Global metal cutting leader, Sandvik Coromant, has officially inaugurated its new centre in the UK.
Based in Halesowen in the Midlands, the centre forms part of the global network of Sandvik Coromant Centers, a growing number of facilities that allow the organisation to share engineering expertise with its customers in a physical environment.
The new centre, which is also home to Sandvik Coromant’s UK headquarters, has undergone a significant investment and will operate as a national hub for metal cutting expertise.
The facility contains two education stations with two machines equipped for tooling demonstrations, application training and engineering projects. They are a 5-axis DMG Mori DMU 80 eVo milling machine, and a Mazak Integrex i-200S AG lathe.
Within the education stations, engineers are on-hand to deliver training and demonstrate trials and tests of cutting tools for customers and partners.
Machine demonstrations at the education stations space include the CoroTurn Prime for all-directional turning, which can be programmed with Sandvik Coromant’s specialist PrimeTurning methodology and in combination with the CoroPlus Tool Path software.
The centre is well-equipped to demonstrate the company’s expanded digital offer and knowledge of metal cutting applications. Prior to the inauguration on 16th May, the centre has already hosted over 7,200 interactions, 120 activities and trained more than 6,800 people in 2022.
The sessions were demonstrated at the opening ceremony. Using integrated cameras, multiple views of cutting demonstrations were visible on screens across the centre. The technology provides a closer look at cutting demonstrations, and it can be used for remote consultations with customers that cannot attend the centre physically. The sessions will also be used for educational purposes.
Other equipment in the centre includes the CoroPlus Tool Supply, an automated tool vending machine with software that enhances the shopfloor’s inventory control.
David Harborn, sales director for the UK and Ireland, commented: “Sandvik Coromant’s ties to the Midlands go back over 100 years. The investment and revival of this site signifies our commitment to serving the metal cutting industry in the UK, but also reinforces our presence as a flagship employer and business in the local area.
“Remaining at the historical Halesowen site holds significant importance, both strategically and socially. We take our community involvement very seriously, and continue to sponsor several community projects in Halesowen, Dudley and across the wider Midlands. Moreover, Sandvik Coromant has strong customer relationships, strong partnerships and links to academia in the region.”