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Timely rewards for jig grinding trio

Three operators with over 70 years’ experience of working on Hauser jig grinding machines have been presented with wrist watches and long service certificates by the Swiss manufacturer in recognition for their loyalty and skills development.

Suresh Patel, Ashley Beadling and John Meggison have been working the jig grinders in one of Western Europe’s largest jig grinding cells at the Kegworth, Derby factory of Slack & Parr Limited, manufacturers of precision gear metering pumps used for polymer extrusion and metering generally in the man-made fibre industry.

Suresh Patel was the operator trained on the first Hauser X3 micro-processor controlled machine when it was installed in 1988.  It has since been followed by a further 10 machines – all still in full operation - the most recent being a Hauser S35
4 axis CNC machine.

Hauser machines are sold and supported in the UK by Leicester based Jones & Shipman Hardinge Ltd and as its managing director Mike Duignan explains, the operations at Kegworth are a Hauser flagship installation.

“We know from our extensive dealings with Slack & Parr that the machines are absolutely integral to the precision and longevity of their world renowned products. Machine number 11 (installed in early 2012) is running quite comfortably alongside its 25 year old predecessor and these experienced operators are handing on their skills to the younger team members and apprentices in the organisation.”

For Slack & Parr, Operations Director Richard Wilson adds; “Fritz Ruprecht who heads up sales from the Hauser HQ in Biel/Bienne visits us at least once a year and had observed earlier that 2013 was the 25th anniversary of the first installation. On his last visit he requested to meet with the three longest serving operators and they were delighted to receive the watches and certificates.  It was a nice gesture to reward those who have worked so diligently in the jig grinding shop which is a centrepiece of our manufacturing operations.”