Our investment in new machinery

  • By Angus McDougall
  • 18 Mar, 2015

Adding to our already impressive roster of equipment, we have recently taken delivery of a BLM AST100 CNC machine, which will enable us to continue to grow as a business.

The machine, which is capable of high end accuracy in tube forming, will be utilised to form an array of components and tube end products and comes as part of our £80,000 investment in the business.

30% of the funding for this machine was received from our win of the University of Birmingham’s Green Shoots Fund, a fund which accesses money from the Government’s multi-billion pound Regional Growth Fund designed to help small and medium sized businesses grow.

Over 160 companies applied for a share of the £1.4 million Green Shoots Fund back in February 2014 and we were delighted to be chosen as one of the recipients.

Commenting on the recent investment in the business and the equipment acquired, Director, Paul Fellows, had to say “This investment plays a significant part in our efforts to remain at the forefront of cutting edge technology and it will enable us to meet the increasingly technical demands of our customers.  The machine is capable of very high accuracy and concentricity it is accurate to within 0.2mm which is particularly important when end forming propshaft component type parts.”

Works Manager, Andy Durham, added “The machine can be programmed either as standard forming tools, or machining tools, or a combination integrating both technologies on the same tubular component. This leads to a much higher efficiency of the working process, increases accuracy and consistency, eliminates intermediate loading and unloading and reduces cycle time. Ultimately these greater efficiencies are passed on to our customers in terms of greater quality and cost savings.”

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