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GGP January 2015

Jones Tool Co re-invests in windows and 89 MACHINERY Willan washers go big in Japan door industry The Jones Tool Co says that it has decided to re-invest in the aluminium and PVC-U window, door and conservatory industry after ‘months of research’. The company claims that the move will probably include the development of a dedicated manufacturing facilty and the investment will be for both people and machinery. Managing director, Tim Jones, said: “The Jones Tool Co for many years has been a major supplier to the aluminium and PVC-U window, door and conservatory industries. We have continuously supplied a quality range of tooling and consumables to all commercial sectors of the trade. Our business, however, has diversified over the last seven years into different industries, mainly oil and mining. However, over the last five months, we have conducted extensive research into our old established business and have decided to re invest in the aluminium and PVCU window, door and conservatory industries once again. This is both a people and machinery investment and will likely include the development of a dedicated stand alone tooling manufacturing facility.” Gary White, sales and marketing manager, said: “Our research has revealed that the extrusion, fabrication and installation elements of the trade are all experiencing an upturn in business with many businesses reporting record sales figures. We have therefore decided to strongly invest in what was our core business. We are able to offer a unique and ‘without obligation’ survey and quotation service; which ensures you have the most competitive prices and service from us at all times.” Sanshiba Glass, reportedly one of the biggest and most prestigious glass processors in Japan, recently turned to British manufacturer, Willian Design, to supply a pair of horizontal washing machines. Located in Toyama, about 250 miles from Tokyo, Sanshiba Glass has a wide range of glass processing facilities and is particularly known for the large sheets of glass it is able to handle. It’s autoclave for laminated glass, for example, is said to accommodate 12 x 3m glass, giving a capacity of 40,000m² of laminated glass per month. It also has a tempering furnace that can accommodate 7m x 3m glass and a double edging machine that can handle 11m x 3m glass that it can also make into sealed units. Sanshiba is said to have supplied the glass for a variety of architectural projects all over Japan including its own headquarters building in Toyama (pictured). Willian Design supplied two horizontal washing machines to Sanshiba Glass, one for 3m wide glass and another for 2.6m wide glass. The 3m washer is working with the aforementioned double edger and can accept glass up to 22mm thick, while the 2.6m machine is washing glass up to 30mm thick. These machines reportedly have a number of special features required by Sanshiba Glass – the company was very keen on the unique contrarotating scrubbing brush system incorporated into the Willian washers that is said to provide a particularly effective washing action in conjunction with conventional cylinder brushes and an integral water demineraliser. Easy handling with Liftmaster B1 www.ggp.com January 2015 Following the success of the LiftMaster B2 heavy glass handling system, Bohle has expanded its range of lifting equipment with the launch of the lighter Liftmaster B1 lifting system. Bohle says that the stable and tilt-proof construction means it is perfect for transport within company premises or on-site. At just 0.8m in width and 1.3m in length, the Liftmaster B1 is said to be compact enough to be easily disassembled and carried in an estate car and designed for the ‘easy and secure’ handling of structural components of up to 180kg. Importantly, Bohle adds, it fits through standard doors with ease, and has a height-adjustable handle. The LiftMaster B1 is supplied with a Bohle vacuum lifting frame which features a manual pump action system that does not require electrical systems or charging. The dual circuit vacuum system, which has a vacuum indicator for monitoring the vacuum, can be rotated by 360° and can be used separately with a crane. The vacuum lifter itself can be used separately and transport material can be rested on the Liftmaster. The LiftMaster B1 is designed to be a ‘cost and labour saver’, allowing a single person to load, unload, move and position heavy glass and non porous sheet materials without assistance. Tim Jones


GGP January 2015
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