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DMG/Mori Seiki cutting and grinding machines are helping to ensure reliable production at BEL Valves’ Newcastle upon Tyne factory.

BEL Valves, a subsidiary of British Engines, manufactures bespoke gate, ball, check, HIPPS, needle, double-isolation and globe valves for subsea and surface oil and gas applications where pressures can reach 20,000psi.

The company now owns two SL2500s, three NL2500s, three NL3000s, one SL603, two NVX5100s, three NZX2000s and one Taiyo Koki vertical grinder and is about to take delivery of an NZX4000.

Key benefits of product application

  • According to Jonathan Lamb, group production director at BEL Valves, the company chose DMG/Mori Seiki machines based on their build quality.
  • Lamb explained that the slideways on the NL machines are 30 per cent wider than on conventional machines, that the torsional rigidity is 100 per cent better than on previous models and that spindle rigidity is 50 per cent greater.
  • The damping capability of the DMG/Mori Seiki machines is said to produce a better result during BEL Valves’ demanding, 12mm-deep grooving operations.
  • The high-output motor on the rigid machinery offers plenty of torque at low speed, enabling the company to use its power to the full.
  • DMG/Mori Seiki achieves an average response time of 0.8 days and spare parts are delivered from its Stuttgart facility by the next day 95 per cent of the time; Lamb said that the service BEL Valves gets from DMG/Mori Seiki is very good and much better than that offered by most machine-tool companies.

MORI SEIKI with its head offices in Nagoya, Japan, is a pioneer in machine tool building. Founded in 1948 the company has launched more than one hundred different lathe and machining centre series over the years, all NC / CNC models. In total more than 180.000 machines have been produced.

Products from MORI SEIKI are manufactured on the basis of a solid development policy. As manufacturer of machine tools the company has developed a wide range of CNC lathes, machining centres, and multi-axis lathes. Complete solution is the key phrase, as support throughout the full lifecycle of machines is paramount to MORI SEIKI.

MORI SEIKI machines are produced in Japanese production factories Iga, Nara and Chiba, as well as in its production location at Dixi machines in Le Locle, Switzerland. The French company TOBLER SAS – specialists in precise clamping mandrels and clamping tools – also belongs to the Mori Seiki group.

MORI SEIKI has over 90 sales and service technical centres worldwide.

Recent years have seen the company’s dedication in Europe get off to a good start. Various sites have been set up and further expanded. The European training centre is located in the Stuttgart Technical Centre. Here customers, employees and business partners from all over Europe can be trained in extremely well equipped conditions.

We also have a centralised spare parts department in Europe, which has over 23.290 parts in stock, ensuring quicker and more efficient spare parts delivery.

Precision, performance and productivity: that is PURE TECHNOLOGY from MORI SEIKI.


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