Falcon Precision are delighted to announce that after a number of highly successful years, we will be building an extension to our current premises in Chandlers Ford. The extension has been many years in the planning, but contracts have now been exchanged with a completion date of early 2020.
Building work on the 1,250ft² extension will commence in the coming weeks & once completed will benefit all aspect of our manufacturing capabilities. Once the extension is complete we will be using this as an opportune moment to organise the entire factory. Increasing the floor space of certain key work centres & improving the work flow helping to reduce in-efficiencies across production.
- All sheet metal will now be stored directly next to the main three work centres that use it. Currently only our most frequently used materials were stored next to these work centres due to a lack of space. To process other materials, pallets needed to be transported between two separate roller doors. The Bystronic fiber laser, Motorum CNC turret punch and the guillotine operations will all benefit. This reduction in down-time means that more of the operator’s time can be spent at the machine, cutting parts.
- Two additional closed off bays will be added to our sheet metal fabrication area. A welding bay and a separate grinding/polishing bay will be added alongside our current work centre. This increase in our sheet metal fabrication capabilities is a reflection of a number of successful years in this department.
- Our in-house assembly work centre will be gaining more floor space. Falcon has seen a rise in customers wanting us to pre-assemble their sheet metal computer cases. This can be to aid quality checks, reduce the shipping/storage size or to speed up assembly in their production line. This extension will allow us to take on more of this type of work, with our reputation as a specialist in sheet metal fabrication growing year on year.
- Our ‘key walkways’ will all be widened throughout the factory. All key walkways will now be wide enough for a 1200 x 1200mm pallet to move easily to all work centres. These will also be clearly colour coded for health and safety considerations.
- The extra space will also facilitate the purchase of new machinery over the coming year,s to further modernise and increase production.
The extension to the factory is the second major improvement to be carried out at Falcon this year, with high spec LED lighting having been fitted in February 2019. This has proven to be a popular decision with both our staff and our customers since the installation. See our post from earlier this year for more information. https://www.falconprecision.co.uk/news/led-floodlights-sheet-metal
The extension is set to be completed early 2020 and will only minimally impact operations at Falcon as work progresses. We will be updating our site with pictures of the build over autumn/winter.