Clearview National September 2016 - Issue 178 - Page 77

MACHINERY PARTNERSHIP REINFORCED BY NEW CNC MACHINE »»GROWING BI-FOLDING DOOR AND conservatory roof supplier, Made For Trade, has seen its relationship with machinery specialist Emmegi strengthened after the purchase of two new CNC saws to manufacture its upcoming Korniche lantern roof. Made For Trade, which operates over several factories in Teesside, now owns four CNC machines by the brand, with Emmegi’s Sales Manager, Martin Linnell, describing the close partnership between the two firms as ‘genuine’. He said: “Over the past four years, Made for Trade has shown real loyalty to Emmegi and we have repaid that by delivering exemplary service all the way along.” Martin added: “Since we first started talking to Bradley Gaunt, Made For Trade’s Managing Director, and his team about what he wanted for his business, we’ve supplied a whole raft of machines to match their ambitious expansion plans and have supported them all the way with quality products, reliable service and expert advice when required.” Prior to the arrival of the CNC machines, Made For Trade had been operating older profile saws, which restricted production when the business saw increased demand and expansion. Emmegi advised on the purchase of a Classic Twin electronic double mitre saw in 2013, which boasted of electronic angle positioning to allow for greater accuracy. Impressed with the service provided, Made For Trade ordered a second Phantomatic T3A and beadsaw in 2015 and two more saws were added this year to help meet demand, including a specifically tooled X4 four axis machine for the manufacture of the company’s new aluminium lantern roof. Made For Trade’s Bradley Gaunt said: “When we decided new machinery was required during the expansion of the business, we felt that Emmegi was absolutely the right company to go to. It was able to deliver quality equipment that could cope with the high demands of our factories.” With the launch of its innovative aluminium lantern roof just around the corner, Made For Trade hopes that the high tech machinery will not only help to accommodate an increase in sales on its existing range, but also allow for accurate and fast production of their new product.; The value of no correction values »»TWENTY YEARS ON FROM the establishment of Prefix Systems (UK) Ltd, one of the UK’s leading conservatory roof system manufacturers, the company continues to grow and invest in its production facility. Originally located in a 2500 sq. ft unit in Bacup, Lancashirebased Prefix Systems soon out grew these premises and so, four years later, moved to a bigger site at Accrington. Growth continued and last year Prefix moved to a 60,000 sq. ft manufacturing facility in Blackburn.The move to this much larger factory allowed further investment in machinery, particularly to improve capacity and capability in the cutting department. Prefix has a long standing working relationship with elumatec UK and so Chris Baron, Director at Prefix, and Andrew Robson, Technical Sales Manager at elumatec UK, worked together to assess the company’s requirements and specify the most suitable solution. The outcome was a £56,000 investment in an elumatec 5-axis DG 244 double mitre saw with E580/5 control unit to allow the machine to be programmed from computers in the office. The DG 244 is a ‘cutting from below’ saw and provides the operator with unrestricted access to the working table. The specification enables it to cut at all angle positions on the external dimensions. This means no length calculations or correction values are necessary when cutting profiles of different heights – a feature that was particularly important to Chris Baron as it reduces operator time and risk of calculation errors. The universal pivoting and tilting of both of the DG 244’s saw units allow cutting of high and wide profiles as well as every type of compound mitre. Consequently, many profiles can be cut without support blocks. With a minimum cutting length at 90° of 375 mm, and of 375 mm when tilted at 45°, the DG 244 has the flexibility to work on even small profile lengths. Chris Baron commented: “This is the fourth DG 244 at the site and testament to the sales advice and service support we receive from elumatec.” The Prefix group of companies occupies over 100,000 sq.ft of office and manufacturing space and now employs over 100 people nationwide. C L E A RV I E W-U K . C O M » S EP 2016 » 77