Bridon expects the installation of the main closer at Neptune Quay to be completed during October 2012
Currently the machinery is on track to be fully operational by December 1st 2012.
The 650 tonne take-up stands and the pay-off stands have now been turned over to Bridon and these will also be integrated with the closer machinery in October.
The state-of-the-art stranding machine, which is used to form dozens of wires into a single strand, is now in operation and running production strands six weeks ahead of the original schedule. The dyform unit of Bridon’s strander is the most powerful in existence, and allows the compression of strands up to 45mm diameter.
Work continues on the socketing tower which will be completed at the same time as the closer. In the meantime, all operational equipment has been ordered and the majority is now on site. Staffing is also now in place for plant maintenance and the operation of the stranding and closer machinery.
The sales and planning team are actively selling capacity for Neptune, and Bridon continues in confidence as the commissioning ropes are on course to be completed by 1st December.