Investment in Innovation

Optimising design for manufacture and assembly (DfMA) and embracing a world-class manufacturing ethos are at the heart of the new EOS Facades operation which recently opened its doors to a wide range of delegates as part of the CPD certified Inside Offsite Factory Tour programme.
Developed for architects, contractors, engineers and clients – the EOS technical team together with the Etex Building Performance specification team hosted delegates at the company’s advanced manufacturing facility in County Durham. The tours included a presentation by the estimating team on how the EOS ‘lump sum’ quote is generated, a demonstration of EOS Facades’ design software, followed by a tour of the manufacturing facility and demonstrations of the advanced roll-forming machinery.

Preceding the tour, the EOS technical team presented a CPD session covering a variety of topics relating to light steel framing technology plus examples of best practice applications and project case studies.

As one of the leading steel framing systems innovators, with over 14 years expertise across all construction sectors – EOS Facades’ expansion programme continues with a major extension to the company’s advanced offsite manufacturing facility and the development of a new metal fabrication centre.

In addition to the five Howick steel roll-forming machines currently in operation, to further expand the light steel-based product portfolio and capacity, EOS have invested in a new multi-width roll-forming machine, guillotines, press-brakes and automated sheet punching equipment, plus installed overhead cranes for lifting and moving frames and steel coils around the extended facility.
This activity has been undertaken in preparation for the increased workload generated by the development of a complete closed-panel (Thruwall®) walling solution and load-bearing panelised and cassette systems to support the acceleration of a wide array of offsite initiatives.

Steve Thompson, Managing Director of EOS Facades said of the expansion programme: “We have invested in our own fabrication plant to be self-sufficient in manufacturing our ancillary parts such as angles, brackets and wind-posts, for example. This will support our market leading ‘lump-sum’ all-inclusive pricing initiative and complement our ‘total supply’ offering – enabling us to support downstream sub-assembly and volumetric module manufacturing operations as well as façade infill walling activity on site.”

EOS Facade’s light gauge steel frame range offers 65mm, 100mm, 150mm, 200mm and 250mm deep sections in gauge thicknesses ranging from 1.2mm to 2mm and section lengths are fully customisable. With the latest addition of the multi-width roll-forming machine, the company can now also produce U-track sections ranging from 65mm – 254mm wide in thicknesses ranging from 1mm to 3mm with a capability to run a wide range of slotted head track profiles.

In expanding the machinery operation, EOS have also been able to focus on material flow – minimising non-value-added tasks and adopting truly lean manufacturing principles to embrace greater process standardisation and repeatability to offer clients reduced lead times and enhanced quality control. The new manufacturing facility layout also permits greater capacity for framing and panelisation together with enhanced offsite manufacturing processes in respect of boarding activity.

Tried, Tested and Warrantied – Thruwall® Systems
EOS Facades is now part of Etex Building Performance which brings together the products and solutions of three major construction materials companies. Through combined expertise in drywall, passive fire protection and steel framing systems – the group has created a range of unique solutions for building envelopes. The manufacturing facility extension has also been designed to manage the increase in volume of work with the development of the Etex Building Performance Thruwall® system, integrating the product ranges from the group including Siniat, Promat and EOS Facades.

The Thruwall® solution was of particular focus for many of the Factory Tour delegates with many interested in the increased offsite value-adding that is now in operation.

Steve Thompson continued: “The combination of expertise from the Etex Building Performance group in drylining, external sheathing and steel framing systems, as well as passive fire protection – means that we are uniquely positioned to bring together these elements to create a range of tested and warrantied Thruwall® systems. Meeting building performance requirements for fire, thermal, weathering, acoustics and airtightness – the newly launched Thruwall® systems provide an ‘all in one’ certified solution with crucial time and costs benefits.”

The fully tested Thruwall® solutions for non-loadbearing external building envelopes – combines BBA Certified non-combustible A1 external sheathing, engineered steel framing system and internal wall linings. With a turnover of over £200 million, Etex Building Performance Group backs the Thruwall® Systems with a 30-year warranty.

To register for future Inside Offsite Factory Tours visit: www.offsitehub.co.uk/inside-offsite/
For more information on the technology and offsite solutions offered by EOS Facades visit: www.eos-facades.co.uk/our-solutions/

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