Pressco Precision – 25 years of investing in Haas

In 1992, Dublin-based Pressco Precision Engineering purchased its first Haas machine, a VF-0 vertical machining centre, followed by a VF-1 two years later. Both machines are still a regular part of the production process and continue to hold tolerance.

Today, Pressco is a global company supplying to some of the biggest life-science companies in the world. Around 40% of work is in the healthcare sector, with much going to mainland Europe and the USA. Aerospace makes up 25%, reaching as far as China and South America. Central to this growth is the company’s relationship with Haas, with the business currently operating 23 Haas machines. In 2015 Pressco invested in a VF-5SS Super Speed vertical machining centre, followed by a UMC-750SS Super Speed five-axis machining centre in February 2017.
“Multi-axis is the future,” says the company’s Stephen Hayes. “We’ve moved up the food chain of customers and are now considered tier 1 by our major clients. Using Haas machines has cut down our handling times and reduced costs, allowing us to be more competitive when quoting.
“The 15,000 rpm UMC-750SS has halved our cycle times,” he adds. “Its full simultaneous five-axis motion is perfect for cutting complex components for our healthcare customers. Moreover, the ability to cut five faces in a single set-up means we load once and the part is finished.
It cuts the labour right down.”
First attracted by the competitive price of Haas, Hayes says it is the high level of service that brings them back each time: “The machines are very reliable, but if there is an issue, the engineer and parts arrive next day.”
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