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Agile Flex 35D does more with the same for Hydramech Engineering

Hydramech Engineering, a specialist repairer for mining machinery components and hydraulic cylinders, has commissioned their new Agile Flex 35D featuring four drawers suitable for loading a range of parts up to Ø150mm with lengths up to 150mm.

The Agile Flex 35D is installed on a new Mazak Integrex j-200S which has two turning spindles and a milling spindle to process parts complete in single setups. The machine tool has the optional Mazak supplied auto-door function and an ethernet/IP networked robot interface for integration with the Agile Flex.

The Agile Flex 35D is able to unload completed products from head 2 while loading blank material into head 1 in a single visit to the Mazak, maximizing production time.

Investing in the Agile Flex 35D is allowing Hydramech to utilize their Mazak Integrex j-200S more effectively and for longer durations without growing their workforce.

Steve Nappy, Managing Director of Hydramech said: “We have reduced labor costs and increased production volumes across every part that goes through this machining cell, value-adding to our business.”

Hydramech’s CNC operators used to hand load machines. With the addition of the Agile Flex, the same operators are utilising more machines.

The Agile Flex has taken pressure off Hydramech’s workshop allowing them to ultimately provide more cost effective and higher quality repair solutions to customers.

Steve concluded: “I wanted to do more with the same, while upskilling my people. Adding automation to our process made sense and is proving to have substantial benefits for our business. We wouldn’t be where we are today without the Agile Flex, and we look forward to future growth together.”