Specialist door manufacturer Sliders UK has become the latest fabricator to invest in a four axis machining centre from Emmegi (UK), reflecting the growing trend across the industry towards long bed machines.

Sliders UK has purchased a Phantomatic X6HP CNC machining centre with a single work area of 7.7m and the option of two independent machining areas if required. The machine has four controlled axes and two supplementary axes to position the clamps and reference stops while it is working.

The four axes functionality, with the electro spindle rotating from 0° to 180°, means that it can machine on five sides of the profile including the profile edge. It also has an 8 piece tools storage magazine and a mobile work surface for quick and easy loading and unloading.

This is the third Emmegi machine to be installed at Sliders’ Preston factory in the last two years to fabricate the company’s popular Ultimate Aluminium range of bi-folds, patio doors and French doors.

In 2014, Sliders UK bought an Emmegi T3A Phantomatic 3 axis machining centre when it began its expansion into aluminium, and last year it purchased an additional T3A to keep pace with what has been a record period of growth.

Ian Longbottom, Chairman of Sliders UK, said: “The Emmegi machines have proved that they have the quality and reliability which we need as our production volumes have really ramped up. The service and back up from Emmegi (UK) has been excellent as well, including valuable advice from the team on selecting and specifying the right machines for our needs.”

All of the Emmegi machines at Sliders UK are linked to a Business Micros Evolution and EvoNET software set up at the factory which is optimising their efficiency.

Ian Latimer, Managing Director of Emmegi (UK) commented: “Sliders UK’s experience is fairly typical of what we are seeing in the market at the moment. Fabricators are looking at the ongoing potential in aluminium and are effectively future proofing their operations by choosing high volume, long bed machines ideal for bi-folds and patios which will give them plenty of scope to take advantage of a growing market.

“As well as Sliders, we’ve also sold long bed machines to Bennetts Architectural, Dudleys, London Architectural Glazing and Marshall Brown (Windows) recently and we had lots of enquiries about these types of machines at the FIT Show.”