Machine Tools First jointly developed DMG/Mori Seiki machine tool sold to UK customer

Editor: Eric Culp

At the Mach show in April, Dr. Masahiko Mori, president of Japanese machine tool maker Mori Seiki Co. Ltd., thanked Liam Eley, managing director of Premier Mould Services of Billingham, for being the first UK company to order a Milltap 700.

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The vertical milling, drilling and tapping centre, which made its British debut at the manufacturing technologies fair, is the first machine tool to be developed jointly by DMG of Germany and Mori Seiki. The two companies are close to finalising their worldwide manufacturing and sales partnership.

Premier Mould had acquired a DMC 1035V 3-axis vertical machining centre from DMG in December 2011 as part of an upgrade of the Teesside company’s prismatic machining capacity. Production of large aluminium plastic-injection moulds for automotive and energy applications is a company speciality, along with reverse engineering, prototype manufacture and small-batch production.

“While mould and die work and small runs will continue to be a core part of our activities, it is our intention to move more strongly into high-volume production work,” said Eley. “About a third of our business is 24/7 machining of components in batches of up to 10,000-off in materials ranging from plastics to titanium. The Milltap 700 will strengthen this side of the business, but will also assist in mould making by increasing the efficiency with which we can machine electrodes for our spark eroders.”

Notable capabilities of the 700 x 420 x 380-mm-capacity Milltap 700 are acceleration at 16 m/sec2 to linear-axis feed rates of 60 m/min; high-speed tool change; and overall energy consumption said to be 30% less than that of other tapping centres.

DMG Vertriebs- und Service GmbH

Bielefeld, Germany

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