Case Study Recol Engineering - Reducing labour and slashing set-up times

Recol Engineering Ltd, a Northampton-based subcontract supplier of complete metal-based manufacturing solutions, has become the UK’s first user of Amada’s new HG ARs automated press brake system.

The adoption of robot-tended bending operations is not only providing a reduction in labour costs for this forward-thinking manufacturer, but thanks to the system’s integral automatic tool changer (ATC), has cut set-up times from 45 minutes to just 90 seconds in some instances.
Labour is the biggest cost to any business like this one, and they knew by introducing automation into their bending operations would deliver significant gains. 
Recol has been a user of Amada technology since it was established nearly 40 years ago. Today, the company has an array of Amada machines, including an LC3015F1 CNC profiling centre with material tower and an ACIES CNC punch/laser combination machine with load/unload automation.
Key Achievements:

  • Flexible and automated manufacturing environment has given rise to reduced lead-time and unit cost
  • Continuous investment in the latest manufacturing technologies
  • Strong and diverse customer base within the UK and Europe and the provision of total customer satisfaction at all times

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"Indeed, with regard to the HG ARs, we’ve had customers come in to see what jobs might possibly lend themselves to our new investment. For us, this signifies that we have made the right decision.” states Mr. Guntrip. "
Rhid Guntrip & Ben Guntrip
Recol Engineering