Rebuilding and reconditioning is an important line of business for users of construction, earth-moving and agricultural equipment.
For the equipment owners and operators, rebuilding makes economic sense, particularly with regard to the hydraulic components. Since 2006, rebuilding has been in such demand at U & L Engineering that it has now added CNC machining capabilities to its shop, in order to fulfill its requirements.
Among the critical components now installed at U & L engineering is a Hurco TM12 CNC heavy duty lathe that has a travel of 305 x 1016 mm, a maximum turning diameter of 550 mm, turning length of 1000 mm, a bar capacity of 102 mm and a spindle of 2.8k, 604 Nm @ 870 rpm.
“This is the biggest lathe sold by Hurco in South Africa and it is one of the first machines to be installed in South Africa with the re-branded livery, that was only launched a few months ago,” said Ulrich Olivier U & L Engineering’s owner.
“We chose the Hurco because of the power and flexibility of the integrated Hurco control powered by WinMax®. The control can be programmed on the shop floor with Hurco's patented conversational programming or industry standard NC,” continued Olivier.
“This is the first time that we have ventured into the CNC domain. It became necessary for us to go this route because of the increased volume of orders that the company has experienced over the last few years. Bringing this previously outsourced machining work in-house has helped U & L to increase its revenues, add new staff and to improve delivery schedules and costs for customers.”
“These were the principles that the company was founded on in 2006 and we intend to maintain these principles going forward.”
“Before I knew it I was renting a small factory in Anderbolt, Boksburg, took on my first two employees and purchased my own machines. One staff member was a machinist and the other was a turner and we acquired some conventional machines. That was in 2007.”
“I also purchased my first Sir Meccanica portable line boring and welding equipment. This gave us the opportunity to do the repairs or refurbishment onsite whereby we would carry out boring, overlay welding on inside and outside surfaces, and drilling and tapping operations. Offering this service eliminated the need to disassemble the equipment, reduced down time and avoided costly transport to a repair shop.”
“This side of the business has kept on growing over the years and compliments the machine shop in many ways. We now have seven sets of the Sir Meccanica equipment of varying sizes and configurations for different applications.”
“More importantly we have purchased two service vans that are permanently on the road servicing clients, both locally and cross border. You will be surprised at the locations that our vans have travelled to and what repair work they have carried out.”
About U & L Engineering
When visiting U & L Engineering you do not get the impression that there is a relatively newly established machining and service shop that is on the rise because directions are to a small holding in Putfontein, Benoni, Gauteng. But once you drive down the gravel road, past the high walls and gates you get a very different impression. The company was formed in 2006 by Ulrich Olivier and in 2007 he employed his first two staff members. That same year Olivier rented his first factory in Anderbolt, Boksburg, Gauteng and purchased his initial manufacturing equipment.
In 2008 the company moved to the small holding taking up occupation in three relatively small garages. In 2009 the company built a 300 m² building, and in 2012 took occupation of a 320 m² building followed by a further expansion of a 600 m² building.
The company now employs 35 staff, which includes six turners, one machinist, three boilermakers, nine fitters, two job inspectors and one honing machinist.
Besides running a machine shop that caters for most of its needs the company is very active in onsite machining and welding, carries a stock of components, bar and tube and has an all important modern test bench to certify the hydraulic cylinders it has repaired, refurbished, rebuilt or manufactured.
For further details contact U & L Engineering on 082 311 6045.