Turning to Siemens!

New Doosan lathes from Mills CNC – now supplied with Siemens 828 Controls.

Mills CNC, the exclusive distributor of Doosan machine tools in the UK and Ireland, has announced that it is now supplying, supporting and stocking Doosan lathes with Siemens 828 Controls and onboard ShopTurn conversational programming software.

Siemens controlSimilar to its Siemens Control launch and roll-out programme for vertical machining centres the company initiated back in 2015 – Mills’ roll-out strategy for Doosan lathes will, in the first instance, focus on selected horizontal single turret machines starting with its popular and best-selling Lynx and GT2100/GT2600/GT3100 lathe ranges.

The introduction of Siemens-controlled lathes will increase the attractiveness of the Lynx and GT-series machines still further especially amongst those UK and Irish precision component manufacturers who, in the past, decided against acquiring a Doosan lathe because it could not be supplied with their preferred control.

This move by Mills will enable the company to penetrate the Siemens control user market that was hitherto out of reach and, more importantly, will mean that manufacturers no longer need to compromise when it comes to investing in a high-quality, ultra-reliable and cost-competitive lathe.

Says Tony Dale, Mills CNC’s Technical Director:

“We have always supplied Doosan lathes with the latest Fanuc Controls – and will continue to do so.

“However, a significant proportion of UK and Irish manufacturers (especially those involved in machining high-precision aerospace components), prefer the Siemens Control systems.

“A few years ago Doosan launched and began supplying Siemens controlled lathes to selected markets in Asia and Europe (most notably Germany). The reaction within these markets to the initiative has been (and is) extremely positive.

“The steady growth in demand for Siemens controlled lathes here in the UK and Ireland has been the catalyst behind us now selling and stocking these lathes and we are confident that we will soon be acquiring and growing share of the Siemens’ user market as a consequence.”

To help Mills achieve its ambitions, the company has recently created a new resource at its Technology Campus facility in Leamington.

The aptly-named ‘Control Centre’ is a dedicated and discrete facility located in Mills’ machine tool demonstration area that will be used to help visitors and customers understand more about the different CNC control system options (e.g. Fanuc, Heidenhain and Siemens), available on Doosan machines.

The company’s CNC training arm – the CNC Training Academy – has also been strengthened and is now geared-up to cope with demand customers who have invested in new Doosan machines with Siemens Controls.

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