Tees Components is investing in a second £500,000 CNC boring mill from Sheffield-based Ward CNC as it looks to double capacity. The family-run heavy-engineering firm, based in Skelton, near Saltburn, has ordered a heavy-duty Hyundai Wia KBN135CL, which is due to be installed shortly. An identical machine arrived at the firm’s CNC machining facility in 2016.
Used for CNC boring and milling, the machine is capable of producing extremely large parts due to the extent of its axes (4 x 2 x 2 m) and rotary table loading capability.
Sharon Lane, managing director of Tees Components, says: “Our existing large KBN borer has already proved itself a highly reliable and accurate machine for the precision machining of components weighing up to 20 tonnes. It has been put through its paces on a variety of castings, forgings and fabrications for the energy sector.
“Adding an additional machine enables us to increase capacity and meet growing demand for our services,” she continues. “This new equipment, coupled with Ward CNC technical service support and engineering competence, means we can satisfy the exacting delivery schedules our clients demand.”
The KBN has a one-piece, heavy-duty cast-iron bed and ground box guideways, which provides high accuracy through greater rigidity. A three-speed high-torque main spindle also features. The machine’s table load accommodates 20 tonnes, while the X axis is 4000 mm and the W axis is 700 mm.
Stuart Lawson, head of strategic accounts and projects at Ward CNC says: “We supplied Tees Components’ current horizontal boring mill two years ago and it’s a testament to its quality and precision that the company is now investing in a second identical machine.”
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