Wittmann Battenfeld UK Helps Grow TML’s Business

Another order for Wittmann Battenfeld UK has been helping ISO 13485 qualified injection moulder Thornbury Manufacturing Limited (TML) extend its manufacturing base and secure new business for the company.

This year, the Plymouth-based injection moulder has extended its range of injection moulding machines, purchasing a Wittmann SmartPowerXL120 injection moulding machine together with a Wittmann WP80 sprue picker robot.

The TML order also included equipment to comprise a complete manufacturing cell at the company. The business invested in Wittmann S3Net materials loading technology for the first time. Another first in temperature control technology was achieved by purchasing a Tempro Primus C90 mould temperature controller.

Adrian Walters, Sales Engineer at Wittmann Battenfeld UK, said: “The present time is still notable for difficult procurement conditions and disrupted supply chains. The convenience of our one-stop-shop is therefore coming into its own – and is much appreciated by time-honoured customers and also new buyers.

TML already has an extensive fleet of Wittmann Battenfeld injection moulding machines. We were therefore delighted on this occasion to support the moulding process with all the ancillary functions – automation, materials handling and temperature control.”

TML founder and owner Dick Walsh said: “Now that the pandemic appears to be subsiding, we are very keen to stretch our wings and cover new ground. We are never disappointed when we turn to our equipment partner, Wittmann Battenfeld UK.”

Walsh added: “We approached Adrian about replacing another brand of moulding machine and asked him to first recreate an existing guard chute on the shop floor. We then specified a need for a large platen area for the replacement and were also interested in the Wittmann B8 control system. The SmartPower 120 fulfilled the bill on all counts – while also reducing the overall machine footprint.”

Founded as a contract moulder over twenty years ago, the TML business has grown from strength to strength. The company now employs some 30 people operating on a site footprint of nearly 20,000 sq feet. A prompt and ready Wittmann Battenfeld UK delivery service, coupled with machine reliability, has been rewarded over the years with repeat business and support for TML’s continuing advances into the medical sector.

Investment in new machinery and other equipment has helped TML to raise its production volumes through the recent pandemic. Here Wittmann Battenfeld UK machines and ancillaries have been a constant. Reliability and production repeatability, energy efficiency, and leading ergonomic design have been key areas.

TML’s medical and healthcare work has been steadily expanding to the point where it now comprises some 44% of total business and its ISO 13485 qualification (2016) was renewed some three years ago.

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