• 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.

  • Reliance Precision

    Reliance Precision is an independent, family owned engineering company with manufacturing facilities in Huddersfield and Cork, Ireland. Half of their business is derived from the scientific and medical sectors, whilst aerospace and defence accounts for a quarter of production.

  • Vire Engineering

    Business is booming at Vire Engineering, Totnes, which produces high quality hose and pipe fittings for race cars, from Clubman up to Formula One, ensuring that brake fluid, fuel, oil and coolant all flow reliably.

  • Seco Tools

    Seco Tools’ UK headquarters and factory, based in new, purpose-built premises in Alcester, is the Swedish group’s worldwide centre of excellence for producing custom versions of its high pressure Jetstream tooling. It is also the only facility in the UK operated by a major tooling supplier that designs and manufactures custom tools for non-standard turning and prismatic machining applications.

  • Auto Turned Products

    Auto Turned Products (ATP) specialises in manufacturing turned parts, presswork and assemblies for blue chip customers in the motor industry. It is a preferred supplier to Jaguar Land Rover and also numbers Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Aston Martin among its customers.

  • UK University

    The faculty of engineering at a leading university in the UK carries out research projects for aerospace companies and the medical sector. Additionally, bespoke test rigs are manufactured for research conducted in various other faculties across the campus, and in other UK universities.

  • Norjon Engineers

    In 2012, subcontractor and mouldmaker Norjon Engineers more than doubled the size of its factory in Gosport to 14,000 sq ft, following a 60 per cent increase in turnover the previous year. Four years previously, owner and managing director, Kevin Fox, bought two 5-axis Hermle machining centres, both C 20 Us with 600 x 450 x 450 mm working volume, to produce aluminium and brass thermoforming moulds.

  • MJB Precision Engineering

    Founded in 1994 by Mark Bevan, MJB Precision Engineering relocated a decade later to its current premises at Sturminster Newton. It allowed the 15-employee subcontractor to offer a modern manufacturing facility for prototyping and short batch work through to mass production of complex parts.

  • Blatchford

    In the mid 1990s, Chas A Blatchford & Sons bought an INDEX G200 turn-mill centre, having decided it was the best machine for manufacturing metal components used in prosthetics for lower limbs. A recent reappraisal of machines on the market showed that the German machine tool builder’s technology is still the best production solution, 15 years on.