Nationwide Windows in Rugby recently took delivery of a new Stuga AutoFlow-2-VS sawing & machining center which adds to the two ZX3 machines already running flat out. The new machine has been installed as part of a line for doors and specials whereby it will run composite door frames, bi-folds and vertical sliders.
The AutoFlow-2 is the newest and most flexible sawing & machining center from the Stuga stable and apart from being able to produce all sawing and prepping operations required for British window styles like internally glazed casements it can also produce the frame to sill angle on the ‘VS’ frames as well as produce the mechanical preps in the ‘VS’ sills. These small extra details are extremely productive when a lot of ‘VS’ windows have to be produced and Nationwide already produce a lot of vertical sliders in a growing market.
Nationwide first purchased a Stuga Autocut saw center around 2000 which was soon followed by an Ecoline prepping center in 2001. A couple of years later a Stuga Flowline sawing & machining center was purchased. Later the company purchased a Stuga Microline but as sales continued to grow the stand-alone sawing and prepping centers together with the original Flowline were later replaced by two Stuga ZX3’s. Finally the Microline was replaced recently by the AutoFlow-2. This development path is an indication of the success of Nationwide Windows together with their trust in Stuga machines and the superb back-up that comes with them.
The owners of Nationwide, John Whalley and Daryl Cashmore, have both found the Stuga back-up to be the key to the success of high level production. Dealing directly with the manufacturer and one based in this country has meant that service and spare parts are always readily available and the use of a courier can get a vital component onsite within two hours if necessary. As Stuga writes its own software and Nationwide have been trained how to programme the machines in-house, technicians are able to quickly make modifications to profiles and operations with the comfort of knowing that Stuga are on hand to ‘dial-in’ through the internet and lend a helping hand, actually make complex changes or even update software versions.
All Stuga machines at Nationwide are covered by the Stuga fully comprehensive service contract guaranteeing fast support at every level and this is backed by seven service technicians operating throughout the country full time.
Stuga have a range of three sawing & machining centers known as the AutoFlow-2, ZX3 and ZX4 with outputs ranging from 400 windows per week to 1,000 or more. There are nearly one hundred and fifty Stuga automatic sawing & machining centers in the United Kingdom and Ireland so the experience and depth of knowledge are significant which is why successful companies like Nationwide Windows like to work with Stuga.
For further information call 01493 742348 and ask for Steve Haines or visit www.stuga.co.uk
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