Case Study Investment drives progression at PCE

PCE, which commenced operations in 1970, is part of the Bradley Manufacturing group, a third-generation family business with over 70 years’ experience. This forward-thinking subcontract manufacturing business has recently relocated to 146,000 ft2 premises and supported the move by investing over £1.5 million in the latest AMADA profiling, bending and automation systems. Today PCE has the largest collective range of AMADA machinery in the North of England. 
 
On a daily basis, PCE processes mild steel and stainless-steel sheet measuring 0.9 -5mm thick. However, on occasions the company handles plate up to 10mm thick, usually for the wood-burning stove sector. Batch sizes at the company are normally 50 to 250-off, although from 1-off to 10,000-off is accommodated. 
 
Everything PCE manufacture is precision engineered by their own expert workforce using high-specification machinery from AMADA.
 
Recent investments have been the arrival of an AMADA ENSIS-3015AJ 2 kW fibre Laser with AS LUL tower and PC-series pallet changer, which effectively provides an 18-tonne auto-load system. PCE operates 24/7, with three shifts running Monday to Thursday, however, the level of automation serving the new ENSIS fibre laser means the company can enjoy high levels of unattended profiling.

PCE has also installed its first AMADA tube laser, a FO-MII RI3015 (Rotary Index) CO2 model with shuttle table. This 4 kW, 6m-capacity machine can profile round tubes measuring up to 210 mm diameter, or 160 mm square.
 
Beyond the latest fibre-laser, tube-laser and press-brake technologies, PCE also operates a pair of AMADA EMK-3610NT 58-station high-speed turret punch presses with auto-load systems.

PCE provides a one-stop subcontract shop to a diverse range of customers working to fine tolerances in both ferrous and non-ferrous materials. From initial specification to design, manufacture and supply, they got every base covered, so competitive machines to be successful in this industry are crucial.

Using AMADA technology ensures that their customers get the reliable delivery and quality they require.  The ongoing strategy of investing in the latest AMADA's machinery is clearly serving the company well.

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"We need competitive machines to be successful in this industry. Using AMADA technology ensures that our customers get the reliable delivery they require. "
Nigel Bradley
PCE