We have recently invested in a new, state-of-the-art Plasma Cutter for our manufacturing facility in Anglesey, Wales. The investment in the new equipment will boose the manufacturing capacity and capabilities in the facility and enable us to bring more of the component manufacturing processes in-house.

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the investment

An investment of £145,000 in the RUR 2500p UltraSharp Plasma Cutting Machine will enable us to cut materials quickly and efficiently and has a proven, high-speed cutting process. It achieves this by producing an accelerated jet of hot plasma, which can quickly cut through steel sheets. We will be using this to create parts and components that will be welded together to produce complete parts for our automated loading systems. We have also trained three members of staff to competently and safely operate the plasma cutter.

The investment will help to cut waiting times from third-party fabricators, reduce production costs and lift the site into a hub for industry-leading innovation. The plasma cutter will result in a 75% reduction in time spent on the cutting operation, while a part that would have taken two weeks to outsource can now be drawn using CAD (computer-aided design) software and cut to spec on the same day. In addition, the plasma cutter provides the opportunity to produce, assemble, and test new designs quickly and cost-effectively at the production facility.

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the plasma cutter

The plasma cutter can cut materials 2,000mm x 4,000mm. It has been manufactured from mild steel fabricated, which provides low mass and high strength. It features a three-axis drive system, rack and pinion (round gear) that’s mounted on both the X and Y-axis and is complete with twin side drive in the longitudinal direction.

Words for Vaughan Gething

what the Welsh economy minister says...

Vaughan Gething, Economy Minister, Welsh Government, comments: "It's good to see Joloda Hydraroll investing in the Anglesey site, boosting its capabilities and allowing more work to be carried out there. It will also increase the skills base of its staff, which is also a positive development." 

comments from our technical director

Alec McAndrew, Group Technical Director at Joloda Hydraroll, said: "As the leading provider of loading and unloading solutions, we're constantly looking for ways to innovate and improve our services and solutions. Investing in a metal plasma cutting machine for our production facility in Anglesey will boost our in-house manufacturing capabilities, result in new skills for our team, and accelerate research and development. What's more, it will lead to cost and time savings of immediate benefit to our customers."

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