Production Engineering, Tooling & Machinery

Manufacturer Installs Economical Cleaning System Effective Removal Of Swarf From Narrow, Blind Holes

A low-cost, aqueous spray wash machine from Turbex is proving ideal for cleaning components manufactured by model railway kit manufacturer, Slaters Plastikard, Matlock.

A low-cost, aqueous spray wash machine from Turbex is proving ideal for cleaning components manufactured by model railway kit manufacturer, Slaters Plastikard, Matlock. The firm is the second-largest in its sector in the UK and produces the biggest range of model railway wheels in the world.

New VOLLMER Manufactures Circular Saws In One Go

Swabian sharpening specialist VOLLMER is speeding up the manufacture of carbide-tipped circular saw blades with its new CC 355 production system.

The CC 355 enables circular saws for cutting wood to be fully sharpened – including all tooth faces, tooth tops and side angles in a single working cycle.

Keeping Vintage Wheels Turning

Much as there are collectors of classic cars, the same applies to tractors and providing replacement components for Nuffield, Leyland and Marshal tractors from the 1950s, through to the 1980s, has proved to be a successful business for Tractor Spare Parts Ltd.

Run by husband and wife team of Andrew and Joanna Griffin, Tractor Spare Parts is based in the picturesque village of Alstonefield in the Peak District National Park, but its products travel across the globe, with customers as far afield as New Zealand, Australia, Chile and Africa.  

Speed & Quality

Founded in Oldham in 1996 by Managing Director Andrew Marston, North West Polishing Ltd is a provider of long product metal finishing.

Currently celebrating its 21st anniversary, the company has grown to be one of the most trusted independent metal finishers within the UK. Having ‘come of age’, North West Polishing continues its remarkable progress. Prompted by ever increasing demand from both its loyal client base and also from new customers, the company is currently involved in further expanding its production facility and investing in new, highly efficient plant. As a major element in its latest expansion phase, North West Polishing recently purchased an advanced VG Machines, T-300-3K polishing machine from Ellesco Ltd.

North West Polishing Managing Director, Andrew Marston explained. “Our customers are of prime importance to all at North West Polishing therefore we provide each of them with first-class polishing, performed by highly skilled craftsman on world class machinery. Having established an excellent reputation for the quality of our output and for providing value for money, demand for our services continues to grow. In addition to currently being involved in expanding our factory, to help satisfy these increasing demands we have started to make a series of investments in new plant. Central to our plans was the purchase of a high-quality, fast throughput polishing machine.
“Just as we seek to build lasting technical and commercial partnerships with our valued customers, we also look to establish on-going relationships with suppliers who are not only able to provide the plant and consumable items that we need, but who are also able to offer excellent levels of service and technical back-up.

“Having previously purchased polishing machines from other suppliers with somewhat mixed results, some time ago, as we were delighted with the performance of our first polishing machine from Ellesco Ltd. and the excellent service we received; we established what has become an enduring relationship with the company,
“After recently explaining our latest polishing machine needs to the owner of Ellesco, Vincent Simonis, we came to the joint conclusion that an advanced VG MachinesT-300-3K polishing machine was the ideal machine to satisfy our challenging requirements. Following a trouble free installation and operator training, our new VG Machines T-300-3K polishing machine is now enabling us to process much greater quantities of products in a range of high-quality finishes. The impressive speed of the machine ensures that we are able to deliver within the strict time frames required by our customers whilst not compromising the high specification finishes our clients demand.”
The highly efficient VG Machines T-300-3K supplied by Ellesco uses three abrasive belt heads fitted with 300mm belts, each driven by individual 7.5kW heavy duty motors. When swapping from one abrasive belt grade to another, the machine’s fast belt change feature ensures that minimum production time is lost.

The robust machine boasts pneumatic floating linishing heads that automatically compensate to ensure consistent pressure is applied to long, non-uniform workpieces. In addition, the T-300-3K provides powered adjustment for different thicknesses of bar and box-section products, whilst automatic belt tension removes unwanted oscillations.

The T-300-3K’s through-feed conveyor, speed adjustment allows slow throughput for demanding applications such as heavy scale removal and pronounced extruder draw lines, through to fast throughput speeds for fine finishing and for jobs where minimal heat generation is a requirement. North West Polishing’s T-300-3K was supplied with a fixed machine table height to match the company’s existing in-feed and out-feed roller tables.

With more than 40 years’ experience, ISO9001:2015 registered Ellesco Ltd. is one of the longest established UK companies involved in supplying polishing, deburring and finishing machinery to all sectors of industry. Unlike some other businesses that supply the nearest match to a customer’s requirements from a limited product range, thanks to Ellesco’s access to a wide range of leading brands, the company is able to deliver solutions that precisely correspond to customers’ specific needs. Ellesco’s comprehensive polishing, deburring and finishing range includes machines from leading German, Dutch, Spanish, Belgian and USA suppliers.

Ellesco Ltd. owner Vincent Simonis concludes. “All at Ellesco work hard to provide the most suitable machinery and consumables for the job in hand and to deliver the best possible service to our clients, all backed-up by industry leading levels of support and training from our own engineering technicians.
“As with our recent sale to North West Polishing, prior to purchase we consult closely with all potential customers to ensure that they receive the most technically capable and cost-effective solution to their finishing needs. To help potential customers in their purchasing decisions we are able to prove the capabilities of each of our machines in our own demonstration area, or demonstrate similar machinery at our customers’ premises or in the equipment manufacturer’s factory.

“Our attention to customer care means that we deliver, install and perform staff training on all of our machines. We also assist in keeping machines in first class condition, either alongside customers own service personnel or by using our own technicians.

“As the term polishing covers a wide range of finishes, from the ground, “dull polish” of the Stainless Steel industry, through to the very high gloss finishes demanded by manufacturers of domestic fittings, we were happy to work closely with Andy Marston of North West Polishing in order to fully understand the company’s precise needs. This cooperation ensured that the most suitable, cost-effective machine was delivered.”


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