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A New Dugard VMC at Wessex

VM Home Lift

The VM is a functional, well priced lift, with a classic design

VE Enclosed Lift

The VE expands on the functionality of the VM, with a wider feature set

Elesse Luxury Lift

The Elesse is designed to be a comforable, modern alternative to the stairlift

SP Step Lift

Our smallest platform lift; not to be underestimated!

LR Platform Lift

A step up in height from our SP, but keeping compact

Liberty Open Lift

Our powerful, customisable, open platform lift

Liberty 3 Lift

A potential 6 meters travel with omnidirectional stopping

PLG7 Incline Platform

A unique incline platform stairlift design

We have recently invested in a new Dugard 2000XP Vertical Machining Centre. It's aim; to increase and improve our production output.

The VMC arriving outside Wessex. Another shot of the Dugard arriving at Wessex on a truck.

A VMC (Vertical Machining Centre) is used to take raw materials (most commonly, metals) and shape, cut, drill, and otherwise 'machine them' to purpose.

We currently have a smaller VMC which does the same thing as this new Dugard 2000XP but with far less capacity, smaller bed size, and slower spindle speed. It is used to machine everything from the largest of side panel box sections on our lifts to the housings of smaller, internal components.

The new Dugard VMC being transported through the factory.

"It's an exciting time, as we're going to be able to increase our control of machined parts by bringing the production in-house", said the project coordinator, "this machine allows us to have a lot more control of timing and production capacity will be greatly increased to keep up with demand."

There has been a lot of preparation for the arrival of this Dugard machine. "We actually ordered the machine in October 2021, but it was delayed due to global supply chain issues."

The delays haven't been the only logistical hurdles, "the machine is 14.8 tonnes [slightly lighter than a modern double decker bus] and has a very large footprint. We have therefore had to go to some great lengths to accomodate it, including knocking down a wall in our warehouse and rebuilding a temporary opening for it!"

Hole in the wall created for the Dugard machine.

The machine arrived this week, and will be machining at full capacity by the start of next week.

The new Dugard VMC, in its final position in our warehouse.