WADDELL Engineering recently purchased a Makino D300 vertical machining centre to minimise set-up times for its die machining processes.
The company is a precision CNC machining firm which specialises in highly accurate dies and tooling for the brass forging industry and precision componentry for the food processing, prototype development and aftermarket automotive industries.
According to David Waddell, founder of Waddell Engineering, the firm was looking to improve existing efficiencies and turn around times. The D300 is now dedicated to all its die work.
“It has a 12-station pallet stacker with multiple fixtures, large capacity ATC (124 tools) and all associated software to support unmanned operation,” Waddell explained.
“We have set up the machine so we can put the die on and assign the program and the machine runs itself. We can have a new job set up within 10 minutes, which means really fast turn around times for our customers.”
“It means our other machines can now tackle other work and allow our business to grow and diversify.”
The D300 was purchased based on Waddell Engineering’s experience with the Makino D500, and the support from local distributor Headland Machinery and Makino.