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Mills CNC, the exclusive distributor of Doosan machine tools in the UK and Ireland, has supplied Birmingham-based Burcas Ltd, a privately-owned specialist engineering subcontractor, with a new large-capacity vertical machining centre. The machine, a Doosan Mynx 9500/50 with a Doosan-Fanuc control, was installed at the company’s 32,000 sq ft facility in October 2021 and is being used primarily to machine specialist tooling, prototypes and a range of precision components for the nuclear sector.
When not being deployed to machine parts for the nuclear industry the Mynx 9500/50 also machines high-precision tungsten carbide and HSS sheeter and slitter knives/blades for Burcas’ paper and packaging customers, located both nationally and overseas.
Says Mike Burrows, Burcas’ owner and managing director: “Although the new machine purchase was driven almost entirely by an increase in demand from customers in the nuclear sector, we never lost sight that it would also become a major machining asset for our future aerospace and oil and gas business – when both return to something resembling normality.”
Having canvassed the market and discussed its requirements with a ‘hit list’ of potential machine-tool suppliers, Burcas ultimately decided to invest in the Mynx 9500/50.
“The Mynx 9500/50 is our first Doosan machine and, since its installation, it hasn’t missed a beat,” says Burrows. “It is versatile and reliable, and its cutting performance is impressive.
“In addition to the machine we’ve also been impressed with Mills CNC. From the outset they adopted a proactive role and, even a tricky installation that necessitated the craning in of the machine through the roof, was professionally managed and executed.”
He concludes: “The new Mynx 9500/50 investment is another example of Burcas’ commitment to continuous improvement and of us striving to be the best we can.”
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