Manufactured from recycled materials, the composite kerb has the appearance of concrete and its wide appeal is also helped by the fact that it is a one-part kerb system – as opposed to conventional two-part concrete alternatives – which means no breakages and faster installation.
Part of the USL Group, a market-leader in the provision of specialist civil engineering and construction solutions, Pipeline & Drainage Systems needed to replace an ageing vertical machining centre for producing the required holes/slots in each section of drain. These range from six to 20 mm diameter/width and vary in height/length, depending on product variety, and are machined in a straightforward sequence along the length of each kerb section.
The company turned to local machine supplier, T W Ward CNC Machinery (Ward CNC), knowing that a suitable machine would be in stock. Ward CNC is the UK and Ireland exclusive supplier of a wide range of machines, with many representative models being held in stock.
“The Hyundai-Wia F600D was selected due to a number of reasons,” says operations manager Glynn Jones. “First, it had the capacity to accommodate all kerb lengths and, secondly, it had the capability to reliably produce the holes and slots day in, day out.
With a 900 mm x 650 mm twin table configuration, which is able to accommodate loads of 400 kgs per table and X, Y and Z axis travels of 800 mm x 600 mm x 600 mm, the F600D has the ability to have a continuously running (in-cut) spindle due to the twin table arrangement enabling a load / unload procedure whilst the machine is in cycle. This feature when coupled with a powerful 15 kW, 8,000 rpm spindle and 24-tool automatic tool changer offered a machine with all the features that Mr Jones required.
In addition, of course, it was available from stock and was offered at the right price.” He adds: “Ward CNC’s level of service was exemplary throughout the complete process – from our initial enquiry through to installation and commissioning – and it continues now in terms of back-up and support.”
“The kerbs are produced in varying batches and are of different sizes,” adds Mr Jones, “and the Hyundai-Wia is proving to be much quicker and a lot better at consistently producing the holes – which are, after all key to the success of the drainage system.”