Stephen Hansen, the owner of Viking Tool, broke away from his family business, Scandia during the 80s, to explore his own interest in new technology for the manufacturing industry.
In 1981, he started Scandia with his father and brother and it is still doing very well now. But he had a strong interest in CNC and CAD/CAM machines and wanted to apply his knowledge in this area to a unique niche part of the industry.
One of the company's best machines is the Unigraphics CAD system, which is used extensively for design in the automotive industry.
When it comes to piecing a project together, Hansen's clients usually only send him a small part of the project. The rest of the tools that are needed to create something have to be designed around it.
Hansen uses Haas CNC machines to create these tools, which he is very pleased with. He says they are very simple to use and have a lot of good features, such as one-button programming.
His machines have helped to automate processes that were traditionally operated by manual processes, so many people resisted them to start with.
But the says that people have been impressed with what they have seen of his machines over the years, so they are now coming round to accepting the machines all the time these days.
The company also specialises in high speed machines and again, he is impressed with the capabilities of the Haas machines, which he says provides very accurate cuts.
He says they are very good at planning the work and doing it with quality. They even save him twice the investment cost of other machines by decreasing the time it takes to make items.
The Haas machines run for 24 hours a day and Hansen's team often leave them to work over night. What he loves the most about them, as compared to normal labour, is that they can get the job done much more accurately.