Wednesday, June 22, 2011

News: Collaboration is key to success for aerospace company


Dormer Tools in Rotherham has worked as part of successful collaboration to support a UK aerospace business in reducing its machine run time on a project by half.

The expertise of Dormer Tools, Heller Machine Tools and Open Mind has benefited Midland Aerospace in turning a 40-hour run time for a component to less than 20 hours.

Midland Aerospace was working on a high-end structural component for a leading aerospace organisation, but needed to make the project more efficient.

Eamon Lyons, managing director of Midland Aerospace, said: "The run time we previously had in creating the component was not acceptable and we needed to massively reduce it.

"After speaking with Heller Machine Tools at the Farnborough Air Show we quickly looked at how their new FT4000 5-axis machine could do the job for us.

"Together with the cuttings tools from Dormer and Open Mind's software, we were able to reduce the run time significantly. All three were true to their word and delivered on what they said could be achieved.

"By having the right machine, using the appropriate cutting tools and software to reduce the run time on this component has enabled us to win additional business to work on more projects. We look forward to working with them again in the future."

The component for Midland Aerospace was engineered at Dormer's productivity centre, within the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham. The facility is fast becoming a unique workshop with the capacity to meet a variety of machining needs.

Matt Johnson, applications engineer at Dormer Tools, added: "We have been very pleased to help Midland Aerospace reduce their run time on the component quite significantly. This is an example of how the collaboration of expertise we have developed in the productivity centre at Dormer can create a cost-effective return for businesses."

Dormer Tools and Sandvik Coromant are staging open days on July 5 and 6, where businesses from around the country can visit their fully serviced productivity centre at the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP).

All of Dormer's partners will be in attendance at the open days including Heller Machine Tools, Kelch, Open Mind, Delcam, System3R, and Hexagon Metrology.

Dormer Tools website

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