New machine to boost local manufacturing company’s Australian-made capabilities

New machine to boost local manufacturing company’s Australian-made capabilities

Christmas came late for the Upton Engineering & Manufacturing Team, with an announcement in January that they had secured a $636,972 Queensland Government Manufacturing Hub Grant to purchase a Makino A500z – 5 Axis Machining Centre.

CEO Mitchell Upton said the centre, which is one of the latest machining technologies to hit the market, will benefit their rapidly growing regional manufacturing facility, and assist with increased workloads.

“This 5 Axis capability will allow us to machine more complex parts than we previously could,” he said.

“Which is perfect for continuing to grow our work in up-and-coming market sectors such as Space, Aviation and Defence, which require extremely accurate parts with very complex geometries and shapes.

“It will allow us to be internationally competitive and offer an advanced manufacturing solution right here in regional Queensland.

“It’s an exciting opportunity to showcase what we are doing in Gladstone.”

The centre, which will initially require multiple operators, will allow UEM to upskill existing staff and for the training of new personnel.

“To support the new machine’s capability, and embrace Industry 4.0 we will be required to create multiple new positions,” Mitchell said.

“We will have to employ dedicated tooling personnel, metrology and QA personnel, manufacturing assistants, engineers and AM programmers.”

Despite the challenges due to the effects of COVID on supply chains, Mitchell said it has been a busy start of the year for UEM with great demand locally for the products they deliver, and that they were looking forward to the delivery of the Makino A500z in about four months’ time.

“I’d like to thank the Queensland Government and the Gladstone and Rockhampton Manufacturing Hubs for their support and backing regional manufacturing,” he said.

“We are keen to get this machine to work and to continue making Australian-made parts.”