SHEPPARTON’S J Furphy & Sons has completed a major relocation and re-equipment of its Furphy Metal Services division, within the company’s main manufacturing site.
The laser cutting and sheet metal fabrication operations have been relocated to a new building site within the company’s principal Shepparton operations. The two laser cutting machines installed are able to process mild, Bisalloy and stainless steel up to 16 mm thickness, together with a wide range of aluminium, mdf, acrylic and UHMWPE materials. The two BLS lasers have been relocated to the new centre to give better materials movement and production scheduling.
They have been complemented by the installation of a new guillotine able to handle sheet sizes of 4m in width by 8mm in thickness for stainless steel and 12mm thickness for mild steel. Also available on the site are cutting and brake pressing with four different brake press capacities including 80, 150, 300 and 1,200t hydraulic press units.
According to MD Adam Furphy the Shepparton operations comprise some of the largest metals processing and component manufacture facilities available on one site in regional Victoria.
Crump Spreaders Australia, a manufacturer of fertiliser spreaders and now under new ownership, recently transferring its manufacturing from Melbourne to Shepparton. The new owner, Bruce Gribben, has set about updating its manufacturing methods.
“Furphy Metal Services is now providing us with most of our components which are laser cut or folded,” Gribben said.