Monday, October 30th, 2017
The specialist fastener operation of Midlands-based Non Standard Socket Screw (NSSS), a major UK producer and stockist of high quality fasteners, is continuing its policy of upgrading competitiveness by not only increasing levels of productivity with further ‘lights-out’ operations, but also achieving improvements to quality and most important, consistency of production, especially in more difficult to machine materials.
To help achieve this target, so far in 2017 NSSS has ordered four CNC sliding head turn-mill centres worth some £400,000 from Citizen Machinery UK. These machines are in addition to two existing Citizen Cincom installations in its recently extended 8,000 ft2 production area to the 30,000 ft2 Hockley facility.
The two Citizen Cincom installations of an L32-VIII and L20-VIII made earlier in the year are now in full production. Following the operational success, this has led the business to order a further Cincom L20-VIII plus a smaller capacity L12-VII.
Said Marketing Director Melvin White: “We are in a very competitive market and it is important to maintain our production capability for both UK and overseas customers. We are a modern business that is driving the use of automation and the latest manufacturing technologies to continually improve quality and output.” (more…)
Thursday, October 5th, 2017
With the recent addition of an own product involved with fire suppression to its highly successful sub-contract machining operation, HPC Services of Ilkeston, Derby, has ordered the latest Citizen Cincom L20-VIIILFV turn-mill centre. By including Low Frequency Vibration (LFV) machining technology in the specification, Managing Director of HPC Paul Cobb maintains this will give his business a lead in the market by revolutionising his production of materials such as 321 corrosion resistant and 416 chromium steel alloy stainless steels and plastics type materials.
Said Mr Cobb: “This machine will enable us to competitively quote on new work which we would normally decline and will give us additional capacity as we build up production on our in-house developed water-based fire suppression system.”
HPC has currently 10 Citizen Cincom machines installed, with the last Cincom L12-VII currently very competitively producing components as part of a 40,000 a year contract. The plastics tube, 110 mm in length is turned and a hole produced through its length to a concentricity tolerance of 0.05 mm TIR. Said Mr Cobb: “So productive is the machine that we have reduced our cycle time from over a minute to just 12 secs.” (more…)
Monday, September 11th, 2017
Some 1.5 million parts are despatched a year from Worthing-based precision subcontract machinist Roscomac that is achieving record on-time deliveries of 98 per cent that vary from completed assemblies and sub-assemblies to large machined castings and small turned parts. The complete operation of the 85 people company is driven by a philosophy of constant development of lean manufacturing techniques, supported by investment often exceeding £1 million a year and an ‘open-liaison’ people strategy which keeps the workforce up to date on the company and any issues arising.
Said Managing Director Joe Martello: “We invest in automation and the latest production technology which helps to overcome the shortage of skills we would require. However, it so important that we still need to grow our own engineers through constant support and by training, in order to maximise our return-on-investment and so improve how we support and what we deliver to customers.”
In the first six months of 2017, some £750,000 had already been allocated or spent which included the installation of the latest Miyano BNE-51MSY multi-axis turn-mill centre. Two further CNC sliding head turn-mill centre machines have also been ordered and soon to be delivered, again like the Miyano, each is from Citizen Machinery UK. The two machines, a Citizen L20-VIII LFV (LFV featuring low frequency vibration cutting technology) and a top-of-the-range M16-V will bring the total Citizen installations to 14 machines as two earlier Citizen machines are being sold. (more…)
Friday, September 8th, 2017
Following the recent installation of the latest Miyano BNE-51MSY multi-axis mill-turn centre, Wednesbury based precision sub-contractor Machine Tech Engineering (MTE) has been able to slash production lead times on batches of hydraulic bodies from three weeks for the first operation plus a week for the second to machining the batch complete in just five days.
The decision to go for the 51 mm bar capacity Miyano continued the already accrued benefits from introducing new machines, for instance, a Citizen A32-VllPL CNC sliding head mill-turn centre also installed recently, has just been the source of orders from a new customer in the brewing industry for 1,000 batch quantities of stainless steel pump valves. According to MTE director Warren May: “Without the Citizen we would never have dreamed of even quoting for such parts as we would be uncompetitive. But the Citizen A-Series is very quick and powerful enabling simultaneous cutting cycles.”
