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   Haffner Murat has just reported a dramatic rise in sales of its SMR- 5 welder.
Astraseal Group, one of Distinction Doors’ longest-standing customers recently introduced the nxt-gen composite door to its portfolio and the company is delighted with the move.
 MD Dave Thomas said: “We’re delighted this five head welder is proving so popular. It is the fastest and most accurate welder on the market today and has been designed to add value to every fabricator’s set up.”
transoms. Despite the machine’s many advantages it has been designed to be easy to use. There’s touch screen control with memory positioning and all operations can be controlled automatically via the PLC.
Karl Cornwell and Andy Gailey, Production Managers at Astraseal, deliver the same verdict: “It’s the best door slab that we have worked with.”
through to less wear and tear on our fabrication machinery.”
 Just a quick look at the machine’s statistics demonstrate its power. In a single operation it can weld four squares. It’s also capable of welding two corner/transom/corner windows or one window and two sashes in a single operation. The timings are impressive too. It can weld five H welds in less than four minutes and change from corners to transoms in seconds. It all adds up to a machine that transforms speed and efficiency on the fabrication floor.
Like all Haffner Murat machines it comes with the reassurance of expert installation and full training so it can start to deliver return on investment from day one. Finance packages are available subject to status and part exchange is an option.
Karl and Andy are keen to highlight the production efficiencies of nxt-gen, the positive reaction in the marketplace and the strength of Distinction’s marketing support.
Karl comments that the quality of nxt-gen combined with the strength of Distinction’s marketing is also helping Astraseal across all market sectors. “Our trade customers are actually asking for nxt-gen by name and its growing market presence is clearly evident. We are very strong in the commercial sector and have undertaken several large local authority contracts using nxt-gen – the feedback of which has been extremely positive.” The success story continues in the retail sector too. “It is now the composite door of choice with our retail customers. Plus, the traffic has significantly increased across our domestic showrooms thanks to Distinction’s approved showroom locator platform.”
At the same time as transforming speed it also transforms quality: it guarantees 90 degree welding every time thanks to automatic head positioning and self centers for
Dave commented: “The SMR-5 Welder gives fabricators what they need in the current market. It’s a machine that speeds up production and improves quality at the same time, allowing them to compete at every level.”
Andy says Astraseal, which manufactures around 15,000 Distinction doors a year, ensures its manufacturing efficiencies are at their best. “With nxt-gen there are so many benefits from a production point of view,” he says. “The product is extremely easy to manufacture with considerably less waste. There is no storage of cassettes needed, plus the ease and speed of manufacture impacts across the whole fabrication process from improved efficiencies
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