Implant manufacturer opts for Makino wire EDM

A new U6 HEAT from Makino has replaced two outdated wire-cut EDM machines at orthopaedic implant and associated surgical instrument manufacturer MatOrtho. The new wire-erosion machine arrived at MatOrtho’s manufacturing facility in Leatherhead towards the end of March 2023, with installation performed by NCMT, the sole UK sales and service agent for Makino.

David Shand, operations director at MatOrtho, says: “The new Makino wire EDM will significantly increase our instrument production capacity compared with the two machines it replaces. Greater accuracy and speed will allow us to meet our R&D needs and support future sales. This latest significant investment comes at an important time in our transformation as we expand to meet the growing demand from our worldwide customer base.”

Selection of the Makino was due to the quality of both the machine’s build and the service received during the sales process, right through to training at NCMT’s Technical Centre in Coventry. Another important aspect was the environmentally friendly operation of the U6 HEAT, which has low running costs, particularly in respect of reduced wire consumption. Shand adds that it will help drive the company’s transition towards a net-zero carbon footprint, especially as only one EDM machine is now drawing power rather than two.

NCMT’s Jon Marshall, Makino EDM sales manager UK south, says: “The Makino U6 HEAT is geared towards high-performance production which, together with the machine’s inherent precision, makes it a perfect fit for MatOrtho’s requirements for both production and research.It’s been a pleasure dealing with Paul Clancy, the company’sproduction engineering manager, and the whole team throughout the process and we at NCMT look forward to assisting MatOrtho with its future investments.”
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