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Case Studies

From the seed of an idea to reality  for Expert Precision Engineering

From the seed of an idea to reality for Expert Precision Engineering

After 15 years of working in the subcontract machining environment Michael Thompson decided that it was time for a change. He was aware that he had the necessary skills and experience to work for himself and after some research the seeds for a new business were sown. Speaking with his now fellow directors Martin Stokoe and Stephen Hornby they ...
Rivercircle doubles up with XYZ to meet demand

Rivercircle doubles up with XYZ to meet demand

When Peterborough-based Rivercircle invested in one of the first XYZ UMC-5X gantry-style simultaneous five-axis machining centres just over 12 months ago its ambition was to gain efficiency by transferring work being done on three and four axis machines. Such was its success in doing that, it has won numerous new contracts for five axis-type ...
XYZ LR machines convince Alken Engineering of their potential

XYZ LR machines convince Alken Engineering of their potential

Alken Engineering is a long-term user of XYZ Machine Tools’ ProtoTRAK mills, being an ‘early adopter, when the ProtoTRAK control was introduced to the UK in 1993. It now has 10 XYZ ProtoTRAK mills and three XYZ ProTURN lathes on its capacity list, but for many years resisted purchasing any XYZ ‘full CNC’ machines… until now. Alken ...
Eclipse Magnetics moves forward with XYZ Machine Tools

Eclipse Magnetics moves forward with XYZ Machine Tools

Familiar to many for its range of Magnetic chucks and lifting equipment Eclipse Magnetics, part of the Spear & Jackson Group of companies, now encompasses a much wider product portfolio; with magnetic filtration and separation systems accounting for around 50 per cent of its turnover. These filtration and separation systems are used across
Growth backed by global success at Feritech

Growth backed by global success at Feritech

Falmouth-based Feritech specialises in engineering projects that operate in the harshest of environments, specifically sub-sea where its products are used to survey the sea bed and provide geotechnical data for the oil & gas, military and surveying sectors. As sales at the independently-owned business have grown, so has the need for ...
Newcastle Tool & Gauge chooses XYZ for five-axis capability

Newcastle Tool & Gauge chooses XYZ for five-axis capability

Since its formation in 1979 Newcastle Tool & Gauge (N.T.G.) has adapted to change, originally a toolroom manufacturing press tools for local industry it has evolved into a precision engineering machine shop. Along the way it has gained an enviable reputation as a preferred supplier to customers across a wide range of industry sectors, ...
Change of direction brings investment benefits to Birmingham City University

Change of direction brings investment benefits to Birmingham City University

When Birmingham City University took the decision three years ago to switch its engineering courses to the new globally accepted CDIO (Conceive - Design - Implement - Operate), a more practice-based educational framework, the need to update its School of Engineering and the Built Environment became paramount. A budget of over £7 million was ...
A bit of history – but Auld Valves looks  to the future with XYZ

A bit of history – but Auld Valves looks to the future with XYZ

Founded in 1833, Glasgow-based Auld Valves is a manufacturer of reducing, control and safety valves, with a reputation for quality and innovation being the company that patented the first full-bore regulator valve. Supplying a diverse customer base around the world including oil and gas, nuclear and shipbuilding, it continues to offer a full ...
Machine shop investment provides opportunity for growth at Stevens & Carlotti

Machine shop investment provides opportunity for growth at Stevens & Carlotti

Family-owned Stevens & Carlotti is a leading sub-contractor supplying metal fabrications to a wide range of industries from its 64,000 ft2 facility in Sandwich, Kent. These fabrications, which can be anything from a simple bracket to fully-assembled and tested machines, are supplied to customers in the power generation, oil & gas, and ...
Growing demand for engineering training leads to investment at Birmingham colleges

Growing demand for engineering training leads to investment at Birmingham colleges

The 2018/19 cohort of over 200 students studying for BTEC and City & Guilds qualifications in engineering at South and City College Birmingham’s Bordesley Green campus, is strong evidence that demand for engineers with core skills remains high. Since the Engineering facility opened, some six years ago at the Tyseley Green Campus and ...
Laser and machining combine seamlessly at ES Precision

Laser and machining combine seamlessly at ES Precision

For those familiar with the use of lasers for marking and perforating, the name ES Precision may have a familiar ring to it, as it was created when Rofin Group merged with Coherent, and group member ES Technology didn’t fit the new strategy and was closed. Seeing an opportunity, directors Tim Millard and Andy May bought the assets of the ...
LG Motion moves forward with XYZ

LG Motion moves forward with XYZ

As one of the UK’s leading designers and manufacturers of electro-mechanical motion control systems, LG Motion has developed partnerships with customers across many industry sectors, including aerospace, defence, pharmaceutical, energy, packaging and motorsport. Put simply, they make things ‘go in and out, up and down, and round and round’. In

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