MSC has won a two-year contract covering vending solutions across metalworking and maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) categories. It will also provide engineering support to identify and deliver cost-down efficiencies for CloudNC.

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Founded in 2015, CloudNC is on a mission to transform subcontract manufacturing activities. The UK-based precision engineering firm has introduced a pioneering artificial intelligence (AI) approach to manufacturing, using highly advanced CNC programming capabilities.

The entrepreneurial business has ambitious growth plans for the future, having secured government grants and venture capital funding, and plans to open manufacturing plants around the world, which will automate and streamline the precision manufacturing process.

MSC will initially support CloudNC at Factory 1, in Chelmsford, Essex, which is the first CloudNC factory. The state-of-the-art facility embraces robotics and Industry 4.0 principles of connectivity and automation to deliver faster, more reliable and more cost-effective CNC machining.

Theo Saville, co-founder and CEO of CloudNC, says: “The MSC team shares our vision for an autonomous manufacturing future and has worked with us to develop a tool management system to help achieve this. We look forward to the integration of this tool vending solution into our Factory Operating System, bringing autonomous software control to another key aspect of the precision manufacturing process, to drive faster turnaround and even lower prices for our customers.”

Alasdair McCallum, regional sales manager at MSC, adds: “We look forward to supporting CloudNC in its ambition to automate and advance manufacturing processes by delivering our first-class engineering and technical support and cost-saving solutions.

“It’s exciting to think that we will play a part in helping CloudNC achieve their ambitious vision for the future, and as a result help shape what manufacturing in the UK might look like in years to come.”