13 September 2021
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New investment in lathe technology at TR’s Hank manufacturing plant

TR Fastenings, part of the Trifast plc group of companies, has maintained a strong presence in East Sussex for many years, and the latest arrival at its Hank manufacturing facility in Uckfield represents an important investment in its UK operations.

Despite the challenges that COVID-19 has presented, demand for TR’s products continues to increase and the purchase of a CNC sliding head lathe reflects this.

The SR-32JII Type A unit is a high performance sliding head lathe supplied by Star Micronics GB. Its utilisation will enable TR to get products to market faster and with more efficiency, a vital requirement during the economy’s post-Covid recovery. With pent up demand, the machine will work alongside the 50 existing units, enabling TR to meet the needs of customers.

Benefits of the machine include greater accuracy, higher rigidity and, crucially, opportunities to expand productivity levels. Increased spindle power and more flexible tooling options will also help TR to add to the number of products already manufactured at the plant.

Specialists from Star Micronics were on-site to commission the machine and to oversee relevant training for TR users. The SR-32JII Type A weighs more than four tonnes, and the installation and implementation process took four days.

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