From its base in Radstock, C.S. Simmons Engineering provide a comprehensive range of CNC machining services to a wide range of demanding industries, including the Oil and Gas, Valve Manufacturing and Defense sectors. The busy company is able to carry out a wide variety of machining procedures on parts up to 2.5m in length and 1.2m cubed, in materials including heavy stainless steel S316 Super Duplex UNS S32760 and 'exotic' materials such as Inconel, Hastelloy, Monel, and Waspalloy.
C.S. Simmons Engineering's efficient manufacturing and inspection activities meet the requirements of BS EN ISO 9001 2008 certification, whilst quality and performance are closely monitored through the use of established procedures and the operation of Tricorn Job Processing software.
In order to enhance the company's competitiveness and help to meet demanding delivery times, whilst maintaining high quality standards, C.S. Simmons Engineering continually invests in the latest CADCAM technology, high-precision CNC machine tools and state-of-the-art inspection aids.
An illustration of the company's response to market demands, and its policy of purchasing equipment to further develop its appeal to new customers, was the recent purchase of an advanced Aberlink Zenith too 1000, CNC Coordinate Measuring Machine.
Company owner, Mark Simmons explained. "Driven by ever rising demand for our output, the requirements of an evolving marketplace and increasing levels of requests for comprehensive inspection reports, we recently investigated the available CNC Coordinate Measuring Machines and software systems."
"Although we were aware of the excellent reputation of Aberlink's CMMs through the recommendations of several local users, to ensure their suitability for our own particular use, we recently had an in-depth demonstration of an Aberlink Zenith too 1000 CNC CMM, as the machine's capacity of - 1000mm X-axis, 1000mm Y-axis and 600mm Z-axis was the perfect size for our manufacturing envelope."
"As Aberlink's demonstration illustrated the ease of use, speed and accuracy of the Zenith too, in addition to Aberlink's flexible report generating system, we were happy to place an order."
"Now Installed and fully operational, following a short training course our operators have quickly become conversant with the machine's controls. Aberlink's easy to use software means that we are now able to quickly write, store and recall measurement programs. This facility is perfect for our mainly short run, repeat jobs, as we are now able to load the part onto the Zenith too's component support, recall the relevant program and undertake the most complex of measuring routines in a fully automatic CNC mode."
"On completion of a measuring routine, dependant on our customers' requirements, we are now able to generate a wide variety of inspection reports, from dimensioned graphical representations to tabulated report formats, showing nominal condition, tolerances, errors, pass/fails and geometric tolerances. If required, we are also able to output full details to Excel spreadsheets."
"As the fastest of the models that we considered, our new Aberlink CMM has taken away the possibility of delays in our inspection department, in addition the Zenith too has been regarded as a significant investment in quality by our customers and has already been instrumental in CS Simmons being awarded additional contracts."