Over the past six months there has been a notable increase in demand for Firmac’s Drive Cleat Duct Lines particularly in the Middle East. This semi automated (fully/ modular automated) and versatile machine gives the manufacturer several jointing options to choose from, plain ended ducts to accept a slide on flange, also drive cleat both hit and miss or continuous, both options produce a full box in one pass. Extra notching can be added which will allow the production of ducts with an integral flange of the manufactures choice, (Firmac’s CGF 1 is an example of what can be achieved). Once the sheet has been notched, cut and male and female Pittsburghs formed, it is taken from the line and run through the freestanding rollformer to form the flanges. It is then placed back onto the run out table to be automatically folded into a complete box with seam-closed ready to be transported to site.

Lewis Firth, director, explains, “Expanding ductwork companies that are accustomed to the reliability and consistent high quality output from our entry-level machines such as Mini and ADF lines are now investing in the DCDL. It’s a natural progression for businesses that are looking to increase their level of automation and enjoy the benefits of increased output without the burden of extra labour costs. We are fully aware that all manufactures are not always in a position to invest in fully automated lines, such as the Firmac Pro-Duct CGF 1, but feel that the DCDL offers an excellent semi automatic (fully modular/ automated) alternative.

The drive to automate production processes is linked to the buoyant construction industry.

Sameer Kohli, Firmac’s representative/ agent in UAE and Middle East, attributes the demand for increased automation to regional employers’ reluctance to rely on limited labour resources. “The construction industry is growing but employers are restricted on the numbers of foreign nationals they can employ.  Employers don’t want to depend on a limited labour market and so are looking for increased automation from their machinery. Companies are looking to invest in their futures and the DCDL is helping them do just that whilst meeting current production requirements.”