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CUSTOMERS BUY 15 MACHINES WORTH OVER £2.7 MILLION AT OPEN HOUSE

Monday, November 5th, 2018

Citizen Machinery UK’s (CMUK) highly successful 3-day open house (16-18 October) immediately added a further 15 machines worth over £2.7 million to its existing order book of record sales involving some 100 Cincom sliding head and Miyano fixed-head turn-mill centres stretching into 2019.

Said Deputy Managing Director Darren Wilkins: “Over 350 people from OEM and sub-contract sectors came through our doors over the three days with several bringing important future projects for us to investigate.” He then added: “Citizen’s overall European deliveries in 2018 will exceed 1,200 units establishing the company as market leader for Swiss-type sliding head machines as well as the leading brand for providing bar turning solutions. As a result, Europe significantly contributed to Citizen’s worldwide production output of 6,500 machines this year.”

Citizen’s patented Low Frequency Vibration (LFV) programmable chip size machining technology was a major focus of attention adding to the ratio of seven out of every eight orders currently featuring its inclusion. This ratio was confirmed with the interest following the launch of the larger 38 mm capacity bar size of the Cincom L32-VIIILFV sliding head and the Miyano BNA-42GTYLFV moving headstock machines at the event. (more…)


CITIZEN EXPANDS CINCOM L32 TO 38mm BAR SIZE WITH LFV

Monday, November 5th, 2018

With the launch of its L32-VlllLFV sliding head turn-mill centre, Citizen Machinery UK brings its patented Low Frequency Vibration (LFV) machining technology to aid production of larger components from up to 38 mm bar size.

The Cincom L32-VlllLFV has removable guide bush option with a maximum machining length of 320 mm in a single chucking and with the guide bush removed, shorter parts up to 80 mm in length, thus providing major material savings.

LFV introduces oscillation to the routine action of the cutting tool through the servo axes of the drive system in the direction of feed. This is in phases of tens of microns which are precisely synchronised with the rotation of the machine spindle. The resulting controlled ‘air-cutting’ breaks the swarf into a designated chip size which prevents ‘bird-nesting’ and can be applied to turning, drilling and even threading cycles. (more…)


CITIZEN OPEN HOUSE TO SHOWCASE 16 MACHINES, LAUNCH CINCOM L32 WITH LFV AND MIYANO BNA WITH LFV

Monday, October 15th, 2018

16-18 October 2018 Bushey, Watford.

Low Frequency Vibration (LFV) machining technology will be an important theme to customers at Citizen Machinery UK’s Annual Open House event being staged at the UK headquarters in Bushey between 16 and 18 October. Amongst the 16 machines on view will be the UK launch of the LFV versions of the Citizen Cincom L32-VlllLFV sliding head turn-mill centre and the Miyano BNA-42GTYLFV sliding headstock turning centre.

In addition, Citizen will be demonstrating 5-axis machining technology on the latest Cincom D25-Vlll sliding head turn-mill centre using the ground breaking latest Mitsubishi 800, a true 5-axis simultaneous machining control platform combined with Citizen’s Cincom operating system.

As part of Citizen’s progressive introduction of feeding the patented LFV technology across its range of Citizen and Miyano machines, the L32-VlllLFV and Miyano BNA-42GTYLFV’s have been eagerly awaited to provide major advantages from programmable control of chip size on larger capacity machines from both stables. (more…)


JOE BRANNIGAN APPOINTED POST-SALES MANAGER

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

A new key management role has been set up for customer support and after sales communications with the appointment of Joe Brannigan as Post-Sales Manager at Citizen Machinery UK (CMUK).

Mr Brannigan 52, brings 13 years of machine tool experience in post-sales and installation management plus four recent years in the demanding motor sport sector as manufacturing maintenance manager before joining CMUK.

Said Edward James CMUK Managing Director: “With record sales and installations in the UK and Ireland plus significant new models and developments due for release into Citizen Cincom and Miyano machine portfolios, it is timely to restructure the technical operations and customer support structure within our business.”

He maintains the appointment of Joe Brannigan is important as it brings a level of expertise from both sides of machine tool supplier and user experience. This will not only provide additional customer support following the sales decision, but also follow through co-ordinating standard proven procedures plus support for any additional actions that may be required. (more…)


CITIZEN OPEN HOUSE SHOWCASES 16 MACHINES, LAUNCHING CINCOM L32 LFV AND MIYANO BNA LFV

Friday, August 31st, 2018

16-18 October 2018 Bushey, Watford.

Low Frequency Vibration (LFV) machining technology will be an important theme to customers at Citizen Machinery UK’s Annual Open House event being staged at the UK headquarters in Bushey between 16 and 18 October. Amongst the 16 machines on view will be the UK launch of the LFV versions of the Citizen Cincom L32-VlllLFV sliding head turn-mill centre and the Miyano BNA-42GTYLFV sliding headstock turning centre.

In addition, Citizen will be demonstrating 5-axis machining technology on the latest Cincom D25-Vlll sliding head turn-mill centre using the ground breaking latest Mitsubishi 800, a true 5-axis simultaneous machining control platform combined with Citizen’s Cincom operating system.

