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Delcam wins MTA Best Supplier Partnership with Coventry Engineering

The MTA Award being presented to Steve Creron, General Manager of Delcam UK (left), and Rob Gordon, Managing Director of Coventry Engineering Group (second right), by BBC presenter Susanna Reid and Mark Ridgway, Vice President of the MTA and Managing Dire

Delcam is pleased to announce that it was presented with the Best Supplier Partnership award for its relationship with Coventry Engineering Group at the MTA Manufacturing Industry Awards held at the ICC, Birmingham, earlier this month.  This category celebrates successful relationships between a customer and supplier, covering any business partnership that has delivered excellence in innovation, sustainability, value or delivery.

"It was very pleasing to receive an award recognising our high levels of customer service, especially as the ceremony was in our home city,” commented Delcam Marketing Manager, Peter Dickin.  "We have received many awards, including three Queen’s Awards, for our technical innovations so it is very satisfying to see the recognition for our customer support staff and gain an independent acknowledgement of their efforts to ensure that our users get the maximum benefit from our software.”

Coventry Engineering uses Delcam’s FeatureCAM feature-based CAM software to program three Mazak Integrex mill-turn machines.  The combination of the mill-turn machines and the Delcam programming system has increased productivity and shortened lead times, while maintaining consistently high quality.

"We have gained a big increase in productivity through the ability of the Integrex machines to machine many of our parts in one hit,” claimed the Group’s Manufacturing Manager, Gary Skraga.  "In addition, by using FeatureCAM for our programming, we have been able to take on much more complex parts.”

The increased complexity prompted Coventry Engineering to invest in a CAM system for the first time, having relied on manual programming for its earlier, less sophisticated equipment.  "Our first Integrex, which we added about seven years ago, allowed us to take on work that we couldn’t have attempted before,” explained Mr. Skraga.  "However, as we moved into these more complex parts, programming with the manual control was becoming too long-winded so we needed to move over to using a CAM system.”

"FeatureCAM has made programming so much easier, especially the feature-recognition capabilities,” he said.  "The software also gives you the flexibility to modify the toolpaths.  If you don’t like anything in the program, you can override it to get exactly the results you need.  In addition, the support from Delcam has been brilliant.  Any issues we have are sorted out within a day.”

"FeatureCAM can take designs directly from our four seats of SolidWorks and generate the toolpaths quickly.  We can also ask our customers for solid models instead of drawings.  One recent project needed fourteen different drawing views to describe the part.  However, with FeatureCAM, we could read in the solid model and complete the programming quite easily.  When we looked at the length of the finished program, we were glad we hadn’t had to write it manually.”

Coventry Engineering Group comprises three companies with a total of over sixty year’s manufacturing experience, which were brought together in a management buyout in 2003.  The core businesses are Coventry Toolholders, which designs and manufactures spindle-nose tooling and Centreline, which produces driven toolholders.  The Group’s Engineering Services Division provides precision subcontract manufacturing.  While it was initially established to fill any gaps in capacity in the other two businesses, the ESD has now grown into a successful operation in its own right.

13 February 2012

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