Machine investment set to create jobs

Derby-based Riverside Medical Packaging, which has tapped into the capabilities of the Engineering Technology Group for a Quaser MV 184 PH to help support a ramp up in volumes and ensure its machining shop can meet growing demand from customers in the UK, EU,
India and Israel.

Riverside, a healthcare packaging specialist, is targeting up to 40 additional jobs and looking to more than quadruple sales of its ‘shawpak’ thermoforming machinery as the medical sector strives for more cost effective packaging solutions. The company has invested nearly £100,000 in developing a turnkey solution for the Quaser vertical machining centre, which utilises novel spindle technology, the latest Heidenhain controls, a newly developed grease replenishing system and two touch probe measuring systems from Blum-Novotest.
“As part of the expansion, we needed a vertical machining centre that offered us speed, accuracy and the ability to easily set and manufacture a variety of parts for use in our ‘shawpak’ machines,” states works and engineering director Alan Wade.” After much consideration and searching the sector for the best option, we decided on the Quaser MV 184 PH. It took just six weeks to get the machine into our Derby facility, signed off and producing various parts in volumes ranging from 2000 to more than 35,000 per annum. The MV 184 PH comes with greater memory, the latest Heidenhain controls and a grease replenishing system that makes lights-out manufacturing relatively easy.”
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