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Ellesco polishes up bottlenecks for sheetmetal subcontractor
Ellesco polishes up bottlenecks for sheetmetal subcontractor
Ellesco polishes up bottlenecks for sheetmetal subcontractor
Ellesco polishes up bottlenecks for sheetmetal subcontractor

Ellesco polishes up bottlenecks for sheetmetal subcontractor

Added to MTDCNC by MTDCNC on 20 January 2015

In the manufacturing industry, the buzzword  around the sector at the moment is 're-shoring',  where manufacturers are realising the benefits of bringing work back from foreign shores. For LL Potter & Sons, a sheet-metal subcontractor that specialises in the production of enclosures and associated metalwork products for electronic and communication applications, re-shoring is more than just a 'buzzword'. It has contributed to growth of 25% in the last 18 months.
 
Working with blue-chip clients from a variety of high-tech sectors, LL Potter has invested heavily in state-of-the-art technology to underpin this growth. In 2013, the Maidenhead manufacturer invested in an automated Amada C1 laser profiling & punching machine and more recently, this has been followed by a Timesavers 42 Series 1350RB (Rotary Brush) deburring and edge radiussing machine from Ellesco that was delivered in November 2014. This Ellesco investment was accompanied by the replacement of a 25 year old Grindingmaster graining machine with a newly refurbished Grindingmaster 2000 graining machine. Having celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014, the capital outlay demonstrates why 45 employee LL Potter still has a hunger for innovation as it has also taken delivery of a new Safan pressbrake since Christmas.

As a company that works a single shift pattern, the ability to run its Amada C1 for over 16 hours a day unmanned has significantly increased productivity and capacity. However, the enhanced ability to cut laser profiles and apertures meant that the company needed to ensure that later departments capacity could absorb the increase in work. Taking up the reasoning behind the Ellesco acquisition, LL Potter’s Commercial Director, Mr Julian Fox says: 'The Amada machine immediately increased pressure on our deburring and graining departments for two reasons.
 
Firstly, our throughput of work increased and secondly the variety of materials we used had previously resulted in a high degree of labour intensive hand deburring. We had two full-time staff either hand deburring, using a Vanco belt machine or our ageing Ellesco Grindingmaster graining machine. The new Timesavers 42 Series 1350RB has completely revolutionised this quality conscious department. The 42RB has improved quality, consistency, capacity and reduced labour input. Our enclosures encase electrical wires and PCBs, so eliminating burrs is critical from a health & safety standpoint and often from a functional point of view for our customers. In addition, after 25 years of non-stop service, Ellesco also replaced an old machine with a refurbished model that has improved the consistency and quality of our current graining process.'


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