Cell Partnership Increases Horstman Capacity – Mazak, Edgecam & Iscar

Published on: 4th March 2014

A partnership between Mazak, Edgecam and Iscar has created a £1.25m manufacturing cell giving a leading defence systems manufacturer additional capacity to produce complex 5-axis components on a sub-contract basis.

Horstman Defence Systems Limited are renowned for designing and developing high-performance suspension systems for military vehicles. Their customer base includes more than 35 armed forces around the world, each taking a number of different products.

The new manufacturing cell was established to produce components for a NATO Infantry Fighting Vehicle. It comprises two Mazak Integrex i-400 machines and one i-200s all programmed by Edgecam, along with a tool vending and management system managing a total of 111 Iscar cutting tools in around 88 different tool assemblies, and an array of inspection equipment. The contract is for 4,200 suspension assemblies over the next seven years. Horstman are manufacturing nine components in the cell for each assembly. Read the full story here