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Hartford VMC is key to production at Nuclear Engineering Services

Hartford VMC is key to production at Nuclear Engineering Services

Added to MTDCNC by TW Ward CNC Machinery Ltd on 01 July 2014

A Hartford vertical machining centre is playing a key production role at the Wolverhampton site of Nuclear Engineering Services (NES), a world leader in the manufacture and project management of nuclear new-build and decommissioning plant, as well as equipment for the defence sector.

Installed by T W Ward CNC Machinery (Ward CNC) as part of a four-machine cell, the Hartford HCMC-13AG is successfully being used to machine a variety of bespoke and complex components in a host of different materials, including specialist alloys, for the nuclear industry.

With a table size of 1,450 mm by 800 mm, plus X, Y and Z axes travels of 1,300 mm, 800 mm and 660 mm, respectively, as well as a 26 kW spindle motor that produces 6,000 revs/min and a 32-tool automatic tool magazine, the machine can accommodate loads of 1,600m kgs and is well-equipped to cope with the wide range of workpieces demanded by NES to satisfy the needs of its blue-chip customer base.

The vertical machining centre sits alongside a Soraluce SM10000 travelling column milling machine, a Hyundai-Wia KBN-135 horizontal boring and milling machine, and a Hyundai-Wia L300CM CNC lathe with C axis and driven tools – a quartet of machines that have been supplied and installed by Ward CNC to further strengthen NES’s broad machining capabilities at the site that boasts 55-tonne crane capacity as well as extensive lay-down and assembly areas.

According to NES, the Ward CNC-supplied machines 'were an excellent proposition as they met both our technical specifications and had an attractive cost advantage'. The company added: 'Having examined a number of machines on the market and the package that Ward CNC could provide, including service support, it made complete sense to deal with the one supplier'.

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