As the recent MACH exhibition represented a perfect opportunity to contrast and compare the offerings from several leading companies, whilst at the exhibition Morgan Advanced Materials, Seals and Bearings Production Manager, Martin Hanks witnessed several in-depth CMM demonstrations. Having reflected on the merits of a number of machines, it was decided that the new Aberlink Xtreme 350 CNC CMM represented the ideal answer to the company's shop-floor inspection needs.
"Although our inspection system has been able to keep-pace with our increased output, as it was working at full capacity we were aware of the need to boost our measuring capabilities. Having weighed-up the available high-specification CMMs against our list of requirements, we decided that Axiom too HS CNC CMM was the ideal machine for our needs, therefore we placed an order with Aberlink."
Encouraged by constantly rising demands for the production of complex, high precision machined components, Helix Precision have recently invested in advanced machine tools, such as a 5 axis Haas VF3 YT BT50, equipped with a Lehmann 5 axis trunnion table. To enable the company's inspection department to keep pace with its significant rise in production, a search was recently made for a large, accurate and fast acting CNC Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM). After considering several models from leading, global metrology companies, an advanced Zenith 3 CMM was purchased from UK company, Aberlink.
Established in 1988, Alpha Precision Engineering is a subcontract precision engineering company that specialises in the manufacture of components and assemblies to customers' specifications. To enable Alpha Precision's inspection provision keep pace with an increase in business, and to help company maintain its reputation for the quality of its work, two Aberlink Xtreme CNC CMMs were recently installed.
The mainstay of NTG's quality and inspection provision is its collection of high precision Aberlink Coordinate Measuring Machines. Ever rising levels of business and the need for the company's inspection department to keep pace with increasing levels of production recently prompted the purchase of the company's third Aberlink CMM.
Boasting a proud heritage stretching back nearly 100 years, Frazer-Nash Manufacturing Limited is a precision engineering and manufacturing company that has earned a reputation for technical innovation and for delivering high-quality value for money projects. As increased levels of production began to place a strain on inspection, a search was recently made for a CNC Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM). After considering several alternatives an Axiom too CMM was purchased from Aberlink.
To keep pace with customer demands for the accurate machining of large complex components, N&R Needham recently installed a Mazak H1000 horizontal, twin pallet machining centre with a work envelope of 1640mm cubed. Given the size of the parts produced by the Mazak machine and the company's increased production volumes, a search was made for a large capacity Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) that was able to accommodate extremely large parts and that was capable of delivering the required levels of accuracy.
The nature of the demanding businesses served by Pact means that a strong quality ethos permeates all of Pact's activities. In addition to stringent final inspection routines being performed by dedicated quality staff, the company's skilled production personnel take responsibility for their own in process quality control and carry out regular CMM inspection checks.
Recently, Sterling Precision's increased output of high-precision, complex Aerospace components began to place a strain on the company's inspection department. To overcome these difficulties a decision was made to invest in an advanced CNC Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) that had a high precision capability and that could automate many of the company's measuring routines.
Typical of the early users of the unique Aberlink machine is Holtex Engineering Solutions, a precision engineering firm based in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire. Having been attracted by the publicity related to the CMM, Holtex Engineering Solutions Director, Ben Robinson requested a demonstration.
Having recently moved into a custom designed 10,000 square feet manufacturing facility and invested in additional advanced machine tools, Weymouth Precision Engineers bespoke new HQ is now home to 30 highly skilled operatives, management personnel and support staff.
Founded in 1980, European CNC Turned Parts Ltd has established an excellent reputation for providing a cost-effective service and for the manufacture and supply of high quality CNC turned parts.
Since the company's formation in 1976, South Wales based DJJ Precision Engineering Ltd. has earned an enviable reputation for the quality of its output. Prompted by customer demand, over the past four decades the company has continually increased the range of services it provides and has significantly expanded its productive capacity.
Although the capabilities, accuracy and speed of Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMMs) can often be similar, the diverse nature and the varied operating characteristics of CMM manufacturers' software means that the deciding factor for potential purchasers is frequently the CMM's software. This was the case when Wrate Engineering Co. recently purchased a CNC version of Aberlink's popular Axiom too CMM.
Based on two sites in the North East of England, the Impress Group is one of the UK's leading sub-contract engineering services providers. Since Impress' inception in 1997, the company has continually expanded its range of capabilities, allowing it to diversify and to offer what is now a truly comprehensive 'one-stop-shop' sub-contract service.
Based in Hailsham, East Sussex, Metaltech Precision Engineers Ltd (MPE) is a progressive sub-contract engineering company that offers broad based experience in the field of medium to light, precision machining. Given the trend for buyers of outsourced parts to shorten their supply chains, MPE provide a comprehensive range of services. In addition to precision machining, the company undertake processes such as heat treatment, NDT testing, welding and assembly.
LG Motion Ltd design and manufacture specialist motion technology products and provide associated services to End-User and OEM professional institutes and organisations throughout Europe. The Basingstoke based company's powerful computer aided design provision, together with its impressive manufacturing facility and access to the technical resources of major international motion technology manufacturers, enables the delivery of a range of imaginative solutions to global customers' problems.
Established in 1973 by John Kratovil, Paragon Precision Products has developed into a leading manufacturer and supplier of high-quality turned/milled components to international markets. The demanding global industries supplied by Paragon include the defence, aviation, automotive, autosport, fibre optics, medical and scientific research sectors. The well known company also has extensive experience in manufacturing and supplying highly specified components for a range of military applications.
Established in 1938, Wall Colmonoy is a multinational materials engineering company with operations in the U.S, Canada, U.K, and France. The company's high-quality products, marketed under the Colmonoy and Nicrobraz trade names, are well-known throughout the global metals industry for their superior wear protection and advanced joining properties. Wall Colmonoy's renowned hard surfacing and brazing alloys have multiple applications within a wide range of global sectors including the aerospace, petrochemical and processing industries.