This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
MACHINERY


INVESTMENT, EXPANSION AND ‘FABRICATING AT PHENOMENAL SPEED’ IN BURY ST EDMUNDS


Growing from a design-led one-man band in 2004 to a thriving business of 32 employees in 2011, Sunsquare Ltd is not satisfied with being a dominant player in skylight manufacture. The company is expanding, fabricating for market leader Schueco and designing a range of fire-proofed glazing products. It aims to become the preferred fabricator for folding sliding door systems.


In 2004 James Boughton set up Sunsquare Ltd, a one-man business, designing and manufacturing high quality skylights from a single factory space in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Through intelligent design and a diligent approach to maintaining quality, Sunsquare soon gained a high reputation within the industry and James was in a position to expand in order to meet a growing demand. Seven years later, the firm employs thirty two people.


James and his co-director, Justin Seldis are justifiably proud of the company’s success, especially in a period of prolonged recession and they recognise the need to keep moving forward.


“Early in 2011 we decided that the next move


would be to fabricate for Schueco the German company. Schueco is regarded as the market leader in energy efficient building envelopes and is a renowned specialist in renewable energy. Making systems for such a prestigious company would raise our profile and take us into new exciting areas, including the folding sliding door market. We knew we would need to acquire a fully automated CNC system in order to keep production flowing, along with achieving the highest possible quality level. For the manufacture of folding sliding doors a quality level of 100% is critical for glazing bead lengths; a tiny fraction out and the door does not function smoothly. We looked at a number of machines where the quality level of 90% was easily obtainable – it was that final 10% that eluded most. Our reputation is built on quality and we intend to replicate this across our entire product range. We recognised that this could only be achieved by investing in high-end machinery and so we chose a package from elumatec. Our package includes the new EMA201 electronic measuring system to


deal with the glazing beads. Our decision has been confirmed already – last month’s trial production run, in situ at the Sunsquare factory, achieved a consistent quality level of 100%”.


Sunsquare’s elumatec machinery package consists


of an SKL118 template free copy router, a DG79 double mitre saw, a TS161/21 glass bead saw, an EP124 corner crimper and an EMA201, the electronic measuring system already referred to.


“The SKL118 routing station has a programmable CNC and everything becomes templated – therefore it can be reproduced over a different range of sizes” explains James, ‘elumatec’s software is extremely user friendly, operated by touch screen controls with an enormous amount of flexibility built in. The speed of the production is phenomenal - even faster than I had anticipated. Schueco had quoted eight man hours for fabrication of the doors using systems incorporating manual input, but elumatec’s CNC machinery is halving that time.”


Sunsquare is a company that intends to grow


further and increase its range of products. “We are a design-led company” explains James “As we bring new designs on board we need machinery that can immediately adapt to the new specifications for cutting and processing. We are confident that elumatec can do that.”


The latest new product to be launched is


a fireproof ‘walk-on’ skylight, with glazing that meets Fire Safety Regulations 30/30 and 60/60. The strength of the Sunsquare brand is fundamental to moving into new markets. elumatec’s machinery will provide the high quality of manufacture to support the brand reputation. Fire access hatches, allowing smoke evacuation and access into and out of a roof, are also about to be launched and these will incorporate sliding sections and fireproofed glazing.


The new relationship with Schueco heralds an


exciting time for Sunsquare and the company has a busy marketing schedule. A new Sunsquare website is about to go live and the company are planning a large presence at Ecobuild 2012, not bad for a previous one-man band.


“We are already considered to be the dominant


player in flat roof sky lights” says James “And now we intend to become the preferred fabricator for folding sliding door systems. Our investment in this next stage of growth has been in the region of £400,000 which includes a new factory on site and the elumatec machinery which is critical towards our future success.”


Sunsquare can be contacted on 0845 2263172. For more details about fabrication machinery and automation, including software and training contact elumatec on 01908 580800.


28 « Clearview NMS « September/October 2011 « www.clearview-uk.com


Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77  |  Page 78  |  Page 79  |  Page 80  |  Page 81  |  Page 82  |  Page 83  |  Page 84  |  Page 85  |  Page 86  |  Page 87  |  Page 88  |  Page 89  |  Page 90  |  Page 91  |  Page 92  |  Page 93  |  Page 94  |  Page 95  |  Page 96  |  Page 97  |  Page 98  |  Page 99  |  Page 100