The Cartwright Group, the manufacturer of commercial trailers and bodies, has driven up productivity and efficiency at its South Manchester production facility by making an extensive investment in a fully programmable robotic welder.
This major leap forward in the existing production process manufactures components to an exacting tolerance of 0.2mm, an outstandingly consistent quality due to its continuous welding capabilities that result in a strong and durable finish.
The significant investment is one of many enhancements to the production line which has enabled the company to increase production to drive efficiencies, quality and completion times during the process.
“The robotic welder, together with investments such as our £1.8 million panel press, enables us to keep more of our processes in-house and also increase volume while improving efficiency.” – said Paul Avery, Cartwright’s Operations and manufacturing director.
“The quality of components that are welded by the robot is tremendous; the process is repeatable, accurate and produces parts of exceptional structural integrity – which is vital for components such as kingpins, for example.”
“It is a completely new way of working and we have had to adapt some of our designs accordingly. We are delighted with the performance of the robot and it is testament to our commitment to continuous improvement that is driving our business forward.”
The robot is operated by two time-served welders both former Cartwright apprentices, each having contributed ideas about how to adapt operations to make the best utilisation of the robotic welder.
To ease the movement of materials around the factory and improve workflow, efficiency and safety, Cartwright has invested in upgraded lifting equipment, including a powerful new vacuum lift that can handle large floors and fibreglass panels gently.
The Cartwright Group has doubled it’s turnover during the last four years and is already planning for further growth. The group now employs 1,170 people, 850 of whom work at its manufacturing base in South Manchester.
With its reputation for engineering excellence and innovative designs, The Cartwright Group is well positioned to continue the pattern of growth over the next decade that it has achieved over the last four years.