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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.”

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Director Lewis Firth and General Manager Simon Morrell have recently attended ASHRAE Conference and accompanying AHR Expo in Chicago, 26-28 January.  Along with customer meetings, Lewis and Simon also met with prospective agents to represent Firmac in North America.

“Firmac has a strong agent network across Europe and the Middle East and we are now keen to extend the Firmac offering of high quality duct manufacturing machinery into the US,” explains Lewis.  “We are currently selling our machinery direct to customers but would like to have an agent or distributor to represent the business and this exhibition provides a great meeting place for us, to catch-up with customers and meet potential partners.

“Our Square to Round Duct Former, STR-750, has proved to be a popular machine in the US market as it offers something new and highly effective to duct workshops, at an affordable price. We’re now ready to build on this success and extend our services further across the States”.

Firmac has once again attended the Big 5 show at Dubai.  The Firmac stand proved a popular meeting point for customers to discuss the latest developments in HVAC duct forming machinery. Director, Lewis Firth comments, “The show is a great place to meet with customers from Dubai and the UAE. We’ve noticed an increased interest in machinery which we believe is owing to Dubai being awarded Expo 2020. Our Drive Cleat Duct Line has been particularly popular thanks to its production capabilities; speed of manufacture and ability to produce low cost flanging systems.  The STR-750, Square to Round Duct Former has also attracted a lot of interest as it is still relatively new to the market and can produce square to round transitions in a fraction of the speed traditionally taken on a folding machine”.

Scarborough based duct machinery manufacturer Firmac Ltd. has recently celebrated the completion of their largest project to date. The £1 million plus contract for the fully automated duct forming machine is believed to be the first of its kind in the world.  

The project to design and build a fully automated duct forming machine began in 2012 when Firmac was approached by leading Swiss ductwork manufacturer Dresohn. The challenge was to design and build a fully automated machine which would speed up the duct manufacturing process and increase productivity, reduce operator involvement whilst improving the quality and strength of the ductwork produced.

“The three year project has been a learning curve for all parties involved as we have continually looked to innovate and push the boundaries, introducing new ideas and technology that hadn’t been tried in our industry previously”, explains director Lewis Firth, “We have introduced new robotic technology, more commonly found on the assembly and welding lines in the automotive industry, to speed up the process of duct production and reduce operator input, which also means the process is much more consistent and reliable. Our engineers have included leading edge software which detects faults and relays information immediately to the team in Switzerland and back here at the Scarborough factory. We are extremely proud of the work the whole team has put into the development of this flagship machine and grateful to have such professional suppliers who have worked closely with us throughout the project. The result of three years of hard work is the development of, what we believe, is the most advanced ductwork manufacturing machine in the world”.

Another interesting aspect of the machine is its ability to produce an integral flange as part of the production process.  Lewis explains why the flange is so important to duct manufacturers. “The CGF3 flange has some unique features; there is no stitching or spot welding required and therefore the flange has a clean internal surface which in turn means clean air passes through the duct. It also has air tight properties superior to anything currently available in the market. We believe this flange will be particularly attractive to manufacturers supplying ducting in clean areas, such as the food and pharmaceutical industries”.

To celebrate the completion of the project, the Firth Firmac team along with suppliers and some major European customers were invited to the factory to see and learn more the ground breaking technology. 

Despite its size, approximately 25 metres in length, the modular Pro-Duct DRS CGF3 can be taken apart and reassembled and installed quickly. It will be shipped early December 2014 and should be installed and producing ducts in Switzerland by the end of January 2015.

 

Scarborough based duct machinery manufacturer Firmac Ltd. has recently celebrated the completion of their largest project to date. The £1 million plus contract for the fully automated duct forming machine is believed to be the first of its kind in the world.  

The project to design and build a fully automated duct forming machine began in 2012 when Firmac was approached by leading Swiss ductwork manufacturer Dresohn. The challenge was to design and build a fully automated machine which would speed up the duct manufacturing process and increase productivity, reduce operator involvement whilst improving the quality and strength of the ductwork produced.

“The three year project has been a learning curve for all parties involved as we have continually looked to innovate and push the boundaries, introducing new ideas and technology that hadn’t been tried in our industry previously”, explains director Lewis Firth, “We have introduced new robotic technology, more commonly found on the assembly and welding lines in the automotive industry, to speed up the process of duct production and reduce operator input, which also means the process is much more consistent and reliable. Our engineers have included leading edge software which detects faults and relays information immediately to the team in Switzerland and back here at the Scarborough factory. We are extremely proud of the work the whole team has put into the development of this flagship machine and grateful to have such professional suppliers who have worked closely with us throughout the project. The result of three years of hard work is the development of, what we believe, is the most advanced ductwork manufacturing machine in the world”.

Another interesting aspect of the machine is its ability to produce an integral flange as part of the production process.  Lewis explains why the flange is so important to duct manufacturers. “The CGF3 flange has some unique features; there is no stitching or spot welding required and therefore the flange has a clean internal surface which in turn means clean air passes through the duct. It also has air tight properties superior to anything currently available in the market. We believe this flange will be particularly attractive to manufacturers supplying ducting in clean areas, such as the food and pharmaceutical industries”.

To celebrate the completion of the project, the Firth Firmac team along with suppliers and some major European customers were invited to the factory to see and learn more the ground breaking technology. 

Despite its size, approximately 25 metres in length, the modular Pro-Duct DRS CGF3 can be taken apart and reassembled and installed quickly. It will be shipped early December 2014 and should be installed and producing ducts in Switzerland by the end of January 2015.

 

Local businesses have welcomed the recent announcement that Scarborough is to have a University Technical College. 

University technical colleges (UTCs) are technical secondary schools for 14-18 year olds. They offer a broad curriculum that combines an academic education with technical and practical learning. The Scarborough college will specialise in Advanced Engineering, Design and Control.

This is a welcome development for the leading sheet metal duct machinery manufacturer Firmac which has been based in the area for the past 50 years. Director, Lewis Firth explains, “Scarborough has a wealth of manufacturing businesses whose success and future growth plans rely on expanding their engineering teams. The announcement that Scarborough will be accepting students to its own UTC in September 2016 specialising in these much needed areas, is timely and will benefit the region tremendously. Businesses such as ourselves who offer apprenticeships every year will have a much greater resource to tap into, which in turn will help us expand into new international markets and generate the growth and greater employment opportunities locally”.

The latest announcement of seven new UTCs brings the total number open across the country to 57 by 2016. When fully recruited, there will be over 35,000 young people studying at UTCs around the country.

 

Join us in Hall 12, stand D64 to see and hear about the latest innovations in flange and duct machine technology. 

Book an appointment on the stand and receive a complimentary entrance ticket worth €14.29.