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AJAX heads for a record year

AJAX heads for a record year

Added to MTDCNC by Ajax on 18 November 2014

UK sales in quarters 2 and 3 were double the same period last year and the recent winning of orders to supply one machine a month to a new toolroom of a major automotive group will take Ajax International Machine Tools into record trading for 2014.

Said Managing Director William Savin: 'While our export machine tool sales have remained steady at around £1.5 million, our new ‘Made in UK’ machine introductions are boosting sales which has led us to employ an additional two engineers. These appointments increase our technical capability and are now helping us to develop further new machines.'  As Mr Savin maintains, growth in Ajax’s sales has enabled his company to become a major user in the UK of Heidenhain CNC control systems for its CNC machining centres and bedmills.

Ajax is launching its AJCBM 720 Bedmill which will sell for under £20,000 and is built at the Lymington headquarters. It has axis travels of 720 mm by 380 mm by 500 mm and includes Fagor 8055M, a fully conversational colour control with ISO G-code.  The AJCBM 720 can also be specified with Heidenhain TNC 320 or Siemens Sinumeric 828D controls for under £23,000.  As Mr Savin explained: 'Ajax has worked with Fagor for some 25 years and the inclusion of the 8055 control has made the bedmill a very affordable piece of equipment.'  Each machine will be calibrated by Ajax during installation, using its Renishaw QC20-W Ballbar and XL80 Laser systems and will be sold with a 2 year warranty.

Also on the stocks for release is the new four machine range of V.550 to V.1000 vertical machining centres, again with control options from Heidenhain with the TNC 320, Siemens 828D and Fanuc 0i /Mate-MD. The V.550, has 550 mm by 400 mm by 500 mm strokes and 36 m/min rapids starting at under £34,000 and the V.1000 with capacity of 1,000 mm by 500 mm by 500 mm sells for under £44,000.

The Ajax Evolution lathe range which starts at £21,000 for the EV180 with 180 mm centre height, 42 mm bore, 750 mm between centres and Fanuc 0i/ Mate-TD control, is the smallest in the range of six machine frame sizes up to EV500 with 500 mm centre height, 130 mm bore and up to 5,000 mm between centres.  With an eight-station, turret this largest machine in the series costs less than £80,000.

With a vast array of turning, milling grinding, sawing, drilling, workholding and accessories in the company equipment portfolio, Ajax is winning turnkey contracts using its single source capability for toolrooms, workshops and in particular training schools.  Said Mr Savin: 'Not only are we taking complete turnkey responsibility with our own build and known products from our international agencies, but we are also providing the complete ‘fit-out’.  This is giving customers greater confidence than using a central contractor which then has to source from any number of outside suppliers.'

A recent Ajax supplied package to Walsall College involved a machine plus 20 seats of Heidenhain’s Interactive Training (HIT). The HIT system, working in conjunction with the programming station software enables users to watch on-screen demonstrations. After each level, users can take interactive tests to measure their knowledge and understanding of the project.

A further example of the training packages now available through Ajax is one based on its new AJCBM 720 Bedmill and AJEV 180 by 750 CNC lathe.  Both machines include basic tooling and workholding and use Siemens 828D controls with 12 seats of Shopmill and Shopturn programming. This package sells for under £48,000.


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