Master Abrasives installs eco 200 at Border Ballistics
Following the sale at MACH 2018, Master Abrasives has installed the Micromatic eco 200 grinding machine in Border Ballistics Technologies (BBT) facilities based in Scotland.
Paul Batson, Master Abrasives Managing Director comments: “Geoffrey from BBT was one of the hundreds of visitors we welcomed onto our stand to view the eco 200 grinding machine. We were using the MACH show as a platform for the full range of machinery and grinding products we now offer, and making this sale was one of the highlights for us.”
Geoffrey Kolbe, managing director of BBT, has been in the non-military gun trade for over 25 years and established the company in 2015 to fill a gap in the UK market. The company is a manufacturer of high performance gunsmith tooling such as chamber reamers, headspace gauges and other specialist tooling for gunsmiths, all of which are produced to the high standards required with superior quality finishes and high accuracy.
He explains: “In line with market demand, we needed to increase our production output. To overcome this issue, we established that by utilising our tool and cutter grinder more intelligently we could maximise output. We identified that taking the basic blank preparation operations off this sophisticated production machine, productivity would increase with the introduction of a manual/semi-automatic hydraulic cylindrical grinding machine. The Micromatic ECO 200 machine supplied by Master Abrasives proved to be the ideal machine for this purpose and the price was very reasonable too.
“The production of special purpose bespoke stepped reamers and head space gauges in tool steel demands very tight tolerances on specific dimensional features such as outer diameter, angles and faces. The ECO 200 manual/semi-automatic hydraulic machine fulfilled our requirements perfectly. Its introduction into production will improve our manufacturing lead times and also contribute to lower production costs.”
The new machine at BBT has a 400 mm grinding capacity between centres and an additional internal grinding spindle. The wheel head nitride hardened steel spindle runs in high precision multipoint hydrodynamic bearings which gives very high rigidity and excellent damping.
Geoffrey Kolbe continues, “Master Abrasives provided a very professional service from start to finish. The machine was delivered as promised on time and was up and running within a couple of days. Operator training was given on the functionality of the machines operation and components were produced to our exacting standards.”
Master Abrasives applications engineer, Martin Stevens assisted with the installation: “We encourage those interested in a new grinding machine to get in touch and arrange a visit to our grinding and finishing showroom. We can show you the Micromatic grinding machines’ capabilities in action, as well as other items we offer including our demonstration tape superfinishing device, measuring equipment and abrasives.”
Master Abrasives continues to offer its customer base a complete solution to their grinding and polishing requirements.