High calibre, high precision
Jones & Shipman Hardinge to handle Super Precision sales and support in UK & Ireland
Sales and technical support for the acclaimed Hardinge Super Precision (SP) range of turning and turn/grinding machines are now being handled in the UK and Ireland by Jones & Shipman Hardinge.
Based at its UK headquarters at Clifton Dunsmore near Rugby, Jones & Shipman Hardinge represents the interests of sister companies in the Hardinge group, i.e. Kellenberger, Hauser, Voumard, Tschudin and Usach, and now the SP products which were previously sold and supported from Germany. The company also represents the interests of Okamoto grinding solutions in the UK.
As Jones & Shipman Hardinge UK managing director Mike Duignan explains, while filling a niche roll, SP machines are widely recognised as production machines of the highest calibre:
“Machines in the SP and SP Quest range can offer combined turning and grinding systems specifically designed to optimise the high precision machining of complex parts. As well as their turning capability, the machines can be equipped with grinding spindles, giving them the capability of maintaining a continuous machining accuracy of 3 microns over extended periods of operation”, he explains.
Super Precision machines offer a very compact footprint and, with turnkey packages or optional automation, can operate as a stand-alone single machine or within a multi-cell environment.
“These machines are a perfect complement to our well-established capability across the spectrum of grinding,” adds Mike Duignan. “They allow us to offer an optimal solution for customers’ high precision, complex parts production, be it grinding, super precision hard turning or a combination of both.”
Hardinge, Inc. is the trusted global provider of high precision, computer-controlled machine tool solutions for critical, hard-to-machine metal parts and advanced workholding accessories. With over 125 years of experience, Hardinge offers the largest variety of metal-cutting turning machines, grinding machines, machining centres, collets, chucks, index fixtures, repair parts, standard and specialty workholding devices, and other machine tool accessories. Hardinge’s solutions can be found in a broad base of industries including aerospace, agricultural, automotive, construction, consumer products, defence, energy, medical, technology, and transportation. Headquartered in Berwyn, PA, the company designs, manufactures, and distributes machine tools in over 65 countries across North America, Europe, and Asia.
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New base, new direction for UK Jones & Shipman Hardinge operations
Jones & Shipman Hardinge UK managing director Mike Duignan (right) outside the company’s new UK headquarters in Clifton Dunsmore, Rugby, accompanied by Alan Fisher, regional customer service manager, Hardinge Europe
Following the acquisition of its parent Hardinge Inc. by Privet Fund Management LLC during the summer of 2018, a restructuring of the group is being implemented which has resulted in a number of changes at the headquarters of its UK Jones & Shipman Hardinge operations.
The company has relocated from its long-established Leicester headquarters and factory to a new administration, distribution and demonstration facility on the Europark at Clifton Dunsmore, just outside Rugby.
Its sister grinding companies in the group: Kellenberger, Hauser, Voumard, Tschudin and Usach, now include the Hardinge identity and are represented under the new Hardinge global umbrella website as distinct brands.
“It’s a means of clarifying what’s on offer from the significant resource we have within Hardinge Inc.,” explains UK managing director Mike Duignan. “For example, Hauser Hardinge is recognised as the leader in jig grinding, so the Hauser name will become associated with that process, whereas Kellenberger Hardinge will be the ‘go to’ for general purpose universal and cylindrical machines and so on for all the different group brands.”
In another development, the UK company will in future be responsible for machine sales and product support across Ireland and similarly for sales of the acclaimed Hardinge Super Precision machines with their capability for sustained high tolerance machining as either a single machine or within a multi-cell environment.
There will be no change to the relationship with the UK company and the acclaimed Okamoto brand, which Jones & Shipman Hardinge represents and supports exclusively in the UK and France.
“This has proven to be a very worthwhile partnership,” adds Mike Duignan. “Okamoto machines cover a wide spectrum, but we have developed the market for their surface grinding machines and have installed a number of machines in UK manufacturers. Customers have been impressed with the quality and robust build standards of the machines and they complement the capability we offer from within the group.”
In a move that will ensure continuity, all key aftersales, applications, sales and support staff made the move from Leicester to the new facility where plans are well advanced for a new demonstration area.
An applications engineering facility has also been established, supported by an in-house workshop. Larger and bespoke projects will be supported by Hardinge grinding experts from across the European operations.
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