Mills CNC, the exclusive distributor of Doosan machine tools in the UK and Ireland, has joined The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing as a Tier One member.
As part of the partnership agreement, signed in Autumn 2017, Mills CNC has supplied two advanced, high-performance and proven Doosan machine tools to the AMRC – a TT1800SY twin-turret/twin-spindle turning centre, and a DNM 6700 vertical machining centre.
Both machines are being used in a major Boeing-initiated research and development programme into the future manufacture of actuator parts and assemblies.
The Programme is focused on continuous improvement and best practice with the Doosan machines playing a pivotal role in helping develop more efficient and effective manufacturing methods.
The intention, following extensive testing and proving out at the AMRC, is to transfer and implement the processes and best-practice manufacturing methods to the Boeing Sheffield factory which is due to open in late 2018.
Says Kevin Gilbert, Mills CNC’s managing director:
“These are exciting times for Mills CNC. We’re delighted to have become part of the AMRC and to be involved, right from the outset, in such a high-profile and important manufacturing project.”