RECISION SHEET METAL FABRICATION
The Harlow Group is a market leading provider of precision sheet metalwork, fabrications and assemblies.
Established in 1975, the company has grown in size and experience.
From design through to full production, we are committed to high quality products and service.
Supplying some of the best known names in the world, the Harlow Group has full aerospace accreditation
and approval across many industry sectors.
Harlow Group offers comprehensive sheet metal fabrication services from design and manufacture to finishing and assembly.
PROGRAMMING AND DESIGN
At the Harlow Group, we can receive your custom drawings in a wide range of formats, from technical drawings to Solid Model files, together with 3D CAD formats such as DXF, and complete models in STEP or IGES. We can manage your new product through the entire life cycle from initial concept, design and development, to final production and delivery. We understand that our clients have cost challenges and increased customer expectations.
NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
At the Harlow Group, we use our experience and expertise to turn your vision into reality – as quickly as possible. We also offer a design for manufacture workshop for our clients to highlight where cost is added and how it can be challenged.
ADVANCED LASER TECHNOLOGY
We have introduced new generation laser processing using fibre technology. Both machine and beam source are developed by AMADA, providing perfectly synchronized components for optimum performance. This increases the cutting range – including copper, brass and titanium, in addition to the normal materials we process. Fibre lasers have the added benefit of superior edge quality, thus improving safe handling and providing a reduction in secondary deburring operations.
The EMLcombination machine combines the fast hit rates and forming capabilities of a punching machine, with the shape cutting flexibility of a laser system. This provides unrivalled productivity for complex sheet metal components. The machine is equipped with self-load capability, for lights out manufacturing 24/7.
This innovative machine combines high speed production, impressive reliability and numerous cost and process improvements. Other features include part marking, multi tapping device and advanced forming features.
The Harlow Group use a comprehensive range of both hydraulic and electric Brake-Presses. This enables us to bend parts in a variety of formats, from the simplest to the most complex, precisely and cost-effective every time.
With 8 welding bays and capacity to weld mild steel, stainless steel and aluminium we can advise the best and most cost effective method of joining metals available. Once welded, if required, your product can be linished (polished) clean to provide a blemish free finish for further treatments such as plating, wet paint or powder coating.
Our capabilities include:
•MIG / TIG
•Oxy / Acetelyn
•Aerospace Approved Coded Welders
Our machining center complements our fabrication service by providing high quality, precision products for the aerospace, medical, marine, communication and associated industries.
With a highly skilled workforce and investment in the latest technology our customers benefit from a reliable and speedy service. Supported by our AS9100 quality assurance accreditation the cell is maintained through all stages of manufacture. The facility can produce parts in a variety of materials including copper, aluminium, steels and plastics.
We operate a dedicated finishing and assembly department that can be configured to suit your specific product requirements. The Harlow Group has experience in all key industries such as aerospace, automotive, and medical with facilities offering specialist coating services for components of all sizes and complexity, including powder-coating, wet painting, silk screening and plating.
Product finishing is not only a great way to add an aesthetic appearance but it is also provides a coating to protect components from the environment and corrosion.
All our finishes are fully RoHS compliant, ensuring materials used are free from all hazardous substances to the latest EU standards.
With years of in-house experience producing mechanical assemblies, we are able to provide a versatile and competitive solution that delivers both knowledge and competitiveness to our clients.
We operate dedicated mechanical assembly department that can be configured to suit your specific product requirements. The department can offer a kitting service together with your own despatch paperwork and logistics management.
Harlow Group’s policy is to provide high quality sheet metal fabrications and assemblies that meet or exceed our customer’s expectations. Our approvals include the following:
- International aerospace standard BS EN 9100:2009 (AS9100 REV C)
- Quality Management System of which is accredited to the international standard BS EN ISO 9001:2008
- Member of the Institute of Manufacturing (IfM)
As a tier one supplier to some of the world’s leading companies HGL are proud of the relationships we have built with our clients over many years.
The services we offer cover all aspects of sheet metal fabrication across a broad section of industries including aerospace and defence, audio, consumer and industrial electronics, lighting, marine, medical, retail, telecommunications and vending.
We offer a complete service from bonded store with full traceability through to complex assemblies, all controlled via our extensive QMS.
Fully accredited to AS9100 aerospace standard and BS EN ISO9100:2009 our services are tailored to satisfy the rigorous demands of today’s fast changing market.
The Harlow Group operates out of 65,000 sq/ft. of manufacturing space and has invested in the latest sheet metal manufacturing technology.
OUR CAPABILITY LIST INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING
- 3 Amada blanking machines with the ability to punch and laser materials up to 10mm thick
- 3 Graining machines for high quality brushed work
- Automatic load system for 24/7 production 13 brake presses with a capacity up to 3m long
- 3 Hydraulic power presses from 30t to 160t 6 welding bays and the ability to weld steels and aluminium using MIG & TIG
- Range of spot-welding and stud welding equipment up to 50Kva
- Insert machines for bushes, studs and pins
- Alpha Cell for prototype and fast-track work
- Solid riveting
- 3 Stage iron phosphate for degreasing and paint preparation
- Automated powder-coat line with full reclaim system
- Environmentally sealed clean room for high quality wet paint finish
- Silkscreen department
- Dedicated assembly space
- Own transport
- Number of employees
- 101 - 200
It may come as a bit of a surprise to those that know us as a sheet metal fabricator, that a core part of our business is painting plastic components.
Over many years we have been involved in the process of refurbishing plastic components to a high standard.
At HGL we pride ourselves on offering our customers a total package of support. From first off prototypes and pre-production runs via our Alpha Cell new product introduction process, through to full batch volume production.
To further support this we have recently introduced two new state of the art 3 axis YCM milling machines into our machine centre which give us the ability to produce complex machined parts quickly and cost effectively.
HGL commercial director Gary Hollister comments: