Prestigious nomination for CAS! – CAS Assembly Tooling and Services receive a nomination to provide Hunic Suits
XPO Logistics roll out the Hunic Exoskeleton to all parts of the UK and Ireland after a highly successful safety and wellbeing trial
London, UK – 14 September 2023
In a significant milestone for the tooling and manufacturing industry, CAS Assembly and Tooling are proud to announce its nomination as a Hunic Exoskeleton provider by XPO Logistics Europe.
This coveted recognition underscores CAS Assembly and Tooling’s unwavering commitment to excellence. Also innovation in the realm of assembly solutions and tooling health and safety.
The nomination as a Hunic provider positions CAS Assembly and Tooling among the elite in the industry. This solidifies the reputation as pioneers and leaders in health and safety excellence. With a proven track record of delivering cutting-edge solutions and a commitment to driving forward the future of assembly, tooling and services, the selection as a Hunic Suit provider under our banner of ‘CAS Ergo’ is a testament to our dedication and expertise. Health and Safety at work is so important for employee’s ability to do there jobs successfully and correctly.
With our commitment to providing state-of-the-art solutions that exceed customer expectations, CAS have not only excelled in the industry but also set new benchmarks for others to follow.
XPO, a leading provider of innovative and sustainable transport and logistics solutions in Europe, has successfully completed a pilot trial of Hunic safety equipment at specific sites within the business and will deploy the exoskeletons across the whole of the UK and Ireland.
Using the Hunic Exoskeleton assists XPO colleagues with heavy lifting duties, ensuring their posture is correct to reduce the chance of injury. It has also significantly reduced the fatigue felt by those working in the five depots where the suits were tested, boosting productivity.
The main benefits are:
The back support ensures a straight back and an upright position.
Elastomers support the leg muscles when lifting from a crouch.
The additional support the wearer gets in overbending of the spine.
Body position remains upright when standing and walking.
Elastomers provide up to 21% assistance in standing from crouched.
Ian Fox, head of health and safety – UK and Ireland, XPO Logistics, said: “The feedback from the users of the exoskeletons during the pilot was hugely positive. The wearers reported significantly less fatigue and effort required in the routine handling activities, which has supported the decision to expand the use and invest in the equipment for the benefit of our colleagues.”
“Additionally, we found that the exoskeleton assists in forming good postural habits that will continue into life in general when not wearing the equipment.”
We hear the phrase ‘muscle memory’ a lot these days. So, safe practices are also being taken home as well.
The Hunic Exoskeleton is designed to prevent the wearer from lifting with an incorrect posture. It will only allow the body to move in connection with safe manual handling techniques. It will not, for example, allow the back to have incorrect posture movements. The suit helps the wearer undertake repetitive lifting safely whilst improving turnaround time.
As a result of lower fatigue when wearing the suits, XPO has seen a 15-20% reduction in unloading time on Samsung containers. This means increased productivity for those wearing them.
XPO expects to deploy the exoskeleton across the UK and Ireland before the end of the year after the successful pilot at specific business sites.
A Prestigious nomination for CAS!👌
The Hunic (Soft Exo) Suit in action
For enquiries, and a demo, please contact CAS Assembly Tooling and Services Sales Director, Neil on 07717 202225.
Advanced production tooling is necessary in your production for several reasons:
The right solution enables the production process to be carried out in the quickest and most efficient way. In turn, this boosts your productivity. The use of specialised tools allows workers to complete tasks with greater accuracy and speed. Thus reducing the time required spent on tightening threaded fasteners. The fine tuning of assembly tightening strategies within DC tools can maximise run down speed and reduce fastening time per fixing.
The use of the correct production tooling ensures that each product is manufactured consistently to the same specifications. This is particularly important in industries where products must meet strict quality standards or regulatory requirements. With error proofed production and operator guidance, faults can be eliminated. Then, the gathering of torque and process data can provide both full traceability of each tightening. This then produces a ‘birth certificate’ of the process and it various components that were undertaken.
By using specialised tools, manufacturers can reduce the cost of the manual labour element. It can also keep uptime levels to their maximum and in many cases can offer reduced operating costs and energy consumption savings. This can result in significant cost savings for the factory. Supported by reliability centred maintenance contracts tools can be kept to perform to their optimum. This then reduces expensive down time and repair costs.
Production tooling can be designed to minimise the risk of accidents and injuries in the workplace. For example, tools fitted with correct reaction devices can help prevent workers from injury and fatigue related issues. Tools can be insulated to protect from electrocution (in EV / Battery assembly). Removing air lines and cables by offering battery operated solutions can reduce trip hazards. This makes for a cleaner working environment. Correctly specified sockets and covers can protect the operator from trapped / damage fingers associated with operating tasks whilst wearing work gloves on. This is a common demand and risk in many processes / plants.
