October 11, 2016
Business Growth and Development
It has been a very busy few months at Ultra with the exciting addition of two new machines.
The first to arrive was a Miyano BNJ42. This accompanies our existing Miyano 64 and 51 machines. This twin spindle CNC lathe has a single turret that machines on both spindles, allowing us to perform turning and milling operations in one hit. It was purchased as a replacement to existing plant but has an increased bar size capacity of 42mm. Technology improvements in the speed that the machine moves, coupled with improved coolant supply and more powerful motors, help to reduce cycle times and increase productivity allowing for improved prices for our customers.
The machine, although added to our sliding head section, is ideally suited to shorter parts. As, unlike the sliding head machines, the cutting takes place away from a supporting guide bush. This allows for easier machining of relatively heavier cuts in stainless steel parts and machining of less precise materials. This also improves efficiency of material use as bar remnants are shorter.
Just prior to this we took delivery of a Doosan Puma Lynx 220. This too is a twin spindle single turret machine. Rather than a barfeed, this machine comes with an 8 inch main spindle chuck and an increased subspindle chuck of 6 inches (an upgrade we requested from the standard 5 inch). This compliments our existing two Doosan Puma 1800TT SY and our Doosan MX. The turret features live tooling which allows us to complete both turning and milling operations. Despite being a £100,000 investment, however, it is simpler than its sister machines which has allowed us to increase capacity on these by removing the relatively simpler parts onto the Lynx. This in turn has allowed us to reduce lead times on all these units.
We have very exciting times ahead with our recent purchases and business development plans. Our expansion was supported by New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership through the Growing Business Fund.
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