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Premier's new OTW1000-5-2m honing machine

Premier orders the UK's first of its kind

Premier, one of the UK's largest providers of specialist deep hole drilling, gun drilling and honing services, has ordered a new 2 m horizontal honing machine from Ohio Tool Works Corporation. Representing a significant investment, the new machine will be installed early in 2011.

Featuring full CNC for superior machining performance, the new OTW1000-5-2m horizontal honing machine will be the first of its kind in the UK. Constructed from heavy, welded steel sections the OTW1000 provides the rigidity required for precise bore sizing of components. The 3.73 kW (5hp) servo drive reciprocation system and infinitely variable speed spindle drive motors are said to offer smooth, quiet and trouble free operation under the most arduous conditions.

Stuart Grant, managing director, explains to reason for this latest £140,000 investment: "We have ordered this new generation tube honing machine to fulfill a project for machining aerospace components. For the parts concerned its specification looked perfect on paper, and during performance trials we carried out it proved to be the ideal choice."

Mollart-Cox imports and provides technical support for the Ohio Tool Works Corporation range. Launched just last year, the model 1000 is available in a variety of standard stroke configurations from 2m up to 6m with spindle drives up to 7.46 kW. Honing diameters from 25.4 mm or smaller through to 559 mm. Infinitely variable spindle speed motors up to 1000 rpm enable efficient processing using both conventional vitrified and metalbond superabrasives. Designed for flexibility, the model 1000 will process parts using Ohio Tool Works line of heavy-duty tooling as well as tool systems from other manufacturers.

"We have purchased the OTW1000-5-2m as a turnkey project," says Stuart Grant. "As the components being machined required precise and consistent size control, we specified the optional Medium Size Control System which offers accurate and dependable size control to 12.5 micron, or better when metalbond abrasives are applied."

This system is integrated in to the user friendly, touch screen numerical control system that allows the operator to program the machine on the shopfloor and then carry out other secondary tasks during the honing cycle.

Press release issued by Premier Deep Hole Drilling Ltd on November 23, 2010


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