MicroLoc invests as business soars in the UK, Europe and Globally
Who said manufacturing your own product in the UK and selling to the domestic, European and Global market was no longer profitable, certainly not Managing Director, Mike Jenness of UK Workholding Specialist MicroLoc.
Operating out of a modest facility in the heart of Cambridgeshire, Micron Workholding design and manufacture one of the World's most accurate and flexible Workholding products. The MicroLoc system equips machine tools with an efficient clamping system that not only saves engineers time but also ensures they deliver accuracy on their part manufacture time after time.
The MicroLoc clamping system comes in various sizes and adaptations and is positioned via keyways to a machining centre/milling machine table. It then serves to provide an accurate, repeatable clamping area that can accomodate square, rectangular, round and irregular shaped components regardless of size.
So when we asked Mike Jenness why do Engineers buy MicroLoc instead of normal vice systems, he told us;
'MicroLoc is far easier to set and offers a lot more options to the user. Once they have a MicroLoc baseplate on their machine tool, they can set all their components within seconds, knowing exactly where they are on the table. Datum setting and programming part positions is instant as operators can rely on the accuracy of the MicroLoc precision ground baseplate working in conjunction with the location points.'
Following years of growth MicroLoc have recently invested in a new Matsuura Horizontal machining centre which was procured to keep up with demand from UK, European and Global sales. The Matsuura H-Plus 300 PC5 is a multi pallet horizontal machining centre, with a 15K spindle and 120 tool piece capacity.
Matt Jenness heads up sales for all markets and predicts continual growth over the next 24 months, this being one of the reasons for the recent substantial machine tool investment.
'This is a big investment for our company but without it we would simply not be able to keep up with product demand. This machine will initially run 18 hours a day, 6 days a week producing the vices and locators for the MicroLoc product. We've seen healthy growth year on year for over 5 years now and I don't see this curtailing. I spend alot of time travelling the World visiting our distributors and it's pleasing to witness similar bouyant market conditions all around the four corners of the globe'
Explaining why Matsuura was the machine tool of choice, Matt continues..
'There were a few simple reasons why we opted for the Matsuura, these included, machine footprint size, machine control system, machine speed and machine reputation. So far the investment has been a complete success'