The company are investing considerably in this key production area, on a new racking system and equipment update. They will look to recoup this investment in just 3-4 months through improved manufacturing efficiency.
New horizontal band saw
The planned installation of a manual, horizontal band saw, from a European manufacturer in Italy, will be installed with fitted rollers and a full digital read-out. The supplier of this state of the art saw is a local Northamptonshire supplier, Prosaw, who are based in Kettering. As a company, Alltube always look to work with local, British suppliers wherever possible, if logistics allow.
The installation of this new band saw will enable a more accurate and efficient measurement of tubing material, allowing greater accuracy in cutting to our customers’ precise requirements.
As part of this reorganisation, Alltube Engineering are also completely refurbishing the current racking system and reorganising the storage of stock parts as part of the section review. The racking system has been completely designed and manufactured in-house in the Alltube factory. The stand-alone steel structure is 6m x 3m x 2.5m and will make a significant difference to the way stock is accessed and store on the factory floor.
There will also be full implementation of a completely new part number allocation system, combined with a location identification process, which will much improve the pre-production elements of the manufacturing process.
Great news for Alltube customers
The new, improved Cutting section will be utilised across all customer sectors and industries, so the benefits in efficiencies will be seen by all of their clients. Great news for all Alltube customers!
Kevin Cope, Alltube’s Managing Director, said of the new refurbishment “The purchase of the new saw along with the new racking and layout of the area will be a great benefit. It will enable us to increase our productivity with the efficiencies we have gained in the area.”
And the developments in the factory are not limited to the cutting section, as Alltube are reviewing other production areas with a view to implementing improved manufacturing processes, enabling greater efficiencies in other areas.
Philip Houghton, Alltube’s Commercial Director of 25+ years, is semi-retiring from this position at the end of 2017, but he will remain with the company in a proactive role reviewing and planning new systems to continue the developments in production efficiency.
Once the Cutting Section reorganisation has been completed and the refurbishment finished, the next area for review will be the welding section. This unit is due to have a full overhaul to improve the layout and storage of fixtures. The benefits of this for our customers will be significant and will allow us to increase the flow of work through this area.
Exciting times at Alltube Engineering..!