Stuga Machinery’s Sales Director, Steve Haines, is based just outside of Leicester and whilst Stuga machines are very popular all over the UK Leicester has been quite a sad area for the company until recently when orders were received from three companies in quick succession.
Secure Trade Frames, a relatively new but very successful fabricator, purchased a Stuga Ecoline stand-alone prepping center and were so impressed with it that they immediately ordered an Autocut automatic saw center. These two machines working together offer a good compromise to a fully automated sawing & machining center which they couldn’t justify at this stage. Stuga agreed that when they are ready, in about 12 months’ time, they would take both machines back at a reasonable price in part-exchange when a new automated line is ordered.
On the other side of Leicester Frame Maker is a family business that has endured all the frustrations of not being able to make enough windows and not being able to find enough skilled and reliable staff to fabricate the volumes they needed and orders were being lost as they couldn’t handle any more. Looking at automated sawing & machining was a bit of jungle as the equipment is quite expensive and after bad experiences with previous machinery suppliers they were ultra-cautious. After a long period of looking at Stuga and several meetings a decision was made to purchase a new AutoFlow-2 sawing & machining center. The AutoFlow-2 is the smallest machine in terms of size and output that Stuga produce but with a capacity of 400 windows per week it was big enough for the needs of the company. Frame Maker are now settling into getting used to the automation process and logistics involved and can make many more windows than previously with accuracy and consistency allowing them to grow their business without growing their production staff.
In the centre of Leicester Echo Plastic Wood is a non-window fabricator that decided they wanted Stuga automation for their plastic wood kits that are used to erect doors, garden furniture, fencing and much more from recycled materials. Owner Sean Presson had a vision that the Stuga AutoFlow-2 sawing & machining center could be used to produce his product range in volume and Stuga’s joint owner and Technical Director Gareth Green was keen to help with the development on the software front. The rest is history. After a development programme where the two companies have had to work together to develop special tooling, blades, cutters, speeds and feeds to deal with the various different recycled plastics Sean and his team are enjoying the benefits of automation across his range of products, meaning he is now confident to grow his business.
For further information on all Stuga products please call 01493 742348 or visit www.stuga.co.uk