|Steel Industries is well underway with an ambitious expansion program. This includes additional areas of over 1,600 square metres for both merchandising and fabrication plus new environmentally friendly equipment. Not to mention, a safer, more efficient and user-focused customer experience. |
The expansion program began with the purchase of an adjoining block of land and building works. This includes a 55 x 20 metre covered shed with overhead crane, ancillary buildings, plus laydown and parking areas. Existing workshops were also extended to maximise covered fabrication areas on the original property.
The customer experience will be enhanced by a one-way drive through road featuring undercover loading areas fitted with overhead cranes. There’s also new internal parking, user friendly warehouse materials collection and loading, plus relocation of sandblasting and painting facilities within the 1600 sq metres of extra floor space. The bulk of these new facilities will be ready before the end of 2021.
New equipment being installed as part of the expansion program includes:
CAD Controlled Plasma Cutting Equipment
The plasma unit provides a high-speed and low-cost option for cutting steel plate to any shape and creates dramatic improvements in productivity. The machine is perfect for cutting up to 25mm plate and has an oxy-acetylene option for plate up to 40mm. The additional plate marker attachment enables details to be engraved into the plate, such as trademarks and lettering. The machine can cut shapes up to 1.5m x 3m and automatically nests items for maximise usage of available material. This new machine complements the more expensive but very high accuracy and finishing of our existing water jet-cutter.
Sandblasting & Painting Facilities
These facilities are being relocated into the recently completed extension of our two main fabrication workshops. The new sandblasting booth has a dust extraction and containment system that extracts and filters all dust out of the sandblast booth so that only clean air is released into the environment. Automated recycling of sandblast grit creates less downtime, lower cost and reduced media waste.
Three individual retractable paint booths with full paint filtration allows painting within the workshop area. Better still, no paint fumes escape outside the booth and only clean air returns into the atmosphere. The retractable design provides the ideal solution for painting hard-to-manage and heavy work pieces. Heavy items can be craned into place and the work area can be pulled around it before being simply folded away once painting is complete.
FrameCAD Cold Rolled Building Frames Facility
A dedicated building on the new property will be home to the FrameCAD Cold Rolled Framing Facility. The building will house two FrameCAD machines (to produce 89mm and 150mm ‘C’ sections), and automated loading facilities that will feed completed frames into a new assembly area with an overhead crane providing easy loading onto delivery vehicles. Our machines are typically operating in both our day and night shifts for faster processing and increased outputs.
We expect most of the new facilities to be ready by the end of the year but it will be business as usual in the existing premises until then.