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Pennine Tools Aerospace has purchased a Mazak Integrex 200-IV S multi-tasking machine tool from Yamazaki Mazak.

Pennine Tools Aerospace is a specialist in the supply of precision components to the commercial and military aerospace sectors.

It recently invested £250,000 in a Mazak Integrex 200-IV S multi-tasking machine tool from Yamazaki Mazak.

Pennine Tools Aerospace is an approved supplier to Airbus, GKN and BAE Systems, for which it has a five-year rolling contract to supply civil-aircraft spare parts.

Pennine Tools Aerospace recently signed up for Tranche 3 of the Eurofighter programme.

Bruce Meldrum, founder of Pennine Tools Aerospace, said: ‘Our original Mazak lathe is still running seven-days a week, producing good-quality components.’

Pennine bought this first machine to replace a number of manual machines being used to produce batches of spindles for yarn-tufting machines.

At the time, each spindle took 50 minutes to produce.

The quality and performance of the Mazak machine reduced this cycle time to 20 minutes.

From this simple two-axis lathe, Pennine Tools Aerospace moved on to Mazak machines with driven tooling and the benefits of these led to the purchase of the Integrex.

Pennine Tool Aerospace is also developing its working practices in association with The North West Aerospace Alliance’s Aerospace Supply Chain of Excellence programme.

This programme, participation in which is by invitation only, is helping to raise standards throughout the supply chain and safeguard the future of the UK’s aerospace industry.

Yamazaki Mazak Ltd

Yamazaki Mazak is the world’s largest manufacturer of computer controlled (CNC) metal-cutting machines. With over 260 different models, the Mazak product range includes CNC lathes, machining centres, multi-tasking machines and flexible manufacturing systems as well as laser processing machines.

Machine tools are called “Mother Machine” because they relate to the manufacturing of almost every product around us and are very important in supporting the base of “world manufacturing.” Our mission as a machine tool maker is to enrich people’s lives and contribute to society by developing and providing high performance machine tools that can produce high accuracy work in a short time.

We were among the first to start foreign production as a Japanese machine tool maker. Following the establishment of Mazak Corporation in the USA, we expanded our production base worldwide to include the UK, Singapore and China, as well as further expanding our Japanese manufacturing operations. We are the only machine tool maker to have established a global production system. With these local plants, we have been able to provide high quality service and have built strong relationships based on mutual trust with customers from all over the world.

True to the Yamazaki principle of supporting the customer locally, Mazak’s European Manufacturing plant, in Worcester UK, opened in June 1987 and was immediately recognised as the most advanced machine tool manufacturing plant in Europe. The factory has expanded three times since then and now offers over 29,000m2

This is a complete machine tool manufacturing plant. Mazak machines the components that go to make its spindles, turrets, tool magazines and Mazak even manufactures its own sheet metal covers. As with all Mazak manufacturing plants, the most rigorous practices and Kaizen programmes ensure continuous improvement.

Serving all of Europe’s markets, more than 80% of the machine tools built in Worcester are exported from the UK into Europe. More than 17,000 Mazak machines have been manufactured here so far and this number continues to grow every day.

Mazak European Manufacturing Plant is recognised for its factory automation, technology and overall management practices. Selected as one of the “Top Ten Companies in the World” by the Swedish Royal Academy of Science and Technology underscores this worldwide reputation.

As with all Mazak factories, this facility comprises a variety of flexible manufacturing systems, consisting of machining centres, multi-tasking CNC lathes, and a sheet metal FMS – all designed for unmanned operation.

The plant benefits from highly skilled employees who are committed to continuous improvement through the 25 “Kaizen” teams in operation.

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