Engineering Capacity is the UK's news source for subcontract and contract manufacturing.

Gearing up for Nadcap

12 Dec 2017 by Engineering Capacity

FT Gearing achieved Nadcap approval for EDM machining after bringing the process back in-house on three new Makino machines.

Aldershot-based FT Gearing supplies the global defence and aerospace sectors with gears, miniature gearboxes and safety critical components for wing surface actuators, engine controls, instrumentation and fuel pumps. Many years ago, the manufacturer tried broaching the bore profiles in steel worm shafts to transmit the drive to thrust reversers, but the length-to-diameter ratios were too high and the tools broke frequently.

Comprehensive marking service

12 Dec 2017 by Engineering Capacity

An Oxfordshire start-up company offers an extensive range of lasers for all types of subcontract laser marking.

ES Precision offers laser processing to industries such as medical device, Formula 1, aerospace, electronics and general engineering.

The business has got off to a good start, says Managing Director Tim Millard, with its six staff busy running jobs on the eight laser workstations at the company’s premises at Kingston Business Park between Oxford and Swindon.

Sweet dreams are made of this

12 Dec 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Malton Laser has delivered six giant large stainless-steel hoppers that will be filled with molten chocolate to create sweet treats for supermarkets across the country.

The large metal vats each measure 1.5 metres wide by 1.6 metres high and sit in 2.2m high frames to dispense chocolate at one of Britain’s biggest listed food companies.

Vertical machines speed ring production

12 Dec 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Three new vertical machining centres at Hampshire-based SMP (Sheet Metal Precision Ltd) have brought dramatic reductions in cycle times on 500mm diameter 316 stainless workpieces.

General Manager Jim Livermore says: “In one instance, our use of a new Hartford Super HCMC 1892 vertical machining centre has halved cycle times on an aerospace part.

Ten machines for aero-engine parts

12 Dec 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Reginson Engineering has installed ten Hyundai Wia vertical machining centres and CNC lathes to meet the demands of an ever-increasing order book for aero-engine components.

The six turning machines (four two-axis L210A models and two E200s with c axis) and four vertical machining centres (F400 models), were available from stock from Ward CNC.