£300k technology investment

09 Oct 2018

Engineering capacity news posted by Andy Sandford

APT Leicester has invested £300k in new machine tools and inspection equipment in order to increase productivity.

At the beginning of October, APT Leicester took delivery of two new high precision lathes, a state-of-the-art image dimension measurement system and a high-speed chamfer machine.

This is all part of APT’s continuous investment programme throughout its manufacturing process – machining, finishing and ongoing inspection. By replacing older models APT is increasing its capacity and efficiency for the benefit of their customers.

The two new multi-axis lathes are made by Doosan and supplied and commissioned by Mills CNC. Both the Puma TT1800SY and the Lynx 220LSTC offer high productivity and rapid accuracy, increasing APT’s turning capabilities. The new Keyence IM-7030T Instant Measurement System has an expanded stage and is able measure up to 99 dimensions and more awkward shapes in seconds. The J&S Engineering STC250S chamfer machine will cut the cycle time to 20 seconds per operation.

Backed by on-site extensive operator training, the company says these new additions will keep APT Leicester at the forefront of UK manufacturing.

Nick Baller, Managing Director said: "We have seen a trend through enquiries for larger diameter work. Customers sending a package of work like to keep it with the same supplier. We can now offer up to 65mm from bar and for the first time 300mm billet work".


Photo: The Doosan Puma arriving by crane at APT's Leicester factory