Frazer-Nash Manufacturing, the specialised precision engineering business for the space, scientific and advanced technology sectors, is contining with its capital investment programme with the recent purchase of a new Barfeed system from Hydrafeed. The new MSV80 Barfeed will be used by Frazer-Nash to increase the productivity of its CNC machining systems still further, helping to enhance the engineering services it offers to all its customers.
Workshop Manager, Hayden Weeks explains, “We’ve a long-term programme of investment in the latest and most advanced engineering systems. Recent investments include a new Mazak 5-axis CNC mill and a Renishaw metal additive manufacturing system. The new Hydrafeed machine is a key part of this programme. Our goal is to automate as many of our production operations as possible, enabling our engineering team to spend more time helping customers overcome some of the biggest challenges facing the science and space sectors today.”
The new MSV80 Barfeed is servo driven on all axes, with a precision ground ballscrew that ensures positional accuracy of within 0.1mm. The system can handle bars from 5 to 80mm in diameter, provides bar length measurement and features advanced touchscreen control with the ability to store up to 100 different programmes. “We chose the Hydrafeed machine as its quality and reliability match our exacting standards”, adds Hayden. “For example, we use only Mazak CNC machine tools and Fanuc EDM systems, giving us the ability to standardise programming and process techniques, while ensuring consistency, speed and precision throughout our operation. Using tools such as the new barfeeder to increase the level of automation clearly helps us improve the quality and scope of services we offer to all our customers.”