Steelworkers, or ironworkers as they are sometimes called, are multi-purpose machines able to perform operations such as punching, angle cutting, section cutting, shearing and notching on structural steel.
Aside from the build of machines, the Sheringham facility is also a toolmaking shop, producing the punches, dies and blades required for Kingsland machines. It was for this area of the business that the company recently identified the need to acquire a new wire EDM.
“Before installing the Sodick machine we operated two other wire EDMs from another supplier,” explains Bernard De Muynck, managing director at Kingsland Engineering. “I have been here two years and throughout this time we had huge reliability problems with the existing machines, so the decision was taken to source a replacement.”
Installed in December 2014, Mr De Muynck, says that “the machine was selected because of its superior technology, reliability, accuracy and speed, ensuring it will bring real benefits to customers using our tooling”.
Manufactured from D2 tool steel that is specially heat treated in a vacuum furnace for long and productive working life on a wide variety of metals, including stainless steel, Kingsland’s tooling can take numerous shapes and sizes. It is manufactured on the SL600Q to extremely tight tolerances and against demanding lead-times – the company offers next-day despatch for tooling.