New Moulders for Production Facility
Lambson Building Products and Laminated Products entered the next stage of their component development strategy, with the installation of 2 new Weinig Powermat moulders at their production facility.
The new, state-of-the-art moulders are capable of processing 36 metres of material per minute, completely CNC controlled and equipped with 9 heads, allowing them to produce practically any profile a customer can dream of. The new machinery is the latest in a series of key investments at the Castleford site, as the company pushes forward its plans to future proof their production facility.
Operations Director, David Bean spoke about the decision to invest in the new moulders:
“We needed more flexibility. We had four old moulders, each equipped with six or seven heads. They took a phenomenal amount of time to set. They only ran six to eight metres per minute, so we were working two of them 24 hours a day to satisfy customers’ requirements. It just wasn’t sustainable,”
The new Weinig machines are more user friendly and have a greater speed and capacity than the moulders they have replaced. Both machines are CNC controlled, everything is measured digitally and sent direct to the moulder and the machine sets the tooling itself. This reduction in set up times has improved overall manufacturing efficiency by over 30%.
This was such a drastic improvement that the factory’s tool room had to be moved closer to the machines, so the engineers could keep pace. Lambson Building Products and Laminated Products are now producing in a week, what would’ve taken over a month to achieve, just a year ago.
“We did extensive analysis for our component development strategy. It wasn’t just a moulder we needed, though. There were other priorities. We had to buy new saws, a new CNC centre, new extraction and improve logistics. When the time came to purchase the new moulders, we knew exactly which machines to choose. The Weinigs aren’t the cheapest but they are an investment that will be with us for decades. This new equipment will enable us to grow our customer base, improve the service we offer and, most importantly, increase our turnover.”
Lambson Building Products and Laminated Products produce moulded profiles for the caravan, marine, leisure and refurbishment industries. With decades of experience, we are experts in all areas of design and production. To make and enquiry email us or phone 01977 554 604.