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Switch manufacturer makes major investment in UK manufacturing

Eaton Electric : 10 November, 2013  (Company News)
Eaton is to invest over £3.8 million at its Worksop UK site where rotary cam switches and switch disconnectors are produced. The investment has significantly increased the capacity of the plant.
Switch manufacturer makes major investment in UK manufacturing
Products manufactured at the Eaton plant in Worksop include rotary cam switches with ratings up to 100A, which can be supplied in an almost limitless range of configurations to suit specific needs, and rotary switch disconnectors, also with ratings up to 100A, which facilitate the safe isolation of electrical supplies and circuits. The 10,000 m<2> plant has almost 200 employees, almost all of whom are directly involved with manufacturing.
 
In specifying the new equipment, Eaton has paid particular attention not only to efficiency, flexibility and productivity, but also to minimising energy usage and the environmental impact of its switch manufacturing operations. For example, energy-efficient motors, fitted with variable speed drives where appropriate, are used throughout the new plant. To date, the investment includes new injection moulding plant and ancillaries such as compressors and materials handling systems, automatic assembly equipment, a new automated test facility for finished switches, and robot-based palletisers to prepare the plant’s products for convenient transport and handling. 
 
Plant Manager Neil Gill (right) expands: “We have adopted lean manufacturing principles. This means that we can keep costs down, but it also means that our production facilities have to be flexible and efficient so that we can complement this with fast deliveries.”
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