With a 45 year history as one of the countries leading suppliers of metal sawing equipment, PROSAW decided to diversify into multi-axis machining centres, and entered into an agreement with TEKNA of Italy, to represent their range of products throughout the U.K.
Whilst the Window Industry has been well served by machines to handle UPVC, TEKNA who not only cover this market, also offer a full range of machines to machine more heavy duty industrial applications such as Steel, Stainless Steel, GRP, Aluminium and Wood Profiles and Composite Material, they specialize in working closely with the customer developing solutions to solve specific fabrication needs as well as improving overall productivity.
With the option of investing in one single module, and later complementing it with other modules, customers can not only purchase a complete automatic production line outright, but can alternatively build up to a complete automated line over a period of time.
PROSAW see the market for TEKNA as extending beyond the traditional Window Industry into such diverse markets as road and rail Transport, Aircraft, Industrial Cold Stores, Composite Materials, Aerospace and Stockholders.
An example of this is Unwin Safety Systems Limited, Martock in Somerset, a leading name in wheelchair and wheelchair restraint systems. Originally founded 50 years ago to meet the safety requirements of wheelchair users traveling in mini-buses, the company has since expanded its product range to include the design, manufacture and supply of Vehicle Flooring Systems, Removable Seat Fixtures, Wheelchair Restraints, Passenger Restraints, Seat Belts and Ramps.
Aluminium floor tracking systems are the key element in the Unwin product range and provide a universal link to the company's extensive range of passenger and wheelchair restraints systems. Until recently this rail was machined on a standard machining centre with a 1000mm stroke. Now, however, after investing in the latest Tekna TK 427 Machining Centre, C.N. Unwin are able to machine a 4 metre length in one process without the need to move and reclamp the section.
The Tekna TK 427 is equipped with automatic tool change and the whole process is completed in half the time it previously took.
Unwin's Production Manager thoroughly researched the market for machining centres prior to his purchase, and explains that his decision to go with the Tekna machine came down to a number of factors, with one of the most important being the speed of the Tekna machine, not only in the spindle speed allowing faster machining, but in the speed the machining head travels along the component length. The fully enclosed guarding around the machine is also an important feature, not only for house-keeping, but from a Health and Safety point of view.
Prosaw are happy to carry out tests on customer's material and to provide a detailed report on how production rates can be increased and cost savings made.