Monday, October 20th, 2014
Here’s a quick snap shot across our main factory area showing all our bending machines in action.
Sheet metal work can start in the CNC punching and laser cutting area and then be transferred into the main factory production area you can see here. The red and white machines on the left hand side are both able to fold sheet metal sections up to 2.5M long and well as take a range of specialist tooling for curved components and press tools for production work. The white machines in the middle of the picture are our newest Trumpf 7036 CNC press brakes which we use for all our small sheet metal work up to 1M long. They are very quick to set up and have a great accuracy which is perfect when repeating batches of work again and again using the same CNC programs and tooling. The person on the right hand side of the image is preloading sheet metal panels with studs before they are pressed into the job using our Haeger bush inserter machine. Further down the factory on the right stands our HME 55 ton power press which we still use on some projects where press tools are needed for higher volumes. And finally in the distance on the right we have 2 welding bays for TiG, MiG and gas welding.
The work flows from machine to machine as needed on any particular job and finally to inspection and goods out. Having such a range of sheet metal manufacturing equipment means we can turn our hand to most jobs for people.
The CNC punching and laser cutting machines are housed in a separate area within the factory enabling us to contain the noise in one area when we are CNC punching thicker material or stainless steel sheet. It also works well for us keeping all the sheet metal together and when the factory doors are open for unloading packs of material we don’t have cold air coming into all the factory.