Until recently, all requirements for sawing at the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC) in Rotherham were undertaken by subcontractors, but this route was eventually considered to be too time consuming and expensive. It was therefore decided that the most effective solution to all the possible requirements for sawing would be to acquire an in-house sawing facility.
Although usage would be almost exclusively focussed towards research, testing, maintenance or producing samples, often in small batches, it was recognised that any new sawing facility would need to be capable of processing what are termed “exotic” materials to a high degree of accuracy.
After assessing a variety of different sawing systems from five independent suppliers, Prosaw was identified as the company most capable of delivering a cost effective and optimum system suitable for all possible applications. A WH-6056HA twin-column bandsaw was selected as the most advantageous solution and was duly installed by Prosaw engineers.
Says maintenance manager Craig Hamp: “Most of the usage of the saw is intermittent as it is normally for either cutting small batches or one-offs, so whereas volumetric throughput is not normally a prerequisite, accuracy undoubtedly is. This machine certainly fulfils that requirement, regardless of whether it is used for sawing components for maintenance purposes, testing, research or producing samples.”
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