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James Heal makes a significant investment in CNC Machinery

James Heal makes a significant investment in CNC Machinery

Added to MTDCNC by DMG MORI on 18 August 2016

An investment of over £150,000 into a new CNC Machining Centre, in the James Heal Machine Shop, will improve quality, reduce production time and positively impact capacity in readiness for growth.

James Heal, a manufacturer of textile testing machinery, based in Halifax, West Yorkshire, has invested in a new high-precision CNC Lathe to improve and grow its Machine Shop capabilities. The DMG MORI NLX2500SY/700 is billed as a machine that ‘achieves powerful turning capabilities and outstanding milling performance’, enabling operators’ to perform machining of various workpieces, from simple up to complex shaped components with one easy operation.

Components which would previously have been made on two separate machines can now be completed on one, positively impacting cycle and setup times, significantly reducing the hours involved. James Heal prides itself in manufacturing complete instruments from the component level, and the new lathe will mainly be used on its flagship instrument the Martindale, an abrasion and pilling tester, primarily used for textiles.

This investment is an important factor in the growth of the company, increasing the capacity and flexibility of its manufacturing arm. The already high quality of its manufactured components will be improved upon, underpinning James Heal’s position as a leader in the testing marketing. It also promises exciting developments for customers, as its designs can now incorporate more complex components, all of which will be made in house.

Owen Wantling, James Heal Manufacturing Manager says ‘The introduction of the new lathe into this department will drastically cut down setup time, which will allow operators to train on other areas. It is an investment in the quality and efficiency of our components, as well as in a more flexible workforce’.

Amanda McLaren, James Heal Managing Director says ‘This investment is another indicator of James Heal’s long term commitment to all of its stakeholders, as we continue to move forward with our ambitious growth programme. 

We consistently set the standard in our field of textile testing and this investment allows us to further develop our machinery designs, in order to support the requirements of the end user. 

This investment in the DMG MORI NLX2500SY/700 was wholly backed by our owners, Battery Ventures, based in Boston, who provide an ongoing level of financial commitment to our business, which underpins our growth plans for the years ahead. 

We are also delighted with the on time arrival of the lathe and the support and professionalism offered to us by DMG MORI.’

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