THE wraps have been taken off a major new piece of equipment at Score’s Peterhead premises.
Score (Europe) Limited commissioned a new ‘Ward CNC Series S Webster and Bennett’ Vertical Boring Machine in their machine shop at Wellbank earlier this month.
The machine has a 60” 1500mm diameter chuck, a maximum machining height of 1.6m and will hold 12 tools in its floor mounted carousel.
The machine itself weighs over 26 tonnes and the rigidity of the Ward CNC coupled with its high pressure coolant supply will allow machining time to be greatly reduced and tool life to be extended.
The up-to-date Fanuc control system is similar to the systems fitted to Score’s existing CNC machines, so programming will be a natural progression for the operators. The accuracy in repeatability of this CNC programmed machine tool will allow for even greater manufacturing efficiency – especially where batch quantities of identical items are required.
Score (Europe) Limited is delighted to have this machine fully operational following commissioning as it allows the company to offer a greater service capability within the marketplace to existing and new customers. As the machine shop plays a major role in the Score Apprentice training programme, trainees have also been commenting on this major acquisition.
One apprentice said during commissioning: “With the company’s investment in this major piece of kit, I will now be able to learn more about and gain experience in CNC technology.”
Another commented: “When you look at the engineering experience Score currently has, this further expands the service and repair capabilities we can offer clients.”
Andrew Buchan (73), a machinist who has worked for the company for 23 years commented: “We really appreciate the expenditure the company has made with the purchase of this machine. It is looking to the future and investing in the development of the next generation of young engineers.”