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Ward CNC' was tasked to react quickly when Body Engineering needed a CNC turn-mill centre for the one-hit machining of components for a Ministry of Defence contract.

From stock, Ward CNC then supplied to the required delivery deadline a Hyundai-Wia L230 LMSA CNC lathe which, equipped with C axis, driven tools and sub-spindle, offered all the multi-tool turning and milling technology required to enable the County Durham-based precision machinist to meet the contract demands by using single set-up machining – as director David Body explains:

“We’ve historically enjoyed a good order book for defence components but in recent times this sector’s forward-ordering of smaller turned/machined components has waned and as a company we have naturally moved into the production of larger components.

“However, as the customer’s existing stocks became depleted, demand quickly returned for the smaller diameter turned-milled work - a mixture of components we had previously machined plus some new parts, and predominantly high-tensile steel - and we needed a suitable machine and one that was immediately available.

“We looked at the marketplace and it was clear that the Hyundai-Wia offered the best choice, especially in terms of machining flexibility since we wanted to use the machine in both bar-fed and chucking modes to suit varying batch demands.”

With a main chuck size of 210 mm diameter and a bar capacity of 65 mm complementing a 45 mm bar capacity in the sub-spindle, the Hyundai-Wia L230LMSA turning centre has a swing over the bed of 550 mm, and a maximum turning diameter and length of 310 mm and 521 mm, respectively.

The 4,000 revs/min machine (main spindle motor is 15/11 kW; sub-spindle is 5.5/3.7 kW) has rapid traverse rates up to 36 m/min, 12 tool stations and a driven tool motor of 3.7/2.2 kW, plus C axis indexing in 0.001deg steps.

The selection of the L230LMSA by Body Engineering, a family-owned company accredited to BS EN ISO 9001 and established in 1989 by directors David and Paul Body, was also influenced by the performance record of its trio of existing Ward CNC-supplied machines - a Hankook VTB 100R vertical turning and boring machine, and two Hyundai-Wia KH63 horizontal machining centres – together with the high level of service and back up offered by Ward CNC.