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WES Hardmetal Engineering are at the forefront of the precision engineering industry, servicing the Nuclear, Oil and Gas and Renewable energy markets, to name a few. They have a customer list from as far afield as India, Vietnam, Canada and Norway, which continues to grow. To cope with the increasing number of orders WES have invested in three new, state-of-the-art machines.

The first part of their winter investment program sees the arrival of the AgieCharmilles Wire-cut EDM 20P and 30P machines, at the start of September.

Electrical discharge machining is a manufacturing process that uses electrical discharges to shape materials.

Imagine a piece of cheese being cut by a cheese wire, but the cheese is Tungsten Carbide, one of the hard materials on earth and the wire is electrically charged and is only  0.15mm thick brass.

These machines allow Hardmetal to intricately shape larger parts, expanding the work piece area to 600 X 400 X 350mm.  The machine's larger work envelope and ability to cut challenging materials makes it ideal for machining larger, complex parts that are common in the aerospace and energy industries. Even though these high-tech machines are up to 50% faster than the ones they replace, they are more environmentally friendly thanks to a low power consumption Swiss-made motor.

Manager director Andrew Hosking had this to say “The company retains its place at the forefront of the industry - and ahead of its competitors - through constant investment in state-of-the-art machinery and in on-going training of both skilled personnel and apprentices.”

“Our machinery, tooling and equipment are geared up to working with some of the hardest materials on the planet, and our extensive expertise in this area is second to none.”

“Our core capabilities lie with the outstanding technical support we offer our customers, as well as the first class product quality achieved through the exceptional skill and experience of our award winning workforce.”

For the second part of the investment and expansion program, WES Hardmetal Engineering has also purchased a laser marking system, to complement their already impressive capacity list. The new laser marking system is an essential addition to the full material and product traceability capabilities of the company.


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