CREATIVE DESIGN LEADS TO POSITIVE RESULTS FOR
THE GLASS MACHINERY COMPANY
An installation in excess of £100,000 is due to be installed by The Glass Machinery Company at leading glass specialist Cornwall Glass and Glazing. After extensive negotiations the two companies have forged a strong alliance in developing a state-of-the-art facility that will supply the highest quality products to the market.
For The Glass Machinery Company team, headed up by Phil Birchall, the project was carefully tailored to meet the needs of a growing business. Meticulous attention to detail was incorporated into the CAD/CAM design for the 15,000 sq. ft facility to ensure that the new equipment would cater for the current and future production needs of Cornwall Glass and Glazing.
This is the latest branch to be opened by Cornwall Glass at Highbridge, (Nr Bristol) in Somerset which now makes 13 sites in total within the Southwest region. The company employs nearly 200 staff and it is expected that the new facility should boost group production by approaching 25% in the next 18 - 24 months.
Cornwall Glass has over 30 years experience in the glass processing industry, in which time the company has established a reputation for quality and reliability. There has been steady but substantial growth over the years with the broad product range now including sealed units, mirrors and toughened glass.
As the reputation of the company continues to grow and with orders steadily increasing it was imperative when making the investment decision, to order equipment that would not only substantiate the existing standards but that would help to further enhance the company’s reputation in difficult economic times.
As with all ‘works in progress’ the challenges for The Glass Machinery Company came as the project altered to accommodate an evolving corporate plan. Cornwall Glass already has extensive glass processing facilities, which customers in and around the local region have come to rely upon.
The company is recognized for its craftsmanship and experience across a broad section of industry areas and can offer services such as cutting, drilling, polishing and shaping products to individual customers’ requirements. Additionally Cornwall Glass can heat soak test toughened glass and can offer a full glazing service to both domestic and commercial customers alike.
With this in mind The Glass Machinery Company team evaluated the production floor and started to develop design ideas that would help to improve productivity and efficiency, in essence to help take the business further forward as it initiates this expansion programme
Mark Mitchell, Managing Director at Cornwall Glass and Glazing comments, “We strive to produce the highest quality products and manufacture our own EN 1279 compliant double glazed sealed units and EN 12150 compliant toughened glass. As a company with a forward thinking approach we aim to continually evaluate and improve Cornwall Glass and Glazing as a business in order to maintain our high standards. The Glass Machinery Company has offered a novel, no-nonsense approach which has greatly helped us to initiate our development programme effectively”
With branches spread across the South West region, Cornwall Glass and Glazing has to ensure that the production capacity can accommodate increasing customer orders at all the sites. The company prides itself on offering one of the broadest ranges of glass and mirror products which are available from stock.
Additionally the company installs a vast range of glass, mirror and glazing products, which all comply with the latest industry building and safety regulations. These are used for all types of commercial projects such as warehouses, factories and retail properties to bars, hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions.
As the expansion programme changed, The Glass Machinery Team has accommodated the alterations and modified the CAD/CAM design accordingly. During the planning stages, frequent site visits and the ability to adapt quickly demonstrated a proactive approach to building business relations for senior management at Cornwall Glass.
Mark Mitchell comments, “The Glass Machinery Company were very attentive, good listeners who ultimately achieved a demanding package within a set budget. They offered a flexible solution with good humour and patience along the way!”
He continues, “Nothing to date has been too much trouble or hassle, and The Glass Machinery Company has been fantastic, providing solutions all the way regarding numerous imposed restrictions that were mainly due to space. Friendly, honest and refreshingly open in all discussions, it made a refreshing change to talk to a company who did not knock the competition along the way which is a real breath of fresh air! “
The company estimates that the new installation will yield a considerable productivity increase over the coming 12 months. The new installation will also increase the opportunity for the research and development team at Cornwall Glass and Glazing to grow the portfolio and could potentially help to further boost the local economy.
