Haas donates equipment to Alberta machinist program
- October 7, 2014
Haas Automation with support from its Western Canadian distributor Thomas Skinner, has donated new equipment to the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), completing a large scale expansion to support the increased volume of students as well as upgrades to the school's curriculum on CNC training.
Haas Factory Outlet (HFO), a division of Thomas Skinner & Son Ltd., spearheaded this project. "We are very proud to be the Western Canadian distributor of Haas Automation and it has been exciting to manage a project of this magnitude. The need for skilled workers continues to rise and it is the responsibility of the business community to get involved and support trade and technology education. We have over 20 years of working with NAIT and look forward to providing continued support of their programs for many years to come", says Ross McDonald, VP sales, Thomas Skinner & Son Ltd.
The CNC equipment including four CNC turning centres and ten CNC vertical Mini Mills raises the total of entrusted Haas machines to 30. This combined with the purchased of 15 additional machines brings NAIT's total machine count to 70. This is the largest number of CNC machines in any Poly Tech in North America making NAIT the largest CNC training centre in North America.
HFO Thomas Skinner managed the projected from start to finish including the machine configurations, installation, training and will provide ongoing on-site service. "The need for an infusion of trained and talented people into our industry is at a critical level. Providing support to Poly Techs such as NAIT is a commitment we take very seriously. We are pleased to have been able to play a role in bridging the gap between the the mahining industry and education" says Paul Krainer, president, Thomas Skinner & Son Ltd.
Thomas Skinner worked with NAIT to provide guidance in purchasing the tooling required to make the most of their new machines. Tooling suppliers partners include Sandvik Coromant, Mitutoyo, Sowa, Kar and Lyndex Nikken.