The Newman engineering workshops have been boosted by the delivery and installation of a new Computer controlled machine known as a CNC Pressbrake. The machine has the capacity to precisely fold light to heavy section sheetmetal to form products such as trays, toolboxes, brackets etc. A feature of this machine is its high quality safety interlocks controlled by light beams which protect the user from accidental injury.

Training on the machine took place this week and involved our engineering training and support staff including Chris Pincott, Michael (Cookie) Cook, Lindsay Dobell and myself (Tom Moriarty). The ‘windows’ based controller is very user friendly and will provide an easier environment for staff and students to program. Thanks go to Rameesh, the trainer from equipment supplier, Hafco Machinery. Rameesh was very helpful and knowledgeable making the training an enjoyable and informative experience.

We sincerely appreciate the support received from our entire parish school community for making the purchase of equipment like this possible for the benefit of our students who are seeking to develop skills relevant to a modern workplace.