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Start-up New Britain CNC knee-mill builder sells prototype.

While seemingly everyone else was in Chicago, managers at Computer Express (New Britain, Conn.), the former builder of controllers for the Bridgeport Machines EZ Trak line of knee-type milling machines, were back in Connecticut. They were going ahead with plans to come out with their own line of CNC knee mills.

In fact, says owner Michael Psillas, the embryonic machine-tool builder that would like to call itself New Britain Machine Tool has already made a sale. A prototype knee mill, assembled at the Computer Express factory from machinery parts imported from several Asian suppliers including drill and mill producer Yuan Jun Fong Casting Co. Ltd. (Taichung Hsien, Taiwan) and equipped with a Computer Express CNC, was sold last week to a nearby job shop whose owner dropped by.

As reported last issue, Computer Express is a builder of custom controllers for manufacturers of equipment ranging from builders of satellite-tracking dishes to eyewear. It took a large write-off when the Goldman Industrial Group's collapse took good customer Bridgeport Machines with it, and Psillas became determined to forge ahead on his own.

But at the same time the custom-computer producer is trying to become a competitor, it's also scheduled talks later this week with the successors to the Bridgeport knee-mill tradition.

Computer Express L.L.C., New Britain, Conn. 860-826-1310.
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Publication:Metalworking Insiders' Report
Geographic Code:1U1CT
Date:Sep 17, 2002
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