Mark Mitchell comments, “ The CAD/CAM designs were invaluable as they ensured our new machinery will fit well within our premises and Phil pitched the company’s offering in a very diligent, tempting manner. Phil Birchall has a genuine desire to develop long term trading relations and this approach has fostered a trusting relationship from day one.
He concludes, “The Glass Machinery Company team knows that our company is a loyal and progressive, major regional player and we enjoy fostering business relations with those who have similar working ethics to our own. This has resulted in us deciding to negotiate additional orders with them.”
Phil Birchall, Managing Director at The Glass Machinery Company comments, “It is very rewarding to know that the products and customer care services we offer have been recognized so positively. Cornwall Glass has given us a great platform to demonstrate our skills and experience. It is equally positive to know that with the state-of-the-art equipment that Cornwall Glass can focus on further growth and positive results.”
WYNDHAM GLASS TAKES THE HEAT FROM THE GLASS
The Glass Machinery Company has recently completed the installation of a new Lamir Jet Microglass lamination oven at Wyndham Plastics and Glass in Wales.
The installation at the Bridgend facilities will enable Wyndham to grow and develop into new markets, bringing customers a broader product range. The Energy saving powered systems of inferior and superior radiation or RWM modulation were considered major benefits by the management team at the company.
Wyndham Plastics and Glass is committed to expanding the product range with a view to incentivizing the market. The company which was launched over 20 years ago originally as Pen-ybont Glass, has an extensive fully automated facility that incorporates state-of-the-art-equipment and is recognized for its quality production standards.
Since the installation of the Microglass system by The Glass Machinery Company the site now runs more efficiently, which has enabled the company to further improve services for customers with faster delivery times from its national fleet and more cost competitive pricing for existing and potential customers.
The patented RWM technology ensures that the maximum power absorbed by the electrical system is always halved in relation to the power generally installed. Additionally, the insulation system is composed of special panels comprised of a sandwich of calcium silicate and natural fiber, which guarantees minimum levels of thermal dispersion, keeping the energy yield of the machine very high and production costs lower.
EVA lamination ovens which are used with EVA films are available in various sizes and depending on production requirements, generally run on a cycle time of around one and a half hours. Additionally the top of the Lamir Jet can also be used during the manufacturing process as a workable area to prepare products for the next production run.
Steve Clarke, Managing Director at Wyndham Plastics and Glass comments,
“We are now in complete control of our manufacturing methods which greatly benefits this company and its customers. Having total charge across all sectors of production ensures we can provide a faster, more reliable service than ever before.
Product quality is of paramount importance so it was imperative, when making substantial investment in machinery that we could rely upon the machinery as well as the advice given. Having visited Italy to view the Microglass range, we quickly saw that the company’s products and ethics would match our needs perfectly.
He concludes, “Ensuring through product diversification that we can support our customers regarding quality and guarantees can only be done through trust. We have developed a strong working relationship with Phil at The Glass Machinery Company which we rely upon – we know he understands the market and accommodates our needs accordingly. The Service support has been exceptional.”
Phil Birchall, Managing Director, The Glass Machinery Company states,
“The infrared patented technology developed by Microglass provides convincing results for glass processors as it is more cost effective using a lot less power and floorspace than other alternative systems, meaning that it is also better for the environment. It is very rewarding to see that our products, efforts and experience are being recognized.”
VIPROTRON APPOINTS THE GLASS MACHINERY COMPANY AS SOLE UK DISTRIBUTOR
German glass scanning manufacturer, Viprotron, has recently appointed The Glass Machinery Company as sole UK distributor for its range of products. The leading optical quality control scanning specialist appraised other agents in the UK in relation to representation however it was felt that the knowledge and consummate professionalism for which The Glass Machinery Company team is recognized surpassed other companies.
The new appointment which took effect at the beginning of January 2012, comes at a time of growth for the Darmstadt based company which maintains a progressive position regarding product development, market trends and customer requirements. The extensive industry experience of The Glass Machinery Company, along with its commitment to guarantee customer satisfaction ensured success regarding UK distribution rights.
