Friday 1st November 2019
Over the past 15 years, Quickslide has grown to become one of the UK’s largest manufacturers of UPVC and aluminium window frames and doors. The company has won numerous national and regional awards and not only satisfies the requirements of its residential customers but also supplies the trade.
But as with every successful company, it hasn’t always been plain sailing. Quickslide has invested heavily in the latest machinery for fabricating uPVC and aluminium window frames and doors which use compressed air. This is fine when the compressor is working, but a recent mechanical failure of their main, old rotary vane compressor meant that production had to stop. While Quickslide had a smaller screw compressor as a backup, it didn’t have sufficient output capacity to run every process.
Help though was at hand, as Leighton Harris, Thorite’s Capital Equipment Sales Engineer was able to quickly organise a rental machine, which meant that Quickslide was able to return to full production with a minimum of disruption.
In the meantime, an order was placed for two new compressors: A 37 kW Kaeser HPC BSD 75T variable-speed compressor with Sigma Control was chosen as a direct replacement for the failed main compressor and a 22 kW Kaeser HPC ASK 40T variable speed compressor was ordered to replace the old screw compressor. Both compressors benefit from on-board modular refrigerant dryers to provide high quality compressed air whilst minimising floor space.
The main compressor has been installed in the building used to fabricate aluminium frames and doors and is now linked to the uPVC building via a new pipework connection provided by Quickslide’s Engineering team.
The link line means the larger 37 kW variable speed compressor can satisfy all of Quickslide’s compressed air requirements for the majority of the time, with the smaller 22kW variable speed compressor, located in the uPVC manufacturing building providing a backup supply when necessary.
Thorite's rental machine stayed in place while the two new HPC machines were delivered. Once they were installed, Thorite discounted the total cost by the rental value. Compared to the old fixed speed machine, typical electrical energy savings of 35% can be achieved on the new HPC machines. Ben Weber is the Managing Director of Quickslide:
“That Thorite was able to step-in and help at such short notice is testament to their product expertise and customer service philosophy. What could have been a serious problem, at a time when we were extremely busy, was quickly resolved with the minimum of fuss.”
For more information please contact Thorite on 0800 034 5850 or visit www.thorite.co.uk