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PAINT & POWDER COATING


Gema installs another first class solution into leading UK


interior manufacturing facility


Laidlaw Manufacturing is the UK’s leading


supplier of technical solutions for


architectural iron- mongery, integrated


doorsets, handrailing, balustrading and access-control.


As part of a significant


investment programme Laidlaw have just


installed of one of the


finest, multiple material powder coating


facilities in the country.


The new powder coating line installed within the new 11,150m² factory benefits from the latest powder coating technology from Gema Europe. The Process Development Manager at Laidlaw Manufacturing, Mr. Paul Ward, explained “This £450K investment has been designed to minimise the overal impact on the environment, with significant reductions in powder, gas and electricity consumption reducing our environmental impact by more than half whilst delivering a leading standard of finish.”


The evaluation process was extremely detailed and comprehensive during the specification process. Paul went onto explain, “We conducted a detailed market evaluation and wanted to partner with a business who could full undertand our processes, requirements and challenges with a view to providing us with the most technically advanced solution which deliveres multiple bottom line savings and improvements. It quickly became clear that Gema had both the technical understanding of our business objectives, and our vision for the future, this technical knowladge was backed up by their comprehensive product range and innovative solutions.”


Key specification parameters for the new powder facility:


Create a new finishing opportunities for our product range


Apply full architectural powder types efficiently and automatically


Improve the high standard of product finish across the Laidlaw manufacturing range


Improve efficiencies in terms of processes, outputs and materials


Alleviate manual coating requirements


38 SURFACE WORLD december 2013


For more information on this and other market leading Gema products please contact: Head of Sales - Leon Hogg Email: l.hogg@gema.eu.com Telephone: (mobile) 07826 551 240


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Increase line speed to allow for increasing volumes to meet increased customer demands


Provide a clean and quiet environment for the line operators


Eliminate defects and rework


The Group Engineering Development Manager Mr. Glenn Heywood was heavily involved in the procurement of the new system, Glenn explained “The new Magic EquiFlow system from Gema is extremely compact and has replaced two roll-on, roll-off type systems, this has streamlined our process and has significantly reduced the overall footprint and increased the overall asset utilization. Already we have seen a significant reduction in the powder used, estimates to date show an overall reduction of approximately 40%. The colour change is also extremely important to us, we have cut change over time from 1 hour to <10 minutes for a black to white colour change.”


He continued “The operational cleanliness is profoundly different and we have seen a significant step-change in the technology when compared with our previous equipment. The system is highly automated and the labour content is now largely limited to the colour change and powder recharge functions.”


Paul Ward added “We challenged the specification throughout the procurement process to which Gema provided sound technically enhanced solutions with clarity and backed up their arguments with substance based visits, application trials and technical expertise”


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