New CNC machine sees aerospace supplier boost orders by 20%

Posted on 14 Jun 2018 by Jonny Williamson

A Christchurch-based sub-contract machinist, Peter Day Precision Engineers, has invested in the latest CNC technology to help it meet a 20% growth in orders.

The twin-spindle, twin turret configuration gives the aerospace supplier the opportunity to accelerate the ‘turning’ process – image courtesy Peter Day Precision Engineers.

Peter Day Precision Engineers, which is part of the Venture Precision Engineering Group (VPEG), has installed a Nakamura WY150 from the Engineering Technology Group (ETG) into its 14,000 sqft facility on Airfield Road.

The twin-spindle, twin turret configuration gives the company the ability to remove a lot of secondary operations making the overall ‘turning’ process quicker for customers.

Pete Makosa, general manager for Peter Day Precision & Hightown Engineering explained: “Our work is very much around manufacturing complex machined components that have to perform in demanding environments. Whether that is for aerospace, oil & gas or the medical sector.

“Over the last 12 months we have seen a 20% increase in orders, which will see the wider VPEG group break through £10m turnover this year. This, combined with a strong pipeline of future orders, means we need additional CNC turning capabilities so asked long-term supplier Engineering Technology Group to come up with a solution.”

Peter Day, which supplies components for blue chip customers including Curtiss Wright, Planer, Armfield and Eaton, installed the new Nakamura in June and it is already having the desired impact of freeing up capacity and meeting increased volumes generated by the clutch of contract wins.

Simon Higgs, regional sales manager at the Engineering Technology Group, commented: “We have seen major growth in the number of UK manufacturers tapping into the Japanese machine builder’s technology over the last six to nine months.”

Peter Day Precision Engineers, which is over 30 years old, is planning to expand its manufacturing facility even further to help it accommodate a further 20% increase in sales.

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