|Investment by CTruk Marine Services in Blackman & White Genesis-V helps streamline production
CTruk Marine Services Limited, a specialist designer and builder of composite vessels, workboats and general composite constructions, has added a Genesis-V multi-function cutting system from Blackman & White to its Essex factory to improve production processes and attract new markets.
CTruk Marine Services is a specialist composite manufacturer, producing moulds, tooling and specialist parts as well as having its own range of vessels which serve the offshore wind, oil and gas, harbour, pilot and survey markets. Together with its sister company Alnmaritec (www.Alnmaritec.com) it has over 200 vessels operating in the market today.
Following increased demand for tooling and mould services, CTruk Marine Services identified the need to increase capacity and improve kit cutting capabilities. This was achieved through the purchase of Genesis-V system from Blackman & White, with a cutting bed of 1.6 x 3m.
The Genesis-V cutting system is available in a range of bed sizes to optimise floor space and features a wide range of options to choose from, including knife, laser and router tooling.
Steve Edmonds, Operations Manager at CTruk Marine Services, explains the purchase decision: "From my experience in the foam industry I have seen several Blackman & White machines and always being impressed by the quality of build. As Blackman & White are local to us in Essex, we had confidence that they would meet and support all our needs."
Steve adds that he was drawn to the cutting-edge technology and versatility of the Genesis-V: "The digitiser programme allows you to take measurements on the cutting bed, even if you don't plan to cut the material. In addition, there are lots of different cutting options including creasing, and we have the option of adding other tools such as a router."
Following the installation of Genesis-V in July 2019, CTruk Marine Services has experienced an improvement in its tool-making processes and, in particular, an increase in the range of different products that it can offer in kits to end customers. However, the system will not be used purely for one function, as Steve Edmonds explains.
"We're exploring all the Genesis-V capabilities, including scoring, marking and measuring, in order to maximise productivity," he says. "Looking ahead to 2020 we're actively seeking business in existing and new markets, which the Genesis-V can help us access."
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