Battery technology in assembly tools and advanced energy efficient DC solutions reduce energy costs associated with tooling vs pneumatic and less advanced solutions within the market place. Sourcing equipment from companies committed to developing the most energy efficient products, who operate sustainability and focus on their carbon footprint and recycling procedures can limit the impact of tooling on the environment. Operator guidance solutions can help to reduce waste in your process and support right first time methodology, which in turn reduces your waste and subsequent carbon footprint.♻️
Overall, production tooling is an essential component of modern manufacturing processes, enabling factories to produce high-quality products quickly, efficiently, and cost-effectively.
Our CAS Assembly and Tooling Account Managers extensively support UK manufacturing companies to ensure production tooling is correctly specified, kept up to date and in use with the latest technologies.
If you have any queries, please call us on 0121 327 1700. One of our team will be happy to help!
Let’s introduce John Adams!..to the team at CAS Assembly Tooling and Services.
John began working for JCB back in 2004 and in 2007 joined the ‘Manufacturing Engineering’ team. This is where he met a certain Sales Manager who went by the name of Neil Evans!!😉
Neil Evans, Sales Director at CAS Assembly Tooling and Services became a regular visitor to JCB and they often went for a brew!🍵
During his time at JCB John was lucky enough to have worked on numerous projects in the UK and abroad. This ranged from day-to-day problem solving to the introduction of new machines to the assembly line.
Having taken voluntary redundancy from JCB in June 2020 when Covid struck, John went self-employed for a while before taking a Production engineer role in Tamworth.
When an opportunity to join CAS came about in 2022, he jumped at the chance to join the team.
✅John finally joined CAS in Feb 2023 as JCB Service Contract Manager. It’s great to have him on board with the JCB and CAS team!
During John’s spare time he can be found competing in Hillclimb and Sprint events in a Renault sport Clio197, and is a regular in the ‘Curbrough Sprint Championship’ where last year he finished 2nd in class. (Must do better!!)
When not racing, John is most likely to be found in his garage tinkering with the car in the quest to find the odd 1/10th of a second or so.
He follows most car & motorcycle racing so to summarise if it’s got an engine he’s interested!!
John also has a retired racing Greyhound who loves to take him for a walk!🐕
Anti-kick devices at CAS
At one of our customer visits recently, an Operator dropped a battery angled screwdriver after it ‘kicked’ during shut-off. As we provide Anti-kick devices at CAS, this was a prime opportunity for us to be able to solve a problem.
The customer asked CAS for potential countermeasure options, so we took in a similar tool with an anti-kick device fitted. We tightened earth straps at a high level due to possible future health and safety risks.
Line trials carried out by comparing this tool to what they previously used on the actual fixings.
Our contact, the Team Leader and his team were so impressed that we ended up demonstrating to the Section Manager, the H&S Manager and then the Shop Operations Manager.
It was then left with the customer to carry out further trials and was concluded as the countermeasure.
These are on order now and awaiting delivery with the solution rolled out across site and then shared to their sister sites.👌
The solution sold itself and is exactly what they needed to alleviate the issue being experiencing.😃
Call us on 0121 327 1700 or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and let us help with your tooling solutions.
Let’s introduce Roger King!..to the team at CAS Assembly Tooling and Services.
Roger started with Atlas Copco in 1992, in an admin/tech support role then went on the road in a sales role in 1996. This was where he first met Dave Embley, Managing Director of CAS Assembly Tooling and Services… back in the day!
Roger moved on to Martlets Air Power (Winchester) still promoting Atlas Copco Tools. When Martlets was taken over by Atlas he was given the Atlas Copco Tools Distribution. This continued for a number of years and then he joined Desoutter in 2011 of which CAS now work alongside so he knows the products. Knowledge is power!
In 2016 Roger joined AP Tools, and then Ray Moss Tools (Harlow) and continued with them until 6 months ago. This is when he saw an opportunity to join CAS!
So, he has many years experience in providing tooling solutions, both directly to customers and through distribution. Roger loves working at CAS as we have such a great portfolio and reputation. It has given him some great opportunities in the South of England. He loves being part of the well established team at CAS and in a thriving company.
In his spare time Roger goes to as many gigs as possible loves live music especially the Foo fighters and Stereophonics. He can regularly be found at his local pub watching live bands too!
When not at work, Roger loves to ride his mountain bike as much as he can. When the opportunity arises, he likes to go to Spain for some off road motor biking.🚲
It’s great to have Roger on board. 😊
If you are looking for tooling solutions, Roger’s the man that can in the South of England! Give him a call on 07487 615488 .
Roger King joins CAS in July 2022
Happy New Year everyone! 😃
The CAS team are back in the workshop today…and the office. Call us if you have any enquiries on how we can help you. This could be calibration tooling help, ordering tooling, advice on tooling, project management, HAVS.
How can we help? We are open for business! Call us on 0121 327 1700