Over the last twelve months Industrial Tooling Corporation (ITC) Ltd has been following an aggressive growth strategy. This strategy has seen the Tamworth company increase its factory size by 50%, add both Rollomatic and GSE grinding centres, launch a new website, introduce new product lines through a new re-seller agreement with BIG KAISER and also expand the Widia offering. Even when the ITC team were busy working the MACH show, the MD was scouring the halls for new technology.
The result of ITC Managing Director, Mr Peter Graves treading the boards at MACH was the purchase of the company’s latest machine, a GSE HMT S-15 automated rod cutting machine. The latest machine was purchased to respond to ever increasing batch sizes of special, standard and stocked ranges of ITC products. Whilst achieving this, the new GSE machine also provides improved efficiencies with its ‘full automation’ mode that will permit lights-out processing of carbide rods.
Commenting upon the latest addition to the ever growing plant list, ITC’s Production Manager, Mr Kevin Ford says: “Whilst we buy a lot of our carbide rod already cut to length for standard product ranges; a lot of special and non-standard tools are required in different lengths. Cutting each carbide blank takes anything up to 5-6 minutes and we presently have an operator continuously cutting carbide rod on our existing semi-automatic machine. The new GSE HMT S-15 will automate the process and free-up time for our operator to take on new, less repetitive tasks.”
“Depending upon rod diameter, the new machine is capable of cutting anything from 50-100, 500mm long rods completely unmanned. This will allow us to process special tool lengths in batches of 50 to 100+ tools lights-out. This completely eliminates any upstream bottlenecks and it enables us to manufacture special tools even faster than we do at present. In addition, the machine can be used in manual and automatic mode. This provides the facility to rapidly cut small tool quantities with no time consuming set-up processes,” continues Mr Ford.
Commenting on the investment, ITC’s Managing Director, Mr Graves says: “Our investment in the very latest technology has long been a continuous process. However, with our rapid growth strategy we have to look at removing any and all bottlenecks that may arise in our business. At present, the increasing demand for special products has created a bottleneck with blank cutting and the GSE machine will eliminate this issue when it is installed.”