Product manufacture is carried out on small modern industrial site in Partridge Green, West Sussex, UK.
The workshops are equipped with the following:
- One Aberlink Axiom Too co-ordinate measuring machine
- Four CNC mills
- Three CNC lathes – setup for soft and hard turning
- Four gear shaping machines
- Two spline & gear hobbing machines
- One turret mill
- One lathe
- 7 ton vertical broaching machine
- Surface grinding machine
- Usual jobbing workshop equipment
The CNC machines comprise of a Daewoo Lynx and 2 Doosan 220 chucking lathes, Four XYZ 560VMC machining centres, two with 4th axis capabilities. The four machining centres are fitted with 16 position tool changers. All the CNC machines are linked to computers for DNC machining Software used for CNC machining is OpenMind Hypermill 3 axis
The shaft or gear blanks are turned on our CNC lathes, all programs are written offline. Engagement dogs and lightning pockets are cut on the CNC machining centres.
Teeth are cut either by hobbing or shaping, depending on the design of the gear using high quality cutters. Splines on shafts are hobbed.
Once fully de-burred all parts are marked up and sent to heat treatment for hardening.
All components where necessary are then finished by hard turning on a CNC lathe
Where applicable parts are then Superfinished.
At each stage of manufacture we are able to check dimensional and geometric accuracy of components using our automated measuring machine.
Aluminium components, are billet, machined on the machining centres. Aluminium specifications used are NS8 and HE30. Following machining and inspection, the components are usually either hard or decoratively anodised.