Earlier this year, Victorian based CNC machinists Advatek installed two new Makino F5 machines from Headland Machinery as part of its workforce.
The new machines replaced two others that were more than 20 years old.
“It was nice to get in some new machines that were easy to operate, offer better tool life and a new control panel,” says Kevin Edmonds, Advatek’s production manager.
“One of the great things was that we were awarded the Clean Energy Grant from the Government so it certainly helped when financing the machines, he said.
“The Headland team worked closely with us in terms of managing the whole application for the Clean Energy Grant from start to finish, they asked us for the information that they needed and they collated and submitted it for us. It was great to have someone to manage this for us that were experienced and knew what details to add to get it over the line.”
With the two new Makino F5 machines Advatek is achieving a 48.12 percent in production. (Based on how long it takes to machine the same part).
“We have also seen a great reduction in energy consumption, Mr Edmonds said.
“When we looked at new machines we only looked at Makino. Our shop consists mainly of Makino machines, so it was at the top of our considerations list.”
Mr Edmonds says he gets great support from the Headland team.
“Without a good support team, you have nothing. It’s not like we can sit around and wait for machines to be fixed because we have big orders to fill and deadlines to meet, so we need responsive support.”
Advatek primarily focuses on CNC machining, milling and high accuracy work for a few key industries.
“We purposely maintained the size of our company to give flexibility in turn around time and the type of components manufactured,” Mr Edmonds said.