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Ward CNC has supplied a Soraluce FL-8000 travelling column, floor-type CNC milling centre to Precision sub-contractor Barker Collins.

The continual investment strategy at Barker Collins is the foundation for the consistent supply of quality workpieces for customers in industry sectors such as power generation, earth moving, nuclear, defence, transport, minerals and mining, as well as excavation and construction.

Today, armed with additional large-capacity CNC milling/boring machining capability, the company is staking a claim in the oil and gas industry, supplying a range of components including whipstocks, stabilisers, cans and reamers for drilling, pipeline tooling, pumps and valves and seabed fastening systems.

The Soraluce FL-8000 travelling column, floor-type CNC milling centre, supplied by Ward CNC, is part of the company’s progressive investment plan – in this case primarily for oil and gas components.

With a floor plate working surface area of 8000mm by 1500mm and X-, Y- and Z-axis of 7,500mm by 1400mm by 1000mm, the FL-8000 can accommodate the extra-long components required for drilling workpieces, such as whipstocks.

‘We have a good pedigree of supplying a range of both shaft-type and prismatic components to oil and gas customers on a secondary supply basis,’ said managing director Chris Carter.

‘But this machine will now enable customers to capitalise fully on the benefits of direct supply,’ he added.

The Soraluce has joined a host of high-specification machines on the expansive shopfloor, including a series of models that Ward CNC has supplied over the years including: Sacem MSMG 125, Kuraki KBM-11-A and KBT 13DX and Giddings and Lewis A110RT boring and milling machines; a Hartford Pro 1000AG vertical machining centre; a Marufuku OFC55 five-face machining centre; and Asquith Butler LE5000 and Butler HE travelling column CNC milling centres.

Commonality of machine control systems (Fanuc and Heidenhain) complement common tooling libraries and offsets that help the company gain every possible time advantage integral to its development of ‘smart machining’ methods.

‘Ward CNC not only supplies the type of machines we need, the company adopts a very professional approach, taking pride in its products and in the way the machines are installed and supported,’ said Carter.

‘We altered the standard specification of the FL-8000 to include, for instance, a machining head capable of 1,000 degree positioning/movement; we wanted an extended warranty and we needed the machine quickly.

‘Ward listened and came up with a package that met all those requirements,’ he added.

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