Turning: Integrated approach

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Doughty Engineering has invested in its turning section, a move that has expanded its capabilities to service a diverse range of sectors

For half a century, Doughty Engineering's product history has seen them manufacture trailers to carry dry food for supermarkets in the 1970s, machine cutting-edge construction equipment in the 1980s, and in the 1990s they ventured into the world of stage lighting brackets after being approached by a theatre. Finding other venues with similar requirements, Doughty made 100,000 units for theatres in their first year.

"We manufacture everything ourselves," explains director Stephen Wright with pride. "Our comprehensive facilities include a foundry, powder coating and polishing facilities, aluminium welding, and, of course, a state-of-the-art CNC workshop. This integrated approach gives us the capability to diversify and adapt as our needs evolve."

Prior to 2010, the turning section at Doughty Engineering’ Hampshire-based workshop relied exclusively on manual lathes.

“We wanted to improve our capabilities, so we sought advice from a machining expert. They recommended Haas.” Doughty Engineering invested in three Haas CNC turning centres, a decision that has defined their journey since.

"Haas has been an integral part of our success story," Stephen continues. "We firmly believe in staying at the forefront of technology, and Haas has helped us achieve that. Their equipment is both forward and backward compatible, sparing us the need for new tool holders and live tooling with every upgrade."

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