Goodman on the starting grid with new machinery
Posted on 10 May 2019 and read 987 times
Milton Keynes-based Goodman Precision Engineering, which makes components and prototypes for the motor-sport industry, is investing in a new Quaser MV184PH milling machine (with Heidenhain CNC system) — supplied by the
Engineering Technology Group (ETG) (www.engtechgroup.com
Based in the UK’s ‘Motorsport Valley’, Goodman has grown rapidly in the last few years, almost doubling its workforce to 25 and seeing its turnover increase to around £2 million a year.
Founder Mark Goodman, who has 30 years’ experience in Formula One (F1) and sub-contract machining, said: “We needed to replace our old Hardinge Bridgeport machine and spoke to ETG about what we needed. Since we started this business in 2011, we have built up a range of machinery, including three Quasers.
"They are well-built high-quality machines and excellent value for money — especially operating them with Heidenhain controls, as we do. We don’t really do mass production; we use them for prototyping, so it is all about quality — and they deliver that in abundance. Because of our particular needs, we are fitting the Kitagawa five-axis table that we used with the Hardinge Bridgeport to our new Quaser machine. This will help us with our growing workload.”
ETG regional sales manager Jon Mannion said: “Goodman has been an ETG customer for a number of years, and the company came to us when it was looking to increase its milling capacity.
"Mark and his team are well aware of the qualities of Quaser machines, particularly with the TNC 640 control from Heidenhain. Although it comes with significant specification as standard, the Goodman machine includes Blum-Novotest twin probe measurement technology and a 48-tool side-arm tool changer.”