Out of all the fabrication businesses in Australia, Shamic Sheetmetal is usually among the first to adopt new technologies to heighten productivity and safety.
This manufacturer of wood and gas log fires has once again made its mark by becoming the first to sign for delivery and installation of the completely automated ‘lights-out’ materials handling system, Night Train FMS.
This world-rated Finn-Power technology, distributed throughout Australia and New Zealand by Maxitec , allows sheetmetal fabrication plants to run shifts that are practically unmanned.
So complete is the level of software-driven automation that a night shift can be run without any active personnel present. Although WorkCover authorities would recommend one person oversee any ‘lights-out’ scenario, pre-set parameters on Night Train can oversee the shift through all manufacturing processes with all high-tech safety barriers in place.
Shamic Sheetmetal (Aust) Pty Ltd manufactures various identifiable national brands including HeatCharm, Coonara and Arrow wood and gas log fires for household use, along with various Sheetmetal product i.e. kiosks, car parts, electrical cubicles etc.
In a competitive market, Managing Director of the company, Mr Eric Woodgate, has always viewed technology as a major point of investment to remain strong. Much of the company’s recent machinery stocks have been acquired through Maxitec.
“There is a high level of competition in this industry sector and without machinery and modernisation you would continue to lose control of your profit margins,” said Woodgate.
“Before we sourced various machinery technologies from Maxitec, we were always slightly behind in our deliveries but now we have eliminated that.
“More recently, we acquired a Finn-Power Ebe Express Bender from Maxitec to use for sheetmetal bending and shaping applications which gave us better speed, more accuracy and total cost analysis per project."
Night Train FMS integrates various Finn-Power cells of right angle shears, laser cutters, turret punch/presses and bending units to form a seamless system able to carry out a full shift overnight – and virtually unmanned.
Hence, sheetmetal working companies can operate with full staff on a day shift, which would set up materials before leaving and program the Night Train FMS to operate automatically and effectively keep the production line working around the clock without spiraling wage bills.