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MST install giant CNC milling station

A north-east-based bucket and undercarriage specialist have invested nearly £200,000 in new state-of-the-art machinery, believed to be in use for the first time in the bucket manufacture industry.

MST, the family-run business supplying bespoke bucket attachments and undercarriage to the mining and excavation industries, have installed the giant new CNC Milling Station made by American firm Haas.

The machinery, measuring some six metres across, will allow MST to accurately produce new cutting edges and attachments for their bespoke buckets in a fraction of the time it previously took with other systems.

John Whitehall, managing director of MST, said: ‘Given the current state of the mining and quarrying industry, this is a bold and ambitious investment by MST to help dramatically improve turn-around times for cutting edges and new attachments for our customers’ buckets.

‘We are not aware of any other organization in the UK, certainly not in the north, who has invested such sums in this highly specialized piece of equipment. It underlines our commitment to continue to provide the very best and most cutting-edge solutions.’

The milling station will allow MST’s dedicated team of CAD designers to download drawings directly on the station, which promises accuracy to a thousandth of a millimetre over three metres.

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