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GGP February 2017

Haffner helps to deliver exceptional quality Haffner Murat has installed two pieces of fabrication machinery for specialist trade fabricator Mercury Glazing Supplies. Chris Reeks, Mercury’s sales and marketing director, said: “We have a strong growth strategy in place and our investment in new machinery from Haffner Murat will help us continue to deliver exceptional quality and exceptional lead times as our order volumes increase.” Mercury has invested in a CN770 CNC corner cleaner and an SMR-4 four headed welder. Chris commented: “Haffner Murat has a well deserved reputation in the industry for delivering reliable, high quality machinery and Dave Thomas’s hands on approach, attention to detail and rapid response is superb. The machines will add further value to our fabrication process.” According to Haffner, the CN770 CNC corner cleaner cleans corners quickly and effectively with no manual intervention, improving output times and quality. The machine can store up to 400 different profile dimensions and properties, saving programming time in the fabrication process. It is suitable for both white and coloured frames, a feature that was particularly important for Mercury, which is seeing considerable growth in orders for coloured profiles. The SMR-4 four headed welder is billed as the ‘fastest and most accurate’ in line welder on the market today, a feature that made it very attractive to Mercury because the company was looking to achieve maximum return on investment in its production operation. 94 MACHINERY Unique gears up for WarmCore Unique Window Systems has invested in a Graf Synergy SL4FF seamless corner welder from the Promac Group, as part of its continuing growth strategy. Fabricating more than 1,000 windows per week, the Leicesterbased trade and commercial fabricator has reported exponential growth, and has committed to significant investment in its manufacturing capability. Atul Patel, director of Unique Window Systems, said: “We’re a volume business. We’re doing 1,000 PVC-U windows and doors a week – you can’t do that and sustain quality, without a high level of automation. “The investment we have made in machinery has allowed us to keep down costs but more importantly, it allows us to guarantee consistent quality.” Atul said: “We fabricate Modus and as a flush system, the SL4FF gives us a very high quality weld, which allows us to pitch it against other premium R9-type flush systems. “The real reason why we have got it is because we’re also fabricating Synseal’s Warmcore. It’s a key product for us and we see a lot of potential in areas traditionally dominated by aluminium systems,” he continued. “The SL4FF gives us Warmcore at volume – but also just as importantly, the high quality finish that we need with it.” The SL4FF employs an on-board control system and CAD Scan www.ggpmag.com February 2017 software, which maps the profile chamber configuration directly from a standard photocopier scanner. According to Promac, this allows the operator to work with actual dimensions rather than profile related drawings, bringing a new level of accuracy and quality of finish. This has been employed by Unique to provide an ultra-strong weld of Warmcore’s underlying PVCU profile and perfect alignment of its aluminium ‘skin’. “We ran it for a couple of months before we started production because we wanted it to be completely optimised before we took on any contracts. The quality we have got on the joints is just incredible,” said Atul. According to Promac, the SL4FF not only delivers a better quality product but can also deliver a twofold increase in productivity compared to other traditional manufacturing processes. This is in part because the SL4 FF eliminates any requirement for cooling tables and corner cleaning, also giving it a space-saving footprint of just 25m². The machinery platform is selfcontained with installed extraction and automatic heater plate cleaning, reducing downtime for any manual intervention. For maintenance and service the SL4 FF is also equipped with on board self-diagnostic software and can be accessed via remote support. Atul Patel


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