Viprotron has established a world renowned reputation for integrating quality scanning products in glass processing lines, providing the utmost in quality control. The company is associated with some of the leading glass machinery providers globally having installed various types of scanning equipment across the world.
Scanner technology has found its way into many modern processing facilities today. Viprotron already has a vast number of quality scanners in operation in the insulation glass industry. The use of these devices has provided a quality system that gives visual guidelines during production, and helped to achieve viable cost savings and a great reduction in customer complaints.
As the list of challenges in glass production continues, the well-engineered products from Viprotron reduce quality issues along the production line process. The introduction of many innovative ideas having firmly placed the company as both a market and technological leader.
Senior management at Viprotron commented, “We are committed to delivering only the best quality control products to ensure customers gain significant advantages in relation to production methods and output. The Glass Machinery Company’s appointment is key to further improving our corporate profiling strategy by helping to further establish the Viprotron range across the UK market.”
From Darmstadt, Viprotron develops and produces the control systems, providing an innovative range of image processing solutions that can be integrated into highly sophisticated IG technology. With over 20 years industry experience, the company has established itself on the international market as a reliable supplier providing comprehensive, industry-specific experience to the glass processing sector.
The various Quality Scanner products offer specially adapted inspection systems for a wide variety of flat glass processing arenas. These systems accommodate the specific requirements of the respective process as well as the general operational method of the relevant production system.
Viprotron Quality Scanner technology has been successfully implemented within flat glass processing and finishing areas including, insulated, tempered, glass processing, laminated glass and solar glass production.
Phil Birchall, Managing Director, The Glass Machinery Company comments: “To be able to offer improved quality with less rejects and the ability to optimize production methods is a huge advantage during challenging times. Having Viprotron as part of our product range will help our customers to improve efficiency and profit margins. This places us in a very positive market position as the industry looks to find cost competitive ways to face a challenging economy”
For more information on the Viprotron range of products please visit The Glass Machinery website www.theglassmachinerycompany.co.uk or call 01630 638555.
JCL INVESTS IN THE GLASS MACHINERY RANGE
The high calibre standards associated with The Glass Machinery Company has led to substantial machinery investment by specialist sealed unit manufacturer, JCL Glass Ltd.
JCL Glass ordered a New Zafferani Flat 4 straight line edger as well as a used double sided drilling machine which have been installed to help diversify the product range and increase output at the company.
Products from The Glass Machinery Company range were reviewed by senior management at JCL Glass who had received high recommendation regarding product quality and aftercare services provided by the company.
The Zafferani range is well recognised for its premium performance with the company applying the principle that simple, efficient design is synonymous with reliability. For The Glass Machinery Company this reliability guarantees that customers will be satisfied in product performance which is achieved via ongoing product evaluation and design innovation.
As a leading independent glass processor based in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, JCL Glass Ltd manufactures Kitemark Licenced Sealed Units along with bespoke glass products such as self cleaning, solar control, fire resistant and oversized glass units nationally via a liveried fleet.
Corporate evaluation and investment in the latest sealed unit and glass production equipment ensures that all products are consistently manufactured to the highest industry standards.
The product portfolio at JCL Glass has now diversified to include a broader range of toughened glass products including balustrades and staircases thanks to products from The Glass Machinery Company. As JCL Glass now produces many products in-house this offers customers many benefits in relation to costs and improved turnarounds.
Senior management were delighted at the speed and efficiency of the installation by The Glass Machinery team as it did not disrupt the production schedule and the products met the company’s exact requirements for its expansion programme.
JCL Glass comments, “We have certainly not been disappointed in our glass machinery investments. The products and services from The Glass Machinery Company now enable us to further grow the business and make sure that our customers receive an exemplary service time after time.”
