Five-axis Quaser at Wilson Manufacturing

Machining specialist Wilson Manufacturing has purchased a Quaser MF400UH five-axis machining centre from the Engineering Technology Group (ETG) to complete a £310,000 investment drive. The acquisition, which complements the earlier addition of a mill-turn centre, will help the company improve lead times and drive efficiencies.

Based in Hampshire, Wilson Manufacturing, which supplies precision parts into the aerospace, marine, medial and oil and gas sectors, will use its Quaser MF400UH to increase capacity, boost quality and reduce set-up times. The move marks a successful year for the Ringwood-based company, which has seen it create two new jobs and increase sales by 25%, putting the business on course for a turnover of £1.35m.
“Customers are spread across a number of demanding sectors and there is an increasing need for more complex components, a trend that we’ve met head-on with the purchase of the five-axis CNC machine,” explains director Andy Wilson. “We discussed our requirements with ETG and they spent a lot of time getting to understand our processes and the parts we make. This was crucial in providing a complete picture of where we wanted to go, and led to them suggesting the Quaser MF400UH.
“Although it has only been up and running for a few months, we have already been really impressed with the performance,” he continues. “The control, spindle speed and ability to machine multiple faces of complex parts have been game changers – in some instances we have improved cycle time by 30%. This makes us a lot more competitive and, at a time when speed-to-market is crucial, gives us another USP when exploring new business opportunities. We could well make a return on our investment within the first two years.”
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