Monday, October 11, 2010

News: Cutting & Wear invests in Rotherham site


Rotherham-based Cutting & Wear has significantly improved production capacity with the purchase of a Doosan VC630/5AX — a high performance simultaneous five-axis, vertical machining centre, which replaced their 3 axis machines.

Based on Greasbrough Road, the company specialises in the manufacture and supply of downhole tool products and services to oil service companies across the world.

The VC630/5AX has been designed for a wide range of applications, from heavy cutting — including difficult materials like titanium and inconel — to high speed cutting of aluminium and other non-ferrous materials.

Not only will the new machine significantly improve cycle time but it will reduce the number of set-ups needed by manipulating the component through 5 axes.

The new machine, which has a capacity of 500kg, will be capable of holding workpieces with diameters up to 630mm and up to 500mm high on its rotary table. As engineering designs become more complex this machine also allows the machining of components through the full 5 axes simultaneously.

John Kennedy, Cutting & Wear's engineering manager, said: "We have not only invested in a state-of-the-art machine, but we have also invested in the highest quality tooling; this combination, together with our highly-motivated and skilled workforce, is setting new standards for quality and efficiency.

"We now have the technology to back up the skills we already had so that we can offer an even better service to our customers through improved consistency and reduced lead times."

Doosan is planning to launch a new "twin pallet" version of the VC630 5AX next year and Cutting & Wear is already planning (following successful trials) to upgrade to the new version, which would further increase their productivity.

Cutting & Wear website



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