Large-capacity VMC installed

Tamworth-based bespoke work-holding systems supplier and precision machining specialist – Brown & Holmes – has recently invested in a large-capacity Doosan three-axis vertical machining centre from Mills CNC.

The machine, a Fanuc controlled Mynx 9500, was installed at one of Brown & Holmes’ two facilities in May 2018, and is the third new Doosan machine acquired by the company in the past four years.
Brown and Holmes’ decision to invest in the Mynx 9500 was made, primarily, as a direct result of a growing order book and the anticipation of a new business contract to machine precision components for a defence sector customer. To machine the parts, made from titanium plate, to
the accuracies and surface finishes required, and hit the lead times demanded by the customer, the company realised that it needed to invest in additional in-house milling capacity.
Says Kevin Ward, Brown & Holmes’ joint managing director: “We investigated the market and discussed our requirements with a select number of machine tool suppliers.”
The new machine tool checklist drawn up by Brown & Holmes contained a number of ‘must haves’ that focused not just on technical specifications and cost, but on the quality and responsiveness of aftersales services and support.
“The Mynx 9500 is a brute of a machine, and is inherently versatile,” says Ward. “Its large working envelope means we can machine large components, as well as small parts, while its spindle technology ensures improved cycle times and the trouble-free machining of difficult-to-machine materials like titanium. The size, power and versatility of the machine makes it ideal for producing one-offs and small batches, and for parts requiring long machining runs.”
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