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Cantifix sold on new Kombimatec CNC machine Window machinery company, Cantifix, has purchased an AMC602 3+1 Axis CNC machining centre from Kombimatec: “While price always has some part to play in the decision of whether or not to go ahead with a purchase we were seriously impressed with the overall build quality and, in particular, the fact that the bed rotated on the axis of the Kombimatec machine rather than the tool head,” said William Sharman, Cantifix’s director. “It allows greater flexibility and it saves time when dealing with the complex processes we often need to perform.” North London based Cantifix says it has always taken on groundbreaking and innovative projects both within the UK and internationally. “Everything we do is nonstandard and often better suited to detailed manual attention during manufacture,” continued Sharman. “However, Kombimatec’s CNC machining centre certainly allows us to undertake some of our more repetitive tasks whilst maintaining the desired high standards that our clients expect.” Kombimatec’s AMC602 machining centre has been designed to process extruded aluminium and utilises advanced CNC control combined with CAD software to position the electro spindle and selected tool to work on the selected profile. It includes four controlled axes, four adjustable pneumatic clamps and comes with an industrial control unit for accurate positional control and a PC interface with CADCAM software. It also has an automatic tool changer to accommodate up to seven different tools. 92 MACHINERY Low cost finance driving sales Promac Group has reported that it delivered near record installation activity throughout last year, as fabricators and glass processors invested in new machinery. Reporting sustained market confidence, Promac said it completed an average of more than a dozen machinery installations each month, throughout 2016. Joe Hague, Promac Group’s managing director, said he expected Q1 2017 to deliver continuing high levels of activity as companies took advantage of not only low interest rates, but also the availability of finance. He said: “LIBOR, the rate of interest at which banks lend to each other, remains at an historically low level, which means business borrowing is also very low. At the same time, the controls introduced since the 2008 financial crisis and credit crunch mean that there is also not only a high level of liquidity within the banking sector but also banks are incentivised to lend it. “These factors combined, plus some of the highly innovative new machinery available in the market, makes it a great time to invest and it seems that fabricators and glass processors are taking advantage of it.” Promac Group offers a range of machinery from Forel, FOM Industries, Graf, BDM, Goldglass and Pertici, amongst others. The company says it offers the most extensive range of PVC-U, aluminium and glass processing equipment in the UK. This is underpinned by a factory planning, installation and engineer support service. Promac says it also offers the UK’s largest range of machinery consumables and parts. Joe continued: “There are also several additional drivers, which may make investment in machinery at this current time, prudent. “The first is efficiency. The industry has seen a series of price increases since the Brexit vote. The efficiency that comes with increased automation is a way of mitigating the impact of those increased costs at fabrication and processing levels, by reducing labour costs. “The second is increased focus on quality. Increasing the automation of lines is an important element in achieving this by reducing handling. “And finally, but by no means least, if you’re chasing higher margin sales, either in aluminium of highend PVC-U fabrication, you have to have the capacity to manufacture the right products and do so at volume. “The coming year is hard to call because of Brexit, but these are long term trends and that puts a pressure on fabricators and glass processors to keep pace, but also generates new opportunities for those who do.” Superior service from Avantek When it comes to machinery companies, says Avantek, you’d think automation was the way forward. However, the company is keen to point out that there’s no replacement for people when it comes to delivering exceptional customer service, as sales director Nigel Bishop explained: “I’ve been in this industry for almost 20 years, and have seen many advances in technology, enabling exciting new products to be developed in ever-efficient ways. “When it comes to business relationships, however, it’s very clear to me that people still want to deal with people. That’s not only the case right from the start, from a sales perspective – but it’s important to keep an ongoing dialogue too. If anything should go wrong, there’s no substitute for the personal touch. “That’s why here at Avantek we’ve built our team of on-the-road service engineers to eight; as soon as they’re needed they can respond. And as they’re all full-time employees as well as expert engineers, we don’t need to use sub-contractors who may not be familiar with the machinery or our customer base. “We’re also investing in a huge stock of spares for the Urban, Wegoma and Supercut machinery we offer, so the parts are to hand whenever they’re needed. “All of this means a massive reduction in machine downtime when compared to using alternative suppliers and has been purely based www.ggpmag.com February 2017 on listening to customers and delivering exactly what they need. “Going the extra mile for customers is also why we’ve turned the old industry-wide system of ordering a new machine on its head. “Instead of waiting up to 16 weeks for new machinery to be built and made to order from abroad, Avantek actually has a wide range of machinery in stock. This means if the machine you need is already in stock, we can supply it straight away, often within the same week if the transport can be arranged!” Joe Hague


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