• Irish Subcontractor Progresses to 5-Axis Machining

    Craigavon-based subcontractor Boyce Precision Engineering primarily serves the commercial aerospace sector, which accounts for 70 per cent of turnover. A majority of throughput involves producing aluminium parts for first-class and business-class seating, plus various aluminium structural components. Aerospace recognitions include AS9100 accreditation (the global quality management system for the aerospace industry), as well as supply…

  • Dalau

    Discipline: Milling Machine Type: 5-axis Manufacturer/Model: Hermle C 250 Materials: Plastics Client Type: Subcontractor Sector: Automotive & Medical Ideal machine for milling and drilling plastics Within the range of services a typical subcontractor provides, production of plastic parts is frequently offered but normally accounts for only a small fraction of throughput compared with metallic components. Few…

  • F1 subcontractor expands 5-axis machining

    In 2015 Ray Harris set up his own subcontracting company, Driven Precision Engineering, to specialise in F1 manufacturing. A second-hand, 3-axis machining centre was his first purchase, followed by a 5-axis model from the same supplier a year later. Such has been the success of Driven Precision Engineering, he has purchased another 5-axis machining centre, this time a Hermle C 400 supplied by Geo Kingsbury, to increase the size of work that can be undertaken.

  • Alcon Components

    Alcon Components, Tamworth, is one of the world’s foremost companies in the design and manufacture of high performance brake and clutch systems. A second automated production cell has been installed at the Tamworth factory of Alcon Components to cope with worldwide demand for its monobloc brake calipers.

  • DKW Engineering

    Portsmouth subcontractor DKW Engineering prides itself on an ability to value-engineer complex components and invest in new equipment to fulfil production economically. A good example is the re-engineering of a family of 316 stainless steel parts that go into flow meters used in the medical industry.

  • G W Martin

    Family-owned subcontract machining and assembly specialist, GW Martin, has invested over £1 million in new machine tools since 2012, including three Index CNC lathes from Geo Kingsbury, installed in April this year. It is part of an ongoing upgrading of the company’s manufacturing facility, which occupies 25,000 sq ft on a 13-acre freehold site in Eastleigh, Hampshire.

  • Auto Turned Products

    In 2012, turned parts subcontractor Auto Turned Products (ATP), a long-time user of cam-type multi-spindle autos and CNC single-spindle lathes, decided to evaluate CNC multi-spindle turn-milling. A German-built Index MS 32 six-spindle CNC auto of 32 mm bar capacity and with an opposed spindle for endworking was duly bought from UK agent, Geo Kingsbury.

  • Unicut Precision

    Hertfordshire turned parts subcontractor, Unicut Precision, won a contract from Eaton Hydraulics, potentially worth £5 million, that quadrupled the number of valve cartridge bodies to be manufactured over four years starting September 2014.

  • Lalique

    The world famous manufacturer of crystal glass art, Lalique, traditionally produced prototypes from modelling materials – and moulds from cast iron and tool steel – on a 3-axis machining centre at its Wingen-sur-Moder factory in the Alsace region of France.

  • CA Models

    Stirling-based CA Models uses a wide range of additive manufacturing equipment to fulfil its rapid prototyping service, but also needs subtractive metalcutting for producing larger parts and those made from materials that cannot be built layer by layer.

  • Hemlock Engineering

    A third 5-axis, vertical-spindle machining centre has been installed by subcontractor Hemlock Engineering, Nottingham, in response to a steady increase in work from a variety of sources.

  • VTL Group

    With headquarters in Huddersfield, VTL Group is an international provider of precision components and assemblies for turbochargers, transmissions, engines and braking systems. It employs nearly 500 people worldwide and has revenues totalling more than £70m.

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