Phil Birchall, Managing Director at The Glass Machinery Company comments, “We go to great lengths to ensure that we offer a tailored service that will not only meet our customers requirements but that will exceed their expectations. We have built our reputation on this ethos which our customers can rely upon time after time and for which we are recognised.”
THE GLASS MACHINERY COMPANY SUPPLIES TAILORED SOLUTIONS FOR NICHE MARKET
A leading specialist glass manufacturer based in Kidderminster near Birmingham, has made substantial investments in equipment from The Glass Machinery Company. In a recent investment GGP has installed a lamination oven which is the first of its kind to be installed by The Glass Machinery Company in the UK.
The Microglas Lamir H600, which is available in many working dimensions has been tailored to 2000 x 3200m for this particular project to suit the needs of the production facilities at GGP. The capacity of the machine which includes forced air cooling and a second drawer matched the company’s output requirements perfectly.
As a family run business that was established over 10 years ago, GGP has since carved a niche in the market as a reputable firm that will provide unique glass solutions. With the company making a decisive move to progress into toughened glass processing it was essential that the high standards for which it is recognized would not be diminished.
Tony England, Owner at GGP stated that it was vital when accommodating the toughening process into manufacturing methods that the machinery installed could meet the exacting demands of a specialist manufacturer.
With clients including Boots Chemists, The Olympic Village and House of Fraser as well as numerous contracts to supply the private sector with niche products including shower cubicles for holiday homes in Barbados to decorative panels in manor houses, GGP is recognized for product quality, consistency and excellence.
The installation comes at a time of growth and development for GGP who, with the corporate philosophy of working on projects others will not consider, believe that the laminating oven will add a new dimension to the business, allowing for diversification to include such toughened glass products as balustrades and staircases.
Investment in the Lamir was based upon the knowledge and reliability of The Glass Machinery Company team. The patented Microred technology offers GGP a simple and effective way to broaden the product range without overcomplicating production methods.
Tony England comments, “As a family processing business we specialize in providing innovative products to the market. In order to bring quality solutions to the market we have to invest in machinery that will keep us ahead in this sector.
He continues, “Our work speaks for itself as customers such as Goldman Sachs will attest. We needed a machine that could be tailored to our exact specifications based upon the products we manufacture. We therefore needed to increase the size of the oven without paying huge additional premiums.
He concludes “We know the high standards of The Glass Machinery Company from previous experience and although we evaluated the market extensively, found that they were the only company who would accommodate our very specific requirements.”
Phil Birchall, Managing Director at The Glass Machinery Company comments, “During a difficult economy we feel it is more important than ever to go the extra mile when it comes to customer service. As GGP expand their business arena we have installed a cost-effective system that will help to broaden their entire portfolio and help the company to maintain its leading market edge”.
QUICKSEAL STANDARDS FURTHER ENHANCED BY THE GLASS MACHINERY COMPANY
For specialist glass manufacturer Quickseal Ltd the product quality and excellent support services from The Glass Machinery Company have resulted in positive results after making substantial investments earlier this year.
On recommendation Edmund Howes, Managing Director of the Aylesbury based company, reviewed the product range available from the leading glass machinery distributor and chose to invest. Having established a strong reputation for quality with the high end sector of the glazing industry, it was imperative that only the most reliable equipment be installed for Quickseal’s current expansion programme.
Quickseal Ltd was established 18 years ago to provide niche products to the glazing industry. During this time the company has seen consistent and steady growth as a specialist manufacturer. The decision to invest in products from The Glass Machinery Company came at a time of natural progression and growth as senior management wished to begin in-house manufacturing regarding certain products whilst also reducing turnaround times.
The desire to expand has resulted in the need to streamline the production process with the purchase of a new Fratelli Pezza Mistral M120V sandblasting machine which is further automating the company’s facilities.
The Mistral has an automatic or manual, numeric-control sandblasting cabin as well as entry and exit glass supports, each being 1.400 mm. in length. Additionally there is an automatic 4.000 mm long conveyor belt which is lined with a special material that is both wear proof and cut proof.
