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Cutting through the lead times

There is no doubt in anyone's mind that the mining industry is operating at full capacity requiring a demanding workload from the miners and associated businesses. With lead times being crucial, Perth-based Ox Engineering felt it was time to look for a solution to alleviate the pressure, minimise lead times and bring outsourced plasma cutting work in house.

Ox Engineering supplies customised designed  products to suit the different types of drill rigs used in exploration. Some examples are: dual rotary water well rigs, large oil and gas rigs, diamond drill rigs and reverse circulation. All of these drill rigs require different products for sampling, maintenance and safety; handrails, platforms for personnel and auto mobilising specialised equipment to take manual handling down to a minimum.

Lead times too long

Demand in the industry is such that lead times were rapidly blowing out to three - four weeks, making business untenable for the Ox Engineering team. Given that the outlook for mining is relatively robust, Heath felt it was prudent to investigate the options to purchase a CNC plasma cutting machine to bring the plate cutting in-house.

Ox Engineering wanted a machine that could use their drawings with minimal fuss; it had to provide tight tolerances and accuracy, the cutting edge needed to be precise and the build quality of the machine needed to be high. And of course, meet our budget. As a result, Oxley chose a KOMPAKT 4020 CNC plasma cutting machine from HACO Australia.

“Previously, our lead times were too long; by the time the drawing was finalised and then outsourced for cutting we could potentially have lost 3-4 weeks. Now, with our own plasma cutter, once the drawing is complete, it can be cut in an hour. It has cut our turnaround time to a tenth of what it was,” says Oxley.

Cut turnaround time to a tenth of what it was

"The machine has only been with Ox Engineering for a short time, but has already made an appreciable difference to how the business operates. The company continues to grow both locally and into overseas mining markets, thanks in part to the introduction of a CNC plasma cutting machine to the company’s arsenal", Oxley concludes.

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