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Expansion complete at Billington’s processing facility

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Following on from Billington Holdings acquisition of the Shafton Steel site in 2015, the facility has undergone a major expansion with the installation of new FICEP Endeavour and Gemini machines, as well as a new welding line.

Shafton’s Sales Manager Mike Bawden says the ongoing plan is to further develop the site into one of the UK’s premier steel processing companies.

“Our aim is to offer a fully comprehensive steel cutting and processing service from our site near Barnsley.

“The new FICEP Endeavour provides additional processing options from those previously offered. Capable of cutting, drilling, tapping, countersinking, milling, notching and scribe marking in structural sections up to 1,100mm-deep.”

The machine is said to have a sophisticated combination of probing, clamping and laser devices that allows precise measuring of beam length and width, as well as flanges and web height.

The Endeavour operates on three direct drive independent drilling heads with maximum power on each spindle. The three high-tech spindles can operate simultaneously on both flanges and the web.

Capable of processing parent plates up to 12,000mm × 3,100mm, the FICEP Gemini machine has allowed the company to offer large area, fully processed components.

The Gemini has both oxy/gas cutting up to 80mm thick and hi-def plasma cutting up to 40mm to give complete flexibility in processing plates.

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