Investments and quality is a winning formula for Jenks & Cattell

jenks Cattell preview edit_tmbSpecialist in sheet metal fabrication of low-high volume, Jenks & Cattell has offered service and quality for 131 years.

The company specialises in laser cutting, metal fabrication, pressings/stampings and welded assemblies. it has invested in both machinery and people in recent years, including a new 400 tonne progression press, 250 tonne coil fed press, four additional robotic welders and one additional laser cutting machine.

Alongside this investment, it has employed over 30 additional employees since 2014 and introduced a double shift to the working day.

According to the company, the engineering investments provide customers with a higher quality of component completed to enhanced manufacturing efficiency time.

2016-2017 has been a particularly good year for quality standards as the company retained its TS 16949, ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 and achieved customer specific quality and service awards from Caterpillar and Cummins Engines. Visit Jenks & Cattell


Flexible approach serves demanding industries

banner-02_cropPhase One Electronics has been providing CEM services since 1988 for a diverse range of industries which include marine, medical, military, leak and gas detection, automotive and communications. It is certified to J-STD-001 and builds to IPC-A-610.

The company prides itself on the quality of workmanship and customer service, and has grown organically over the years mainly through recommendations. It specialises in small to medium batch builds. Its flexible approach provides surface mount and conventional PCB assembly with AOI capabilities, from prototype to production

Whether it is cable assemblies, box build or test, the company is always ready to listen and help.

LCL Electronics offers complete service

LCL Electronics preview edit_tmbLCL Electronics offers turnkey manufacturing, including design and prototype, small batch assembly, pre-production and medium-large volumes of PCBs, product build and cable harnessing.

The company is growing and diversifying into new markets such as leisure, education, energy, food processing and entertainment. It still operates in more traditional markets, including fire safety, gaming, automotive, audio and medical, where its quality and reliability is proven.

LEDs are still proving strong in electronics production. As they become smaller and more sophisticated, so the production and technology used needs to adapt, something that the experienced manufacturer has the skills, equipment and technology to do.

It claims to have the ability to achieve higher yields than other contract manufacturers, coupled with a technical team with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the LED assembly and production process.

Located at the heart of the country, in the Midlands, the company can help customers from the start of an initial product design through to testing and delivery, on-time and to budget. In addition, its global purchasing expertise can drive down component cost, which coupled with its technical capabilities, can lead to a reduction in time and cost.

Working to BSI ISO 9001:2008 accreditations and producing RoHS-compliant products, manufacturing and production benefits include reduced operating costs, freeing up of internal resources, allowing for fewer vendors to manage, reducing inventory and accelerating time-to-market.

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International supply for castings

case-study_rolesSpecialising in investment casting for over 70 years, Polycast, has grown into a supplier of quality metal components. Its head office and foundry are on the south coast of Hampshire and it has engineering teams in India and China, to provide cost-effective manufacturing.

The company can work with partners to supply everything from rapid prototypes, using the new print and cast solution to mass production, from cast blank castings to fully finished machined, treated and coated components.

It sources metal components using many different methods and is currently shipping sand castings, forgings, metal injection moulded and machined from solid parts, from India and high and low pressure die casting from China.
Casting and finished parts are exported around the world including central and eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Central and North America. All projects are managed from the UK in conjunction with teams in the country, from single item to mass-production and to meet budgets and time scales.

Air management system heralds Industry 4.0

bcs_global_hero-image-310x380Operators can manage, optimise and improved compressed air-based services, using a cloud-based, air management plaform from Gardner Denver. The CompAir iConn is available through distributor BCAS. It delivers advanced analytics, which enable operators to stay in control of their installation. The system can provide historic, real-time, predictive and cognitive analytics, enabling users to rectify potential issues before they happen.

Users can monitor compressor performance from a single location, via a mobile device, tablet or PC. It helps minimise fault incidences for increased uptime, and also provides detailed machine parameters and over-time trend analysis to enable plant managers to optimise system performance.

Compressor or ancillary asset data can be transferred securely via GSM, Ethernet or Wi-Fi to a range of connected devices. The secure cloud-based services allow users to view real-time analytics or access data via open application programmable interfaces (APIs).

For entry level installations, there is iConn Assess, which provides a detailed overview of compressor system performance, helping operators to view and analyse key operating data online and take action to rectify any potential issues.

iConn Protect features a predictive maintenance-scheduling tool, which notifies the customer of any anticipated machine faults and enables service to be scheduled in advanced.

iConn Manage offers an insight into compressor performance, and a 24/7 service option, providing advanced analytics, remote monitoring and efficiency audits.

