Sixteen years after Douglas Commercial took delivery of its first Emmegi CNC machining centre, the company has just taken delivery of its third – a state-of-the-art Comet X6HP 4-axis 7000mm model, fully enclosed and soundproofed.
Managing Director Howard Douglas is the first to admit that he was sceptical about the payback when he invested in that first Phantomatic T5 3-axis 7000mm CNC back in 2005; but the speed and performance of the machine meant he was converted within months. He subsequently purchased an Emmegi Comet T6I 4-axis 7000mm machine and had no hesitation in upgrading to the very latest Emmegi model when demand peaked this year.
He says: “We do a mix of subcontract and supply only work and our reputation rests on the outstanding quality of the windows and doors we produce. Customers come back to us time and time again because they know the value of what we deliver in terms of precision, speed and service. For that, we have to have the very best quality machines at competitive prices and Emmegi has always been our first choice.
“The machines give us everything we need in terms of consistent quality, and we also know we can rely on the expertise of their engineering team to ensure a smooth installation and ongoing servicing.”
Before Douglas Commercial placed the order for its Comet X6HP, the team made the short 20-mile trip from Cannock to the factory of H&H Architectural Systems in Rowley Regis where the very first of these models was installed in the Summer of 2020.
H&H had nothing but praise for the performance and flexibility of the machine which can machine on profile edges and on complex shapes, making it suitable for large curtain walling profiles as well as for window and door fabrication.
With a pendular mode and two independent work areas, it allows fabricators to potentially work on four separate large and small dimension pieces at the same time, maximising throughout and efficiency.
Howard Douglas added: “There was no risk for us in choosing the new X6HP because we had already seen it in operation and heard directly from H&H just how impressive they had found it.
“We looked at machines from other machinery suppliers but didn’t feel that any of them could match the capability and ease of use of the X6HP or offer the same level of UK-based support.”
Alongside the new CNC machining centre, Douglas Commercial has also recently added another Emmegi Combi twin head saw to its factory set up. This has a bigger cutting capacity than the saws it already has, making it ideal for patio doors where demand is continuing to increase but with the flexibility to cut windows as well.
Douglas Commercial supplies customers across the Midlands, Wales and southern half of the UK with products in the aluminium system of their choice. It started manufacturing in 1996 and currently has its busiest order book ever.