The opening of the Ceratizit UK & Ireland Technical centre was met with enthusiasm from over 100 companies who sent along representatives to investigate just what this state-of-the-art centre had to offer. Located on Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Park, just off the M1 motorway, the Technical Centre is ideally placed to provide support to manufacturing companies both locally and nationally. With the full range of Ceratizit products available for use on a wide range of machine tools, the aim is to support customers with both training and process development.
Equipped with a wide range of machining technology ranging from simultaneous five-axis machining capability with the UMC-5X machining centre from XYZ Machine Tools and a Mazak Integrex I250H multi-tasking machine from Yamazaki Mazak and, sliding head technology in the form of a SR-20JII B from Star Micronics GB; along with a variety of XYZ Machine Tools vertical machining and turning centres, mills and lathes. This combination can be used to develop machining strategies for customers, freeing up their valuable in-house capacity to maximise productivity.
“This new Technical Centre is an extension of our previous facility, but by locating it on the Advanced Manufacturing Park we have been able to expand the services that we can provide to customers with a dedicated team helping to support the development of machining processes. A further advantage is that we are able to rapid prototype special tooling using in-house developed 3D printing technology, these models can then be translated into fully functioning tools using the machines we have available, reducing the time required for verification and manufacture, and enhancing our support to customers,” says Tony Pennington, Managing Director Ceratizit UK & Ireland. “We are really excited about working with our machine tool partners to create what will be a focus of manufacturing technology, providing practical solutions to machining issues. The reactions of visitors on the opening day are proof that we are delivering a service that will become increasingly valuable in enhancing their productivity.”