Eagle Plastics Swoops in For UK’s First CCM Premier 168 Guillotine
Eagle Plastics has elevated its service offering and opened up new markets following investment in the UK’s first CCM Premier 168 guillotine from Terry Cooper Services.The Leicester independent supplier of thermoplastic plastic sheet materials for point of sale and point of purchase was established in 1994. It has grown steadily and hopes the latest investment will help it increase its annual turnover this year from £2.6m to £3m.It handles a wide range of materials from Acrylic, HIPS (High Impact Polystyrene), ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene), Acrylic Capped ABS, PETG (Polyethylene Terepthalate Glycol), PVC (Poly Vinyl Chloride), Recycled Polycarbonate (RPC) and Polypropylene (PP).General Manager Darren Clarke explains he chose the CCM Premier 168 to meet demand for a number of different sectors within the plastics industry: “We needed something that would manage the thin gauge cutting required.“We liked the CCM because of its accuracy and quickness. It delivers fantastic prestige cutting. Now we can cut ten sheets at a time where as a CNC machine only cuts one sheet at a time. It will save a lot of man hours. It also saves a lot of time and material.”He continues: “The finish on the edge this can give you saves the need for diamond polishing and you can fabricate it straight away. This removes a job from the production process. Now our charges are minimal for cutting and the finish is fantastic.”As for the opportunities it will create he says: “It has only been in a few months but within the next six to eight months I think it will open a lot of doors for us. We have taken on a new sales team member who is looking at different materials. It has given us greater confidence to look at new areas. We are excited to see what the opportunities are.”The CCM Premier 168 guillotine is set up via an easy to use touchscreen. It features a deep clamp opening which accepts more substrate to reduce overall cutting time, and infra red slimline light barriers. Safety is also enhanced via the use of an optical cutting safety line. It includes central lubrication, which means wear-free bearings and longer intervals between servicing, large air side tables for easier paper handling, auto knife function for repeat cutting, and a larger diameter backguage spindle for faster backguage action.