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Automated drill speeds Bay Plastics' production

Automated drill speeds Bay Plastics' production

Tuesday 8th July 2014

North Shields-based Bay Plastics Ltd are plastic stockists, fabricators and formists, producing finished plastic sheets and rods for industrial and commercial applications.

A recent large project required holes to be accurately positioned and drilled in plastic sheets, within a very tight time scale prior to shipment. The company attempted to meet the agreed deadline by organising extra shifts, but it quickly became apparent that the additional man power would not be able to cope.

Bay Plastics contacted their local Thorite Sales and Service Centre in North Shields, requesting urgent help to provide a solution. Thorite is the UK's biggest independent distributor of pneumatic products and process systems and decided to send in one of their specialist Sales Engineers, accompanied by an expert from Desoutter, a global manufacturer which provides electric and pneumatic tool solutions, covering a wide range of assembly and manufacturing processes.

The visit resulted in Thorite recommending and supplying a Desoutter auto feed drill model AFDE400-5250, complete with clamps and mountings, which was quickly installed. Once in operation the new equipment increased production threefold, enabling the original deadline to be met.

Rob Williams, Bay Plastics' Production Manager, is delighted with the solution provided and said: "Thorite's response to our production problem was quick, efficient and relatively inexpensive. It enabled us to meet our commitment to valuable customer and, as a bonus, the auto feed drill has since been very useful on other projects."

Thorite's North Shields Sales & Service Centre is just one of ten regional outlets located throughout Yorkshire, Lancashire, the North East and West Midlands which can be contacted for details of Desoutter and many other world-class pneumatic products. Thorite's National Distribution Centre and massive stockholding facilities ensure that these products are available on next day delivery, to provide entirely new processing solutions or minimise downtime to existing pneumatic equipment.

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