THS chooses Unison Breeze tube bender

Total Hydraulic Solutions Ltd (THS) of Rotorua, New Zealand, has purchased a new all-electric ‘Breeze’ 65 mm single-stack tube bending machine from UK-based Unison Ltd. THS modifies new excavators from global brands such as John Deere, Caterpillar, Hyundai and Kobelco to accept forestry harvesting equipment. The company also provides a wide range of maintenance and support services for users of hydraulic equipment.

Currently in transit to New Zealand, THS’s new Unison Breeze machine will manufacture small batch runs of heavy-gauge tubular components from either stainless steel, black schedule steel or carbon steel. It will replace an older hydraulic tube bender that has been in operation at the Rotorua site for several years.

While visiting Unison Ltd for factory acceptance testing of his company’s new Unison Breeze machine, joint owner of THS, Andy Bedford, said: “The obvious question people will ask is why we chose to travel halfway around the world to buy a new tube bender. The fact is, after considering machines from several manufacturers and dismissing those which failed to meet our exacting requirements for quality, reliability, repeatability and support, we were directed to the Unison website by a company we know and respect in Australia.”

He continues: “A conversation with Unison’s sales projects manager, Steve Chambers, then followed. Steve clearly understood our need for a robust single-stack machine that offered easy set-up, rapid programming and fast tooling changes.All of this is essential as, with small production runs, we typically need to change bend tooling up to 20 times a day. In our busy manufacturing facility, the near-silent operation of anall-electric machine was also highly appealing, while Unison’s intuitive Unibend CNC meant training future operators would be very straightforward.”
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