The Citizen L32-VlllLFV with 38 mm bar size option and removable guide bush can carry up to 30 tools, according to specification six for gang turning, four to six gang driven, four to nine front drilling and between five and 11 for back drilling. Both main (7.5 kW) and sub-spindle (3.7 kW) have 8,000 revs/min motors with 1 kW driven tools with 6,000 revs/min motors. Rapid traverse rates are fast at 32 m/min. (more…)


UNICUT GOES FOR CITIZEN’S SIX FOR PRODUCTIVITY

Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

Unicut Precision which has now bought 70 machines from Citizen invested over £1.5 million in seven machine installations during late 2017 of which six were by Citizen Machinery UK. The Citizen Machinery supplied machines comprised two Miyano BNE-51MSY fixed head and four Cincom L12-VII sliding head mill-turn centres, with one featuring Low Frequency Vibration (LFV) technology. This contribution to improve productivity targets has helped to increase 2018 as a clear sales record to the sub-contractor, putting the firm well in tune to hit sales of £5 million this year.

Unicut is shipping on average 1.2 million parts a month and processes 370 different product orders of which a third is directly exported. In addition, as the company has moved forward, it has added the responsibility to provide some 30 different ‘direct-to-line’ assemblies and sub-assemblies to customers.

The decision to install two Miyano BNE-51MSY fixed head machines followed the firm’s market review of twin-turret, two spindle turn-mill centres that could suit parts already perfected and produced in batch quantities between 2,000 and 5,000 on top-of-the-range Citizen Cincom M32 sliding head machines which were coming up to five years old. (more…)


CITIZEN’S NON-GUIDEBUSH CINCOM A20 SLASHES LEAD TIME AND INCREASES COMPETITIVENESS ON PLASTICS PARTS PRODUCTION

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

Colpa Precision Engineering has slashed weeks from its lead time with significantly reduced material costs plus the ability to obtain greater number of parts from a bar following the installation of a Citizen Cincom A20-VII with non-guide bush capability for use on plastics components.

Said General Manager Martin Branch: “The removable guide bush feature on the Cincom A20 has increased our competitiveness in a tight market as we no longer have to order pre-ground bar for plastics components which has not only reduced material cost, but also saved four weeks on our lead time to customers and has enabled us to pick-up new business.”

Colpa Precision Engineering was set up in 1946 having consistent investment with some £560,000 spent over the last three years with some six Citizen sliding head machines installed.

On the Watford site, 10 people are employed and production batches vary between prototype and customer development parts to continuous production runs such as involving the supply of 32,000 parts a month.

Colpa’s customer base covers a wide field including optical, electronic, audio, music, pneumatics, commercial air conditioning and certain aircraft industry companies producing parts from brass, mild and stainless steel, aluminium, titanium and a wide range of plastics including PEEK and acetal. Cycle times tend to generally vary between 45 secs and 2 mins. (more…)


NEIL VINE BRINGS TOOLING EXPERTISE TO CITIZEN MACHINERY’S NORTH EAST SALES

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

With a previous history in the tooling sector having the role as key account manager, Neil Vine 42 has been appointed by Citizen Machinery UK (CMUK) to cover the central Midlands area east of Sheffield up to Lincoln and to Hitchin in the south representing both the Citizen Cincom sliding head and Miyano fixed head turn-mill centres.

Said Deputy Managing Director Darren Wilkins: “Neil brings a strong commercial management and customer development history to CMUK. He has a long history in the tooling sector so will be a valuable asset working closely with customers and our applications team in maintaining our ‘cost-per-part’ purchase justification operations.”

In previous roles, Mr Vine has been involved in managing and creating a strategy for regional tooling sales while working on key accounts involving UK project based tooling operations with responsibility for over £1 million turnover from just three customers.

He said: “With my commercial background and process knowledge I was deeply involved in educating buyers and negotiating price structures especially involving exotic material machining in the aerospace, power generation and mining sectors.” (more…)


LFV TECHNOLOGY PROVES A DIAMOND INVESTMENT FOR TOOLING BUSINESS

Friday, May 11th, 2018

At Astley Diamond Tools swarf problems totally controlled the business of machining silver steel blanks to which the firm then electro-plates diamond finishes for sale direct to customers around the world.

Astley Diamond Tools is a small two people business based in Witton, Birmingham that took the plunge and made a significant investment in the latest Low Frequency Vibration (LFV) turn-mill technology on a Cincom L20-VIII LFV from Citizen Machinery UK. Within just three months of installation, proprietor Ben Astley has been able to transform the firm’s blank turning operations for its diamond tool production while opening a new operational door by using his very competitive sliding head machining platform to provide a sub-contract small part turn-milling service.

Said Mr Astley: “A recent batch of 500 rotary diamond burrs that are used to fettle cast iron by a regular Polish customer. This normally meant I had to almost stand by my previous aging Citizen sliding head machine and stop it every five or so parts to clear the tangled bird’s nest of swarf. It would take at least 70 hours to produce the batch and now with LFV I can complete the same order well inside 16 hours.” (more…)


Gym Session Triathlon

Thursday, May 10th, 2018

Here are my top 5 gym exercises I do every week to make sure I stay injury free and have a well maintained working body ready for hard session.

1:

Barbell Hip Thrust

Great exercise for your gluts and Hamstrings. Which are really important in triathlon for running and also running off the bike when tired. When running your Gluts work to stabiles your hips and legs when under impact. Making sure your Gluts are strong and conditioned means your gluts will activate when running helping you run faster and more economical so you are using less energy. (more…)


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