When things don’t go to plan, it is a poor workman who blames his tools. However, what if the tools on hand actually aren’t up to the job?
If a company is relying on machines that don’t have the scope to deliver accurate representations of a design, businesses can be restricted when it comes to capitalising on industry demand.
That was exactly the case for skip and waste container manufacturer Sellers Containers before it met band saw specialist Starrett at the MACH 2016 exhibition.
Sellers was established in 1975, has gone on to become one of the leading skip and waste container manufacturers within the UK’s waste management industry as part of the Egbert Taylor Group.
With an in-house design team, the company has a range of customisable products that go beyond the ordinary. While this is great for the company’s clients, it is not without its’ challenges.
A prime example of this is the design requirements for one of the manufacturer’s Rear End Load (REL) skips, which called for its’ lugs to be mitre cut at a 74 degree angle. Most conventional band saw machines cut up to just 45 degrees, with a handful of machines being able to offer 60 degrees.
“We attended the MACH 2016 exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham with the goal of finding a band saw that was capable of cutting beyond 60 degrees,” explained Phil Hadfield, manufacturing manager of Sellers.
“We had been reliant on plasma cutting to manufacture this particular model of REL skip, a technique that is simply not accurate enough, or fast enough, to keep up with product demand compared to using a band saw.”
Band saw and hand tool specialist Starrett had two stands at MACH 2016, one of which was entirely dedicated to its band saw range. It was here that Sellers first encountered Starrett’s S4240 semi-automatic band saw machine.
DESIGNED WITH CUTTING ARM
The biggest band saw the company stocks, the S4240 has been designed with a cutting arm that can rotate to mitre cut up to 75 degrees.
“There is clearly demand across several sectors for a band saw that can cut beyond 60 degrees,” said John Cove, marketing manager for Starrett. “Whether you are cutting steel beams for construction, fitting pipe work or even manufacturing skips, why should your designs be limited for no reason other than the fact your tools can’t keep up?
“That’s why we designed the S4240, to offer design engineers the freedom to be as creative as they like, with the knowledge that their specifications can be fulfilled.”
The semi-automatic band saw is easy to install in any workspace, so Sellers was able to get to work as soon as the machine was delivered. To support the skip manufacturer, a Starrett engineer travelled from the company’s base in Jedburgh, Scotland, to spend the day training the Sellers team on all the different ways the S4240 can be used.
“The Starrett band saw is a very versatile machine,” Hadfield added. “The training our operatives received has benefitted us greatly. We were able to get to work immediately, and get the most out of the saw without delay.”
Sellers had seen a rise in the number of skip hire companies requesting the REL skips that required lugs to be mitre cut at a 72 degree angle. Relying on plasma cutting was hampering the manufacturer’s ability to take advantage of this, but now they are working with Starrett’s band saw, production is quick and easy.
“We’ve been so impressed with both the machinery and the service from Starrett that we’re also exploring other saw and tool accessory products with the company to enhance other areas of our manufacturing operation,” added Hadfield.