Machining investment

TruFrame has commissioned its fourth BDM cutting and machining centre, as part of its £3.2 million investment programme, which has been carried out over the last 18 months.

The quartet of new cutting and machining centres provide a far greater level of accuracy, consistency and production throughput than the machines they replace, the company said.

The bespoke features include the ability to process profiles as short as 195mm, taking the requirement to separately process short profiles from 13 per shift to just one every other shift, while diamond-tipped saw blades reduces the frequency of blade changes.

The eight-axis machines also benefit from servo-driven motors and a magnetic linear drive system, capable of moving at 15m/sec.

The additional capacity provided by the new cutting and machining centres allows TruFrame to comfortably manufacture 4,000 frames on a standard 40-hour week, using its two fully staffed production shifts and existing ‘top-up’ night shift. Further additional capacity is already planned via the future development of the night shift, with aspirations to produce as many as 5,000 frames from its current site.