Escea operations manager Mark Davie (left) and CNC machine
operator Ryan Savage with the new turret punching machine.
Photo by Craig Baxter.
An expensive delivery all the way from Belgium is
expected to significantly boost efficiency at Escea.
The Dunedin-based gas fire manufacturing company has received
a Haco Q5 CNC turret punching machine, worth more than
The machine, which cuts, folds and manipulates sheet metal
using a high-speed hydraulic punching head, can process
large-scale sheets up to 3000mm by 1500mm and 6.5mm in
It would be a key component in improving efficiency and
providing enhanced capacity within the Escea factory, chief
executive Nigel Bamford said.
''The Q5 was a significant investment for the company but it
is the best machine on the market, with functionality that is
unparalleled,'' Mr Bamford said.
It would contribute significantly to efficiency in the
factory, through its flexibility and speed of operation which
would greatly simplify scheduling for Escea's just-in-time
manufacturing, he said.
Last year, the company's DX series gas fireplace was rated
the most efficient in Europe by the British Standards
It achieved a 94.1% energy efficiency rating from the
institution as part of its CE certification process, allowing
Escea to sell products to most European countries.
That certification had boosted overseas product sales and the
company's product development schedule was already full of
new designs, he said.