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DaRo Products install new phosphate pre-treatment plant

DaRo Products Ltd have installed a Vixen phosphating pre-treatment plant, (funded through the Carbon Trust grant), and have further boosted their pre-treatment processes of ferrous and non-ferrous materials prior to powder coating. This action will result in even higher finish standards, and will help to maintain an excellent work environment standard.

The new Vixen phosphating machine is part of a range of aqueous pre-treatment plants which are designed to provide alternatives to the use of Trichloroethylene and associated solvents which makes it environmentally friendly in comparison to standard treatments but it is highly energy efficient, and with a small compact foot-print makes it a winner in terms of Carbon Trust requirements.

From the powder coating perspective the machine is not only highly energy efficient and compact but fitted with a warm air dryer, the temperature within the chamber can be maintained to assist flash drying once pre-treatments are completed.

This fully insulated, 100% stainless steel constructed plant will reduce and can even eliminate etch prime processes, provides excellent paint adhesion by ensuring that an ideal keying surface is provided  and allows the fast and flexible processing of metals.

As a natural part of the DaRo continuous improvement exercise, every design aspect, manufacturing method, procurement contract, and service function is continuously being appraised.

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DaRo Products expands its design facility

With a desire to offer full customer partnerships and as a fundamental part of the continuous improvement programme, DaRo Products have enhanced the service levels offered to their customers by adding a complete in-house design service to the equation.

The first stage of this was to take on board a new Design Manager – the position is new but the appointee is a familiar face who has re-joined the fold.

When we recently met up, Design Manager Rob Thomas explained how his past history with DaRo and his other business experience greatly adds to the customer experience.

Rob was with DaRo (or UV Systems as it was then) back in 1992 and during the next 8 years started to learn the fundamentals of the business first hand by undergoing full training in Welding and Fabrication. With an enquiring mind and a good eye for design, Rob moved into the Research and Development side of the business, and at this point completed his HNC in Product Design and Manufacture.

At this point in Rob’s career UV Systems was sold to Wedeco, who decided not to retain the R & D arm, so Rob “stretched his wings” and gained vital experience from within other organisations – all engineering-based, such as Sound Attenuators, (Acoustic Engineering) to The Galloway Group, Compare in Ipswich, and Dage Precision in Colchester.

It was not just about gaining additional experience during this period, as Rob was keen to continue his career development with sound educational qualifications also, and it was at this time that Rob completed his degree in Computer Aided Product Design.

With Rob’s training and experience, plus the very latest in software systems such as Autodesk Inventor, Solidworks and Radan software, (classed as “the world’s most powerful sheet metal CAD/CAM software), DaRo Products can now offer full in-house 3D design and prototyping – from concept design through to working drawings, component design, engineering design, through to full product design. Rob works with customers to help them get the best solutions and is keen, to ensure that everyone is happy with the design, the prototype and the final product, and also that the most efficient manufacturing methods are utilised to minimise unnecessary costs.

As Rob states, “Even during manufacture, the design and perfection of the product is in my view, still a dynamic process; at no stage should we not still seek to continuously improve”.

If you want the best, and want to feel a genuine ownership for your products – then work in partnership with DaRo Products – Designed for Success.

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New Rainer CNC Punching Machine installed

DaRo Products of Sudbury in Suffolk have purchased their 3rd Rainer CNC Punching Machine from Punch Press Services.

In the drive to offer customers continuous improvement, accuracy and speed, coupled with home-grown lean manufacturing techniques, DaRo Products has purchased its 3rd Rainer CNC Punching machine.

DaRo Products bought their 1st Hydraulic machine some 6 years ago then upgraded to an E Machine. As the philosophy between DaRo and Rainer is similar, being “a desire to be at the forefront of product development”, it is hardly surprising that DaRo turned to Rainer yet again.
After a visit to Punch Press Services manufacturing facility DaRo placed an order for a high-speed electric 15-30 machine that features:

  • 30 Ton Electric Water Cooled Ram (30 ton punching capacity)
  • 3000 x 1500 Before reposition with Linear Drive, 260 M / Min (will take 3000 x 1500 sheets)
  • Twin Y Axis drive, making it probably the world’s fastest punch press centre (it assures maximum accuracy in all the work ranges, in any working condition and at the maximum speed without reducing the productivity of the machine).

Damon Goodyear, MD of DaRo Products explains: “With the Twin Y Axis drive being fast and, more importantly, accurate, with quick retooling systems reducing potential downtime, and with a drive able to take such large sheets we felt that we could offer our customers an even faster turn-around without compromising any of the quality or the care”.

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DaRo Products and Innovate3 open day success

Damon Goodyear and the team at DaRo Products and design partner Innovate3, (both based in Sudbury Suffolk); would like to thank all of the people who attended the open day at the Churchfield Road sheet metal facility who helped to make the day the success it was.

Special thanks go to the following companies who kindly allowed us to display their products at the open day:

Light Years Ahead Ltd – Impact and tamper resistant lighting equipment used in prisons and police secure units.

Mind Your IT Ltd – Secure storage and charging cabinets for IT equipment used in education facilities in the UK and Middle East.

Medicart International Ltd – Medical equipment trolleys used in hospitals around the world.

Ventalu Ltd – Ventilation equipment used in apartment buildings.

Herga Electric Ltd – footswitches used in a wide range of industrial applications.

CasC Systems Ltd – Intelligent locking storage solutions used for controlled access of airwave radios within the police force.

The DaRo team offered “congratulations” to Paul Bowers of Medicart International, for winning the “celebrity in a reasonably priced car” fastest lap of the day on our Scalextric test track!

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DaRo Products win order to supply Tyco Electronics

DaRo Products have been working with Tyco’s design department producing prototype equipment for testing and evaluation by the end user.

The equipment has passed all of the tests with flying colours and now full production is underway.

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