Colchester Institute equips trainees with press brake knowledge

Image of the Morgan Rushworth Press Brake purchased by Colchester Institute on their premisesImage of the Morgan Rushworth Press Brake purchased by Colchester Institute on their premises

Christopher Coe is the Assistant Area Head of Engineering, Manufacturing & Associated Subjects for Manufacturing Training at the Colchester Institute. The institute’s training centre aims to equip students with real experience in the use of manufacturing tools and machinery. Chris spoke to us about his experience in purchasing the pressbrake.

Selmach offered the best deal in terms of price and function

 

What led you to purchase the new machines? What was the challenge or objectives?

We received some STEM training money to use on new equipment for training purposes, so our objective was to get the best machine we could for our budget.

How did you hear about Selmach and why did you choose them?

We had many sales options come through but Selmach offered the best deal in terms of price and function, compared to others on the market.

What features attracted you to the machine your purchased?

Mainly the cost and the fact that this machine has to ability for be programmed remotely so we can programme it from the office upstairs.

How have you benefited from the machine? Did it meet your expectations?

It definitely met our expectations. We would have liked a 4 Axis machine but our budget didn’t stretch to that but this one does a good job.

Has it helped you save time and increase productivity? What has been the impact on your college specifically?

That’s not really relevant to us but it has certainly been able to show the students what to do and what the machine is capable of, helpful for when they eventually get into employment. It has had a definite positive impact on their learning.

It has had a definite positive impact on their learning.

What are your thoughts on the aftercare and service throughout the process?

Excellent. Absolutely fantastic. The support team were spot on and I have no issues at all.

Any tips/advice to offer other people looking to purchase the same machine?

I would say that if you have the budget, try to get the next model up, the 4 Axis, where the backstops move for you, rather than you having to reach around. But I would say that this machine is very good value for money. I don’t think you could get a better one for the money.

Are there any other machines you might be interested in the future?

Yes, if I could I would buy loads from Selmach.

Published 11th February 2020