For the machining of a complete variety of turned parts for the oil & gas, defence, rail and power generation sectors, Medley Precision Engineering, a Mansfield UK based manufacturer is no stranger to machining difficult to cut materials, and this is why the company opted for the robust platform of the Harrison Alpha 1550XS from 600 UK.
The Harrison Alpha XS is a 2-axis manual/CNC lathe designed for fast, high-quality repeatability, accuracy and surface finish to exacting toolroom accuracy standards, which significantly reduces component production costs.
Commenting upon the machine acquisition, Medley Precision Engineering’s Production Manager Mr Stuart Solomon says: “It’s the best machine we have in the factory. This is because it is remarkably easy to program as it has its own Alphalink system that can be programmed on the laptop and I can draw parts and send them straight into the machine.”
The Alpha XS lathe benefits from the ultra-high speed Fanuc CNC control along with Harrison’s own developed Alphalink software. This software makes the Alpha ideal for new and experienced operators alike.
The flat-bed CNC lathe retains a conventional element and discussing this, Solomon says: “We often do low quantities of work and this machine can be up and cutting in a matter of minutes and this is a big bonus for our business.”
Highlighting other features that make the Harrison Alpha lathe the ‘best’ machine on the shop-floor at Medley, Solomon continues: “The machine has never caused us any issues or problems, so support isn’t a factor we’ve needed to be concerned about. It’s a very solid machine that is well built and extremely reliable. We are often cutting difficult materials like super duplex and the Alpha XS generates an excellent surface finish, something that is a credit to the build quality of the machine. It’s an extremely flexible and versatile machine and there isn’t anything I wouldn’t feel comfortable putting on the Alpha.”
Alpha XS and XC lathes are not only fitted with a wealth of standard features but also have a list of options available to suit every turning application.
For more information, contact 600 SA Machine Tools – Cell: 072 157 6003