Investment helps meet 20% growth in demand

A Christchurch-based subcontract machinist has invested in the latest CNC technology to help it meet a 20% growth in orders.

Peter Day Precision Engineers, which is part of the Venture Precision Engineering Group (VPEG), has installed a Nakamura WY150 from the Engineering Technology Group (ETG).
The twin-spindle, twin-turret configuration gives the company the ability to remove a lot of secondary operations, making the overall turning process quicker for customers.
“Our work is very much around manufacturing complex machined components that have to perform in demanding environments, whether that is for aerospace, oil and gas, or the medical sector,” explains general manager Pete Makosa. “Over the past 12 months we have witnessed a 20% increase in orders, which will see the wider VPEG group break through £10m turnover this year. This, combined with a strong pipeline of future orders, means we needed additional CNC turning capabilities, so we asked long-term supplier ETG to come up with a solution.
“Our first Nakamura, a super NTJ, was installed in 2010, so we know how reliable they are and the fact they offer fast metal removal rates while still holding tight limits,” he adds. “The WY150 is a very impressive machine and has the added benefits of being twin spindle and twin turret; that was a very big plus for us.”
Peter Day, which supplies components for blue-chip customers including Curtiss Wright, Planer, Armfield and Eaton, installed the new Nakamura in June and it is already having the desired impact of releasing capacity and meeting increased volumes generated by a clutch of contract wins.
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