Electrabrake, a division of Unique Engineering, business development manager Brian Robertson says that the 2007 inter- national sales figures for the company’s Electrabrake electromagnetic sheet metal folding machines increased by 300% since 2005 and 2006.
The company reports that the Electrabrake machine has an advantage over conventional bending machines owing to a number of unique features. The electromagnet enables a decrease in production time and, therefore, an increase in efficiency. Another feature is that the bending pressure is applied across the length of the work piece rather than at a specific point.
“The Electrabrake utilises an electromagnet to secure the sheet between the clamp bar and the body. Deflection or bowing of the clamped piece, is therefore, not possible on the Electrabrake machine. “The result is very straight and accurate bending,” says Robert-son.
Electrabrake reports that the electromagnetic system makes it possible to bend the metal sheets into deep narrow channels, closed sections and deep boxes, that are difficult to do on a conventional machine. The machine is available in six sizes, ranging from 625 mm to 3 200 mm.
Robertson notes that the original idea for the machine was developed in Australia in the mid-1970s. The idea then stagnated until Unique Engineering bought the fabricating rights for the machine in 2003.
Unique Engineering spent three years developing and improving the machine, which it launched internationally in 2006. “Since then, our international market share has grown signifi- cantly,” says Robertson. “We now distribute the machine to Australia, Belgium, the UK, India and Russia,” he says.
The Electrabrake machine has only recently been launched into the South African market with good results. Robertson is confident that the Electrabrake machine will be popular in South Africa owing to its unique design, the versatile applications possible and the construction boom that the country is experiencing. “The continuous growth in the South African construction industry is the ideal vehicle to drive and create a need for our product locally.
“Owing to the unique features, it is Electrabrake’s objective to have 150 machines in the South African market by the end of 2008,” says Robertson.
The Australian government has implemented an initiative that includes metalworking as a subject at Grade 11 and Grade 12 level at high school. Electrabrake’s Australian agent for the products, Hare & Forbes, is busy tendering to supply the Electrabrake Machine to all the schools in Australia in line with this government initiative.
Unique Engineering is a diversified engineering company with design and manufacturing facilities accredited to ISO 9000 quality standards. The South African company has an extensive network of local and international distributors.
The company’s product range includes Unique filling and labelling machines, Eco progressive cavity pumps, Wilflo double diaphragm pumps, Repsa hand pumps, blast barricades for the mining industry as well as Balance Engineering that supplies pantographs to the rail industry.
Unique Engineering is a division of Pamodzi Industrials.