UK's largest stainless steel long products stockholder celebrates 40 years anniversary with saws from Prosaw
In January 1976 the Amodil Group were established as a privately owned UK trading office for Olarra S.A., selling stainless steel bar on a manufacture to order basis. As the orders began to grow so did the stock, and in 1984 they purchased the current 81,000 square metre site at Forest Park, Cleobury Mortimer. For the next 32 years the group would slowly grow to become the largest stockholder of stainless steel long products in the UK with over 5,000 tonnes held of round bar, billet, wire and tubular products.
With an increasing demand for material to be supplied in cut pieces, the group have recently invested over £250,000 to expand their already modern cutting shop to enable cuts up to 520mm diameter with tolerances as tight as 0.5mm. Such close tolerances demand exceptionally accurate sawing systems, which is why, when the need arose for Amodil to increase production they chose Danobat bandsaws from Prosaw.
The machines, a Danobat IDS5, capable of sawing stainless steel solid bars of up to 520mm diameter and a Danobat DS3, with a capacity of up to 300mm diameter were supplied by Prosaw, complete with supporting integrated extra heavy duty material handling systems.
Each machine is capable of sawing many different grades of solid stainless bars including unusual speciality stock such as Duplex, Super Duplex and 17/4 PH grades as well as the more standard 316L, 304L and 303 grades. Both machines are fitted with "M42" blades to cut faster, more efficiently and with considerably longer blade life than had previously been possible with existing equipment.
Amodil Supplies Ltd., Operations Manager Alan Woodhouse had this to say about his experience in aquiring and running the new Danobat systems: "We have been delighted with the quality and performance of the Danobat saw systems. We feel that Prosaw have performed extremely well, which is most pleasing as they are indeed very competitive in every respect, even in relation to our previous supplier", adding, "We have also been most impressed by Prosaw's excellent response times when it has been necessary, whilst still giving us a first class service."