Kesslers London Ltd has manufacturing at its heart. Providing design and production services to the retail industry, it is able to draw upon 130 years of heritage in its work for brands such as L’Oréal, M&S and Sainsbury’s. Recently bought out by the management team, the company has a strong three-year strategy which builds upon the solid foundations of 2023, when the company moved into a new, bespoke 40,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in East London.

Neil Mead, HSE facilities & compliance manager for Kesslers London takes up the story: “As a company, we have invested in HOMAG machinery for over 20 years and have always found it to be solid, reliable and technically advanced. Consequently, when it came to looking for an innovative CNC machining centre for the new Kesslers London manufacturing facility we went straight to HOMAG UK.

“Our production team worked closely with James Mason, HOMAG UK’s area sales manager, to select and specify the right machine for the business. Essentially, there were two potential HOMAG models that fitted the bill, but we eventually settled for the CENTATEQ E-310 CNC machining centre.”

Advanced technical features with good return on investment

“There were three key factors that steered us towards this model. The E-310 features the latest CNC technology at a competitive price; it will deliver (we believe) a return on investment within two years, and it was available for delivery within the tight time frame we stipulated.

“HOMAG UK was able to introduce us to Deutsche Bank who provided a competitive finance package for the purchase of the machine.

“The installation of the CENTATEQ E-310 was relatively straightforward as it was installed in a largely empty facility. The complete installation and training process took less than three weeks, with all the essential training carried out onsite by the HOMAG engineers. In addition, some of our operators went on a programming course at HOMAG’s UK headquarters in Castle Donington.”

Intuitive operation and control

Attention has been focused on making the operation of the CENTATEQ E-310 as easy as possible. All of the essential functions are in view and mounted directly on the machine. As the CENTATEQ processes work, the large window means everything is always in view. To improve productivity, access to the table is unhindered, with no restrictive fences. Instead, fully implemented bumpers combine productivity, security and easy access to the machine.

The E-310 CNC features ‘dynamic alternating operation’ without fixed field subdivision. In simple terms, this means that even in the case of long parts being processed on one side of the table, short parts can still be placed on the other side.

“The E-310 features the latest CNC technology at a competitive price; it will deliver (we believe) a return on investment within two years and it was available for delivery within a tight time frame”

An extensive range of options

To maximise the flexibility of the CENTATEQ E-310, an extensive range of options is available, from edge banding, sawing and drilling choices to clamping systems, table types and software solutions.

“The CENTATEQ E-310 has provided us with more options to produce different components for our retail and brand point-of-sale displays. It has also upped our game in terms of the finish quality of our products which was already to a high standard. We have no doubt that it will more than pay for itself over the coming months and years,” concludes Neil.

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