Standfast Precision invests in a Vulcan VMC

Located in Moray, northeast Scotland, subcontractor Standfast Precision Engineering continually invests in machine tools to serve its clients in the offshore and whisky distillery sectors. The company’s latest investment is a Vulcan 710L VMC supplied by the Engineering Technology Group (ETG), a machine that featuresa 4thaxis Lehmann rotary unit.

Company owner and director Graham Wilson says: “We had a small bed three-axis machine with a rotary unit, but the compact work area was limited by the 4thaxis unit. We could only process very small parts or would have to transfer components to our larger bed machines, disrupting our workflow and creating capacity issues.

“We reviewed the market, looking for a machine with a Siemens CNC in a short lead time, as our workload was ramping up,” he continues.“ETG provided the solution with the Vulcan 710L VMC, and it’s been a tremendous asset.”

With the space in the Vulcan, Standfast Precision can fit the 4th axis unit and a tailstock to stabilise larger parts. Operators program parts at the machine: the Siemens CNC has a large touchscreen interface that improves programming speed by at least 30%. The company typically produces batches from 10 to 20 off, so it can program 10 to 20 jobs every week with programs taking from 15 minutes to a couple of hours.The saving in programming time is therefore significant.

“We needed a machine with a particular specification for our requirements that was going to deliver reliability and performance,” says Wilson.“The Vulcan machine has more capacity, more torque, a streamlined 4thaxis unit and it provides the space for us to machine relatively large parts in either a three-axis or four-axis set-up.”

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