Irish success story

Mealey Architectural Facades (MAF), based in Carlow, south east Ireland, is the latest customer to benefit from the fact that Emmegi (UK) has a dedicated specialist sales and service team based in the country.

Emmegi’s sales manager Jim O’Connell and service engineer Lukasz Szulc helped the team at MAF choose and install a long-bed Satellite XT machining centre to replace one of their existing three-axis models.

MAF had originally contacted Emmegi (UK) because it considered purchasing a top of the range Quadra machine to increase functionality, but Jim was able to advise them that the Satellite XT was the model that actually better matched their requirements.

The five-axis, 10.5m mobile gantry machining centre can both cut and prep profiles in a similar way to the Quadra, but can also accommodate the complex, oversized curtain walling profiles that make up a large proportion of what MAF fabricates.

The 10.5m long bed on the Satellite XT also allows the positioning of the clamps to be done separately from the gantry so that different workpieces can be machined at the same time in two work areas, or one end loaded or unloaded while the machine is operating at the other.

MAF looked at similar machining centres from a number of different suppliers but preferred the quality and robustness of the Emmegi models over the alternatives.

However, Alan Murphy, managing director at Mealey, said that the critical factor in making the choice of machine was the presence of Emmegi’s Irish based team.

“We’re a high end, bespoke manufacturer with the emphasis on quality and reliability,” he said. “Service is very important to us and we were looking for a machinery partner who could guarantee a very high level of service and support.

“During the installation of the machine, we were really impressed with Lukasz’s expertise and the speed and efficiency of the whole project.”