Clearview North Feb 2013 - Issue 135 - Page 74

MACHINERY Responding to increased demand for double mitre saws Elumatec, the leading manufacturer of machinery for the working of aluminium, steel and PVC-U profiles has added an additional 200 square metres to its factory near Stuttgart, Germany. The extension is to the double mitre saw production line increasing capacity, streamlining manufacturing and refining logistics as worldwide demand for these saws continues to grow. Established in 1928, elumatec is an international, family owned, company headquartered in Muhlacker-Lomersheim, Germany. With over 620 employees worldwide, elumatec operates in 41 countries through a network of manufacturing plants and country specific offices including elumatec UK. Based in a modern, purpose built 17,000 square foot factory in Milton Keynes, elumatec UK was established over 18 years ago to meet the needs of the growing UK metal and PVC-U fabricators and their requirements for high performance, quality engineered machinery and on-demand service and support specifically trained for the UK market. Specialising in the supply of intelligent automated machinery and software for cutting and prepping aluminium, steel and PUC-U, elumatec designs and manufactures an extensive range of automatic profile cutting machines, saws and copy routers. WINDOWS FEATURE IN EC WORKING PLAN Glass for Europe, the association of Europe’s manufacturers of building, automotive and solar energy glass, and EuroWindoor, the association of the fenestration and door industry in Europe, have welcomed the publication, by the European Commission, of the ‘second eco-design working plan’. In particular, both associations are satisfied that the work plan recognises the energy saving potential of windows and places windows in the priority list of energy related products to consider for energy labelling. “Right from the start of debates on energyrelated products, windows were mentioned by many stakeholders as an obvious candidate product for energy labelling. This has been confirmed several times, including in the 2011 energy efficiency plan of the European Commission and, at last, windows find their place in a European Commission work plan,” explained Frank Koos, secretary general of EuroWindoor. Bertrand Cazes, secretary general of Glass for Europe, added: “Although this should have come earlier, it is positive news and our two associations stand ready to work with the European Commission to design a powerful labelling instrument that will help realise the energy efficiency potential of windows.” Glass for Europe and EuroWindoor have called on the European Commission to launch a preparatory study to identify the best suited policy instrument, i.e. energy labelling or eco-design, and to start designing the energy balance equation that should underpin the EU labelling scheme. ‘will help realise the energy efficiency potential of windows’ Customers benefit from £75k software investment Machinery manufacturer elumatec has invested £75,000 in a new software system to improve logistics and customer service levels at its UK facility in Milton Keynes. The XVP System from Epicor is designed to help distributors handle a large product range with maximum flexibility in sales and stock control. With bespoke configuration to meet the needs of elumatec, its Customer Relationship Management tools contain the serial numbers of the customers’ machines and their spare part requirements. This is linked to the XVP inventory management systems, which will help elumatec monitor and maintain stock levels to meet customers’ ‘on-demand’ procurement policies. Ray Burr, general manager at elumatec UK said: “ XVP’s streamlined order entry and the ability to send quotes, order acknowledgments and invoices by email to the customer has already improved our reaction time by 20%. “The individual parts codes are linked to the integral imaging system which enables pictures of the parts and machines, plus any COSHH information, to be emailed to customers. “We can instantly see elumatec’s stock levels at Milton Keynes and all of our engineers stock, moving parts around to match scheduled preventative maintenance and v'&Gf6G2( Рs@dT"#0F&VB&Rf6Bwwr6V'fWrV6Р