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Hardinge sitting pretty at blue chip Ball

Hardinge sitting pretty at blue chip Ball

Added to MTDCNC by Engineering Technology Group on 23 August 2012

Among the more unusual exhibits in the reception area at the recent Aberdeen Energy Ball was an operational Hardinge XR300 five axis machining centre that was located on the stand of event sponsor Precision OilTools Ltd.

The champagne reception at the Energy Ball - an annual highlight of the oil industry social scene and attended by many key industry figures and celebrities - is held in a exhibition area featuring displays from blue chip automotive and marine dealerships so a machine tool was bound to create a stir.

“We teamed up with Precision OilTools to celebrate our collective excellence in manufacturing and amongst the ball gowns and finery we certainly created a lot of interest,” explains Hardinge sales and marketing manager Martin Doyle. “It’s not every day you have to explain the complexities of five axis machining to a gentleman in full highland dress and his wife in a glamorous evening gown!”

The Hardinge machine featured is a top end machine from the extensive Hardinge range and has been developed to work across the spectrum from complex one-off parts through to small batch or high volume production environments. 

Established in Aberdeen in 2004, Precision OilTools offers a premium source of quality precision engineering and manufacturing services to the oil and gas sector. Offering quick turn around on hot shot requirements as well as working with customers on long term projects, the company has established a strong and loyal customer base in the sector.  These comprise major service companies in the fields of exploration, wellhead technology and intervention equipment. In particular it specialises in componentry in the size range of 3mm to 450mm.

The Energy Ball was held in the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre and has the objective of raising funds for charity.  In past years as much as £30,000 has been raised in one night, a figure they were looking to surpass in 2012.

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