CNC Machine Tools Success Stories

Morgan Engineering – Making it happen in mining

Morgan Engineering takes pride in living up to its motto “we make it happen”; from its base in Singleton, New South Wales, they've been delivering exceptional engineering solutions to the mining industry for more than 45 years.

Morgan Engineering

Vijesh Raghavan, Drafting-Design-Projects, and Jeremy Brett, General Manager, in front of “Phyllis”, Morgan Engineering’s Mazak Integrex i-400 multi-tasking machine.

Morgan Engineering was established in 1975 by Ross and Carole Morgan and is now operated by their children: Martin, Matthew and Chelsea Morgan. Morgan Engineering provides engineering design, welding, line-boring, large-capacity CNC machining, on-site machining and heavy fabrication services across Australia, with a focus on New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia.

The company is renowned for the manufacture, re-manufacture and reclamation of components to suit CAT earthmoving equipment. The team have refined their processes over the course of 45 years, providing components which are third-party-certified to meet or exceed OEM specifications. Compared to new replacement components, the Morgan Engineering components not only halve their customers’ costs, but also reduce downtime due to shorter lead times. Morgan Engineering relies on state-of-the-art Mazak equipment supplied by John Hart to deliver high-quality solutions and stay well ahead of the competition. The company’s ultramodern, high-capacity workshop features a Mazak Integrex i-400 multi-tasking machine and a Mazak MTV815/80 vertical machining centre.

Chelsea Morgan describes some of the projects processed on these machines: “The machining centres are extremely versatile and are utilised for jobs such as 4100 dragline suspension links, jacking bolts for underground mines, lightweight pin retainer plates for Hitachi excavators, and phosphorous bronze bushes for a ship loader.”

The Mazak machines have brought significant business benefits to Morgan Engineering.

“Thanks to the advanced features of the Mazak machinery, we have the capability to machine the manufactured components more precisely compared to our competitors,” Martin Morgan explains. “Our previous equipment didn’t have the same breadth of capabilities as the Mazaks. Where it used to take several machines to do one job, we can now use just one machine to get a superior result. The Mazak Integrex i-400, in particular, enables us to machine complicated mill-turn parts like manifolds, cylinders, shafts and more – as well as parts up to two to 3m long, in one operation. This just isn’t possible with other machines.”

Martin comments on the company’s decision to invest in machinery from Mazak: “Mazak has a reputation for some of the best machines in the world, and they have been a great investment. The Mazak Integrex is known as the multi-tasking machine and we knew it would be a gamechanger for us – producing better quality, with minimum process times – allowing for increased accuracy whilst also being costeffective.”

Before acquiring the Mazaks, the team at Morgan Engineering drew upon extensive pre-purchase advice from John Hart.

“The main advice and help we relied on from the John Hart team was directly related to the speed of programming through the Mazatrol program, compared to competitors,” says Martin. “As we are a jobbing shop, the Mazatrol program has greatly reduced process times – from set-up right through to the finished part. The sales team were really knowledgeable about their equipment and were able to point out these benefits – making the decision to purchase an easy one.” Matthew Morgan discusses the after-sales support from John Hart: “The machines are extremely reliable, so other than the annual maintenance check, we haven’t actually had to contact the support team! The John Hart team know their products and provide excellent support to their customers. Many companies will support you during the purchase process, but then they do not want to hear from you. John Hart’s after sales service is exceptional.”

Martin concludes: “Good quality and reliable customer service are definitely contributing factors in our purchasing decisions. This, combined with the performance and costeffectiveness of the Mazak machines goes a long way towards us continuing our relationship with John Hart, and expanding our range of Mazaks. Ideally, we would like to have all Mazak machine tools, as this will help keep our controls consistent.”

Mazatrol CNC Programming Controls

The Mazatrol CNC programming controls have greatly reduced process times for Morgan Engineering, from set-up right through to the finished part.