Turning: Future thinking

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Precision engineering company Quickits grows its capabilities; Harris RCS Precision Engineering ramps up production through new investment; Popular lathe designed for increased functionality; and Arturn Precision Engineering Ltd gets installs a new sliding head turning centre

Increasing capabilities and productivity is something most businesses are looking to achieve and ensure growth. Sutton in Ashfield based precision engineering company Quickits has developed a market-leading position in the manufacture and supply of valve mounting kits and fabricated brackets for customers across the valve and actuator industry.

Its capabilities cover all aspects of manufacturing from laser profiling, press brakes, fabrication, welding, paint and powder coating and, an extensive machine shop equipped almost entirely with machines from XYZ Machine Tools.

That machining capacity was recently added to when Quickits became the first customer to take delivery of an XYZ SS 65 sub-spindle turning centre. The machine was introduced to the XYZ Machine Tools range following input from customers, who were looking for increased productivity and reduced spindle downtime, customers such as Quickits.

Group managing director Rob Smith explains: “The decision to purchase the XYZ SS 65 was driven by the need to eliminate some of the double handling of our components, mainly the couplings that we produce. With the XYZ SS 65 we can now produce components complete without the need to finish machine them on another machine.

“With the bar feed we can run this machine continuously day and night with components fully machined once they drop into the parts catcher. In the short space of time that we have had the machine we are already seeing an increase in productivity.”

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