These fabrications, which can be anything from a simple bracket to fully-assembled and tested machines, are supplied to customers in the power generation, oil and gas, and yellow goods sectors, among others. At any one time Stevens & Carlotti can have up to 1,200 individual jobs in progress which, in addition to laser cutting, CNC punching and folding, welding, and painting, also require the support of a machining facility. Investment in turning and milling capacity with machines from XYZ Machine Tools has enhanced productivity on its fabricated components and has also opened opportunities to develop a dedicated subcontract machining capability. “Machining of parts used in our fabrications remains the bread and butter for our machine shop, but with the increased capacity and capability we have now seen a growth in pure machining work for customers. This now accounts for 10 to 15% of our machined output and is growing year-on-year,” says Joe Douglas, planning manager at the company. The investment in XYZ machines began back in 2005 when the company took delivery of its first XYZ 560 Minimill, quickly adding a second, slightly larger XYZ VMC to its capacity list. These were th...