Maxitec distributes the Finn-Power E5 Compact Express range of sheetmetal fabrication machines in Australia and New Zealand.
Rising steel prices and contracted delivery schedules are putting much pressure on the fabrication industry to deliver with accuracy and faster than ever before.
Manual processes have been replaced by machines and many of those that haven't made the transition are now suffering.
Sheetmetal machinery specialist, Maxitec has overseen a growing list of fabricators in Australia and New Zealand integrate machinery into their processes and immediately quantify the results.
One end-user in particular, is highly characteristic of the new direction in fabricating sheet metal. This Maxitec client is a metal punch/press company, which has been servicing the metal fabrication and short run metal stamping needs of Western Australia and other states of Australia for over 20 years.
The company stamps parts from various metals including mild steel, stainless steel, aluminium, brass and copper.
It also manufactures and carries a stock range of motor body builders hardware, trailer components and fencing components.
“There was one job process at this customer that was reduced from nine hours right down to 20 minutes," said Managing Director of Maxitec, Mr Andrew Bentrup.
“This job involved manufacturing a stainless-steel washer, which had to be stripped through a guillotine, a central hole punched, followed by blanking the outside.
“We evaluated that all these processes could be performed by the one machine, hence eliminating triple handling to save time, improving the quality of the finished product and making the OH&S aspect of production even better.
"The massive time difference – nine hours down to 20 minutes - speaks for itself how these machines have made a big difference to this operation.
"The client has even been able to up-skill its staff and processes are going through so much faster, particularly the small jobs.
“Job processes are designed in JetCam software so that this job process – as is the case with any process – is stored in the program’s memory and is recalled each time it is needed.”
After viewing various brands, the client looked at three Finn-Power units at the Austech component of a National Manufacturing Week show in Australia.
“It was the Finn-Power E5 Compact Express that overcame one of the greatest challenges; dealing with very small components,” said Mr Bentrup.
“Processing small components can be a little bit too dangerous for manual processing so having the machine eliminated all that.
“When management made the decision to purchase the Compact Express E5, it was done not just because the product suited the end use but also service and backup stacked up well for the price. It also seems far more compact than other machines.
“There has been such a turnaround in job times that now the only problem is keeping the machine busy.”
Distributed throughout Australia and New Zealand by Maxitec Pty Ltd, the E5 Compact Express is arguably the only turret punch/press that can be operated in a corner. It is a 300kN super fast, fully adjustable turret punch press series for sheet metal fabrication.
The unit has a super fast servo hydraulic punching system tool indexing system and turret construction, automatic clamp setting and moving, easy ergonomic sheet loading and unloading, Catch and Carry work chute, powerful NC control and graphic user interface, indexable upforming as well as outstanding accuracy.
The sheetmetal fabrication system needs very little space and all material flow in the E5 punching operation can be handled from one side.