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    Machining

    Vector CRE8’s success with Star

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

    Vector Precision Engineering was initially  formed by two very experienced time-served engineers in the year 2000. The company was founded upon a true passion for high-quality product development. This has taken Vector from strength-to-strength and the company has recently become part of the CRE8 NETWORK Investment Group of companies. Following a recent rebrand and reposition of the business strategy, the company has a bright future ahead – something that has been emphasised by its acquisition strategy that has seen a Star SR-32J sliding head-turning centre installed. 

    Stuart Stanford from Vector Precision says: “Since the CRE8 NETWORK bought Vector Precision out, we moved to this new facility in October and within 24 hours our first machine was working.” Referring to the benefits of becoming part of CRE8 NETWORK Investment Group of companies, Mr Stanford says: “It’s about being able to react to our customer demands, be more flexible with the customers’ needs and being a one-stop-shop from purchasing of materials to subcontract machining as well as being there for our customers needs 24/7.”

    Discussing why the Star SR-32J sliding head lathe was one of the first machines to be installed at the new factory, Mr Stanford says: “The reason why we decided to go for a sliding head is that we were losing up to 20% of new business because we didn’t have one of these pieces of kit. We did our research, we looked into it more closely and due to the fact that Star staff were so flexible and wanted to work with us, that was our choice. The machines open up a myriad of flexibility options. The programs can be drawn up in our CAD room, sent down to the machine via the internet and it’s ready to go.”

    “If you have a component that has three or four different operations and you try to use a machining centre or turning centre, it’s a challenge – but if you put it on a sliding head, it’s done in a day. Furthermore, we can use any type of material on the Star machine including inconel and titanium materials through to the stainless steel, aluminium and brass.”

    “We have done a few milling and turning jobs on the Star. With one, we did a run of 300 for a customer and then they asked us to do another 300 because the quality and service was phenomenal,” says Mr Stanford.  

    The Star SR-32J is a 32mm diameter capacity machine with the facility to turn up to 35mm. The machine provides impressive flexibility characteristics with 6 turning tools, 4 front-end working tools, 4 rear-end working tools and the facility for up to 15 driven tool stations. 

    Looking to the future, Mr Stanford concludes: “We have another Star arriving imminently and I am hoping to have another Star machine installed by Easter. I am also hoping to get a machining centre with a fifth axis unit on it.”

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    Vector CRE8’s success with Star

    Vector Precision Engineering was initially  formed by two very experienced time-served engineers in the year 2000. The company was founded upon a true passion for high-quality product development. This has taken Vector from strength-to-strength and the company has recently become part of the CRE8 NETWORK Investment Group of companies. Following a recent rebrand and reposition of the business strategy, the company has a bright future ahead – something that has been emphasised by its acquisition strategy that has seen a Star SR-32J sliding head-turning centre installed. 

    Stuart Stanford from Vector Precision says: “Since the CRE8 NETWORK bought Vector Precision out, we moved to this new facility in October and within 24 hours our first machine was working.” Referring to the benefits of becoming part of CRE8 NETWORK Investment Group of companies, Mr Stanford says: “It’s about being able to react to our customer demands, be more flexible with the customers’ needs and being a one-stop-shop from purchasing of materials to subcontract machining as well as being there for our customers needs 24/7.”

    Discussing why the Star SR-32J sliding head lathe was one of the first machines to be installed at the new factory, Mr Stanford says: “The reason why we decided to go for a sliding head is that we were losing up to 20% of new business because we didn’t have one of these pieces of kit. We did our research, we looked into it more closely and due to the fact that Star staff were so flexible and wanted to work with us, that was our choice. The machines open up a myriad of flexibility options. The programs can be drawn up in our CAD room, sent down to the machine via the internet and it’s ready to go.”

    “If you have a component that has three or four different operations and you try to use a machining centre or turning centre, it’s a challenge – but if you put it on a sliding head, it’s done in a day. Furthermore, we can use any type of material on the Star machine including inconel and titanium materials through to the stainless steel, aluminium and brass.”

    “We have done a few milling and turning jobs on the Star. With one, we did a run of 300 for a customer and then they asked us to do another 300 because the quality and service was phenomenal,” says Mr Stanford.  

    The Star SR-32J is a 32mm diameter capacity machine with the facility to turn up to 35mm. The machine provides impressive flexibility characteristics with 6 turning tools, 4 front-end working tools, 4 rear-end working tools and the facility for up to 15 driven tool stations. 

    Looking to the future, Mr Stanford concludes: “We have another Star arriving imminently and I am hoping to have another Star machine installed by Easter. I am also hoping to get a machining centre with a fifth axis unit on it.”