BEL purchases first ETG supplied Pietro Carnaghi mill/turn centre

BEL purchases

BEL Engineering, a division of Newcastle upon Tyne based British Engines, is the first UK purchaser of a Pietro Carnaghi Flexturn 25 large capacity multitasking machining centre following Carnaghi being represented in the UK by the Engineering Technology Group.

BEL Engineering offers subcontract machining services specialising in large capacity, heavy duty, horizontal machining projects working in sectors from power generation to oil and gas, renewables, marine and heavy machinery. BEL Engineering’s large capacity business is based at a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Cramlington, Northumberland and is equipped with a £3 million-plus investment in world-class machine tools.

The Carnaghi Flexturn 25 W Ram is an 6 axis milling and turning centre equipped with a 6 pallet FMS system. Three pallets are circular 1.6M diameter units and three are of a 1.6 x 1.8M oblong configuration.

With this machine, BEL has the capability to remove and alternate the machining heads in a range of configurations including both boring and facing heads. The onboard tool changing capacity has 252 toolholder locations.

Jonathan Lamb, CEO of BEL Engineering explains the company’s decision to purchase a Carnaghi machine; “For the type of machining projects we are expecting to put on the Flexturn, Pietro Carnaghi has a superb pedigree. Further, the detachable nature of the machining heads gives us tremendous flexibility while ensuring we protect unused heads in what is a very unforgiving machining environment.

"The Flexturn will become integral within our large milling and turning Cell and will give us an integrated range of benefits including great capability, larger capacity and extended machining hours for lights out operation" he adds.

As well as its significant pallet capacities the Flexturn 25 W has X and Y axes travels of 2100mm with 1100mm on the Z and 1000 on the W.

The machine is scheduled for delivery into BEL in the summer of 2017.

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