MORRIS ENGINEERING – BROTHER TC 32B INVESTMENTA South West engineering firm has invested in a new state-of-the-art CNC milling machine to become one of the UK’s most cutting edge firms.
Bosses at Morris Engineering invested nearly three quarters of a million pounds in 2016 on new plant machinery to increase capacity and productivity.
The new Brother TC-32B replaces two older machines at the Plymouth-based company, and has vastly improved the time it takes to make components for customers in sectors including microwave, aerospace and pharmaceutical.
It is the world’s most productive twin pallet machine, with high torque, low inertia 16.000rpm spindle and 70m/min rapids.
Morris Engineering Director Antony Dyer believes the firm’s investment will help future-proof the company for the rocky road ahead post Brexit.
He said: “We have always tried to stay ahead of the game here at Morris Engineering because we understand how important it is to our customers that we continue to provide high quality components within a set time frame.
“Investing in new machinery is a vital part of what we do. The new Brother TC-32B replaced two other machines that were more than 15 years old.
“This machine can work in any material and its high speed and accuracy increases our capabilities and capacity, potentially opening up new markets for us such as the marine and medical sectors for example, safeguarding jobs and security well into the future, whatever it may hold.”
Morris Engineering announced earlier this year that it had also invested in two bespoke Italian-built Biglia Lathes – the first of their type in the UK.
The company is now set to take on competition from around the globe as it continues to make everything from small prototypes to high volume machined parts, with dramatically increased productivity.
With multiple spindles the Biglia lathes can mill and turn simultaneously, cutting the time to make one particular mechanical component for the aerospace industry from one and a quarter hours to just eight minutes.
Mr Dyer added: “We are always aware that we need to keep up with the latest in precision engineering and our most recent investments will allow us to stay ahead of the competition and continually diversify.”
The company is planning further investment throughout 2017.