Stepped movement of the Mistral 120’s glass plate is programmable according to the type of sandblasting required, with the ability to set the movement in a continuous motion.
Having carefully researched products on the market, the fully automated equipment from The Glass Machinery Company has made substantial improvements to on-site efficiency at Quickseal since its installation with production times increased.
Edmund Howes was extremely impressed with the quality of standards provided by the service installation team as the machinery was delivered and installed with minimum disruption to ongoing manufacturing procedures.
Edmund Howes comments: “Making investments in machinery is a decision that must be measured and considered carefully. Having established a reputation for reliability and quality it is vital that we maintain these standards for our customers as Quickseal expands.
In respect of the quality and reliability of the equipment, we have not been disappointed and equally The Glass Machinery Company team has excelled regarding both installation and efficient after-sales care services. I would highly recommend the team and the products.”
Phil Birchall comments, “It is reassuring to know that we can support our customers and give complete peace of mind regarding our product range. Being recognized for our quality standards is rewarding and demonstrates that we are providing the right products and services to the industry.”
THE GLASS MACHINERY COMPANY UNVEILS DYNAMIC NEW CORPORATE BRANDING LOGO
The Glass Machinery Company is rapidly establishing itself as the leading distributor of quality equipment to the glass industry. With this in mind, following a major review of its branding strategy, senior management has unveiled a striking new corporate logo to reflect the company’s integrity and forward thinking approach to providing solutions to the market.
The new concept logo, which will debut in literature, website and advertising placements with immediate effect, is the machinery distributor’s biggest marketing initiative since the company’s launch and it aims to highlight the quality offered by The Glass Machinery Company team as a whole.
Providing innovative solutions for customers is a major priority for the company which will shortly be incorporating its new logo on marketing initiatives that are planned for customers.
Phil Birchall, Managing Director believes the new corporate identity further emphasizes the professionalism of the company and helps to reflect the high standards of the products available.
As a company with a modern and progressive attitude it has expanded considerably since its official launch in 2009. Providing quality machinery has firmly established The Glass Machinery company as a leading contender across the UK with the strong support services also being recognized by customers.
Since the launch the company has made excellent progress in broadening the product portfolio as well as streamlining facilities and service support methods. Senior management conducted a major review of the branding philosophy and chose to introduce a dynamic, creative new design to reflect these developments.
Phil Birchall commented that the launch reflected a new approach to reinforcing the high standards that are recognized as The Glass Machinery Company’s trademark.
He comments “The new logo has been developed to reflect the quality of machinery brands incorporated within our portfolio. Despite tough economic times we are continuing to enjoy steady growth with customer’s prepared to invest when they know that they can rely on the guarantees of the products and the support team which installs them.”
THE GLASS MACHINERY COMPANY INVESTS OVER 5000 EUROS IN FRATELLI PEZZA
Leading glass processing equipment provider The Glass Machinery Company has recently invested over 5,000 Euros in Fratelli Pezza spares. The substantial investment will enable the company to provide a faster service for national distribution to customers when replacement consumables are required.
The Fratelli Pezza company is recognised across the glass industry for its high calibre range of sandblasting machinery which includes manual semi-automatic and fully automatic sand blasting solutions which come with extensive guarantees.
As The Glass Machinery Company is recognized for distributing only the highest quality equipment that offers proven technology for the entire glass industry, it is essential that the company’s support services remain consistent with the quality guarantees of the machinery that is installed. It is for this reason that managing director, Phil Birchall considered the investment in consumables including guns and nozzles as crucial.
Fratelli Pezza is a long established business that provides complete production solutions in a versatile range of manual, semi-automatic and automatic machinery that is fast, efficient and proven as extremely reliable.
Additionally The Glass Machinery Company can provide numeric-control units that offer only the highest quality standards in respect of Fratelli Pezza glass sandblasting products.