Available as standard on new CompAir machines, it can also be retrofitted to compressor installations. The system will also support ancillary and non-Gardner Denver-based products.

Customised heat treatments earn place in aerospace

carbolite Gero preview edit_tmbIn addition to the wide range of standard products, Carbolite Gero is an expert in the development of customised equipment for complex heat treatment processes. Solving customers’ individual application requirements has earned it a place in aerospace, engineering, materials science, medical, bioscience and contract testing laboratories globally, says the company.

It supplies products with standards-compliant furnace and oven designs (e.g., Nadcap heat treatment processes – AMS2750E), and traceable certification for control, measurement, recording and data acquisition devices, issued by an independent UKAS accredited laboratory.

The GPC 13/300B retort furnace (pictured) is suitable for customers involved in rapid prototyping, manufacturing one-offs or small batches using an additive manufacturing process which require heat treatments up to 1100oC. It is designed with a modified inert atmosphere for annealing and sintering of additive manufacturing applications and can be optionally fitted for compliance to AMS 2750E Class 1 (±3°C) and can also be equipped with Instrumentation type A, B, C or D. The final part the furnace has a swing door for ease of loading and unloading. The furnace continually monitors inert gas flow volumes and has forced cooling for faster cycle times.

There are two manufacturing and sales sites, one based in Derbyshire, where Carbolite has been manufacturing laboratory and industrial ovens and furnaces up to 1800°C since 1938; and one in Neuhausen, Germany, where high temperature furnaces up to 3000°C with options for vacuum and other modified atmospheres have been manufactured since 1982.

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Plastics moulder manages stock supply

JSP_BM_087Specialist plastic moulder, Broanmain Plastics, used Southern Manufacturing 2018 to exhibit the benefits of a full, Kanban, just in time (JIT) supply system. The company works in supply chain partnerships with its customers and currently supplies 50% of its deliveries straight from stock holding.

To ensure production efficiency or to overcome space limitations, it is able to receive orders for high volumes of parts and supply small, regular volumes to the customer, invoicing at the time of delivery.

The company offers a full end-to-end service and supports customers from prototype stage through to high volume production runs.

It specialises in thermoplastic injection, vacuum forming, thermosetting injection, compression and transfer moulding, providing a personal service for a range of industries, including electronics, aerospace, defence, science and consumer goods.

Catch up with Southern 2018

Even three days wasn’t really enough to see all that Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2018 had to offer. But if there were firms or products you missed, you have another chance to catch up with many of the exhibitors of the UK’s top regional manufacturing show. Click below to read the official Show Review for 2018 – it’s free to read, to share and download

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Take the next step in bending with Bystronic

Bystronic preview edit_tmbNow available with a mobile automation module, the Xpert 40 press brake is the next evolutionary step in the field of bending, says Bystronic.

In production, the form, size, and number of parts that are to be bent varies. A central goal is always to produce these parts as quickly and cost-effectively as possible, the requirements placed on a modern bending system are to adapt to this variety, help the user to produce quickly, automate as many processing steps as possible while providing the possibility to work manually when required.

The Mobile Bending Cell provides an answer to all of these requirements. The technology behind the bending cell is the Xpert 40 and bending robotics – a combination between fast press brake and mobile automation. Users process large series with the automatic bending mode, yet can also manually bend small series and individual parts whenever necessary.

This bending automation system provides users with a great deal of freedom for varying order situations. Using the plug-and-bend principle, means that the compact Xpert 40 can be set up and put into operation in virtually any environment, claims the company. If required, it can also quickly be moved to another location. The mobile automation solution seamlessly interfaces with the Xpert 40. Users can set up the robotics system on the Xpert 40 in just a few minutes. When not in use, the bending robotics can simply be moved to one side.

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Celebrating 70 years of spring in the UK

European Springs & Pressings review_tmbThis year, European Springs & Pressings celebrates its 70th anniversary. The spring and pressing manufacturer has factories in London and Cornwall, a sales office in Northern Ireland and a stocking facility in Yorkshire and engineering expertise in the spring coiling, wire forming and pressing industries.

Stuart McSheehy, managing director of the Beckenham factory (pictured), believes the company distinguishes itself through the ability to cover a variety of disciplines. “We manufacture tension, torsion and compression springs with diameters from 0.03 to 65mm, pressings and multi-slides up to 130 tonnes and have an unlimited design spectrum of wire forms,” he says. “We have stamping, coiling, multi-slide, heavy coiling, high speed stamping and assembly facilities, as well as both high and low volume production capabilities.”

Customers range from blue-chip organisations to specialist, niche companies, demonstrating a broad market reach, with a service tailored to specific needs.