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Posted on Apr the 22nd
By Melissa Baker

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Mecal High-Speed Machining Centres Accelerate Automotive Component Manufacture For Neville Precision

Neville Precision Engineering, one of the UK’s leading names in the design, prototyping and manufacture of aluminium extruded products, has taken delivery of two high-speed MECAL CNC machining centres from West Midlands-based cutting and sawing technology specialists, Addison Saws Ltd.

The machining centres – both 4-axis MECAL MC 307 Falcon models – have an X-axis traverse speed of 150 mpm and are believed to be the fastest CNC machining centres of their kind. They will be used to produce in excess of 40,000 aluminium door sill plates per year for one of the world’s premier automotive brands.

Staying ahead of the competition
“Choosing the MECAL MC 307 Falcon machines from Addison Saws has enabled us to stay well-ahead of our competitors in terms of capability and helped secure this extremely important contract,” comments Neville Precision Engineering’s Managing Director, Edward Neville. “Their purchase also underlines our commitment to regularly invest in manufacturing technology in order to remain at the leading edge.”

Technological advancements
The MECAL MC 307 Falcons purchased by Neville Precision Engineering have axis speeds which are nearly double those offered by the nearest competitor. Coupled to technological advancements, such as fibre-optic plc communication for rapid data transfer and ultra-precise absolute smart motor servo drives, they are already bringing significant benefits to the company’s production strategies. “Had we not opted for the MECAL MC 307 Falcons, we could quite easily have required three standard machines, ” adds Edward Neville.

Automatic tool measuring
To accelerate the replacement of consumable tooling, both MC 307 Falcons are equipped with automatic tool measuring. This system was retrofitted to the first Falcon CNC machining centre and then fitted as standard to the second machine. This modification to machine design demonstrates both Addison Saws’ and MECAL’s desire to create manufacturing solutions that fully meet each customer’s specific needs.

Addison Saws and MECAL also worked closely with Neville Precision Engineering to ensure that each machine’s software fully met the firm’s demanding production requirements. The second 307 Falcon was, in fact, supplied with native ISO programming to enable Neville Precision Engineering to write its own CNC code.

‘Stepped up to the mark at every stage’
“We have received excellent service from both Addison Saws and MECAL,” concludes Edward Neville. “Both organisations have stepped up to the mark at every stage of the process and certainly helped make it possible for us to win the automotive contract. Addison’s engineering and technical support has been very good and MECAL, who are very technically focused, brought their software development forward by months to meet our requirements.”

At-a-glance
The MECAL MC 307 Falcon 4-axis CNC machining centre
X-axis traverse speed of 150 mpm
5 x automatic individually motorised vices?as standard
A-axis profile rotation from +135° to -135° to work 3 sides of each component
Encoded rotation to work intermediate angles
Main spindle does all work with full use of the magazine
Full CAM 3-D software
Integration with external software
43500mm working length
Open ends to allow machining lengths up to 8000mm
Centralised 8-tool automatic magazine
Zero stops at each end to work multiple profiles
Automatic centralised lubrication system
Option for 7.5kw head and rigid tapping function

Addison Saws Ltd. Leading the way in sawing technology
Established in 1956, Addison Saws Ltd. brought a new breed of metal cutting solutions to the UK and, in doing so, created a whole new market for bandsaws and circular saws. Today, almost sixty years on, Addison Saws Ltd. continues to lead the way in metal cutting technologies and offers an extensive range of full CNC machine tools, from the world’s premier industrial machine manufacturers – all supported by uncompromising levels of customer care. The Addison Saws Ltd. product range includes everything from simple, manually operated machines to highly sophisticated, fully automated sawing lines and has recently been increased with the addition of heavy duty 3, 3+1, 4 & 5-axis long-bed multi-piece machining centres. Addison Saws Ltd. is part of the Addison Group, an organisation that also includes sawblade re-manufacturing specialist Dynashape Ltd., and tube-bending technology specialist, Tubefab.
www.addisonsaws.co.uk

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