A brand new five axis Satellite XT machining centre from Emmegi (UK) was the star of the show at a recent open morning held at Alitex in Hampshire, where they manufacture what are said to be the finest Victorian style aluminium greenhouses and conservatories in the world.
The company has invested in the new machine to take its precision manufacturing to even greater heights, so it was understandably keen to demonstrate the machine in action to visitors.
Alitex already has a portfolio of nine Emmegi machines in its factory, ranging from a double mitre saw supplied way back in 2002, right up to two Comet four axis and four Phantomatic T4A three axis CNC machines supplied more recently.
The new Satellite XT however is set to transform the company’s most complex compound cutting and machining operations, offering significant time savings and even higher levels of accuracy and reliability.
Because the Satellite XT works in five axis, it can machine whole aluminium sections in one process, rather than needing to pass though several different machines. Alitex estimates that overall it will reduce machining times by up to 30% but, for some complex profiles, it has already calculated that what was once a two hour process can now be completed in just 12 minutes and 8 seconds.
As a result, the company is predicting a two year payback on its investment, at the same time as helping it to increase capacity in line with its planned future growth.
The supply, delivery and installation of the machine was seamless. It was delivered precisely on schedule just eight weeks after the order was placed and commissioning took five days. After a few weeks of work to develop and finalise the geometries and the links to Alitex’s Solid Works 3D CAD software, it is now nearing full production.
Emmegi (UK)’s sales manager Andrew Jones said: “Alitex probably has more Emmegi machines in its factory than any other customer in the UK. It’s a perfect example of how we partner successfully with businesses and deliver great results time and again.”
Alitex has a 60 year manufacturing heritage in the UK and proudly boasts that its greenhouses are the choice of the nation’s experts – from designers and landscape architects to horticultural professionals including Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. The company also has an exclusive National Trust collection comprising seven different structures inspired by National Trust gardens around the country.