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Whitecroft Lighting receives it’s latest factory investment: Trumpf TruPunch 5000

Whitecroft Lighting has taken delivery of it’s new Trumpf TruPunch 5000 punching machine. The delivery was received at midday on Saturday 13th May and by 5pm that same day, the main part had been unloaded and put into place inside the factory. Completion of the assembly of the machine and commissioning is scheduled to take place during June.

This TruPunch 5000 is the second for Whitecroft, the first being installed towards the end of 2012. The new machine will be installed alongside the existing one utilising the same Stoppa material storage tower, allowing the two machines to work seamlessly together 24/7 in a fully automated running mode.

The new investment has been project managed by Cameron Baines who joined Whitecroft as an apprentice in 2011 aged just 16. This project demonstrates two great investment successes; not only the machinery investments, but also the very successful Apprenticeship Scheme driven by Robert Bates, our Operations Manager.

‘The team have done a fantastic job managing this latest investment. The new TruPunch 5000 is another important step in Whitecroft’s continual strategic factory investment plan, which not only focusses on cost reduction brought about by targeted automation; but also the increase in capacity to support growth, and the improved agility that comes with it to better support our sales force in providing the best possible service to our customers’, said David Trail, Whitecroft Lighting’s Operations Director.

Great people, great machinery.

 

Whitecroft Lighting - Trumpf Machine  3Cameron Baines, Production Engineer (left) with Nick Hartigan, Senior CNC Programmer (right)

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Whitecroft Lighting - Trumpf Machine

Whitecroft’s Commitment to Light Engine Design Investment – Going From Strength to Strength

At Whitecroft we are proud to announce that last week the business manufactured its 1,000,000th light engine here on site at our Ashton premises; a huge achievement for our manufacturing and production team.

This milestone also marks two years since we put our first SMT line into full production to make our very own custom light engines in-house. In addition to this the business has also invested heavily in a range of electronic and manufacturing plant to support this enhancement of production.

In addition to this we can announce a second landmark for the business – the implementation of additional SMT investment which has this week gone into production; testament to our ongoing strategy of investment in the factory.

Whitecroft Lighting’s Operations Director David Trail added, “This new additional facility will double our manufacturing capacity of light engines. This not only gives us the capacity needed to cover our continued transition to LED products and growth, but also the highest quality standards, flexibility and timely availability”.

 

One Millionth Light Engine