As a stockholder they must respond to customers' "want it now" demands. Their experience of the past three quarters of a century enables the Steel Shop division to rise to this challenge. They also offer a design and supply service to the building industry, producing fabricated steel structures. Their close control over factory output allows maximum flexibility; they can often react to last minute changes in site programmes.
In 2002 the group moved to a new site in Meadow Lane and needed twonew saws. Their requirements were for flexible machines to match the variety of their workload, with a large mitre capacity. After a detailed review of the market, Adey steel decided upon the Bomar 440DGH from sawing specialists, Prosaw. "We chose Prosaw as a reputable supplier and the model 440 represented the best value for money" reports Brian Armitage, factory manager.
The saws were installed with powered infeed rollerway systems."The conveyors are a big help, it is easier to organise work-loads and a faster throughput" is the opinion of Richard Pymm, the saw operator. Richard has operated saws for over 25 years.
The controls are simple to use, "tells you exactly what is happening on the saw". The digital display screen continuously feeds back the saw status, so… "if the saw has stopped, you know why". "The saws have proved to be more reliable" informs Richard.
"We cut beams, tubes, angle, small box, section, all with the same blade". The saw has a special feed control system that adjusts the downfeed according to the cross section of the material.
This also aids straight, accurate cutting. Richard Pymm often cuts expensive material on the saw "we cannot waste it with inaccurate sawing".
The original need for a large mitre by Adey Steel is found on the 440DGH. Capacity at 45° is 440 x 360, and the saw can swing past 45 to 60. "The setup is quick compared to the old machines, with powered vices and an easy mitre" says Richard.
The 440's have been a successful investment for Adey Steel. "They have processed a lot of work in those 3 years", informs Brian Armitage. Indeed they have recently acquired two further models from the same producer.