For UK-based CamdenBoss, a manufacturer of injection moulded and flat sheet plastic enclosures and e-mech components, it has been a busy few years.
Having moved last year into the 10,700m2 Galaxy Building in Mildenhall, Suffolk, in June, combining its existing Mildenhall and Thetford sites into a single new facility, the company is now ready to start up its injection moulding manufacturing operations in house.
On 25 Oct., it officially unveiled its new investment in injection moulding capability: four new Arburg machines, all of which are electric, complete with robot systems for material handling.
The decision to create a new moulding facility from scratch was driven by the various efficiencies this could bring, the company said, and by the desire to be a more independent and integrated manufacturing company.
According to Katy Davies, managing director of CamdenBoss, the company has been committed to repatriating its injection moulding to the UK for several years. “This investment takes us to the next level of producing as much as possible as locally as possible to support our growing customer base efficiently, effectively and with greater resilience,” she said.
The company opted to expand its existing equipment fleet with machines from Arburg’s energy efficient electric Alldrive range of machines. with Selogica controllers. These include one Arburg 570 A 2000 - 800 Alldrive 200 tonne modular electric machine, fitted with a 6kg Multilift Select robot system; two Arburg 370 A 600 - 170 Alldrive 60 tonne modular electric machines, both fitted with Integral picker V's (IPV), and one Arburg 470 A 1000 - 400 100 tonne modular electric machine, which is fitted with a 6kg Multilift Select robot system.
Setting up new mould shops is always exciting and satisfying and working towards a long-term relationship is what it is all about, said Arburg Ltd. managing director Colin Tirel.
“Bringing new capabilities in-house is a great sign of the company’s confidence in their abilities and their customer base, so that’s a really positive sign in these challenging times,” he said.
The decision to invest in the latest electric Arburg equipment reflects an increasing trend that more customers are looking at reducing energy consumption and costs, Tirel added.
Along with the company’s recent investment in solar power and lower transport mileage by manufacturing on-site, CamdenBoss has significantly reduced the carbon footprint of its operations and accelerated its transition to net zero.