Investing to weather the storm

Despite the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns and restrictions, Newbury-based precision subcontractor Cadmatic Engineering Services is demonstrating its resolve and ambition by investing in a new Doosan multi-tasking lathe from Mills CNC.

The 8” chuck Lynx 2100LMB is equipped with a 15 kW/4500 rpm main spindle, driven tooling capability (3.7 kW/6000 rpm), a tailstock and the latest Fanuc i series control with a 15” touchscreen. As part of the investment, the Lynx lathe also features a CNC bar puller.

Since its arrival in December 2020, the Lynx 2100LMB has been machining a range of press tool components, such as pins, pillars and shanks, for press tools used in the automotive industry. The Lynx is also machining a diverse range of press tool replacement parts, as well as associated jigs and fixtures and, increasingly, low-to-medium volume production of small, high-precision parts.

Says director and co-owner Mark Humphrey: “We needed to improve our turning capabilities but, rather than just acquire additional like-for-like capacity, we decided to invest in a compact, multi-tasking machine that, with its integrated driven tooling functionality, could machine precision parts in one hit – helping us reduce cycle times and lead times.

“I particularly like the Doosan machine’s fast turret indexing, which helps reduce cycle times, and the machine control’s 15” touchscreen, which doesn’t just look the part, but improves visibility and facilitates fast and more reliable data input,” he adds. “Mills were able to supply the Lynx lathe with a large Grippall CNC bar puller, which has enabled us to use the machine for bar work and run it unattended during the day shift.”

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