James Walker metallics division invests for growth
17 January 2013
With the rapid growth of the oil and gas industry around the globe, business is booming for Yorkshire precision engineering company James Walker Moorflex of Bingley. To expand their share of this growing market and maintain the high levels of service and product quality required by their customer base, the company has invested in a spark erosion facility plus a range of the latest machining centres.
The new Gildemeister CTX machining centres are capable of handling multiple processes, improving overall efficiency and eliminating the need for transferring jobs between machines to carry out different processes. In addition the new machines have been fitted with the same Siemens Shop Turn interactive control systems as all other plant on the site. This system not only improves operator interaction, which is essential in the manufacture of the high precision components produced by Moorflex, it also allows operators to readily switch between machines providing the production flexibility required to match changes in order patterns.
“The new machining centres will supplement our existing capacity and help increase overall efficiency, which is essential to stay ahead of the growing demand for our products. The spark erosion facility on the other hand, brings a number of operations in-house, reducing our dependence on sub-contractors” explains manufacturing manager Andrew Meredith.
“James Walker Moorflex products go into critical applications under the most severe operating conditions where a failure can have a very high cost in financial, environmental and human terms. Anything we introduce into our production system must therefore be compatible with the precision and quality we need in our finished products. This latest investment allows us to hit these stringent requirements but with greater speed and efficiency, which will help us provide even better levels of customer service.”
Employing 93 people at its Bingley site, James Walker Moorflex manufactures precision metallic seals and components primarily for the oil and gas industry. As a part of the James Walker engineering group, the company’s products are sold and supported in over a 100 countries around the world including the key oil regions of North and South America, Europe and the Far East.
For further information, please contact:
James Walker UK Ltd
1 Millenium Gate
Tel: +44(0)1270 536000
Fax: +44(0)1270 536100