HansenGlass, one of the largest glass processors in the UK, based near Liverpool has placed a significant order with Intermac UK to replace and enhance their existing CNC capability.
HansenGlass did have two Intermac master edge machines but after looking at their customer requirements and considering the age of the machines the decision was taken to look at replacement options. After a comprehensive analysis of the machinery available to the market, including key personnel visiting suppliers in Italy the company decided to continue and extend the relationship with Intermac.
HansenGlass's Managing Director Ian Whalley said "This is an important investment for HansenGlass, and further enhances HansenGlass's market position as the industry leading glass processing company within the UK."
Three machines (of different size and capability) were ordered and installed during Autumn 2008. The machinery was selected from the Master series launched to the UK approximately 3 years ago and not only retains the same functionality as the existing machinery but adds new features and increased dimensional options which will allow HansenGlass to broaden and enhance their product range.
The Master 53 machine allows the capability to process panels up to 4800 x 580 and 4600 x 3200 whilst he Master 43 and 33 operates to a processing size of 4060 x 2300 and 3250 x 1620. All 3 machines have the ability of producing a higher quality mirror finish on polished edges. The capacity of the plant has also increased from the old machines with potential of producing up to 500 panels per week compared to the previous 300. Efficiencies have been further increased with two employees able to program the machines simultaneously with the ultimate aim to have the operators producing their own programs at the machine.
From a product offering perspective the Master 43 machine has an additional 4th axis, this additional axis gives greater processing flexibility with the optional facility to process using cup wheels to an extremely high quality finish, the axis also offers a brilliant cutting facility for surface processing, and the facility to saw glass products instead of standard routering especially on PVB laminated products.
Darren Bill Sales Manager for Intermac added “We are delighted to have been awarded this major contract with such a respected company as HansenGlass. Managing Director Ian Whalley and his team really did their homework not only concerning the equipment but also the back up and support within the UK before placing the order and now we at Intermac will be working hard to ensure a smooth progression to the new machinery”