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    Machining

    Subcontractor gives GM CNC & Victor a ‘10 Out of 10’

    • By MTDCNC
    • March 22, 2021
    • 4 minute read

    Established in 2008, Rubitec Engineering Ltd has invested in a variety of machine tools to meet the ever diversifying demands of the industry. The subcontract manufacturer recently purchased a Victor Vturn NP20 CNC turning centre from GM CNC Machine Tools to add to its plant list.

    Based near Hull, Rubitec has 28 machine tools, but the new Vturn NP20 CNC is the first Victor brand machine purchased. Commenting on this, Andy Shores, the Managing Director of Rubitec Engineering says: “We are very pleased. The machine has cut our runtimes down and it’s nice to have support that ensures with just one phone call, we can have everything we need.”

    The new Victor Vturn NP20 machine is not the first machine purchased from GM CNC. As Mr Shores says: “We have a history of buying used machines from GM CNC and this influenced our decision to buy the Victor. As soon as I found out that GM CNC was supplying Victor machines, there was no question when it was time to get a new CNC lathe, GM CNC was where I would go. They offer brilliant support. GM CNC is a company that provides service and support at a justifiable cost that makes them a company we truly trust.” 

    Commenting on why the company needed the Victor Vturn NP20, Mr Shores says: “We had an ageing turning centre of similar capacity, but it was unreliable and even though we service a lot of our own machines, the maintenance costs were escalating. We needed a compact new machine and Victor fitted the bill.”

    Looking closer at the specifications of the Victor Vturn NP20, it has a 52mm through spindle bar capacity. However, the slant bed construction sees the Victor NP20 offer 650mm swing over bed and this provides 320mm maximum turning diameter. When combined with the 520mm distance between centres, the NP20 packs a punch, especially with a main spindle that generates 7.5/11/15kW of spindle power. 

    Alluding to this, Mr Shores says: “It’s difficult to believe, but the Vturn NP20 is 1.5m shorter in length than the old machine with the same work envelope. The previous machine had a lot of wasted space on the Z-axis and a bulky spindle head. The NP20 has the same Z-axis and more power from a smaller footprint. Whilst we didn’t purchase the machine with a barfeed, we have just won several contracts that require batch quantities high enough to justify a barfeed. The floorspace being saved by the NP20 means that we can easily add a barfeed to this machine.”

    The Benefits

    Considering the attributes of the machine that influenced the selection, the compact footprint of just 1930mm wide proved a perfect fit for Rubitec. With regards to the milling capabilities on the Vturn NP20 machine, Mr Shores continues: “We mill a lot of flats, hexagon’s, PCD’s and standard milling operations – and the machine is ideal for this type of work. The stability and kinematics of the Victor Vturn NP20 have increased productivity by at least 20% compared to our other machines. A major benefit is an improved tool life. The rigid tool turret and powerful coolant supply have improved the tool life on our milling tools by over 30%. The overall machine construction has also helped to increase tool life for turning tools by 30%. We have 13 lathes of numerous brands and aside from one machine that is a lot bigger than the Victor, none compete with the NP20 on rigidity and tool life improvements.”

    Concluding on the service from GM CNC, Mr Shores concludes: “On a score out of 10, I would certainly give GM CNC 10 out of 10. We trust GM CNC, their staff and levels of service implicitly. Furthermore, the reputation of the Victor brand is outstanding.”

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    Subcontractor gives GM CNC & Victor a ‘10 Out of 10’

    Established in 2008, Rubitec Engineering Ltd has invested in a variety of machine tools to meet the ever diversifying demands of the industry. The subcontract manufacturer recently purchased a Victor Vturn NP20 CNC turning centre from GM CNC Machine Tools to add to its plant list.

    Based near Hull, Rubitec has 28 machine tools, but the new Vturn NP20 CNC is the first Victor brand machine purchased. Commenting on this, Andy Shores, the Managing Director of Rubitec Engineering says: “We are very pleased. The machine has cut our runtimes down and it’s nice to have support that ensures with just one phone call, we can have everything we need.”

    The new Victor Vturn NP20 machine is not the first machine purchased from GM CNC. As Mr Shores says: “We have a history of buying used machines from GM CNC and this influenced our decision to buy the Victor. As soon as I found out that GM CNC was supplying Victor machines, there was no question when it was time to get a new CNC lathe, GM CNC was where I would go. They offer brilliant support. GM CNC is a company that provides service and support at a justifiable cost that makes them a company we truly trust.” 

    Commenting on why the company needed the Victor Vturn NP20, Mr Shores says: “We had an ageing turning centre of similar capacity, but it was unreliable and even though we service a lot of our own machines, the maintenance costs were escalating. We needed a compact new machine and Victor fitted the bill.”

    Looking closer at the specifications of the Victor Vturn NP20, it has a 52mm through spindle bar capacity. However, the slant bed construction sees the Victor NP20 offer 650mm swing over bed and this provides 320mm maximum turning diameter. When combined with the 520mm distance between centres, the NP20 packs a punch, especially with a main spindle that generates 7.5/11/15kW of spindle power. 

    Alluding to this, Mr Shores says: “It’s difficult to believe, but the Vturn NP20 is 1.5m shorter in length than the old machine with the same work envelope. The previous machine had a lot of wasted space on the Z-axis and a bulky spindle head. The NP20 has the same Z-axis and more power from a smaller footprint. Whilst we didn’t purchase the machine with a barfeed, we have just won several contracts that require batch quantities high enough to justify a barfeed. The floorspace being saved by the NP20 means that we can easily add a barfeed to this machine.”

    The Benefits

    Considering the attributes of the machine that influenced the selection, the compact footprint of just 1930mm wide proved a perfect fit for Rubitec. With regards to the milling capabilities on the Vturn NP20 machine, Mr Shores continues: “We mill a lot of flats, hexagon’s, PCD’s and standard milling operations – and the machine is ideal for this type of work. The stability and kinematics of the Victor Vturn NP20 have increased productivity by at least 20% compared to our other machines. A major benefit is an improved tool life. The rigid tool turret and powerful coolant supply have improved the tool life on our milling tools by over 30%. The overall machine construction has also helped to increase tool life for turning tools by 30%. We have 13 lathes of numerous brands and aside from one machine that is a lot bigger than the Victor, none compete with the NP20 on rigidity and tool life improvements.”

    Concluding on the service from GM CNC, Mr Shores concludes: “On a score out of 10, I would certainly give GM CNC 10 out of 10. We trust GM CNC, their staff and levels of service implicitly. Furthermore, the reputation of the Victor brand is outstanding.”