Gearbox Manufacturer Ups Production With 1.8-Million Pound Machining Center

Renold Gears has installed a 1.8-million pound, state-of-the-art, Burkhardt + Weber machining center at its factory in Rochdale to increase production of gear cases in the mid- to large-gear unit market. 

The new, high-precision machining center supplied by leading machine tool supplier Geo Kingsbury will speed up in-house production as a result of reduced set-up and run times and enable the company to meet steady growth for its products in this sector. The new Burkhardt + Weber MCX 1400, described by Renold as the most accurate machining center on the market, is capable of meeting the highest industry standard tolerances. 

It has a work range of 3.2m on the X-axis, 2.2m on the Y-axis, and 2.1m on the Z-axis. It features such things as fast tool management robotics, storage of up to 172 tools, twin pallets of 1,600mm x 1,600mm, and a work-piece swing diameter of 3,200mm. It will enable the company to manufacture all custom products in house, enhance quality management, reduce lead times, and increase production. 

Following delivery in November, the new machining center is now installed and in production at Renold Gears' factory.