We are pleased to have updated our equipment with the latest CNC milling machine and boring machine from Czech Republic manufacturer, Skoda Machine Tools. Skoda Machine Tools has gained recognition for building heavy duty lathes, milling and boring machines. It is not often you get to order one of their machines, but it became necessary for us when we were asked to quote on some large sub-assemblies for one of our existing clients.
StrucMAC has a Sanco SDM 4225 L, a bridge type CNC double column machining center, supplied by WD Hearn. The machine has a table size of 4 000 by 2 000mm and can take a load of 12 tons. They also have another large Sanco CNC machine, but this time a horizontal boring machine. The table size on this machine is 1 400 by 1 600mm and it can take a load of seven tons. A new Sanco SHM-13040R horizontal borer and a new Sanco SHM-11025R horizontal borer will be installed shortly
The Skoda FCW 140 horizontal floor borer comes with a Siemens 840DSL control and an additional 60 ton rotary table for full simultaneous machining. The working range includes a spindle diameter of 140mm, which is large by any standards, a 10 000mm X-travel and
5 000mm Y-axis travel, but Skoda can build to customer requirements. The Z+W axis is 1 700mm, the Quill (W-axis) is 800mm and the Z-axis (RAM) is 900mm.
The main drive has a 40 kilowatt motor and the table load capacity is up to 25 tons. This is some machine and it has created a huge amount of excitement in the company.
The machine is large enough and open enough to handle everything that the company produces today. With its long-reach quill and rotary table, the company can now complete multiple machining tasks on large parts in one setup. Parts can be placed in one universal fixture without compromising access to all of the different compound angles that are to be machined.
More Than Machining
Founder of StrucMAC, Andre Hattingh shares, “While I have focused on the machining side of the StrucMAC business, simply machining is not what the business is all about. Metalworking is traditionally divided into two main types of job shops. There are machine shops and fabrication/service shops. Increasingly, job shop customers are looking to work with fewer companies. They are driving a move toward integration of these two processes. To satisfy this trend, many machine shops sub-contract with fabrication shops and vice-versa to keep clients happy. While that works well for some, a few shops have abandoned sub-contracting in favour of putting machining and fabricating under their own control.”
StrucMAC now has five Leadwells on the floor, all supplied by WD Hearn, and 16 CNC machines in total.
Hattingh adopted this strategy some years back. “We could handle the machining on larger fabricated structures that customers would fabricate in-house. Eventually, we asked some of our clients if we could take a shot at machining and fabricating. We were successful and more work came in because, like other manufacturers, our clients were looking for full-service suppliers to relieve them of some of their manufacturing stresses.”
StrucMAC has steadily built this division of the company and can now offer boiler making, welding, flame, profile and plasma cutting, guillotining and bending. Laser cutting is about to be added. On order is a Prima Power laser that will be installed early in 2015.
Included in the inventory is a Heli 150 ton hydraulic press, a 400 ton Heli bending press, another 175 ton bending press, a Heli CS 13 x 3100mm guillotine, a MG plate roller, and the profile cutting division includes a plasma cutter, a Mardicraft flame cutter and a Messer CNC flame cutter.
StrucMAC has steadily built up its fabrication division and can now offer boiler making, welding, flame, profile and plasma cutting, guillotining and bending. Laser cutting is about to be added. On order is a Prima Power laser that will be installed early in 2015. Included in the inventory is a Heli 150 ton hydraulic press, a 400 ton Heli bending press, another 175 ton bending press, a Heli CS 13 x 3100mm guillotine and an MG plate roller.
“We can cut, bend and weld carbon steel, stainless, aluminium, nickel, steel and copper alloys along with cast iron. More importantly, we are now regarded as a shop that can offer full service sub-assembly work.”
For further details on what StrucMAC can offer you, call us on 011 822 2399.