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Smithstown cuts material costs with Roemheld 5-axis vices


The need to drive down material costs and eliminate distortion when machining off waste, led Ireland-based Smithstown Light Engineering to invest in 5-Axis workholding vices from Roemheld.

For years, Smithstown has been making precision instruments for orthopaedic manufacturing companies and engineering companies. The family-run business also specialises in the supply of a wide range of moulds to companies involved in filtration, medical, aerospace, automotive and contract moulding. Smithstown uses a wide range of materials and, in a move designed to both improve material costs by reducing wastage and eliminate distortion during the machining-off process, the company decided to invest in Roemheld 5-Axis vices, which offer the ability to grip on just 3mm.

Brian King, Managing Director and one of the founders of Smithstown, said: “Before, when we held a big block of tungsten we would have to machine off 15-20mm and this would cause distortion. Now, using the Roemheld vices we only need to take off 2mm-3mm so the distortion problems have gone. We have also made significant savings on raw material costs, particularly when machining heat treated materials.”

When Smithstown invested in the Hilma MC100Z, MC60Z and SCS80 vices, it was also looking for the repeatability and accuracy which are critical when supplying to the medical industry.

Brian King said: “We believe in investing in new equipment every year and you definitely get what you pay for. That is why, when we are looking for more vices we will go straight back to Roemheld. With cheaper vices you have to fight to get the tolerances, which usually costs far more in the long run. It is only by putting precision in that you can deliver precision going forwards.”

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