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    XYZ powers ‘green’ drive at Wykes Engineering

    • By XYZ Machine Tools
    • November 22, 2020
    • 3 minute read

    Wykes Engineering is a company at the forefront of the green energy revolution, manufacturing a range of products for renewable power generation. Its expertise covers systems including anaerobic digestion, wind and solar power. Demand for new systems and the expansion of existing on-site anaerobic generation capacity at its Rushden facility led to an investment in large-capacity turning – specifically an XL780 lathe from XYZ Machine Tools.

    Wykes Engineering works in tandem with its sister company; Ancillary Equipment Ltd, a green power generation company that uses its technology. It was the anaerobic digestion side of the business that required the additional turning capacity provided by the XYZ XL780. The anaerobic digestion systems take ‘out of date’ or waste food products from supermarkets, local government household waste sites and food manufacturers and converts it into gas, which is combusted to generate electricity. To maximise this process, food must be separated from its packaging, which requires a variety of shafts in differing diameters and lengths with hardened protrusions. These rotate at 1000rpm to pulp the waste; the resulting ‘sludge’ is then transferred to storage tanks for digestion.

    The new XYZ XL780 with its 780mm swing over the bed and 3-metre distance between centres provides Wykes Engineering with the capacity and versatility it requires for the machining of smaller parts. The purchase of the XYZ XL780 lathe was Wykes Engineering’s first move into CNC turning, so a priority had to be ease of use and the support for programmers and operators. The Siemens 828D ShopTurn control proved to be ideal for their needs.

    “The Siemens control was completely new to us, but we have found it extremely easy to use, especially with the training support we received from XYZ Machine Tools. We had a demonstration at XYZ’s Burlescombe factory on a Monday, which convinced us that it was the right machine and control for us. We placed the order the following week and the machine was installed and commissioned just ten days later,” says John Houghton, Wykes Engineering’s Design Engineer.

    Other advantages of the XYZ XL780 included the price. Having reviewed the market, it found the XYZ machine to be up to 20% less expensive than its competitors. Also, they were reassured that service and spares were readily available should the need arise. Technical support was a big plus with John Houghton commenting: “If we had any questions relating to programming and operating the machine as part of our learning curve, they were answered with a simple phone call to XYZ Machine Tools.”

    “The combination of the XYZ XL780’s versatility, where we can use it for large and small parts and the Siemens control means it is easy to repeat jobs accurately when we need to, not only that, we are seeing cycle time reductions of around 40% when compared to our manual lathes with exceptional repeatability between components. This is impacting greatly on workflow through the factory. The arrival of the XYZ XL780 is also having an impact on component design, as we can now machine features that would either be difficult or time-consuming if machined manually,” says John Cresswell, Wykes Engineering’s Design Office Manager.

    The arrival of the XYZ XL780 brought impressive productivity gains. Most components are one-offs or low volume, that frequently repeat. The combination of the machine and Siemens control system gives Wykes Engineering a competitive advantage due to the ability to call up a program and quickly replicate something that was produced previously.

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    XYZ powers ‘green’ drive at Wykes Engineering

    Wykes Engineering is a company at the forefront of the green energy revolution, manufacturing a range of products for renewable power generation. Its expertise covers systems including anaerobic digestion, wind and solar power. Demand for new systems and the expansion of existing on-site anaerobic generation capacity at its Rushden facility led to an investment in large-capacity turning – specifically an XL780 lathe from XYZ Machine Tools.

    Wykes Engineering works in tandem with its sister company; Ancillary Equipment Ltd, a green power generation company that uses its technology. It was the anaerobic digestion side of the business that required the additional turning capacity provided by the XYZ XL780. The anaerobic digestion systems take ‘out of date’ or waste food products from supermarkets, local government household waste sites and food manufacturers and converts it into gas, which is combusted to generate electricity. To maximise this process, food must be separated from its packaging, which requires a variety of shafts in differing diameters and lengths with hardened protrusions. These rotate at 1000rpm to pulp the waste; the resulting ‘sludge’ is then transferred to storage tanks for digestion.

    The new XYZ XL780 with its 780mm swing over the bed and 3-metre distance between centres provides Wykes Engineering with the capacity and versatility it requires for the machining of smaller parts. The purchase of the XYZ XL780 lathe was Wykes Engineering’s first move into CNC turning, so a priority had to be ease of use and the support for programmers and operators. The Siemens 828D ShopTurn control proved to be ideal for their needs.

    “The Siemens control was completely new to us, but we have found it extremely easy to use, especially with the training support we received from XYZ Machine Tools. We had a demonstration at XYZ’s Burlescombe factory on a Monday, which convinced us that it was the right machine and control for us. We placed the order the following week and the machine was installed and commissioned just ten days later,” says John Houghton, Wykes Engineering’s Design Engineer.

    Other advantages of the XYZ XL780 included the price. Having reviewed the market, it found the XYZ machine to be up to 20% less expensive than its competitors. Also, they were reassured that service and spares were readily available should the need arise. Technical support was a big plus with John Houghton commenting: “If we had any questions relating to programming and operating the machine as part of our learning curve, they were answered with a simple phone call to XYZ Machine Tools.”

    “The combination of the XYZ XL780’s versatility, where we can use it for large and small parts and the Siemens control means it is easy to repeat jobs accurately when we need to, not only that, we are seeing cycle time reductions of around 40% when compared to our manual lathes with exceptional repeatability between components. This is impacting greatly on workflow through the factory. The arrival of the XYZ XL780 is also having an impact on component design, as we can now machine features that would either be difficult or time-consuming if machined manually,” says John Cresswell, Wykes Engineering’s Design Office Manager.

    The arrival of the XYZ XL780 brought impressive productivity gains. Most components are one-offs or low volume, that frequently repeat. The combination of the machine and Siemens control system gives Wykes Engineering a competitive advantage due to the ability to call up a program and quickly replicate something that was produced previously.