New saw allows structural steelwork fabricator to double their output
Hillcrest Fabrications Ltd have been producing steel fabrications in Swadlicote, Derbyshire since 1974. The company are a subsidiary of Hillcrest Structural Ltd who specialise in supporting major projects from the initial concept through to completion, including special recent projects such as the refurbishment of the iconic Lighthouse Building in central London.
The Company are specialists in the design, supply, fabrication and erection of structural steel as well as ancillary items such as staircases and handrails.
In order to improve quality as well as capacity, the company recently took the decision to upgrade their automated sawing system. The results have been spectacular.
Prosaw recommended a Bomar Construction 820.450DGS twin column mitre bandsaw, which is an ideal tool for sawing structural sections. This saw is capable of automatic mitre settings of up to 60 degrees to the left and to the right, and has been specifically designed for fast cutting of sections.
Not only is the new system capable of processing much larger beams than were previously possible, but it has also ensured that the company's entire range of products can be processed in-house. Significantly, production has doubled since installation.
Additional efficiency as well as better quality have both been achieved due to the high degree of accuracy of the cut, allowing the company to produce up to twice the tonnage per day than with the previous sawing system.
Hillcrest Fabrications Ltd Managing Director Jason Evans is delighted with the new acquisition and expressed his satisfaction not only with the excellent performance and suitability of the bandsaw, but also with the professionalism of Prosaw's installation and after-sales service. He was particularly impressed by the smooth and efficient installation process, observing that when setting up the system, "nothing was too much trouble for the Prosaw engineers" going on to say "We have had the good fortune to have dealt with Prosaw for more than 20 years and during that time the service we have received has never failed to be excellent. It goes without saying that we are very happy with our investment."