Scarborough UTC invests in the engineers of tomorrow

Scarborough UTC’s new training facility was opened in September 2016 with the aim of educating the engineers of tomorrow. To ensure the facility gives students the best possible introduction to industry, it sourced machine tools, almost exclusively, from 600 UK.

The UTC acquired Colchester Student centre lathes, a Harrison Alpha CNC combination lathe, Clausing turret milling machines, pedestal drills and bandsaws to fill the workshop, accompanied by a range of Pratt Burnerd International chucking solutions.

Commenting upon the reason for choosing 600 UK, the principal at Scarborough University Technical College (UTC), Tim Englefield says: "We wanted machines that represented the standard of machine tools that local companies are using. We wanted our learners to be able to leave the UTC with an education that will enable them to walk straight into a local company and feel completely at home with the technology being used.

"When we look at the characteristics of a machine, it's a combination of factors that are important,” he adds. “As a government funded organisation, whatever we choose has to have a high 'value for money' factor. We want machines that are built to last and robust enough to take regular and heavy use from students whilst also delivering the ability to perform to a high standard."

The Colchester Students have a longstanding reputation for being benchmark training lathes, incorporating an ideal compact footprint for an education workshop, allowing for Scarborough UTC to fit the maximum number of machines into its available space. Furthermore, these lathes are less daunting for students to learn on which helps instil confidence immediately.

The geared headstock Colchester Student lathes provides learners with the right equipment to gain industrial level training, providing a comprehensive grounding in the basics of turning. They are built to standards in excess of DIN8606 and BS4656 Part 1, which combined with outstanding safety features said to exceed all international safety standards, make it the ideal education workshop lathe. Additionally, all Colchester centre lathes come fully equipped with a full range of accessories, suiting any industrial or training application.

The UTC also has the Harrison Alpha 1350XS lathe with CNC capability, so students can pre-program machines in the computer suites at the college. The Harrison Alpha CNC combination lathe has a wide range of built-in educational training options, making it a favourite choice for colleges and training centres around the world.

The wide range of Alpha control options available enable learners to seamlessly progress from manual, through to full CNC turning, aided by working with conversational programming, 3D graphic displays and standard ISO programming capabilities.

Additionally, all the Colchester and Harrison lathes were fitted with high quality Pratt Burnerd super precision manual chucks to ensure that turning operations are repeatedly made to high quality and accuracy.

High value-added Clausing mills, drills and bandsaws completes the 600 UK equipment supplied to the UTC, making the workshop a complete, all-encompassing learning package for the students.

The Clausing 2VS turret mills complement the Colchester and Harrison lathes and are rapidly becoming a key engineered product in the industrial milling sector – ideal for transitioning students making the step from learning into industry. However, as with every Clausing product, the 2VS mill is one of many in a wide range of turret and bed mills offered by Clausing.

Scarborough UTC chose the Clausing KC1016VS bandsaw and EKL25 pillar drills as compact, versatile, industry ready machine tools that learners could pick up and use quickly when working on engineering projects. Clausing also supplies a wide range of drills, bandsaws and grinders to suit any workshop environment whether in industry or education.

The UTC model has been in operation for little over five years in the UK and the Scarborough facility is one of 48 such establishments located up and down the country. Scarborough UTC accepts students from the age of 14 which undertake the standard curriculum of maths, science and English as well as three engineering qualifications. These include engineering manufacturing, engineering design and electronics and control systems.

Mike Berry, former 600 UK managing director says: “We pride ourselves in supporting all our customers whether in education or industry and respond to their individual needs. All our machines are manufactured to be equally at home in any workshop environment and we firmly believe that using high quality industrial standard machinery is paramount for education establishments to get the best out of tomorrow’s engineers.

“600 UK engineers worked very closely with Scarborough UTC at every stage of the project and we are highly delighted with the result.”

600 UK www.600uk.com

Scarborough UTC www.scarboroughutc.co.uk

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