Production Engineering, Tooling & Machinery

A Rugged Solution for tough alloys

A direct-drive spindle motor and linear guideways on a milling centre enable high speed metalcutting, but that configuration does not lend itself to efficient machining of highly alloyed nickels like Inconel or Duplex and Super Duplex stainless steels. A gearbox drive and box ways are more appropriate, but they are difficult to find on smaller, C-frame, vertical machining centres (VMCs).

Diamonds are your best friend

While nobody can envisage what the world market for PCD tooling will be, it is certain to grow – especially as the use of carbon fibre and carbon aluminium ‘stacks’ increases in the aerospace and automotive sectors.

Twice as Productive!

Established in 1892 and employing more than 200 staff, family-run firm Thomas Graham & Sons, now in its fifth generation, operates a multi-faceted business in Carlisle. One division is devoted to steel stockholding, which has seen a significant rise in cutting capacity following the purchase of a new KASTOwin 4.6 bandsaw built by Kasto, Germany and supplied through its Milton Keynes subsidiary.

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