Emplas invests in Graf SLS Welder
Emplas has added seamless bay sill welds to its product range following investment in a new Graf SLS Seamless Sill Welder.
Part of Emplas’ continuous programme of product development, the new SLS Welder supplied by Promac Group, gives Emplas new capability to manufacture bay window sills with a seamless finish.
This delivers a step-change in the quality of finish on standard product and an almost invisible join on foils, while also increasing weld strength.
Kush Patel, Deputy Managing Director of Emplas, said: “Bay and porch windows are invariably at the front of a property, they tend to be in high-profile positions next to doors and standard surface finish, if we’re honest as an industry, the standard probably hasn’t been good enough.
“The Graf allows us to manufacture a very robust bay window but most importantly an infinitely better one with massively improved aesthetics, something which particularly stands out on foiled products.
“If you’re in a retail environment and in front of a homeowner it’s going to be an instant sell because it’s so much better than a standard weld, which often protrudes and can be an eye-sore. If a customer also spending thousands of pounds on a conservatory, they do not want to be questioning why the weld on their sills are rough or potentially have marks where they have been polished.
The SLS taps into the same welding technology developed by Graf in its SL4 FF Seamless Welder. This zip welds joints whilst controlling the flow of sprue, delivering a stronger but critically, almost invisible weld.
It’s investment in a new SLS Welder, comes as part of Emplas programme of continuous development in its product and service offer.
This has included a large-scale extension of its factory adding around a third again to its manufacturing facility at the end of 2017, the new development housing new lines, loading bays and offices.
This was accompanied by a £1.4m spend on machinery to add a second Schirmer machining and cutting centre, multiple Rotox welders and saws, bringing its weekly capacity up to 2,500 frames on a single shift. All of this, underpinned by a corresponding investment in its IT infrastructure and systems.
Patel continued: “Bay sill welds have been a thorn in a lot of retailers sides for a long time. The SLS directly addresses that and the opportunities to upsell or simply win business on the strength of the finish that it delivers are clear.”