Flambeau Boosts UK Manufacturing Capability
New Investment, Improved Systems Contribute
Ramsgate, Kent, United Kingdom (July 30, 2021) – Winning a substantial contract to manufacture plastic case assemblies for Makita, a world-wide electric tool manufacturing company, Flambeau EuroPlast with its American parent company have committed to a substantial investment in their Ramsgate manufacturing facility. The contracted products will be moulded and assembled with the increased capacity of four new Haitian™ injection moulding machines, which range from 100- to 750-tons in size scheduled to arrive during summer this year.
Preparation for the additional machines includes upgrades to the material handling system with additional silos, material receiving units, drying systems, and masterbatch dosing units and pumps. These improvements will create an optimized material feed for Flambeau’s new and existing customer requirements. The transformation will also further enhance the facility’s current automated material handling system from silo to machine.
Flambeau’s company-wide ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system by Dassault Systèmes SE, DelmiaWorks represents another level of process efficiency to the Ramsgate facility’s existing DelmiaWorks system. Recent upgrades will add unparalleled interconnectivity between Flambeau EuroPlast, Flambeau’s United States headquarters, and its other plants and sales offices around the world. Real-time production monitoring; intelligent automation; improved efficiency in forecasting and planning; and increased productivity will add functional value as global supply chains are optimized. Each blow and injection moulding press in Ramsgate is connected with enhanced WIFI and, now, mobile tablets, providing staff with up-to-date, real-time information on the production status of each machine.
This impactful project forms the infrastructure for future new contracts and enables the Ramsgate facility to improve workflow for both new and existing customer contracts, including the relocation of several injection molding presses without affecting production. From concept to full production, the project is scheduled to launch in September after the completion of a five-month implementation programme.
* HAITIAN is a trademark of Haitian Plastics Machinery and Haitian International