A continuous rise in orders from power generation, aerospace, oil and gas and autosport sectors has seen Mansfield-based Impact Precision increase its subcontract production sales to 2 million GBP, an increase of 30 per cent compared to 12 months ago.
Says Paul Cobb managing director: 'We have been continually investing in the latest technology and are using around the clock production methods that enable us to meet rising demand. Customers are benefiting from our continued investment in new machine tools and support services and are recording even greater confidence in our ability to competitively quote for new work, deliver the quality required and meet delivery schedules.'
The company, that employs 19 people, has just installed its 19th Haas vertical machining centre, a Moldmaker 3 and a MasterCAM CADCAM programming system. These investments worth over £270,000 are in addition to the nine-axis Daewoo Puma MX2500ST mill/turn centre and a Puma 200SY installed earlier this year.
The Haas Moldmaker 3 has a high specification with 12,000 revs/min spindle option, through-the-spindle coolant with special filtration and high speed processing control software. The machine also features an extra large capacity table and 24 tool magazine.
Significant in the growing production schedule are housings for power generation, printing machine and camera parts as well as a wide variety of autosport components. Altogether, just over 50 per cent of production is destined for customers off-shore where the advantages of single-hit machining philosophy is paying large dividends.
The MasterCAM software is providing a valuable addition to reducing process development and set up times for the Haas VMCs, the three Pumas and two high specification Nakamura WT25 and WT150 mill/turn centres also recently installed at the Mansfield site.
All machines tend to work on batches up to 1,000 parts but the majority of work is between 10 and 200 parts which means changeovers need to be slick and well planned to meet utilisation targets for the number of machines employed.
Explains Paul Cobb: 'We only think single-cycle and once you instil this method of working, complex milling and mill/turning become just part of the day s work. We are now able to approach production cycles with minimal lead times that prevent delays to deliveries. The ability to utilise the B-axis milling head on the Puma 2500 ST for angled features and producing holes at the main and subspindle within the same setting has given us an unbelievable advantage on production cycles that makes us very competitive when quoting for new work.'