JOLODA Hydraroll, material handling expert and provider of loading and unloading solutions, has boosted manufacturing capacity at its Anglesey facility with a new state-of-the-art metal plasma cutting machine.
The £145,000 investment in the plasma cutter, and training for operators, will enable the company to manage more of the manufacturing process in-house at its Anglesey site, which has more than 50 employees.
The plasma cutter produces an accelerated jet of hot plasma to cut through steel sheets at speed.
It will be used by Joloda Hydraroll to create parts that are welded to the structures of its automated loading systems, such as the docks and trailers.
It is a move that will slash delivery times, reduce production costs, and elevate the site as a hub for industry-leading innovation.
Using the plasma cutter will result in a 75 per cent reduction in time spent on the cutting operation, while a part that would have taken two weeks to outsource can now be drawn using CAD (computer-aided design) software and cut to spec on the same day.
In addition, the plasma cutter provides the opportunity to produce, assemble, and test new designs quickly and cost-effectively at the production facility.
Welsh Government economy minister, Vaughan Gething, said: “It’s good to see Joloda investing in the Anglesey site, boosting its capabilities and allowing more work to be carried out there.
“It will also increase the skills base of its staff, which is also a positive development.”
Alec McAndrew, group technical director at Joloda Hydraroll, said: “As the leading provider of loading and unloading solutions, we’re constantly looking for ways to innovate and improve our services and solutions.
“Investing in a metal plasma cutting machine for our production facility in Anglesey will boost our in-house manufacturing capabilities, result in new skills for our team, and accelerate research and development.
“What’s more, it will lead to cost and time savings of immediate benefit to our customers.”