Prefix Systems invest in Haffner automation

Specialist fabricator Prefix Systems (UK) Ltd has invested in a FOM Industrie FMC 470 CNC Machining Centre from Haffner. The new machine was installed at Prefix Systems’ state of-the-art aluminium manufacturing centre in Blackburn, Lancashire and the award-winning fabricator has already reported a strong return on investment.

Chris Baron, Director at Prefix Systems (UK), said: “We are constantly looking for ways to improve our manufacturing process. Sales of our WARMroof system continue to grow and we needed to find ways to unlock more volume through our factory. The FOM 470 machining centre allows us to increase throughput. The 4-axis machine is more versatile than our existing aluminium CNC, resulting in a more efficient production process and allowing us to stay on top of our quality control.”

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Chirs was also impressed by the service and attention to detail they received from Haffner. He said: “When we decided to purchase another CNC machine, we approached various suppliers to see what options were available. The support we received from Haffner from the start was first class. When manufacturers like us make a substantial investment in a new machine, we need reassurance that the supplier is going to support us from point of sale to commissioning and Haffner delivered at every level for us.”

As Prefix Systems has discovered, the FOM Industrie FMC 470 CNC Machining Centre is an incredibly impressive machine. It has four controlled axes and has been designed to carry out drilling and milling operations on aluminium profiles. Features include multi piece loading, X Flow and a tool integrity system to streamline operations and enhance product quality.

Established in 1996, Prefix Systems has grown to be the UK’s largest independent glass and solid roof fabricator offering a wide range of conservatory, home living and glazing solutions. Alongside their award winning WARMroof system, the company also manufacture an impressive range of high-quality aluminium window and door products and operates across a multi-site operation to support their growing customer base throughout the UK. The company prides itself on offering the very best products with an excellent service and support to match.

Matt Thomas, Managing Director at Haffner, commented: “Following our initial consultation with Prefix Systems, we recommended the FMC 470 CNC Machining Centre as we knew the machine would deliver the manufacturing accuracy and high-quality output the company required. As Chris is finding, the automated precision speeds up production and is extremely user-friendly. We are delighted that Prefix System are pleased with their purchase.”

Haffner offers the largest and most comprehensive PVC-U and aluminium fabrication machinery portfolio in the industry and is renowned for its expertise and understanding of fabricators’ needs. It was this level of reassurance that meant Prefix Systems was able to trust the company to deliver on their exacting requirements.