In a first for Wafios, the globally recognised leader of wire working manufacturing technology, their massive FUL 226 model has made its debut in the groups Lesjöfors Fjädrar AB site.
Machinery for the future
The €1.75m investment is part of an ongoing future focused growth plan in the groups expanding heavy springs market.
Michael Gibbs, Managing Director of the UK factories and Chair of the Heavy Springs division says:
“This exciting new investment cements the Lesjöfors group expansion intentions in the heavy springs sector and fuels our teams to continue to thrive being leaders in spring manufacture.”
At 40 tonnes and just shy of 10m long, the substantial FUL 226 can cold coil wire up to 30mm diameter in addition to coiling pre-tempered wire up to 22mm diameter, with a tensile strength of 2000 MPa. Capabilities have been further enhanced with a new motorised wire pay-off, specifically developed by Wafios to manage the safety requirements of large wire dimension coiling.
Jan Carlson, Managing Director of Lesjöfors Fjädrar says:
“As leaders in heavy springs we strive to lead from the front, securing the very latest technology to ensure we stay ahead of the game to deliver competitively to our customer base across the multiple sectors we serve. This latest investment not only enables us to expand our product range, it also creates a new flexibility in material grade opportunities, increasing quality options, which in turn enables us to pass on cost efficiencies to our customers.“
It was challenging to install such a large and heavy piece of machinery but all engineers ensured the installation went smoothly. After a period of intense training, the staff at Lesjöfors Fjädrar is now eager to optimise the potential of the new equipment.
About the Lesjöfors Heavy Spring Division
The Lesjöfors Heavy Springs division are world-leaders in heavy spring manufacture, delivering the greatest expertise in large diameter compression, torsion and tension spring manufacturing. The division consists of three sites across the UK, Sweden and Finland.