https://cdn.mtdcnc.global/cnc/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/16173808/46-IMG_7769-960x500.jpg
    Machining

    Subcontractor gets spark from HK Technologies

    • By HK Technologies Ltd
    • July 16, 2020
    • 4 minute read

    Working predominantly in the nuclear industry, special purpose machinery and low-volume production subcontract segments, Matrix Precision Engineering Ltd is a subcontract machine shop that offers a complete range of machining services. To fulfil its commitment to customers and bring more work in-house to have complete quality control and autonomy, the Thatcham Company has invested in a wire EDM machine from HK Technologies.

    The machine shop at Matrix Precision Engineering Ltd offers a full complement of three and 5-axis CNC machining centres and turning centres, so MTD magazine asks Julian Paice why the company ventured down the route to invest in an EDM machine: “We decided as a company to get into EDM machining, as we felt we needed the facility to do this in-house. We were subcontracting-out a particular component regularly, we needed to enhance our abilities in-house to either take on new types of work or enhance our choices of how we would manufacture some of our difficult to machine components, and EDM machining was the way forward.”

    To this end, the company specified a Mitsubishi MV2400S wire EDM machine from HK Technologies. Explaining this purchasing decision, Julian said: “HK Technologies and Mitsubishi were one of several options I had. I went to the MACH show in 2018 and had a look at the full range from all the exhibiting suppliers, knowing full well that I wanted a new EDM machine. Within an hour it was blatantly obvious that HK Technologies and Mitsubishi were the way forward for me and my company. The level of service and support that they offered, and the quality of the machines seemed to stand out, but HK Technologies definitely could ‘hold our hand’ as we were new to the market. This was critical to us as we didn’t know how we were going to use the machines to our best advantage, so the level of service they offered us won the deal.”

    Commenting upon the subsequent months since the machine installation, Julian tells MTD: “The journey has been very good. With the support from HK Technologies and Mitsubishi, every job that comes along, we get the support. The potential of the machine is massive, and we still haven’t used it to its full potential. Looking at the new control that we’ve had with the machine, some brand-new features on there give us remote access and diagnostics. Additionally, applications can be supported by the HK Technologies office and this is a massive benefit to us, as we get the help and support immediately when we call up. Furthermore, for our engineers, there is a new feature that has all the tutorials, manuals, programming help and questions and answers. These are huge steps forward with the new software from Mitsubishi and it is very well received by my engineers.”

    Digging a little deeper into the machine and giving reference to specific features, Julian says: “We bought the high-spec version of this machine to future proof our business in the markets we were moving into. We bought the biggest machine that we could fit within our workshop, so we had the biggest possible footprint and with all the extras, we believe we have future-proofed against any tricky jobs that may come in, in the future.”

    With the Newbury company’s staff being new to EDM, MTD magazine asked how the staff have made the transition to EDM? On this point, Julian says: “The transition from conventional machining for some of my engineers into EDM programming has been steady progress, as we wouldn’t have been able to do it without the help of Mitsubishi and HK Technologies. With the ease of programming and the new software that is on the machine, it has been a comfortable transition and our engineers tell me that they love the new system, as it is quite easy to progress with an entirely new programming system.”

    From the interview with Matrix Precision, it was evident that HK Technologies and Mitsubishi had made some bold claims and promises. The machine now being operational for 12 months, Julian is well-positioned to comment, concluding: “The promises made to us by Mitsubishi and HK Technologies were the reason that I bought the machine. They committed to an impressive level of support once the machine was in our workshop, the promises have been held, the support has been fantastic, we are learning every day and we are bringing in new work and facing new challenges every day. The level and the quality of the support has been fantastic, and they have certainly kept their word on that aspect.”

    https://cdn.mtdcnc.global/cnc/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/16173808/46-IMG_7769-960x500.jpg

    Subcontractor gets spark from HK Technologies

    Working predominantly in the nuclear industry, special purpose machinery and low-volume production subcontract segments, Matrix Precision Engineering Ltd is a subcontract machine shop that offers a complete range of machining services. To fulfil its commitment to customers and bring more work in-house to have complete quality control and autonomy, the Thatcham Company has invested in a wire EDM machine from HK Technologies.

    The machine shop at Matrix Precision Engineering Ltd offers a full complement of three and 5-axis CNC machining centres and turning centres, so MTD magazine asks Julian Paice why the company ventured down the route to invest in an EDM machine: “We decided as a company to get into EDM machining, as we felt we needed the facility to do this in-house. We were subcontracting-out a particular component regularly, we needed to enhance our abilities in-house to either take on new types of work or enhance our choices of how we would manufacture some of our difficult to machine components, and EDM machining was the way forward.”

    To this end, the company specified a Mitsubishi MV2400S wire EDM machine from HK Technologies. Explaining this purchasing decision, Julian said: “HK Technologies and Mitsubishi were one of several options I had. I went to the MACH show in 2018 and had a look at the full range from all the exhibiting suppliers, knowing full well that I wanted a new EDM machine. Within an hour it was blatantly obvious that HK Technologies and Mitsubishi were the way forward for me and my company. The level of service and support that they offered, and the quality of the machines seemed to stand out, but HK Technologies definitely could ‘hold our hand’ as we were new to the market. This was critical to us as we didn’t know how we were going to use the machines to our best advantage, so the level of service they offered us won the deal.”

    Commenting upon the subsequent months since the machine installation, Julian tells MTD: “The journey has been very good. With the support from HK Technologies and Mitsubishi, every job that comes along, we get the support. The potential of the machine is massive, and we still haven’t used it to its full potential. Looking at the new control that we’ve had with the machine, some brand-new features on there give us remote access and diagnostics. Additionally, applications can be supported by the HK Technologies office and this is a massive benefit to us, as we get the help and support immediately when we call up. Furthermore, for our engineers, there is a new feature that has all the tutorials, manuals, programming help and questions and answers. These are huge steps forward with the new software from Mitsubishi and it is very well received by my engineers.”

    Digging a little deeper into the machine and giving reference to specific features, Julian says: “We bought the high-spec version of this machine to future proof our business in the markets we were moving into. We bought the biggest machine that we could fit within our workshop, so we had the biggest possible footprint and with all the extras, we believe we have future-proofed against any tricky jobs that may come in, in the future.”

    With the Newbury company’s staff being new to EDM, MTD magazine asked how the staff have made the transition to EDM? On this point, Julian says: “The transition from conventional machining for some of my engineers into EDM programming has been steady progress, as we wouldn’t have been able to do it without the help of Mitsubishi and HK Technologies. With the ease of programming and the new software that is on the machine, it has been a comfortable transition and our engineers tell me that they love the new system, as it is quite easy to progress with an entirely new programming system.”

    From the interview with Matrix Precision, it was evident that HK Technologies and Mitsubishi had made some bold claims and promises. The machine now being operational for 12 months, Julian is well-positioned to comment, concluding: “The promises made to us by Mitsubishi and HK Technologies were the reason that I bought the machine. They committed to an impressive level of support once the machine was in our workshop, the promises have been held, the support has been fantastic, we are learning every day and we are bringing in new work and facing new challenges every day. The level and the quality of the support has been fantastic, and they have certainly kept their word on that aspect.”