100,000 and counting: Amazon Filters passes production milestone

Posted on 6 Nov 2023 by James Devonshire

A UK process filter manufacturer has fabricated and shipped its 100,000th stainless steel cartridge housing after production capacity was boosted through an extensive, ongoing investment programme.

Surrey-based Amazon Filters hit the milestone figure as the latest practical output of its ‘quick and able’ manufacturing ethos.

The 100,000th unit, a metal fabricated housing like the others in the count, was produced and shipped in response to an order from a global water treatment company.

As with all Amazon Filters’ housings, standard or bespoke, the unit is serialised and fully traceable down to its materials, welder and testing data.

Neil Pizzey, Amazon Filters Managing Director, said: “Completing our 100,000th unit is a significant milestone for us and one that our whole team can be proud of.

“We have specifically focused on strengthening our capacity for housing component manufacturing as a key part of our investment strategy.

“Last year we introduced two semi-automated CNC mills to enable us to do more fabrication in-house and rely less on third parties or sub-contractors.

“Greater in-house capacity supports our ‘quick and able’ methodology centred on fast, accurate turnround of customer orders, including complex and bespoke projects, whatever their size and wherever they originate in the world.”

As well as new equipment under its £1m capital investment spend, Amazon Filters has more than doubled the number of staff working on housing component manufacture from six operatives four years ago to 13 now.

Team members work in a dedicated production hub at the firm’s Camberley factory processing raw, hardcore metal bars, blocks, sheets and tubes into parts ready for welding and final housing assembly.

Tube lengths tend to be three or six metres, weighing up to 130kg and with diameters of 12 or 16 inches.

Stored on huge racks, the raw material parts are moved into position for cutting, folding, drilling, marking and other processes using lifting aids including a motorised platform.

Most metal is stainless steel but, for some applications, the nickel alloy Hastelloy is the base material.

Separate to its metal fabricated housings and so not included in the 100,000th figure, Amazon Filters produces and supplies a range of injection moulded plastic cartridge housings.

Founded in 1985, the firm supplies companies of all sizes with housing and filtration systems, including bespoke solutions to individual needs. Customers represent all industries worldwide that rely on process filtration.

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