Two machine tools have transformed operations at automotive components supplier WOS Performance.
The company, whose products include starter motors and power supplies, needed to increase the rate at which it completed components, and was in particular need of improving its manual turning and milling capabilities.
Initially, WOS purchased an XYZ SMX 2500 bed mill; since none of its employees at the time were trained machinists, it opted to have the Prototrak control system fitted to the machine. “When we took delivery of the XYZ SMX 2500 we took one day of training, before that we didn’t even know how to switch it on,” said Luke Wos, managing director. “Within a very short space of time we were machining anything we wanted to on the machine; if we got stuck we always had XYZ at the end of the phone for back-up.”
This success meant that XYZ Machine Tools was an obvious choice for another new machine. The turning section at WOS also needed bolstering, and the company chose to purchase a ProTurn SLX 355 lathe. Also controlled by a Prototrak system, the lathe was quickly working eight hours per day within a week of being delivered.