MTE has some 30 machines, seven bought under the Citizen brand in its freehold 7,500 ft2 machine shop from which turnover is projected to top £1 million in 2017. With recent CNC sliding head installations, MTE had already benefitted significant business increases and improvements in productivity from the ability to combine operations into single cycles. (more…)
Wednesday, June 14th, 2017
Production at the Market Overton factory in Rutland has seen around £1 million invested over the last five years. Said Director Dan Munday: “We used MACH 2016 as the final decider and ordered the Citizen Cincom L32-VIII with removable guide bush which was installed in July. Such has been the success of the machine that we are now planning for a second because we are concerned we could run out of capacity.”
Since July, new contracts have been won that they could never have dreamed of producing before increasing not only profitability, but also throughput, with cycles now being clocked two-thirds faster than before. For example one part taking 50 plus seconds on a fixed head machine is now produced in just 17 secs.
Monday, February 6th, 2017
This dilemma was overcome by Warren Gray when he took over the day- to-day running of his father’s subcontract machinist company Machined Component Systems (MCS) when ‘Quality First’ was his, without question, the door-to-door regime. Indeed, this decision has paid-off with the recent renewal of a long term contract to supply 22 different water pump components which will help take the turnover from £2.5 to £3 million for the 36 people business and initiated the investment in the latest Miyano BNE-51MSY turn-mill centre.
Said Mr Gray: “It’s our view that quality should never be an issue for debate in production and we also strictly apply it to procedures involving our suppliers as well.” He outlines as a prime example the most recent installation of the Citizen Machinery UK supplied Miyano BNE-51MSY in the machine shop which has 30 CNC machines in Redditch. Here, the extensive selection procedure involving a turnkey application based proposal followed by full acceptance trials has resulted in a highly successful installation that has proven to maintain consistent production through both day and unmanned night shifts.
Friday, December 16th, 2016
The state-of-the-art Miyano ABX-64SYY (now wholly owned by Citzen) is a welcome addition to the extensive line up of CNC machines at WEC Machining’s 33,000 sq. ft. purpose built facility in Blackburn, Lancashire.
It also works in tandem with the division’s existing 7 axis Citizen Sliding Head Lathe with 4 metre bar feed and up to 32mm diameter.
With the ability to machine simultaneously at the left and right spindles using the upper and lower turrets, both featuring a Y-axis function, the top of the range machine can complete front and back machining of products with complex shapes in a short space of time.
Sunday, June 12th, 2016
Said Machine Shop Supervisor Stuart Davis: “We have seven Citizen CNC sliding head machines installed but were still dedicated to install the best performing and accurate machine to produce our safety critical parts.”
Apeks employs 150 people and is part of Aqua Lung International with some 30,000 scuba-diving regulator units plus bladders, instruments and a wide range of accessories sold to 50 countries.
Wednesday, May 4th, 2016
The need to further improve competitiveness with the advantage of shorter machining cycles on smaller and often high accuracy turn-milled parts, drew HPC Services once again to the Citizen Machinery stand at MACH 2016 to conclude an order for its 11th Citizen Cincom CNC sliding head machine.
Said Managing Director Paul Cobb: “We have excellent opportunities to produce smaller parts and the Citizen L12-VII gives us the best combination of speed, accuracy, flexibility and access for fast changeovers. Also, with the ability to quickly switch from guide bush for long slender work to non-guide bush, the new machine will create even greater savings on shorter work.”
Wednesday, August 12th, 2015
Managing Director Ian Fitzwater attributes much of the success of his 22 people business and especially the turn-milling of components up to 42 mm diameter to his team of three, plus a recent trainee operator that are involved with the turning section under Works Manager Neil Titmus. He said: “Our turning section team has certainly been able to exploit the full capabilities of the Citizen-supplied machines on many, mostly difficult components.”
In the ensuing seven years, his five progressive purchases of Citizen sliding heads and one Miyano fixed head turning centre has meant the company has benefited from the continuous improvements in the machines’ design. In particular, he maintains, the applied production technology has helped to not only maintain the UK and overseas customer base and its changing demands but also importantly, draw in new business from new as well as existing companies.
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