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GGP July 2015

MACHINERY Out with the old GGP’s Luke Wood visits GEZE UK to take a closer look at how the installation of a new Elumatec CNC router has helped to improve both lead times and overall efficiency. GEZE UK has recently installed a new Elumatec CNC router at its Lichfield HQ, and according to the company’s operations manager, Jim Collins, it’s an investment that has already started to pay dividends. The machine, an Elumatec SBZ 122/23 CNC router with a three axis machining centre, was introduced after Jim and managing director, Kaz Spiewakowski, assessed the condition of GEZE’s assets and decided that the existing router was no longer fit for purpose. As both Jim and Kaz have extensive experience working in manufacturing environments where CNC machines were utilised, both were understandably very keen to introduce the new technology, as after loading and accepting the previously written programme, the same operation can now be carried out in less than four minutes. “It’s not just a faster production process, it’s also much more “There are further advantages that come from the increased speed and efficiency of the new machine as well” accurate, far more consistent and more efficient in that it makes less mistakes and we have less wastage,” explained Jim. “In addition, because it makes neater cuts, there are less burs to file down, the end product is of a better quality and takes less time to install. “There are further advantages that come from the increased speed and efficiency of the new machine as well,” added Jim. “One is the fact that we are able to free up the production team to concentrate on other, more technical, build tasks, but one of the most significant gains is a marked improvement in our lead times – a key advantage in what is a competitive market.” Elumatec’s SBZ 122, which according to Jim was installed over the course of a weekend and was up and running just two days later, is ideally suited to the production of doors and profiles requiring machining on up to five sides. Thanks to a rotating mechanism 92 they were well aware of how simple modern software interfaces were and could see the benefits they would bring to GEZE. The SBZ 122, which represents an investment of £35,000 from GEZE UK, is capable of carrying out all the prep work on doors and frames and has significantly improved the time taken to complete the preparation of a door stile with shoot bolts, electric strikes and latch locks. With the old manual equipment, this would have taken over an hour to produce but according to Jim, www.ggpmag.com July 2015 Continued on page 94 GEZE UK’S new Elumatec SBZ 122/23 can do in just four minutes, what the old manual machine (below right) took an hour to produce


GGP July 2015
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