Last year in conjunction with the 40th year celebrations a 4 year spare parts warranty was introduced. The Glass Machinery Company can announce that this year, the 4 year warranty will be extended until the end of 2011 in relation to all Fratelli Pezza spares.
Phil Birchall comments, “The Fratelli Pezza glass sandblasting range and accessories guarantee truly impressive results that will bring a return on investment. The warranty extension is a demonstration of the quality standards available from this company and we are seeing increasing interest in this leading Italian brand across the UK.
He concludes, “It is important also as a supplier that we can support production guarantees with the best support service standards possible and give a quick response to customers when needed, hence the recent investment.”
For more information on the range of products available from The Glass Machinery Company please call 01630 638555 or visit the website:
THE GLASS MACHINERY COMPANY FURTHER IMPROVES QUALITY AT UNIT ART GLASS
Product quality and excellent support services provided by The Glass Machinery Company have resulted in further investment from Norwich based Unit Art Glass. After purchasing a beveling machine from the company last summer, Unit Art management were so impressed by the production standards and after care services that they have made further investments with the leading glass machinery distributor.
Unit Art Glass is a family run business that was established over 10 years ago, initially providing stained glass for sealed units. The company has since diversified its product portfolio to include sealed units and latterly made the transition into processing glass.
This development was given substantial research over a number of years with a view to further expanding the business. Consequently, this has resulted in the need to streamline manufacturing methods and purchase a new Fratelli Pezza Mistral M120V sandblasting machine to help further automate the company’s facilities.
The Mistral offers an automatic or manual, numeric-control sandblasting cabin along with entry and exit glass supports, each being 1.400 mm. in length. Additionally there is an automatic 4.000 mm long conveyor belt which is lined with a special wear proof and cut proof material.
Stepped movement of the Mistral 120’s glass plate is programmable according to the type of sandblasting to be implemented, with the movement being able to be set with a continuous motion.
Having carefully researched products on the market, for Unit Art Glass the fully automated machinery has made vast improvements to on-site efficiency and output at the company since its installation, having made production faster and cleaner to work in for operators.
Unit Art contacted The Glass Machinery Company based on the company’s previous business dealings with Darren Bill, Sales Manager. The sandblaster was subsequently installed with minimum disruption to ongoing manufacturing procedures along with on-site training which was all completed in one day.
Neil Tomlinson, Managing Director at Unit Art Glass stated that the quality of products available from The Glass Machinery Company were of a better quality to others on the market and were very competitively priced.
Neil Tomlinson comments: “As our processing side is expanding considerably with this side of the business generating a larger proportion of income we needed to evaluate and consider our future needs. Soon the company will be diversifying into the door market so it was essential that we purchased the right equipment to meet the high standards for which we are recognized with both our existing and potential customers.
The Glass Machinery Company team has excelled in terms of products, performance guarantees and an extremely efficient after-sales care service. The credibility of the company is superb and they can advise us on all our technical requirements”
Darren Bill, Sales Manager at The Glass Machinery Company comments, “We are delighted to see that the sandblaster from Fratelli Pezza is making a difference and helping to boost production standards for Unit Art Glass. We aim to provide only the highest standards in respect of both products and service support so it is rewarding to know that this is recognized.”
DENVER LAUNCHES NEW QUOTA SERIES VIA THE GLASS MACHINERY COMPANY
As sole distributor of Denver products throughout the UK, the Glass Machinery Company can announce the introduction of a new 3/4 axis center. The QUOTA range has been launched hot on the heels of Denver’s Welcome Days event in March where the brand new KREA – 3 axis CNC workcenter was introduced by the company.
Being dedicated to product innovation and future market direction, Denver takes pride in its progressive approach to new product development.
In conjunction with The Glass Machinery Company, this new range of machines will be available in two different frames to work on 3250x1550 mm or 4100 x 2350 mm areas. With a vast number of options customers will be able to tailor the machine according to their specific needs. Powerful user-friendly CAD-CAM software and top-quality components as well as Teleservie together with premium after sales and other hi-value services make this product the perfect solution for workshops operating in the flat-glass market.
