CAMEX invests in first 5-axis machining centre

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CAMEX invests in first 5-axis machining centre

Case study

CAMEX is a reputable and thriving injection mold maker and precision engineering business based on Auckland’s North Shore, owned by Graham Render and Simon Chan.

The company has provided high quality tooling and CNC services to some of New Zealand’s largest plastic companies since 1995. Building on its philosophy that quality machines make quality products, CAMEX recently bought a brand new SPINNER U-620. The SPINNER was the first 5-axis machining centre they had invested in and was picked based on several key factors. One factor was iCNC’s relationship with Iscar Pacific, resulting in CAMEX making Iscar Pacific its preferred tooling supplier.

“Our search for a machine started over four years ago when we looked into purchasing a 5-axis machining centre,” CAMEX director Graham Render says.

“After examining machines from multiple suppliers both in New Zealand and Australia we decided to leave it as the price of purchasing a 5-axis was too high. We put the machine on the back burner until recently when one of our original machines broke down.

“Once we realised that this wasn’t going to be an easy fi x we were recommended to Craig McGill at iCNC. iCNC offered us fantastic value for money for what we wanted to do and we got exactly what we needed, an affordable 5-axis with European quality.”

Availability was a key issue and iCNC had what CAMEX wanted in stock, which was a real bonus considering the machine was needed ASAP.

“So it really was a case of right time, right place, right price,” Mr Render says.

“The install and integration of the SPINNER U-620 has been faultless. Craig had the machine in and running within our time frame and his service has been impeccable. The machine hasn’t skipped a beat and the Siemens controller along with the NX 5-axis CAM is a user friendly combination.

“Overall we are extremely pleased with the deal we got and the service we have received from iCNC. The 5-axis machine has improved productivity, accuracy and allowed us to do difficult jobs quicker. We are firm believers that you have to move with technology to remain competitive in today’s market place. Since our upgrade we feel like 5-axis machining has taken us to the next level,” Mr Render says.

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