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Denis Wick blows CMZ's trumpet..
Denis Wick blows CMZ's trumpet..
Denis Wick blows CMZ's trumpet..
Denis Wick blows CMZ's trumpet..

Denis Wick blows CMZ's trumpet..

Added to MTDCNC by CMZ UK Ltd on 04 February 2015

Denis Wick became the first Trombone player with the London Symphony Orchestra in the 1960's and after travelling to the US and realising that the quality of UK instruments was inferior, the musician started to produce his own mouthpieces. Something that has since lead to a thriving business.

Denis Wick started by making mouthpieces via a subcontractor who said that making 100off was as easy as machining one. This sowed the seed and the musician then set about independently selling mouthpieces to musicians with subcontractors producing and distributors providing the ever increasing sales outlet. More recently, the company opened its own manufacturing premises with the acquisition of its first machine tool in 2010. However, the first machine could not conduct every necessary process, so in stepped CMZ UK Ltd with its TL20 MS turning centre.

The TL20 MS is fed brass bar via a Hydrafeed bar feeding unit and the main spindle conducts the primary turning tasks prior to parting-off and picking up with the sub-spindle for the machining of the mouthpiece. The extremely rigid turning centre delivers the ideal platform for high-quality surface finishes and tight tolerance machining. As would be expected with a musical instrument, aesthetics and performance are essential and the robust CMZ guarantees both for Denis Wick Ltd. The aesthetic appearance is enhanced by the high pressure through coolant facility that prevents the cutting tools from marking the surface. Furthermore, swarf is rapidly flushed from the work area to prevent wrapping around the workpiece.

By completing the components in one-hit, the manufacturer is optimising its productivity with hundreds of mouthpieces machined daily. Upon completion, the mouthpieces are collected in a parts catcher that has been supplied to ensure that the impeccable surface finishes are not damaged. Whilst the material doesn't make for a particularly demanding task, the surface finishes and form of the mouthpieces have to be first class. CMZ easily provides this with the robust and flexible turning centre.

Denis Wick Ltd was also keen to highlight that since the installation, the CMZ machine has been running continuously with minimal downtime - and that really is music to Denis Wick's ears!


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