Ellbee Ltd (UK): Insulating glass for caravan windows and doors - Precision production with Bystronic glass machines

In order to further improve production standards Ellbee Ltd decided to invest in an insulating glass line to automate production in 2007.

Since then, the company based in Pudsey, Northern England has been using a flexspacer line from Bystronic glass to produce over 7,000 high performance insulating glass units per week that incorporate Super Spacer®. The automatic production facility has since doubled the company’s output by comparison to the previous semi-automatic to manual system used.

“The automatic production has not only had a positive influence on our manufacturing in terms of quantity, we have also succeeded in improving our quality“, said Phil Gray, Operations Manager at Ellbee. He stated that out of more than 430,000 insulating glass units manufactured by the company in the preceding 18 months using the Bystronic glass machine only two were identified as being defective in the field. Phil Gray is completely satisfied with the Bystronic glass technology and fully appreciates both the reliability and the accuracy of the machines “The final products speak for themselves and the investment was more than worth it as quality is an important market aspect“, he stated. All of the insulating glass units which are manufactured at the Pudsey plant are used throughout Ellbee’s own production facility supplying PVCu Window & Doors.

Great diversity and convincing quality

The contact with Ellbee was originally established through the British Bystronic glass branch in Telford, where Managing Director Steve Powell established this sales and service division in 2000.

For many years he had been aware of Ellbee as well as its technical requirements and initially sold an SMF cutting table for float glass. Ellbee is still completely satisfied with this table and the Bystronic glass service. When there were plans in 2007 to modernise the insulating glass production facilities, Bystronic glass was again considered as the supplier. Steve Powell and his colleagues presented the perfect technical solution so Ellbee decided to purchase a flexspacer line for the production of insulating glass units using Super Spacer®. “The fact that Bystronic glass supplies a broad range of high-quality machines along with competent consultation services, was the decisive reason for our decision“, explained Phil Gray, who was not employed by Ellbee at the time the original investment was made, but he has full knowledge of the background. The machine now works in a two shift system and he is particularly satisfied with the 76 unit per hour output.

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Bystronic glass is the most competent and reliable partner for services, machinery, plants and systems in the glass processing sector. Bystronic glass supplies its well-proven machine technologies also in important areas of the photovoltaic industry. This includes pre-processing and front-end and back-end solutions. Bystronic glass is an international brand with globally operating companies that support their customers on site and through own sales and service companies. Since 1994, Bystronic glass is part of the Conzzeta AG, a renowned Swiss industrial holding company.

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Date: 5 November 2010
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