Excetek Technologies Wire EDM machine adds capacity at British shop
UK – Veker Extrusions and Gaskets provides high quality seals and jointing solutions for many industry sectors. The company’s decision to invest in an advanced CNC wire EDM machine from Excetek made the supplier more flexible and efficient.
For nearly two decades Kevin Crossley and his business partner have been successfully running UK-based Veker Extrusions and Gaskets. Originally based in Castle Bromwich, the 35-strong company moved to its current 2,300 m² facility in Hall Green, Birmingham around 12 years ago. Here, four extrusion lines operate an extended day shift to provide rubber and neoprene sections in designs that are as varied as the customer applications they will eventually be used for.
Many of the extrusions will be processed by the company’s mould shop, where sections are joined together by press vulcanising the ends together to produce rings, gaskets and frames for customers in different industries. These include glazing, plumbing and water treatment, construction, marine and passenger rail, as well as second and third tier automotive component suppliers. Extrusion jobs are measured in linear metres and the company will run work from 500 m upwards, with many typically requiring 30,000 m or more.
Former machine not reliable to support current workload
Kevin Crossley recalled: “When we started we didn’t do any tooling in house, we used a subcontract supplier that would create the extrusion die and carry out any modifications we wanted. As we became busier we wanted to do this ourselves, we had a small bespoke bench-top wire EDM machine made to suit our needs." So Veker Extrusions and Gaskets started wire cutting the extrusion dies in-house. "The beauty of this was the ability to turn around any modifications overnight. That served us well for about 12 years, it was on its last legs and not reliable enough to support our current workload, so we decided to evaluate the different machines available,” Crossley added.
A thorough investigation of the different wire EDM machines available pointed Veker to the cost-effective Excetek V350G CNC machine, supplied by exclusive UK agent, Warwick Machine Tools (WMT).
Accommodating workpieces up to 450 kg
Fitted with a 600 litre tank, it is capable of accommodating workpieces up to 700 mm x 500 mm x 215 mm and weighing up to 450 kg. According to Excetek the fully specified wire machine has U- and V-axis travels of 80 mm and an accuracy of 3 µm over 100 mm.
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