Investment at Glenmore Hane

Slough-based Glenmore Hane Group, a specialist in fine-limit sheet-metal fabrication for a wide range of industries, is using its investment in the latest automated Amada laser-cutting technologies to achieve an ever-stronger market position.

Automation is the key word here, as the company says this factor has created a significant amount of extra capacity that in turn is supporting the generation of additional revenue.
Glenmore Hane is a strong advocate of investing in the latest manufacturing technologies. A case in point is the recent arrival of an Amanda LCG-3015AJ fibre-laser. The machine is now firmly bedded in and working hard, cutting 3 x 1.5 m metal sheets with ±0.01 mm positional repeatability. Axis speeds of 170 m/min (simultaneous) mean that parts do not suffer from heat distortion.
“For us, the fibre-laser advantage is reduction in the melt effect on coated surfaces and cut edges,” says general manager Mark Hall. “The fibre laser beam kerf is very clean and approximately 10 times smaller than with CO2 lasers. In addition, real-time measuring sensors detect the slightest undulation and make material tolerance adjustments to help ensure zero rejects. Investing in this machine was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made.”
A table load weight of 920 kg and a 3 ton automatic loader/un-loader allows Glenmore Hane to run large orders on tight deadlines, around the clock. The company only operates a single-shift system, so the ability to run ‘lights-out’ is key.
“The automation allows us to take on additional work – we’ve probably got more capacity now than we’ve ever had,” explains Hall. “Ultimately, it provides us with an opportunity to grow.”
Aerospace seat fittings, computer cases, electronic plates, brackets and ducting are among the current applications for the Amada LCG-3015AJ.
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