constructie- en lasbedrijf martens: ‘it really was a great move’

Has a: Logic sheet metal storage rack (3,000 x 1,500 mm)
Since: 2018
Interview with: owner and director Wim Martens

Constructie- en lasbedrijf Martens (Someren, 18 employees) supplies sheet metal and metal constructions for all kinds of applications: from sheet metal and anchorings for façade construction through to parts for door manufacturers and silos for biomass.

The purchase of a sheet metal storage rack had not been consciously planned, but was actually more a consequence of the company’s decision to invest in a laser-cutting machine, explains owner and director Wim Martens: “In 2018 we bought a Durma fibre-laser-cutting machine from TUWI. There we also noticed this sheet metal storage rack, but initially I didn’t really look at it.”

safer and more efficient

good collaboration

It was a tight fit when it came to the configuration, Martens continues: “At aalbers|farina they worked with us closely on this. The centre of the rack is now aligned with the centre of the shuttle table so we don’t have to travel with the crane. If we are cutting complete packs, we place them right next to the shuttle table, so we can use the same crane to place the sheets on. And if we need to cut a sheet from the rack in the meantime, it is also always within reach of our crane. The laser cutter, crane and rack all now function as one. As a result, we are using less space and everything is CE approved.”

two years of flawless performance

And how pleased are they with the rack? “We are extremely happy with it. It really was a great move. In terms of handling it couldn’t be more efficient. The sheet metal storage rack has been working flawlessly for two years now, while our laser cutter operates for nine hours every working day.”

thick sheet in the evening

“We can shear sheets up to 10 millimetres thick, but in the rack we also have thicknesses of 12, 15 and 20 millimetres for the laser cutter. In the evening, therefore, we often put a thick sheet onto the machine so the laser cutter can keep working.”

logging of leftover materials

Martens says that being able to log leftover materials is also ideal. “Sometimes you have half a sheet left. As you can see exactly what you still have in stock, you can say: let’s cut this sheet first. With thicker sheets in particular that’s ideal.”

“In terms of handling it couldn’t be more efficient.”

- Wim Martens, owner and director constructie- en lasbedrijf Martens 

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