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A & G Price in Thames has recently made a significant addition to their heavy machining capacity with the acquisition of a new Johnford DMC6000 double column machining centre.
With a cutting envelope of 6000mm x 2800mm x 1066mm, and armed with a 5-axis head and 40-tool automatic tool changer, the new Johnford is arguably the largest commercially available machine in New Zealand.
A & G Price worked with the Taiwanese manufacturers to come up with a hybrid machine which is basically a combination of their standard DMC4000 and SDMC6000 models. A & G Price needed a machine with sufficient rigidity to remove a large quantity of metal in a short timeframe, yet still have the capability of reasonably fine tolerances where required.
Much of A & G Prices work involves complex machining of castings from their own foundry such as keels and bulbs for racing yachts worldwide.
Another area where the Johnford will be utilised is machining 6-tonne locomotive bogies for the Australian rail industry. These castings are the largest that A & G Price have done in their 138-year history but fit easily on the new machine.
A & G Price have also added to their already impressive range of services with the expansion of their heavy fabrication section, and the introduction of an on-site fitting and repair service. The company now has a range of qualified welders and fabricators and are able to tackle much larger jobs than was previously possible. Building on their long history in the refurbishment of machine refurbishment in a variety of industries, A & G Price recognised a need in the market for skilled site fitters to provide services in the areas of machine repair, refurbishment and maintenance. Backed by a comprehensive heavy machine shop, large fitting shop and fabrication section, A & G Price are now geared to deliver the complete package.