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Empire opt for a CMZ TA20YS turning centre with both a gantry and a bar feed
Empire opt for a CMZ TA20YS turning centre with both a gantry and a bar feed
Empire opt for a CMZ TA20YS turning centre with both a gantry and a bar feed
Empire opt for a CMZ TA20YS turning centre with both a gantry and a bar feed

Empire opt for a CMZ TA20YS turning centre with both a gantry and a bar feed

Added to MTDCNC by CMZ UK Ltd on 21 October 2014

When Empire Manufacturing Ltd was looking to enhance technology levels, flexibility and reduce labour requirements at its Hoddesdon based manufacturing facility, the company opted for a TA20YS turning centre from CMZ to do just the job.

As an established sliding head turning shop, machining a vast range of products from washers, nuts and bolts, as well as fastenings and bottle tops through to highly complex and intricate components, the Hertfordshire company wanted to increase its flexibility and capability. This capability was destined to arrive in the guise of a fixed head turning centre that could machine capacities beyond the diameter range of sliding head lathes.

When looking for a new machine to complement their existing sliding head machines, Empire Manufacturing was keen to employ a machine capable of giving them an edge over their competition.
With the fixed head CNC turning market being very competitive, Empire opted to buy a CMZ turning centre with gantry loader and stocker. The ability to run the machine unmanned with the gantry loader would give the subcontractor to the aerospace, electronics, automotive, horological, perfume, cosmetic, leisure and entertainment sector, additional production without any labour content. The philosophy was that, this set-up  would bring savings to both Empire and its customers.

By requesting the TA20YS with a gantry loader and barfeed, Empire Manufacturing has broken the mould, as most end users usually opt for a gantry or a barfeeder. However, flexibility and maximum versatility was the key reason behind Empire Manufacturing's decision.

The CMZ gantry can be fitted with a head suitable for billets or a head for short bars. The ability to load  billets up to 280mm diameter and 10kg in weight, has drastically cut labour intensity and input for the manufacturer.

Since the recent installation, Empire Manufacturing's ability to  automatically load the CMZ TA20YS is already bringing significant savings with increased production hours and enhanced productivity levels.

The innovative gantry system at Empire is very flexible. It can be used to load and unload the parts from the stocker. It can also be used to unload parts that were made from bar. So, finished parts can be neatly stacked on the stocker for the operator to unload as required. This machine is also fitted with a parts-catcher and conveyor for optimum versatility. An innovative combination that has been a revelation for the Hertfordshire company.


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