Fabricators invest in machining

13 Mar 2019

Engineering capacity news posted by Andy Sandford

Sheet metal fabricator Stevens and Carlotti has beefed up its machining capabilities with two new machining centres and a turning centre from XYZ.

Family-owned Stevens & Carlotti is a leading sub-contractor supplying metal fabrications to a wide range of industries from its 64,000 ft2 facility in Sandwich, Kent. These fabrications, which can be anything from a simple bracket to fully-assembled and tested machines, are supplied to customers in the power generation, oil & gas, and yellow goods sectors, among others. At any one time Stevens & Carlotti can have up to 1200 individual jobs in progress which, in addition to laser cutting; CNC punching and folding; welding; and painting, also require the support of a machining facility. Investment in turning and milling capacity with machines from XYZ Machine Tools has enhanced productivity on its fabricated components and, has also opened opportunities to develop a dedicated sub-contract machining capability.

“Machining of parts used in our fabrications remains the bread and butter for our machine shop, but with the increased capacity and capability we have now, we have seen a growth in pure machining work for customers. This now accounts for between 10 and 15 per cent of our machined output and is growing year-on-year,” says Joe Douglas, Planning Manager, Stevens & Carlotti. The investment in XYZ Machines began back in 2005 when Stevens & Carlotti took delivery of its first XYZ 560 Minimill, quickly adding a second, slightly larger XYZ Vertical machining centre to its capacity list. These were then followed by a high-speed XYZ 1060 HS VMC. “While we rarely use the maximum spindle speed of the 1060 HS, the all-round performance of this machine, with its fast traverse speeds and the Siemens control helps to reduce cycle times.”

More recently Stevens & Carlotti has taken delivery of additional capacity in the form of an XYZ TC 320 LTY turning centre, an XYZ 1510 HD vertical machining centre and lastly an XYZ 710 HD VMC.

The large capacity, heavy-duty XYZ 1510 HD VMC provides added capacity and capability, with its 1600 x 600 mm table giving the option of putting large workpieces on it or multiple smaller workpieces. The latter option giving the further productivity boost of being able to leave the machine running out of hours.