Adolfo Fabbri, Head of the engineering office in DENVER explains about the quality ideas in respect of this project:
“We wanted to design a flexible product line in order to offer a tailor made configuration for each client. With flexibility and value being of paramount importance, customers can upgrade the machine even after purchase.
QUOTA is a compact yet high performance machine in relation to axis strokes having some of the widest on the market today. It provides powerful, easy CAD interface and is extremely low maintenance with daily usage costs reducing energy consumption and pollution via the ECO FRIENDLY program. Last but not least, this new range perfectly embodies theDENVER fair-price philosophy with the new QUOTA prices being the same as the old machines, however the new open configuration allows clients to optimize their investment yield”.
A very proud Roberto Nori – Denver’s General Manager – commented “Our anti-crisis strategy means working hard to improve value for our clients. The brand new QUOTA series and KREA have been developed as a direct result of this effort. For 2011 however, we have other surprises in store for our customers in respect of new products and services. Customers who choose to visit our company will be able to see and evaluate our commitment towards innovation and value”.
Darren Bill Sales manager for The Glass Machinery Company comments “The new range is already proving popular in the UK and we are seeing significant interest in the new products from Denver. As the UK market begins to move in a positive direction we envisage 2011 becoming the year when Denver will quickly become the company name everyone considers when purchasing CNC capability” QUOTA machines are now available for delivery as well as for demonstration purposes
THE GLASS MACHINERY COMPANY INCREASES OUTPUT AND PROFIT AT DRAKS
The Glass Machinery Company is quickly establishing itself as one of the UK’s most dependable suppliers of quality equipment to the glass and stone industries. In a recent contract the company was asked to supply and install a 4 headed edging machine from the Zafferani Glas range at Draks.
As a specialist manufacturer of stylish and innovative internal door systems for the building industry, Draks has established a reputation for providing a range of top quality sliding door and wardrobe products, offering one of the widest ranges of styles currently available in the UK.
When the Oxfordshire based company designed a new wardrobe range specifically for one customer, it was essential to evaluate manufacturing procedures. The new ‘Skyline’ range required a specific style of mirror to be incorporated onto the back of the doors. Being small detailed panels the edging for the finished product needs to be commensurate and exact.
The Zafferani Glas company has a long history as a manufacturer of glass working machinery, being at the forefront of technology and design innovation. It therefore made the ideal choice for recommendation from Darren Bill, Sales Manager when discussing a solution for improving Draks production methods.
Draks provides products for windows, internal spaces and roofs that will complement contemporary or traditional interiors creating concepts from initial design and specification to the final installation, so production methods have to be swift and precise to meet the fast-moving requirements of the customers.
Consequently, a Zafferani Flat4 FPE was purchased and recently installed into a dedicated manufacturing area at Draks Head Office. This electronic straight-line edging machine with 4 cup wheels is used for the production of flat edge with arris which will greatly reduce production time. Additionally this will now also reduce time taken to measure and install the Skyline products. The company considers bringing these manufacturing skills in-house will enable the Draks team to adapt the edging equipment for other processing requirements.
The Zafferani equipment will help to greatly reduce lead times as production would previously have been outsourced. Furthermore the company can now provide a more responsive customer service with a faster turnaround.
Chris Ayres, Managing Director at Draks considered investment vital and was impressed at the highly efficient installation procedures provided by The Glass Machinery Company. A team of skilled engineers headed up by Phil Birchall, Managing Director arrived on-site and completed the installation, including staff training all within one day.
Chris Ayres comments, “Our in-house manufacturing facilities will allow us to respond to short and demanding lead times as well as giving us complete control over product quality. Our entire range incorporates the most simple and cost effective products to the most specialists and customized. With the new edging equipment we can now grow the Skyline range and further develop our product portfolio
We were aware of the top quality products available from The Glass Machinery Company, so knew that we could rely upon the equipment and support services. We have not been disappointe