July 15, 2020

We’ve invested in automation and higher speeds

Its introduction to the team may have been paused following the COVID-19 outbreak but we’re excited to announce that we’ve welcomed an automated laser and integrated handling system. This latest investment (from Switzerland and Italy) will enable us to cut and process sheet metal twice as quick as our existing machinery.

Efficient sheet metal handling
The addition of the 6Kw Bystronic laser and automated warehouse means we can switch between profiling one material to the next in under four minutes.

The whole system – for which we’ve used some of our £240,000 funding pot granted by the Leeds City Region Partnership (LEP) – sits at over 25m x 15m x 4.5m in height and can cut a variety of aluminium, steels and yellow metals. It will increase work and process reliability. And the great news is that we’re expecting it to increase our production capacity by up to 70%.

Up to three of our manufacturers will be trained on how to fully operate the integrated system and mentor others.

Salamander Fabrications managing director Michael Haskell said of the investment: “It’s a big day for everyone at Salamander Fabrications as we welcome such a stunning piece of kit that will further enhance the speed in which we can react to customer requirements.”

He added: “This kind of automation not only optimises our material flow, it improves our machine use, provides us with a greater level of reliability and upskills our workforce to operate first-class machinery.”

This is the latest in a long line of investments to advance the business and upskill our workforce. We’ve already integrated collaborative robotic welding into our operations to cater for a number of substantial contracts – including one to supply components for a large rail refurbishment assignment.

Want discuss a sheet metal project that could benefit from our new piece of kit? Get in touch today and we’ll talk through your requirements.

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