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A Hartford vertical machining centre is playing a key production role at the Wolverhampton site of Nuclear Engineering Services (NES).

A world leader in the manufacture and project management of nuclear new-build and decommissioning plant, as well as equipment for the defence sector.

Installed by T W Ward CNC Machinery (Ward CNC) as part of a four-machine cell, the Hartford HCMC-13AG is successfully being used to machine a variety of bespoke and complex components in a host of different materials, including specialist alloys, for the nuclear industry.

With a table size of 1,450 mm by 800 mm, plus X, Y and Z axes travels of 1,300 mm, 800 mm and 660 mm, respectively, as well as a 26 kW spindle motor that produces 6,000 revs/min and a 32-tool automatic tool magazine, the machine can accommodate loads of 1,600m kgs and is well-equipped to cope with the wide range of workpieces demanded by NES to satisfy the needs of its blue-chip customer base.

The vertical machining centre sits alongside a Soraluce SM10000 travelling column milling machine, a Hyundai-Wia KBN-135 horizontal boring and milling machine, and a Hyundai-Wia L300CM CNC lathe with C axis and driven tools – a quartet of machines that have been supplied and installed by Ward CNC to further strengthen NES’s broad machining capabilities at the site that boasts 55-tonne crane capacity as well as extensive lay-down and assembly areas.

According to NES, the Ward CNC-supplied machines “were an excellent proposition as they met both our technical specifications and had an attractive cost advantage”. The company added: “Having examined a number of machines on the market and the package that Ward CNC could provide, including service support, it made complete sense to deal with the one supplier”.