Procurement UK tool house boosts production capacity with VMCs
Units said to support expansions into other sectors.
The purchase of three vertical machining centres is said to be the latest phase in an on-going programme of machine tool investment by EDS Engineering Ltd, Chelmsford, UK.
Machine tool supplier Hardinge said two of the three Hardinge/Bridgeport XR 760 units – all high specification models with tool and component probing and a 4th axis – are operating in “one-man, two-machine” cells while the third is a stand-alone unit for low-run manufacturing.
It noted that EDS is a long established, highly regarded supplier of components to tier one manufacturers, increasingly in the US defence and aerospace industries. Typically it supplies small batch quantities of precision components – predominantly in aerospace grade aluminium and stainless steel – that end up in demanding parts such as heads-up display systems and similar. But the company’s roots are in jigs and fixtures and mould and die manufacture – the latter being an area in which it is still very active but one market forces have reduced in recent years in favour of aerospace and defence, Hardinge said.
The centres feature Weiss 40 taper spindle technology said to produce exceptional radial and axial rigidity and offer a unique grease replenishment system.
The tool changer has a 30-tool capacity, the company noted, and the machining envelope has a working cube with a 610 mm Y-axis travel. The spindle offers a maximum speed of 12,000 rpm, Hardinge said. The units have Heidenhain iTNC530 3-axis controls with integral probe cycle software as standard.