DHR International, a manufacturer of bespoke stainless steel commercial kitchens, has recently invested heavily in developing its manufacturing processes with the purchase of an Amada X1 4kW laser machine package - including a full automation tower storage system with automatic loading/unloading, - from specialist laser supplier, World Machinery.
Having only commenced trading in 2011, DHR has quickly become a UK success story, producing bespoke, high quality stainless steel catering equipment, custom-built serveries for the fast-paced, highly competitive, catering and hospitality sectors. Key to DHR’s success is control of its own manufacturing processes. To meet the tight deadlines that are a characteristic of every DHR project, the company has increased the speed and efficiency of production for its standard units; and by optimising its manufacturing process has been able to reduce lead times to its customers.
DHR’s Managing Director, Charles Denton, explains the benefits that the new Amada laser machine will bring to his business: “Whilst we recognise that this level of expenditure is sizable, given the current economic climate, we at DHR are seeing the early signs of recovery, and have an order-book that warrants this investment. The new machine will give us many benefits, including allowing us to increase production throughput, whilst also improving both the quality of the product and the number of products we can offer to the market-place.”
The Amada machine will be used in the manufacture of commercial kitchens, a service which DHR International provides in-house, from development and design through to the manufacturing and completion of the product, all at its premises on the outskirts of Liverpool.
Mr Denton added: “Once we had made the decision to make this investment, we clearly sought a supplier who was able to offer the best deal; we were very pleased with the package that World Machinery put together. The inclusion, in that package, of the installation of the machine, removed many of the problems that we had thought we would have had to attend to once the machine had been delivered. It’s still too early for us to factor in all the benefits that the Amada Laser will bring to DHR, but the early signs are extremely promising” Mr Denton concluded.
The Amada X1 laser supplied by World Machinery is a 4kW cross flow machine, with a 3000mm x 1500mm bed, and capable of cutting 20mm mild steel, 12mm stainless steel and 10mm aluminium at cutting speeds up to a maximum of 30m/min. The X1 laser offers the convenience of touch screen control, and is complemented by a full automation tower storage system, with ten shelves for automatic loading and unloading, plus an automatic pallet changer. The laser also has its own chiller unit and dust control system, and offers high levels of operator safeguarding via safety light barriers.
“We are delighted to playing a major role in helping DHR to increase its production and extend its success,” said World Machinery MD, Wayne Hipkiss. “The laser cutting machines that we provide, both new and used, help companies in all industrial sectors to reduce their reliance on sub-contract parts, cut the number of operations that have to be performed on key components, and generally increase production, through improved throughput.”