W.D. Hearn diversifies product line

Appointed sole distributor for Renishaw machine tool probe division.

Western Cape based machine tool and related equipment supplier has diversified their product line with the signing of a sole distributor agreement for the machine tool probe division of Renishaw PLC, at the recent Machine Tools Africa 2014 exhibition.

“Our focus is on sharing ownership of the installation of equipment and technology into metalworking and general engineering companies in both application and through the expertise of our skilled technicians. Over the years we have built extensive product knowledge within the W.D. Hearn group in application, service and repair,” said WD Hearn MD Ray Cooper.

“As a result we have carefully chosen hi-tech suppliers from Europe, America, Taiwan and Korea to cover virtually all job shop and production requirements. We are continually evolving our product line to match the lightning fast evolution of technology in today’s competitive world.”


“This includes a range of CNC machines, metrology and measurement equipment, accessories, tooling, conventional machines and related equipment. The Renishaw machine tool probe systems for CNC machine tools are the benchmark for the industry. They help you to better understand the benefits that probing can bring to your business, and in most cases can reduce set up times by up to 90%. Time spent manually setting work piece positions and inspecting finished product is better invested in machining. Renishaw’s probing systems eliminate costly machine down-time and the scrapping of components associated with manual setting and inspection. Your machines are only profitable when they are producing good components.”

“In future we will be stocking the full range of Renishaw OMP40, OMI-2T and OTS systems and TS-27R tool setters along with spare pins and spare styli.”

“We sent our sales staff and technicians for training at the Renishaw headquarters in Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, UK in May so that they are better equipped to understand the technology and offer solutions to our clients.”

“Renishaw probes are used by companies worldwide to increase productivity and improve component quality. They can be specified as standard equipment from most leading manufacturers, or a simple installation allows probes to be retrofitted to machines already installed,” said Renishaw’s Sales Manager Nick Penfold, who is responsible for South Africa.

“W.D. Hearn is very active in the South African market and represents a number of leading manufacturers with whom we have meaningful relationships. We look forward to supporting them in this market,” continued Penfold.


W.D. Hearn has offices in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London, Durban and Johannesburg. The company represents Siemens, Nikon Metrology, MAG USA, FFG Group (Rambaudi, Jobs, Sigma, Hessapp, Huller, Boeringer), Flow Waterjet, Leadwell, Starrett and Sanco, selling and servicing a range of CNC machine tools, measuring equipment, engineering accessories, and woodworking machines and accessories. More recently the company has been appointed to represent the Swiss manufacturer of high end CNC equipment, Tornos. W.D. Hearn was established in 1937.

Renishaw is a global company with core skills in measurement, motion control, spectroscopy and precision machining. They develop innovative products that significantly advance customers’ operational performance – from improving manufacturing efficiencies and raising product quality, to maximising research capabilities and improving the efficacy of medical procedures.

Renishaw’s products are used for applications as diverse as machine tool automation, co-ordinate measurement, metal 3D printing, gauging, Raman spectroscopy, machine calibration, position feedback, CAD/CAM dentistry, stereotactic neurosurgery and medical diagnostics. In all of these areas they aim to be a long-term partner, offering superior products that meet customer needs both today and into the future, backed up by responsive, expert technical and commercial support.

For further details contact W.D. Hearn on TEL: 021 534 5351 or visit www.wdhearn.co.za