Kerf conveys manufacturer through growing pains
Published: 11 November 2015 - Lisa Peake
If you've ever driven past a construction or heavy industrial site, the likelihood is that you have at some point seen an Ezystak conveyor system in action. With over 20 products in its range, the County Tyrone company has recently invested in new plant and equipment to keep abreast of its remarkable growth levels.
The family owned Dungannon business manufactures a range of tracked and wheeled conveyors, Bin feeders, Trommels', Screener and Incinerator products. It has enjoyed turnover growth of 300% and its staff levels have increased by 580% in the last five years. The issue for such a successful business is keeping up with demand. Kerf Developments has given the company a helping hand with the supply of one Kerf RUR 3000 CNC UltraSharp plasma cutting machine together with an RUR 3500 machine for profiling wider material sheets.
Prior to the Kerf purchases Ezystak were using subcontractors to supply the profiles it required using their high definition plasma and laser cutting machines. However, Ezystak was witnessing indifferent performance from its suppliers ranging from lengthy lead times, sometimes dubious quality and increases in costs. Discussing the company's investment in Kerf RUR machines, Ezystak Managing Director Mr Seamus McGrath says:
"We wanted to eliminate bottlenecks created by suppliers delivering parts to excessive lead-times, as this was putting pressure on other departments in our business. We also wanted to reduce production costs. We needed a reliable machine with excellent cut quality and after reviewing the market, Kerf had the best solution for our business."
"We looked at machines from all the major suppliers of profiling equipment and spoke with other local manufacturers. We eventually selected the Kerf RUR machines based on the build quality of the machine, the cut quality achieved with the UltraSharp plasma unit, the reputation of the supplier and the availability of local support in Northern Ireland," says Mr McGrath.
The Kerf plasma machine was installed together with a large press brake and the project proved so successful, the decision was made to order a second RUR plasma machine to bring all the work in-house. The first machine arrived in the summer and the second machine was delivered in September. "We were immediately impressed. The Kerf machine helped us to take 2 weeks off our lead-times and bring all our cutting and folding in-house." says Mr McGrath.
Source: Irish Manufacturing