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Dormer installs Heller machine in landmark deal

posted 22 Mar 2011, 01:23 by RiDO Rotherham
Dormer Tools has announced a landmark partnership with Heller Machine Tool with the installation of the state-of-the-art FT 4000 machine at their productivity facility on the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham. 

The significant Heller investment will enable Dormer to take a step-forward in providing expert support to businesses across the UK on their milling, threading and drilling applications. 
The FT 4000 is one of the most powerful machines of its type and will ensure Dormer has the leading technology to offer first-class demonstrations for a wide range of engineering and manufacturing sectors. 
Dormer’s popular customer surgeries, for example, will now offer customer specific solutions using the new machining centre to improve manufacturing and process efficiency. This not only provides Dormer with the opportunity to demonstrate their significant product development but also allows Heller to showcase the power and flexibility of the machine. 
Heller’s impressive five-axis high-torque machining technology is already being used at Dormer by international organisations such as Bosch and Goodrich, where a number of projects are being undertaken and Heller continue to field a number of enquiries following a very successful Farnborough Airshow.   
John O’Donoghue, general manager at Dormer Tools, said: “This is a considerable development for Dormer as it will further enhance our reputation of providing innovative solutions in milling, threading and drilling applications. It allows us to provide expert consultancy and the ability to validate cost savings and process efficiency in a state-of-the-art facility using Heller's excellent five-axis machining technology.
“Bringing a world-leader such as Heller on board will provide Dormer with the machining capabilities to demonstrate how successful our cuttings tools can be. The F Series’ qualities render it ideal for use across a wide spectrum of industries, including automotive and aerospace.

"It is a perfect partnership at the perfect time, allowing us to penetrate the market with our latest milling technology by performing product demonstrations on one of the most powerful machines of its type.” 
Geoff Lloyd, managing director of Heller, added: “We have a number of demonstration machines across Europe, but we have chosen the Dormer facility at the Advanced Manufacturing Park as the key location to house our UK machine. 
“Dormer has developed a long-standing reputation for excellence in cutting tool technology and we see this as the ideal opportunity to showcase our machine and how it can work hand-in-hand with the latest in cutting tool innovations. It provides both Heller and Dormer with the ideal demonstration facility.”

Heller manufactures a wide range of machining centres at its high-tech UK manufacturing plant, based in Redditch. The company’s central location offers considerable advantages in terms of service, spare parts and engineering support for both its UK and European customers. 
Dormer’s partnership with Heller follows their recent joint venture development with Hexagon Metrology and Kelch, which will see various products from Hexagon and the Kelch range of dimensional metrology systems used at Dormer’s UK facility.