Bush Telegraph

Keeping up with latest technology

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Keeping up with the latest technology is how you thrive in business,” Richard Illsley of Illsley Engineerin­g believes.

He invested heavily into a CNC Teach Lathe just before Christmas and has just received training in “conversati­onal programmin­g” for it from the agency Total CNC Products.

“Comparing an ordinary manual lathe with this new electronic version is like comparing a model T truck with a modern race car,” says Richard. He sees many benefits in terms of flexibilit­y of service for his customers.

The machine can be programmed to produce one-off shapes which have in the past been very time consuming. If needed the machine can make multiple and identical copies at high speed with total accuracy. It has all the tools loaded inside it for the task. It can operate on any material, including titanium.

Richard invites customers to order business for the new machine especially job-in work requiring multiple items. It promises to be fast, producing a nicer finished product and it has the capacity to create shapes and profiles not possible before.

A second technology addition is a precision drill sharpener capable of sharpening drills up to 28mm in size. While he sharpens drills for a customer Richard can lend another set so the customer is not held up.

Richard is also no longer a one-man band, with the addition of Fiona Saunders as a casual office and workshop assistant.

But Richard still likes to focus on challenges. Recently he has made a trailer for a racing boat, parts for a Harley Davidson bike, posts and swing mechanisms for The Forge Cafe´ , steering systems for a quad bike and a portable log splitter. He has re-machined vacuum pumps for dairy sheds, made disc brake rotors for cars and has sharpened the head knives at Alliance Freezing Works.

“I am the guy people come to when no-one can help them,” says Richard.

See him on Facebook, contact him by phone on 027 435 7998 or 06 374 7278, or by email richard@illsleyeng­ineering.co.nz

‘Comparing an ordinary manual lathe with this new electronic version is like comparing a model T truck with a modern race car. ’

 ??  ?? LEFT: Richard is trained by Total CNC Service Manager Doug McCracken to programme his new lathe.
LEFT: Richard is trained by Total CNC Service Manager Doug McCracken to programme his new lathe.
 ??  ?? LEFT: Richard checks to confirm the lathe is cutting his steel to size and shape.
LEFT: Richard checks to confirm the lathe is cutting his steel to size and shape.

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