This week we have seen a flurry of activity in the Production sites at St Neots, with a range of hi-tech equipment being delivered and installed. Our Production hub was already one of the largest Doosan machining centres in the UK and today we have taken delivery of three new machines and an additional cobot, to help streamline activity.
To make space for the new additions, a great deal of planning and preparation has taken place, moving some existing machines and creating a larger space dedicated to cobotic production and loading.
The new H2017 cobot “Derek” joins “Rodney” to deliver increased flexibility and dexterity in the Production hub. Both cobots will undertake complex loading and unloading tasks integrated another Doosan vertical machining centre, which also arrived today.
“This is a significant step forward in our cobotic production development plan and expands our capacity significantly. Working with Mills CNC, we are developing a state of the art centre, and our great relationship with the Mills team means that planning and installation has been painless and production can commence early next week” explains Nick Raven, Operations Manager at CPL.
Three new Doosan machines also arrived today, creating a few logistical challenges and demanding sound spatial awareness skills in those installing the machines from Mills CNC!
The DVF 5000 provides full simultaneous 5-axis machining capability and is recognised as a automation-ready workhorse. The new Doosan DNM4500 and Doosan DNM6700s increase our vertical machining capacity and are reliable and accurate, which we believe will further enhance and improve performance.
Our supplier relationships are critical at CPL, where we demand quality in every aspect of our activity. These new machines will be maintained with coolant from Q8 Oils and will operate with tooling packages supplied by MA Ford. “It is a team effort to ensure that we keep CPL at the forefront of digital manufacturing and deliver to our clients at the highest possible levels.”