Suffolk equipment manufacturer, Quality Equipment, has invested in a specialised plastic welding machine to enable the company to supply pig farmers with Paneltim plastic panels in non-standard sizes.
These panels, manufactured in Belgium, are widely used within the pig industry for pen divisions and gates because they are strong, hygienic and quick to install compared with traditional block walls. However, many farmers require different sizes from the standard 2.6m x 1m. Previously, this has involved either cutting existing panels, inevitably resulting in waste, or sourcing non-standard sizes from Belgium, with a delivery time of or around four weeks.
“The new welding machine — the only one of its kind in the UK — will enable us to supply made-to-measure panels at very short notice and this will also reduce waste keeping costs down,” said Quality Equipment director, Graham Baker.
Welded panels are as strong as the originals, with only a fine line indicating the join. Another advantage is that the ends are sealed.
Such is the popularity of this product, Graham Baker says that around 80 per cent of the gates and partitions supplied by the company are now of Paneltim.
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