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GGP February 2017

Enhancing quality and reducing man hours Preston fabricator, Lancashire Double Glazing, has invested in an SMR-4 four head welder from Haffner Murat. Mark Noble, the company’s production director, said: “This investment will help us to continue with manufacturing an excellent quality product and at the same time reduce production time.” Lancashire Double Glazing says it invested in the SMR-4 after researching the market to find the machine that would best suit its requirements. According to Haffner Murat, not only is it the most accurate welder on the market today, it’s also up to four times faster than conventional welders. Aside from the speed and accuracy, Lancashire Double Glazing is also said to be delighted by how easy the machine is to use. Mark continued: “It’s a very userfriendly machine that takes away a lot of the thinking that comes with welding. There’s a touch screen showing you the welding combinations and the transom support centraliser and it’s very easy to change the blocks, which is a big benefit.” Like all Haffner Murat’s new machines, the SMR-4 comes with a two year guarantee. Mark commented: “We can see that the build quality is excellent, but the two year guarantee gives us extra peace of mind that our business is protected.” Lancashire Double Glazing will also benefit from Haffner Murat’s team of experienced service engineers who will help to minimise downtime, in the unlikely event of an outage. Lancashire Double Glazing is said to be one of the largest home improvement companies in the North West, with over one million frames manufactured and installed in over 225,000 homes. 96 MACHINERY Keeping pace with record growth KAT has reportedly placed an order for one of Emmegi’s flagship Quadra sawing and machine centres, saying that it has continued to invest to keep pace with ‘record breaking growth’. The Macclesfield based fabricator claims sales of aluminium products increase by 64% in 2016 and is predicting a further increase of 40% this year, so its priority was to choose a machine which could guarantee to increase both volumes and efficiency. According to KAT, the Quadra will be able to fabricate an additional 200 windows and 80 doors per week, without any increase in manpower. The Quadra is described as the ‘Rolls Royce’ of Emmegi’s range and carries out sawing, notching and 360º machining in one continuous processing operation. It is said to be completely flexible, with little or no profile related tooling, freely programmable software and even the capability to process bars of different profiles in the same loading and machining operation. Chris Powell, KAT’s commercial director, said: “We looked at various high volume machines but felt that the Quadra had the edge when it came to performance and reliability. We’ve had an Emmegi saw here for several years and we added an Emmegi Phantomatic X4 machining centre last year; and have been impressed with the robustness and durability of both. “The whole Emmegi team have been responsive and efficient throughout the buying process and we’re definitely looking forward to getting the machine installed and commissioned at our new Macclesfield factory.” www.emmegi.com A state of the art investment Fabricator, The Window Outlet, has invested in two state-of-the-art mitre saws and controllers from Elumatec. The DG104 double mitre saw can cut both high and wide profiles using two saw heads that can be tilted and pivoted to both 45 and 90° angles. With its universal design, the double mitre saw can be used for both series production and for special applications. Manufactured in Germany, the DG104 allows for external-dimension cuts to avoid complicated length calculations, and has the facility for cutting compound angles. With cutting length variants up to 6,000mm, the two machines will reportedly allow The Window Outlet to increase its productivity and further streamline its manufacturing process. Company MD, Ben Warren, commented: “Our whole business has been built around offering something different – the kind of short lead times and quick quote turnarounds that are usually only associated with PVC-U fabricators. Achieving and maintaining the ability to do that requires constant investment, and a rigorous effort to always keep ahead of the curve. That’s exactly what these latest acquisitions will let us do. In our view, Elumatec products are among the best, most reliable machines you’ll find anywhere in the world. Our experience working with them has been overwhelmingly positive – www.ggpmag.com February 2017 DG104 double mitre saw and we look forward to buying from them again in the future.” The Bristol firm also purchased two E580 controllers to use with its new pair of mitre saws. The E580 allows fabricators to load profile measurements into the machine via a USB memory stick for ease of use, precise cutting and a quality finish every time. A recognisable operating system and touch screen interface is said to make the E580 one of the most userfriendly products of its kind. www.elumatec.com


GGP February 2017
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