Machining centres: Put through the mill

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Steed Webzell takes a look at a flurry of recent machining centre installations across the subcontracting, OEM and research sectors

A CNC machining centre is the mainstay of almost every modern machine shop. The speed, versatility and build quality of the latest models prove irresistible to many companies seeking genuine competitive gain.

Among this number is Beccles-based plastic packaging manufacturer Berry M&H, which uses six 3-axis vertical machining centres from Hurco to carry out the majority of its prismatic machining in the toolroom.

Although the firm dates back to 1973, the first Hurco machines, a VM10i and a VMX30i, did not arrive until 2015 when the assets of another tool-making company were acquired.

Berry M&H's tool-room manager Kurt Knights, who has been with the company for over 20 years, says: "When we started using WinMax conversational software in the Hurco control, it made shop-floor programming far easier and quicker for our operators, and simultaneously simplified training for new employees and apprentices alike.”

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