A maker of money handling equipment for vending machines and fruit machines has completely eliminated rejects from its production process after buying equipment from Warwickshirebased Arburg.
Money Controls has invested £65,000 to buy three of the latest plastic injection moulding machines built by Arburg, which employs 23 people at is base in Warwick.
The Oldham firm, which designs and supplies handling equipment for both coins and notes used in vending and gaming machines, is now considering buying three more after seeing efficiency improve.
Already productivity has increased by 25 per cent over the previous machines with a marked improvement in overall product quality, especially on precision components.
The company employs 350 people in the UK and operates a fleet of 20 injection moulding machines.
Production manager Steve Wood said: "Many of our competitors have started to outsource their plastic component production abroad but we feel that we are better able to manage and control the process by maintaining it in-house and investing in high quality moulding equipment.
"Some of our older machines had really reached the end of their lives and we needed to invest to eliminate both part rejection on components with very tight tolerances, and the associated wasted machine time. Already we are achieving 100 per cent part success on the new Arburg machines, maximising our use of both materials and machine time, and therefore productivity and profitability." Frank Davis, managing director of Arburg, said the Selogica control system on the machines enabled greater accuracy and more consistent moulding.
The appliances enable the tolerance and shot weight to remain consistent and significantly reduced the amount of scrap plastic produced.
Mr Davis said: "Money Controls is a leading supplier in a niche market and requires the very highest levels of precision in its moulding process.
" We have developed a very strong partnership with the company over many years and were delighted to be chosen to supply machines to them once again.
"This company is an excellent example of one that is bucking the trend of the supposedly cheaper option of outsourcing its moulding operations abroad, and reaping the benefits in terms of greater overall control of production and therefore enhanced overall product quality.
"The control systems in our machines is far better than in their existing machines. With much of our manufacturing disappearing to Eastern Europe and the Far East, any order is substantial, but to win an order for three new machines is even better."