Pasquill, the UK’s largest supplier of roof trusses has installed a state of the art laser projection system for its Redhill manufacturing plant.
The new technology, which uses laser light patterns to create work templates, has increased the site’s truss assembly capacity, through the reduction of setup and cycle times.
The system works by converting design files of roof truss configurations into a full-scale laser image on a manufacturing ‘table’ surface. Jigs are then accurately set using the laser projected truss outline and components quickly identified and placed into position. Nail plates can then be precisely positioned on component joints to ensure maximum strength and optimum quality control. The new design software allows Pasquill to work to very tight tolerances.
Gabriel Prior, Pasquill’s Regional Operations Manager said: “In addition to improved productivity and quality control, we have also introduced a new training programme for new operatives to help them understand the technology and ease of use. The new system allows us greater flexibility so that we can react more quickly to increased customer demand.
“We have introduced two laser systems in Redhill, and the resulting continuity in our quality control has been excellent. We are now ready to roll out the new technology across our other manufacturing sites around the country.”