Cowie Engineering enjoys faster cutting with Sodick wire EDM

Cowie Engineering has continued its investment drive by installing a Sodick VL600Q CNC wire erosion machine from Sodi-Tech EDM. Since installation, Cowie Engineering says that the VL600Q has not only simplified programming and set-up, but boosted cutting speed by approximately 20%.

Sodick technology installed at Cowie Engineering Ltd. operated by Sam Keirs, Cowie Engineering CNC Programmer

Cowie Engineering was established in 1999 by Rodger Cowie with little more than a manual milling machine and lathe. Since then business has positively thrived. Cowie Engineering, which is ISO9001 accredited, credits much of this success to its long-standing ethos of being a quality engineering company that delivers first-class precision manufacturing services. 

“Although our previous Sodick EDM had given a lot of good service, we knew the time had come to seek a replacement,” explains company director Ross Cowie. “However, due to the reliable nature of the machine and our familiarity with the technology, we opted to look no further than Sodick for the new investment.”

Upon discussions with Sodi-Tech EDM, the Sodick VL600Q was recommended, based largely on its size capacity and price point.  “We wanted to effectively double the size capacity of our previous EDM, so the VL600Q made perfect sense with its axis travels of 600 x 400 x 270 mm,” says Mr Cowie.

“The machine is kept busy producing a number of different components and features. Typical operations include the creation of keyways, squares and splines for customers in the bottling, motorsport and oil and gas sectors. As well as providing around 20% faster cutting speed, we’ve found that the Sodick VL600Q offers far easier programming and set-up than our previous machine. The on-board Heart NC software is really effective, which is probably why we only needed two days of training at Sodi-Tech EDM to pick things up.”

“Along with our overall package and responsiveness, machines such as the Sodick VL600Q definitely differentiate our business from others,” he states. “In fact, we have already undertaken subcontract wire EDM work for a few competitor companies. Machines like this support our ethos of supplying quality components.”

“Investing in the latest CNC machine tools underpins our quality commitment to customers,” concludes Mr Cowie. “The Sodick machine has not missed a beat since it was installed, while the support from Sodi-Tech EDM has been equally good.”