Bellows and machinery protection specialist Beakbane has invested in a £100,000 test suite.

A new CNC rig for testing protective machine tool covers has been purpose-built at the heart of the firm’s facility in Kidderminster.

The righ features a moving column box construction with linear drives that exactly emulate the axis movements and duty cycles of a machining centre, to give a realistic opportunity for testing.

Beakbane’s managing director Barry Reeves said the investment would boost the firm’s growth plans.

He said: “This investment in testing facilities is helping us to push out the boundaries of what we can do to support machine tool manufacturers in the drive for ever more productive machines.

“It keeps us in the forefront of cover design, positions us for the future and underlines our commitment to ensuring that quality and reliability are always to the fore on Beakbane products.”