PROGRESS is everything in business and investment in technology at Henderson Fabrications in Kings Park Road has been shored up by a determination to offer the best service available.
Technology has advanced massively in recent years and the sheet metal firm's focus on introducing state-of-the-art equipment, and the skilled personnel to match, has opened new opportunities for customers.
A new Trumpf CNC punching machine, the fourth at the recently extended Moulton Park site, is capable of not just punching but also forming and shearing, giving Henderson Fabrications the ability to offer new solutions.
In addition, a new CNC multi-axis folding machine - the fastest on the market - has been installed, complete with quick release tooling that makes set-up times shorter and speeds up production by around 25 per cent.
Steve O'Looney, Managing Director of Henderson Fabrications, said: "We've had a policy of ongoing investment for some time, but technology is moving at such a pace that we're now updating equipment on a regular basis.
"Production times have been cut, while the more efficient machinery keeps energy costs down, leading to benefits across the board."
The equipment can handle sheet metal up to 3000mm by 1500mm and up to 6mm thick on mild steel, aluminium and copper with accuracy within 0.02mm so are most effective on parts with many holes, including countersunk holes, threaded and embossed holes. The laser cutter can cut up to 12mm mild steel, 4mm thick aluminium and 8mm thick stainless steel.
Overall, the technology has increased the firm's capacity to provide design, punching, folding, welding and laser cutting services for a range of sheet metals.
The company has upgraded its website - www.hendfab.com - to improve the experience of customers looking to find out more about what Henderson Fabrications can offer - a concept to completion service, designing and creating prototypes where required, and seeing them through to production, with volumes range from a one-off product to a large run.
Steve O'Looney added: "Despite all the political uncertainty, we have had a busy year and the order book has remained healthy. This, in turn, leads us to feel confident about continuing to invest both in the machinery and the people working with it."