbury Commercial’s founder, Rod Newbury, who started the business more than 25 years ago, explained how the right machinery can remedy this problem: “In Coventry, there aren’t people with the skill set available now, so you have to invest in good machinery,” he said. “Our guys know what they’re doing, but the machinery does allow for deskilling, which is good for us in the current climate and the future when it comes to recruiting. “With this in mind, it gives us the scope to introduce an apprenticeship scheme in 2016/17, bringing the youth into the industry which is very much in demand. “We’ve had the Emmegi machinery in place for over six months now and we are really pleased. We have a good relationship with Emmegi. Their customer service is fantastic and we are really seeing the benefits of the TS2 and the X4 in terms of efficiency, consistency and quality too.” Developing machinery that is easier to programme and use is perhaps part of the reason behind Emmegi (UK)’s recent success in Ireland, where there is also a shortage of skilled labour as a result of the recent recession. The company was quick to recognise the potential of the economic recovery in the country and now has a dedicated Irish team in place to take care of machine buying, installation and servicing, comprising of national sales manager for Ireland Jim O’Connell, senior engineer, Lucasz Szulc and field service engineer, Paul Adams. “Ireland has been a real success story for us,” said Emmegi (UK)’s managing director, Ian Latimer. “The innovations in our machinery that allow for a less skilled workforce Coventry based machinery supplier. www.ggpmag.com April 2016


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