G.James Extrusion Co. Pty Ltd, (G.James) has in recent times reinvested and modernised a major part of its Extrusion Warehousing, Packaging and Surface Finishing operations. With these projects now complete, G.James’ management have turned their attention to investing further in its Extrusion Press operations.
A greenfield site, known to most in Brisbane as the “old Ford Factory”, will now be recognised as 990 Kingsford Smith Drive (KSD). This site will house a purpose-built 20,000 sqm facility, which will be the principle location of G.James’ Extrusion Press operations.
The new Extrusion Plant will bring with it improved efficiencies by significantly reducing the number of manual tasks associated with our existing processes. One such task is the Die Management System which will see the extrusion dies retrieved from storage, moved to the oven, and finally into the press all achieved through automation.
The Extrusion Plant will include all of what is expected from modern day extrusion press technology. This includes, but is not limited to:
- a vertical log storage rack
- a log manipulator
- a log brusher
- an efficient log furnace with gas taper
- a hot log saw
- a short stroke front loading press
- a complete new handling system with full quenching capability
- a double run out table
- a stretcher
- a saw and profile stacker
- a scrap removal system.
Automated cranes will control the movement of baskets throughout the plant, including the processing through ageing ovens. All production will be controlled by the Manufacturing Execution System (MES), including recipe managers and PLC control of plant and equipment.
The new Extrusion Plant will allow G.James the ability to utilise our resources more efficiently. With this improved productivity, it is expected that G.James’ two new presses will generate comparable capacity to that of our four existing presses. Coupled to the labour cost savings are significant energy savings. The new plant will operate under the latest generation power saving devices, providing us an opportunity to reduce our carbon footprint and increase our ‘green’ credentials.
If you wish to learn more about this project – either as a supplier of goods and services or a potential customer, please contact us.