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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Harrison Steel Castings Expands Machining Operations


An example of the Mazak Versatech vertical machine center recently acquired by Harrison Steel Castings for its machine shop expansion. Credit: Mazak

Harrison Steel Castings has expanded its machining operations with a new shop and machine tool acquisitions, in a $9 million investment.

The Attica, Ind., carbon and alloy steel casting company has invested in a new 29,000-sq-ft machine shop in an effort to expand its finishing solutions. Previously, the company used external services for roughing and finishing of its castings.

“The new facility allows us the ability to provide both rough and finish machining in one shop, instead of using an off-site vendor,” Geoffrey Curtis, Harrison Steel Castings’s vice president and general manager, told American Machinist. “We have been able to offer this in the past to select customers, but now we have committed the space, equipment and manpower to offer it to everyone. This will save significantly in time and shipping costs.”

Harrison Steel Castings has installed two new machine tools in the new facility. The Mazak Versatech V100 vertical machining center will be used for a wide variety of operations, as the castings maker selected it for its versatility. The Mazak unit is a “multiple-surface, five-axis double-column machine capable of continuous machining without head change” that can handle large workpieces in high volume and in rapid processing times.

“Its versatility serves many industries, including energy, mining and construction, shipping, and agriculture,” Business Development Manager Kevin Cherry told American Machinist. “We serve all of those industries, so it’s a perfect fit.”

Harrison Steel Castings also purchased a Mazak E1850 as well. The multitasking vertical turning center was selected for its “large-capacity turning potential.”

Brian Lane

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