How do you build a successful, sustainable business from the ground up? According to Ray Turner, President of Lenmak, there are two key ingredients:
- quality equipment
- the ability to believe in your vision and capabilities
Twenty one years ago, Turner saw an opportunity to provide accessories and trim to support the existing vinyl siding market. Since then, an investment in updated equipment that he uses in innovative ways has helped Lenmak grow into the world-class exterior cladding fabrication facility it is today.
It’s All About the Automation
Tasks that were once completed by operators are now completed as part of an automated line. By using the Punch, Shear and Bend Manufacturing Cell by Prima Power, Lenmak manufactures cladding materials with a high degree of accuracy.
Additionally, operators are no longer directly exposed to machinery in motion. The removal of human error increases both safety and precision. An automated production line also reduces the need for operator-driven forklifts as the materials are fed into the machinery as part of the automation.
How Our Exterior Cladding Fabrication Process Works
Before material is fed into the Punch, Shear and Bend Manufacturing Cell, Lenmak’s coil warehousing system goes to work. Coils are automatically delivered to a CNC slitter and cut into blanks to be used either immediately or sent to storage.
When a blank is required, it is called up and auto-delivered to the Shear Genius (SG), which is one part of the manufacturing cell. Each blank is meticulously cut, minimizing both product waste and equipment wear and tear.
Scrap metal is recycled, while punched blanks are sent to another part of the production line – the Express Bender (EBe). The EBe bends the punched sheet from start to finish without any manual interactions or tool changes required.
Watch it happen for yourself:
Additional Benefits of Innovative Automation
Lenmak is dedicated to playing an integral role in creating a more sustainable future, and we recognize that buildings contribute 48 percent of carbon produced worldwide. Therefore, producing environmentally conscious products for environmentally conscious buildings is the goal. Our automated fabrication process comes with many secondary benefits.
Our manufacturing cell allows us to divert large amounts of waste from landfills and it’s speed and efficiency means less energy is wasted. We believe we are establishing ourselves as leaders in the realm of sustainable design and construction.
Further Innovation in Safety
No one else in the business uses automated equipment quite like us. Ray Turner created a new market for exterior cladding by using his manufacturing cell in an innovative way. The key to this new market? Fabrication that takes a fraction of the time – yet is substantially safer. In one automated process, a full-sized sheet of material goes through loading, punching, forming, shearing, stacking and unloading.
No manual labour required. No safety risks taken.
We think that’s pretty amazing.
Read more about this story, from Canadian Metalworking, here, and don’t hesitate to download our Lenmak at a Glance ebook to get a feel for the products we are proud to fabricate.