Astor Bannerman's facility grows with new machinery!
 

Astor Bannerman’s facility grows with new machinery!

Astor Bannerman’s facility grows with new machinery!

Investment in machinery boosts in-house capabilities for Astor-Bannerman: MDH-90-CN2 mandrel bender, and an MAM-60/3 roll bending machine

Cheltenham based designer and manufacturer, Astor Bannerman, recently completed installation and operator training on two brand new pieces of tube bending equipment.

Like many rapidly expanding businesses, this machinery is a welcome addition to their in-house capabilities. They now replace the requirement for subcontracting which can increase costs and turnaround times, while reducing product development.  

Astor Bannerman’s growing manufacturing facility now includes an MDH-90-CN2 mandrel bender, and an MAM-60/3 roll bending machine, allowing them to achieve both tight and large radii respectively in a variety of material sizes and profiles.

Astor Bannerman manufactures and fits innovative solutions for changing places toilets, specialist patient handling & hoisting, bathing, and other accessibility products. In a sector such as theirs, the product created demands the highest quality, reliability, and consistency, to maintain the trust of such a strong brand. In choosing AMOB, and the MDH and MAM series for their tube manipulation, they can ensure all these virtues and more.

It has been a pleasure to assist Astor Bannerman in their manufacture of products for such an important and valuable manufacturing sector.’ – Tom Wood, Managing Director

As previously mentioned, bringing machinery in-house, and moving away from subcontracting can massively increase production opportunities moving forward. Case in point, when Astor Bannerman agreed to produce a new part mid-project. At this moment, it was necessary to upgrade the capacity and capabilities of the machine. Originally, the customer had committed to receiving an MDH-60-CN2, but were ultimately delivered an MDH-90-CN2. This increase not only covered all existing products, but future-proofs upcoming products that may be designed for years to come.

Training for both machines was completed in a single day. This allowed a group of five future operators to obtain the skills needed to form perfect bends for their wide variety of quality products. A total of three full production parts were completely developed and Site Acceptance Tested (SAT) by AMOB for Astor Bannerman on the day. This comprehensive training paved the way for the operators to go forward and design and create an infinite number of new parts with expertise.

It has been a pleasure to assist Astor Bannerman in their manufacture of products for such an important and valuable manufacturing sector, creating accessibility apparatus for vulnerable people.

LEVELS OF AUTOMATION IN AMOB MANDREL BENDERS:

Ø CN1 models control only the bend angle of the tube via NC automation. Operators of this machine are required to rotate and position the tube between bends, if necessary.

Ø CN2 models include NC bend angle operation and NC tube rotation. Operators of these machines are only required to position the tube between bends, if necessary. 

Ø CN3 models include NC bend angle operation, NC tube rotation and NC positioning of the tube. Operators of these machines can run all steps from the control panel to produce a complete multi-bend part.

 Ø CNC models include CNC bend angle operation, CNC tube rotation and CNC positioning of the tube. Operators of these machines run all steps with the press of a button to produce a complete multi-bend part, with the advantage of many more CNC features. 

TAKING A LOOK AT THE ASTOR BANNERMANS NEW MACHINERY, AT A GLANCE

  • Electromechanical Mandrel Bender
  • Maximum Capacity: 90mm Ø (OD – outside diameter) x 4 mm WT (wall thickness)
  • Y axis accuracy: ±0.1°
  • Z axis accuracy: ±0.1°
  • CN2 automatic rotation (Z-axis)
  • Maximum Bending Radius: 305mm
  • Useful Length: 3000mm
  • Motor: 8.25 kW
  • 2 Axis NC, 1 Axis Manual
  • 2 Axis NC, 1 Axis Manual
  • Hydraulic Mandrel Extractor
  • Wiper Die Support
  • Hydraulic Pressure Die
  • Additional automatic Mandrel Lubrication
  • Additional split die system
Astor Bannerman - Mandrel Bender

MAM-60/3 ROLL BENDING MACHINE

  • Powered ring roller machine
  • Manual descent top roll
  • Shaft Diameter (Top/Bottom) 55mm/ 55mm
  • Tools Diameter Ø170mm / 108mm
  • Profile feeding speed: 11 RPM
  • Maximum Section Modulus: 20cm3
  • Motor Power: 4kW/5hp
Roll Bending Machine