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Major order to provide cold welders for Southwire

British company PWM (Pressure Welding Machines) Ltd has secured an order to provide Southwire Company, LLC, headquartered in Carrollton, Georgia, with 12 of its EP500 cold pressure welding machines.

This is one of the largest single orders for this particular rod welder that we have received to date, said Steve Mepsted, PWM's managing and sales director. It's a testament to the successful partnership that our US and Canadian distributor, Joe Snee, has established with Southwire over the last nine years, and we're delighted to be working with them again.

According to Doug Glore, senior process engineer at Southwire, the EP500 was selected for its safety, reliability and cost effectiveness. The company has already installed around a dozen of these machines in its plants in Starkville, Mississippi; Hawesville, Kentucky; Huntersville, North Carolina; and the Building Wire and Utility plants in Carrollton, Georgia.

Todd Chikodroff, utility plant manager at Southwire's Carrollton plant, said, We're committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment for our employees. Cold welders do not generate heat, sparks or fumes and there is no risk of the operator getting burned. PWM's proven expertise in cold weld technology made the company a natural partner for us and we purchased our first EP500 in 2014. It's clean, quiet and user-friendly, and the guard device prevents hands getting near the welder when it's operating.

The EP500's built-in interlock mechanism ensures that the machine only functions when the guard is closed correctly, enhancing operator safety. The low-maintenance machine only needs an ordinary 120V electrical supply for the integral PLC (programmable logic controller).

Six of the EP500 cold welders ordered have already been shipped, with the rest to follow in the next few months.

PWM has been designing and making cold welding machines and dies (industry standard and custom made) for the global wire and cable industry since 1984. The products are engineered in its UK workshops and tested to stringent quality standards.