Head Office Cape Town
25 Mail Street, Western Province Park, Epping,
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Tel: +27 21 534 5351
139 Haupt Street, Sidwell, Port Elizabeth,
Eastern Cape, South Africa
Tel: +27 41 453 2142
Unit 9 Marlmead, 4 Reed Place,
Maxmead Industrial, Pinetown
KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Tel: +27 74 055 9115
161 Main Rd, Pomona Kempton Park, Johannesburg,
Gauteng, South Africa
Tel: +27 11 970 7005
WD Hearn Machine Tools was established in 1937 by, Brigadier W.D Hearn, as a general engineering equipment importer and distributor. In 1985 there was a management buyout when current owner and Managing Director Ray Cooper and three colleagues, who have since left the company, purchased the business from Rutherfords, who had owned the business since 1969. That same year (1985) WD Hearn sold their first CNC machine and in 1987 the company sold its first Leadwell CNC machining centre and have since installed over 1 000 machines countrywide.
The company has now built a strong reputation throughout the South African engineering sector by placing emphasis on finding solutions to meet their customers’ needs by offering the best precision equipment available. The company specialises in the import, installation and commissioning of precision metal cutting and metal removal equipment from well-known manufacturers around the world. Strong emphasis is placed on after sales service with a network of highly skilled engineers situated strategically around the country.
WD Hearn offers equipment from 2-axis lathes to complex 24-axis multi spindles, as well as 5-axis machines. Products include machining centres (vertical and horizontal), turning centers (lathes and vertical), large bridge type machines, boring mills, waterjet machines, fully automated band saws, surface and cylindrical grinders, radial drills, EDM and WEDM systems, routers and gear hobbing. Additionally WD Hearn supplies a range of measuring equipment, engineering accessories, tooling and other accessories. These include rotary tables, measuring arms and other metrology equipment, laser mould repair equipment, conventional equipment and bar feeders. The company also offers a turnkey project and CNC retrofit service and training.
WD Hearn has supplied equipment into many South African manufacturing companies, from leading job shops to large OEMs, in the mining, automotive, general engineering and aerospace industries. These include Ford Motor Company South Africa, Transnet, VWSA, Mercedes Benz SA and Bell Equipment.
WD Hearn Machine Tools have one of the largest and most highly skilled CNC service departments in the country. Our focus is on sharing ownership of the installation of CNC machines into machine shops, through the expertise of knowledgable sales people, skilled CNC technicians and CNC application engineers. In Johannesburg, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth & Durban our engineers have all been for product training at the machine tool builders’ facilities. In the past two years we have sent engineers to Siemens (Germany), Mitsubishi EDM (Germany), MAG (USA), MAG (Germany), Yushine (Taiwan), Flow Waterjet (Germany), Leadwell (Taiwan), Sanco (Taiwan), Nikon (France) , Partmaker (UK) and Renishaw (UK). We pride ourselves in excellence through service, and believe in the philosophy of having the correct training for our service engineers.
Service Engineers employed: Mechanical, Electrical, Applications
Service offered: CNC Retrofits, Special purpose machine design and local build, PLC Programming, Turn key projects
Programming, Fixtures Applications: CNC Programming, Cycle times, Renishaw retrofits & system solutions
WD Hearn became official Siemens partners in 2007 and have been handling the aftersales service on all our Siemens 802Dsl, 808D and 828D control requirements, including stocking of Siemens drives, controllers and motors in JHB and Cape Town.
WD Hearn owns Renishaw probing/laser systems and software for machine accuracy testing, repairs and maintenance. Renishaw probes offer the highest precision and accuracy, while providing solutions for tool setting, broken tool detection, component set-up, in-cycle gauging and first-off inspection of parts, with automatic offset updates.
Renishaw XL-80 laser measurement system
The XL-80 laser interferometer offers the ultimate in high performance measurement and calibration for motion systems, including CMMs and machine tools. Linear measurement accuracy is an assured ±0.5ppm over the whole environmental range. Readings are taken at 50kHz, with a maximum linear measurement speed of 4 m/s and a linear resolution of 1 nm.
The QC20-W is a completely new design featuring a Renishaw developed linear sensor and Bluetooth wireless technology. This design offers benefits in ease of use and enhanced durability, and allows the QC20-W to be used for testing even in “closed door” manufacturing, where access for wiring can raise safety and procedural issues.
WD Hearn has employed two highly skilled applications engineers. Their expertise and experience allows WD Hearn to offer tailor made application solutions that no other machine tool company in South Africa is capable of offering. Andre Enslin handles our applications in Port Elizabeth and Cape Town, and Johan Neveling takes care of all Johannesburg and Durban’s application requirements. Between Andre and Johan’s experience we are capable of handling training on all popular control types from Siemens to Fanuc to Mitsubishi, support on a variety of CAD/CAM systems, and training on a broad range of machine configurations, from C-axis lathes to 5-axis machining centers, to swiss type turning and Horizontal machining centers. We are striving to become the most technically advanced machine tool company in the country.
WD Hearn offers full CNC training on-site, or at our training room in Cape Town; fully equipped with Sinutrain for training on all Siemens control systems, as well as courses in using Edgecam’s CAD/CAM software.
Turn Key Projects
WD Hearn offers a broad range of fully designed & delivered turnkey solutions to fit any production or job shop requirement. Our solutions come complete with extremely accurate cycle times and advice on the correct equipment to purchase.
Remote Programming Assistance
If you are a WD Hearn customer in South Africa and require quick programming assistance, we can help online and telephonically with full programming and application support.