The new generation of machinery has a transformative effect on window fabrication. Dave Thomas, Managing Director of Haffner, home of the industry’s largest and most comprehensive machine portfolio, caught up with Glass News to discuss the latest in automated technology.

The benefits of automating window fabrication have always been clear. It boosts efficiency and productivity on the factory floor and delivers exceptional quality because every product meets the same high standards. It also brings additional flexibility to production schedules because it allows fabricators to scale production output up or down as fluctuating demand dictates.

Technological advances mean that when it comes to realising these benefits, today’s machines are the best the industry has ever seen. Take this selection of machines from our exclusive supply partner Graf Synergy as examples.

The SL4-FF EVO RS 4 Head Rapid Speed Welding Machine is the world’s first and only 4-head CNC welding machine that completely eliminates the welding seam from the corner weld.  This allows fabricators to manufacture PVC-U windows of superb quality and superior aesthetics. The elimination of the corner cleaner process also means reduced manpower. And at less than 20sqm, it’s an extremely compact machine that fits easily into most manufacturing set ups and makes a big difference to the shop floor.

The SL5-FF-TV CNC 5 Head welding machine is the only inline welder in the world that is capable of welding seamless transoms and corners in one operation. This is a welcome addition for fabricators now looking to add to their existing Graf Synergy corner welders in order to produce the complete window frame seamlessly.

Finally, the SLS Single Head CNC Cill Welder is the first and only single head CNC welding machine designed for welding bay cills and eliminating the time it takes to buff and clean the finished weld. It has a small footprint but huge capabilities that dramatically reduces manufacturing time and delivers a seamless weld every time.

All these machines benefit from Graf Synergy’s patented V-Perfect Technology. This technology allows you to work with all types of coloured and foil products producing a perfect, seamless weld.

These machines are perfectly complemented by the Haffner SBA-4 Machining Centre, which provides consistent and accurate profile cutting in preparation for welding, delivering a cohesive manufacturing strategy.  And if you’re an aluminium specialist, an ideal partner machine would be the FMC 340 CNC Machining Centre from Fom Industrie, which carries out drilling and milling operations on aluminium or steel profiles.

All these machines and more will be on display at next year’s FIT Show where you’ll be able to see their full power for yourself. But we also know that you might not be able to wait until then to make the investment you need to take your business forward, which is why these machines will form part of our display in our new showroom at our Staffordshire headquarters. The new 1,990 sqm extension has been purposely designed to showcase our expanding machinery offer. We are also arranging visits to the Graf Synergy factory in Italy for prospective purchasers to view and assess the Graf machinery range that they were so looking forward to seeing at this year’s FIT Show.

We celebrated our 30th year in business last year in addition to being voted Machinery Supplier of the Year at the 2020 NFA Awards.  We are using this milestone year as a springboard to cement our reputation as the go-to machinery supplier in the industry.

We are now exclusive UK supply partners of Graf Synergy.  In addition, we are the sole UK agent of Haffner Machinery, which designs innovative and high-quality engineered products at competitive industry prices. We supply a range of aluminium fabrication machines from worldwide machine-giants, Fom Industrie, which has an outstanding product portfolio offering the widest choice of quality machines with competitive lead times. All machines – and our range of reconditioned machinery – have finance available subject to status to bring investment within reach of every fabricator.

We believe in working closely with our customers to give them the machinery package that best meets their needs. It’s one of the many reasons we have such high customer retention with many fabricators making additional return machine purchases.

To support our growing customer base, we have a team of ten expert service engineers to help support our customers with rapid response times. And to keep pace with demand, we have recently commissioned several large-scale investments, including doubling the size of our Staffordshire headquarters and opening a new 37,000 sqm purpose-built factory in Istanbul, Turkey, to support competitive lead times.

Since the pandemic, the industry landscape has changed, and the new generation of machine automation is here to stay. So, if you are a fabricator looking to embrace all the benefits that automation can bring to your business, then contact the Haffner team for a no-obligation chat today. Telephone 01785 222421.


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