Allslade installs advanced fabrication line
One of the UK’s most advanced Kaltenbach structural steel processing lines has been installed at Allslade’s Portsmouth facility.
The new installation is housed in a completely refurbished site and is expected to improve production by 300%, while reducing material handling by around 70%.
The entire line comprises a Kaltenbach HDM1432 circular saw, a KBS1301 bandsaw, a KDX1215 three-axis five tool drilling system and the unique KC1201 robotic coper, which uses plasma and oxyacetylene.
All machinery is CNC controlled and inter- linked by Kaltenbach cross-conveyors, operated from each machine’s touch-screen control desk, or a centralised control console. The line can process the largest of structural steel columns, beams and tube.
A Gietart GW15/6 high performance six turbine shot blaster completes the last stage of the initial processes, before loading material directly onto one of several adjacent fabrication lines, with a new fast-flow transporting system.
From fabrication, structures enter a new state-of-the-art Gietart, multi-gun water-based automated paint system. A 25m-long drying tunnel outputs fully coated material ready for site erection. The system also reduces paint consumption by approximately 35%.
“Having started the business in 1984, we have had continued success in providing structures of generally up to 1,000t,” said Roger Slade, Allslade Managing Director.
“The efficiency of the new system enables us to be even more competitive and handle projects beyond the 1,000t level.”