Manufacturing capacity doubled

British luxury watch manufacturer Bremont made the most of a strategic partnership between Sandvik Coromant and DMG Mori as it introduced a turnkey manufacturing cell to double capacity at its factory in Henley-on-Thames.

High demand and the launch of six new watch designs meant that Bremont’s production capacity had to be increased, leading the company to purchase a DMG Mori NTX 1000 turn-mill machine equipped with tool packages from Sandvik Coromant.

DMG Mori’s NTX 1000 is equipped with a magazine for 38 Coromant Capto tools, with the option of expanding the capacity up to 76. The machine is suitable for turning and high-speed milling in five axes, simultaneously.

Frederick Shortt (application technician at DMG Mori) and his development team created and simulated the NC programs with Vericut software.
“Together with Sandvik Coromant we optimised all of the programs in such a way that as few tools as possible are required,” he says. In other words, Bremont only bought the tools it really needed. As this all took place before installation, Bremont was able to start producing from day one.

“This joint optimisation meant that any teething problems were reduced to a minimum and the investment quickly paid-off for Bremont,” adds James Rhys-Davies, strategic relations director, northern Europe at Sandvik Coromant.

Malcolm Kent, production manager at Bremont, says: “We produce very complex parts with tolerances of 3 to 5 µm, where quality and precision are of paramount importance. Thanks to the NTX 1000 in combination with Sandvik Coromant tools, the processes are absolutely trouble-free.”

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