Pentagon in 3-Phase Machinery Investment

In March, Pentagon Tooling took delivery of a new Mikron VCE 600 Pro. It’s the first of three new machines making their way into the tooling department of the Pentagon Plastics Group.

The latest addition enhances the tooling division’s existing CNC machining services and facilitates high-efficiency milling within the mould tool manufacturing process.

The new machine has a 16,000-rpm spindle speed, a Heidenhain TNC620 control system and a 24x tool magazine. This significant purchase forms part of the £500,000 total investment to enhance the CNC machining and EDM capabilities that Pentagon started towards the end of 2022.

The new Mikron provides highly versatile machining and facilitates unmanned production, with a cutting speed of 200 m/min; this high-level investment will improve efficiency and enhance cutting accuracies. Remote monitoring capabilities will guarantee machine downtime is circumvented.

To cater for the new addition to the tooling division, the workshop has been re-arranged and machinery re-sited to ensure smooth operation and adequate working clearance around the Mikron. LEAN Manufacture principles are always applied to the facility’s layout to ensure minimal waste through the working processes.

Pentagon’s dedicated CNC machining team has received a bespoke and in-depth training program to ensure optimal machining operation and programming. The second of the three new machines, the FORM E 600 CNC Spark Eroder, is due for delivery in mid-April, with the FORM E 350 following closely in May.

Pentagon focuses on measured re-investment into the business where it is deemed to add customer value and enhance the UK-based manufacturing services. This latest programme of machinery investment will be vital in maintaining a competitive edge against competitors, allowing for improved manufacturing lead times through machinery enhancement.

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