Sealing a record year of investment

Northampton-based Scot Bennett Engineering, which supplies milled and turned parts to the automotive, agricultural, lighting and industrial sectors, has purchased its second Nakamura AS200LMYS from the Engineering Technology Group (ETG) to help it cope with a 16% increase in demand.

The single turret, 15-station live tool and twin-spindle machine will reduce cycle times by up to 25%, as well as remove secondary operations on more than 40 different product lines.
As an investment, the machine gives the company extra capacity with its milling work, capacity that will soon be used on a number of projects – including aftermarket motorcycle absorbers for an export customer.
“The Nakamura is a high-quality machine and delivers the precision, speed and flexibility that we need,” explains Rob Bennett, who took over the business from his father in 2010. “We already have an AS200 on the shop floor and know, first-hand, what it can give. This second machine will provide us with extra milling capacity and we’ve made sure that the machine has been configured exactly the same, with the same work holding and software. By doing this, we’ve removed the need for any extra training, while accelerating the installation process.”
Jon Mannion, regional sales manager at ETG, adds: “Nakamura is a very popular choice for subcontact machinists and it’s not difficult to see why. The ability to mill and turn on the same machine, with live tooling delivering a 6,000 rpm spindle, is a real game changer for firms who want speed and the ability to manufacture complex components.”
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