“Quality machines for quality parts ” – Reginson Engineering turns to Ward CNC

T W Ward CNC Machinery Ltd

Reginson Engineering’s unequivocal need to use “quality machines to produce quality components” has seen a batch of ten Hyundai Wia vertical machining centres and CNC lathes installed to help the company meet the demands of an ever-increasing order book for aero-engine components.

Steve Hatch, Director of the Nuneaton-based specialist sub-contract machinist, also says that the extra capacity of the new machines was urgently needed “and in addition to the competitive pricing offered by T W Ward CNC Machinery (Ward CNC), all the machines were available on a very quick delivery – within three weeks”.

He adds: “In business terms, therefore, the immediate availability of additional high-class yet cost-effective CNC production machines met all our needs.”

The six turning machines (four two-axis L210A models and two E200s with c axis) and four vertical machining centres (F400 models), were available from stock from Ward CNC, Hyundai Wia’s exclusive UK and Ireland agent.

They joined an impressive portfolio of state-of-the-art machines and production equipment on Reginson’s 25,000 ft2 shop floor, which also boasts other Hyundai Wia models and Takisawa turning centres, also available from Ward CNC:

  • Takisawa Taiwan – four EX106, two EX108, one EX110 with live tooling, one EX310 and four EX308s with live tools; and
  • Hyundai Kia turn-mill centres – three SKT 100s and two SKT 200s.

The new machines are being used to perform what Mr. Hatch describes as “fairly straightforward” milling, drilling, boring and turning operations on a variety of workpieces including elbows and T pieces in materials such as stainless steel and Inconel.

“Workpiece complexity aside, however, we have to ensure that every component we produce is machined to the highest levels,” he adds. “So, to ensure we have quality output, we must use quality machines.”

Supplying customers also in the military, nuclear, motor sport, oil and gas, and rail industries, for example, privately-owned Reginson Engineering quickly gained a global reputation for world-class machining after its establishment in 1995. Today it employs more than 80 staff at the Nuneaton site.

Indeed, its burgeoning order book has also led to the establishment of a sub-contract machining facility in Pune, India, where 45 staff are employed, to meet the continual rise in orders specifically from the aerospace sectors.

With a growing focus on aerospace work, approvals were soon gained from organisations such as Rolls-Royce, Eaton and Godrej.

With BS EN 9100 accreditation, as well as AS9100 Rev D and (Rolls-Royce aero division) approvals, key customers include Pattonair, Meggitt, UTC and Parker Hannifin.

“Having experience of Ward CNC’s service and back up – and of the reliability of the machines it supplies – meant we knew exactly where to turn when we wanted much-needed capacity quickly,” Mr Hatch concludes.

“This latest investment tranche to meet a constantly rising order book is testament to our policy of developing leading–edge manufacturing methods and continual investment in new machinery and personnel,” he says. “This helps to ensure we remain focused on maintaining customer support by delivering quality products on time.”