25% more wire EDM speed

The introduction of a VL600Q from Sodi-Tech EDM at the Wolverhampton facility of Pemberton Engineering is driving 25% more productivity in the manufacture of automotive press tools, jigs and fixtures.

Founded in 1984, Pemberton Engineering has been specialising in toolmaking ever since.

Initially focusing on small press tools for the lock industry, which was still flourishing in the Black Country during that time, the company soon shifted its emphasis to the automotive sector. From large tools for truck and tractor components, Pemberton Engineering has evolved into an established supplier of high-precision press tools, including complex progression tooling, to tier-one and tier-two automotive manufacturers.

“Apart from a short six-week closure for the initial UK lockdown due to COVID-19, we’ve been really busy,” states managing director Darren Pemberton. “In fact, buoyant is the word I’d use to describe business right now, which is exactly why we needed more wire EDM capacity.
“Although we were already running two wire EDMs, we knew that another would deliver a major boost to operations and allow us to provide customers with even better service and support,” he adds. “Having looked around at the leading wire EDM models in the capacity range we required, the Sodick VL600Q was the obvious choice. Particularly attractive was the 25% increase in speed it would offer over our existing machines.”

The VL600Q houses Sodick’s latest LN2W series power supply unit, which is capable of high-speed, high-precision and high-efficiency machining. Linear motors also feature, providing high-speed axis motion and quick response times.

“Beyond our single shift pattern, the VL600Q is already running lights-out overnight and at weekends,” says Pemberton. “We’re really impressed with the Sodick machine’s performance, which has been faultless to date. It has totally eliminated bottlenecks within our workflow.”

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