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XYZ takes 2-OP on tour
XYZ takes 2-OP on tour

XYZ takes 2-OP on tour

Added to MTDCNC by XYZ Machine Tools on 21 July 2015

XYZ Machine Tools recently took its innovative 2-OP portable vertical machining centre on tour, demonstrating the concept of the machine to more than 70 companies over a series of five one day events. The reaction from those companies was extremely positive, with all of them ‘getting’ the concept, several placing machine orders on the spot, and many more generating extremely strong enquiries that will lead to further machine sales.

With improving the UK’s productivity a hot topic at present, this was a perfect opportunity to introduce potential customers to the significant benefits that the portability and versatility of the XYZ 2-OP can bring to the typical sub-contract engineering company. Key to these benefits is the fact that when used in conjunction with existing machines, the XYZ 2-OP creates a highly productive cellular manufacturing capability.

'It was great to see that virtually everyone that attended the roadshow events immediately got the concept of 2-OP, in particular the versatility that it can bring to a conventional machine shop through the advantage of increased productivity that cellular manufacturing brings. Cellular manufacturing up to now has been out of reach for those businesses producing small to medium batch sizes, the XYZ 2-OP changes all of that,' says Nigel Atherton, Managing Director, XYZ Machine Tools. Due to the XYZ 2-OP’s small footprint of just 1220 mm by 760 mm and weighing just 1100 kg it can be located, using the supplied pallet truck, to anywhere it is needed. By moving the XYZ 2-OP to the work, not the other way around it creates a terrific opportunity to reduce the labour content of every component, irrespective of batch size, and free up valuable spindle time on other machines.

During the five one-day 2-OP tour events, that took place at XYZ's showrooms in Livingstone, Blackburn, Nuneaton, Waltham Abbey and Burlescombe, six XYZ 2-Ops were ordered. In addition enquiries were taken that XYZ estimates will lead to a further ten machines being ordered in the very near future.  'Since its introduction the XYZ 2-OP has proved very popular, and the reassurance that we are getting from every customer we speak to about the possibilities that it opens up fully justifies the time and cost invested in developing the 2-OP concept,' says Nigel Atherton.

Visit the XYZ Machine Tools website and watch the 2-OP video www.xyzmachinetools.com

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