Investing in the Future of Electrical Insulating Components Manufacturing

Termate have been manufacturing essential components for the switchboard and panel building industry for several decades, producing the busbar supports, standoff insulators, and other core parts used on a day-to-day basis.

With current and emerging industries seeing an increased demand for switchboard and control panels as well as unique electrical insulating product needs from Original Equipment Manufacturers, we understand the importance of committing to the future of electrical insulating components manufacturing. 

The potential applications for our electrical insulating components continue to grow, with traditional sectors such as construction and water treatment joined by new, emerging industries such as green energy and data centres bringing increasing dynamism to the industry.

Read on and discover how we are working to adapt to this increasing demand for the industry, investing both in the latest technology to fulfil production requirements, and the passionate people who make sure everything runs smoothly.

Increased production capacity

The increase in demand for busbar supports, standoff insulators, and other terminal components required by a diverse range of Original Equipment Manufacturers and switchboard and control panel builders has led us to increase our production capacity. After investing in a new machine with a larger production capacity to help meet demand, we soon found demand was outstripping its production capacity in a short period of time.

This led us to acquire an additional two machines to increase the overall operation capacity, ensuring demand can be met while also improving the company’s resilience. 

We are committed to managing all processes in-house, with the full range of production taking place on site, so that if and when it becomes necessary to ramp up the scale of production, there is both the equipment and manpower needed to accomplish this.

Automation

Automation is rapidly transforming how many industries and manufacturing companies operate. Businesses that adopt automation in their workflow can improve cost efficiency, scalability, flexibility, and safety.

At the same time, automation can make some uneasy with its implications of how it impacts humans, with the potential to leave once essential staff without a job. Our philosophy is that automation shouldn’t be viewed as a tool for replacing human workers, but rather to complement a human-centric approach to production.

We are soon to be introducing robotic arms to help automate the loading process for its machinery, bringing up to six times more speed than humans performing the same task. This automation helps save valuable time and effort our employees would previously have spent on basic repetitive tasks, freeing them up to work more efficiently.

These robotics also help to increase the safety of our staff, removing the need for human operators to load and reload the machine’s plates while at the same time reducing the load time. 

Instead of using automation to reduce the need for human intervention in how we operate, it gives the company the time and flexibility to focus on upskilling employees and developing talent in this sector.

Skills and employment

We are committed to training and nurturing the next generation of engineers. Rob Swann, Managing Director at Termate, understands the importance of training and development, having started his career in the business as an apprentice and working his way up through the company.

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This passion for training and development carries across in Swann’s Alumni Fellowship engagement and lecturing at the Nottingham Trent University, giving him the opportunity to coach and mentor future business leaders in sustainable and ethical manufacturing approaches. 

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