As a result, its machining capability required a rapid injection of capacity. Support came in the shape of XYZ Machine Tools, through its offer of a machine loan to those companies aiding the NHS with the supply of components for ventilators and associated equipment.

Loughborough-based JRE Precision’s oxygen regulators feed the main circuits in hospitals, which then feed through to ventilators. Each of these regulators allows 3,000 litres of oxygen to be delivered per minute and, typically, JRE Precision would supply around 100 units/year. Covid-19 saw a major increase in demand, with 70 units required in just two-three weeks.

Explains John Evans, managing director JRE Precision: “At the same time as receiving this order, we were also tasked with producing a prototype of a unit that, once approved, would require production of 30,000 units as quickly as possible. Therefore, we were extremely grateful for the provision of a loan machine from XYZ Machine Tools, with no strings attached.”

Evans had free choice from XYZ Machine Tools’ extensive range and settled on the XYZ TC 320LTY turning centre with Y-axis and live tooling capability. The order was placed on 9 April; delivery, installation and training were completed by 16 April.

“I was overwhelmed by the support offered from XYZ Machine Tools and the speed at which they delivered and installed the machine, so that production could commence as soon as possible,” concludes Evans.

Machine delivery at JRE