The new facility, which opened in September of last year is home to a Smartfill-1 gas filling machine, which the company purchased via UK distributor Edgetech. The Smartfill-1 is an Argon only filler with 250mm touch screen controls and unique visual and audible signals to enhance control and productivity. It is capable of 30 litres per minute for single line production and comes complete with the popular SmartStart lance.
John Whalley, Managing Director at Nationwide Windows & Doors explains: “We decided to open our own IGU manufacturing facility to allow us to keep full control over all of our processes, to the benefit of our customers. We have the capacity to produce 3,500 units per week, including toughened and laminated glass.
“All units are Argon filled and when it came to sourcing an option for manual filling, the Smartfill-1 was the obvious solution for us. The SmartStart Lance makes the process simple, the LED glows green during gas filling, and red when it is finished, it’s as easy as that. The new facility was some 12 months in the pipeline as we took the time to source only the best equipment and machinery for use, and the Smartfill-1 is no exception.”