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Case Studies

Shared capacity leads to innovation

Shared capacity leads to innovation

Having started like many with an idea and a garage to work out of, Ian Bamford and his wife Nicky created their business Tuskguard, to design, manufacture and install, physical security products and access control systems, winning a DTI Design against Crime award in 1989. As the business developed, Tuskguard won a prestigious five-year ...
Precision Edge fills capacity gap with Lean Production Machine

Precision Edge fills capacity gap with Lean Production Machine

What goes around comes around and the XYZ Lean Production Machine (LPM) is a case in point for specialist manufacturer of precision quality industrial blades and machine knives, Horsham-based Precision Edge and its director Ross Candfield. “We initially considered buying an XYZ LPM machining centre five years ago, but after due ...
ICEoxford is chilled about benefits  of in-house machining

ICEoxford is chilled about benefits of in-house machining

ICEoxford is a world-leading designer and manufacturer of innovative cryogenic Engineering systems, specialising in ultra-low temperature (ULT) equipment for the cryogenic research community. As a result, its output is made up of bespoke systems that will end up in the research departments of some of the leading universities and government ...
XYZ turning centre reduces cycle times in a flash for Kingsmill Industries

XYZ turning centre reduces cycle times in a flash for Kingsmill Industries

As a leading manufacturer and distributor of earthing materials and lightning protection equipment, Kingsmill Industries products are used across a wide range of construction projects, mainly new builds, including churches, apartment blocks, offices and factories providing protection from lightning strikes. The Pinxton, Derbyshire-based ...
Rental fits the bill for Paxford Engineering

Rental fits the bill for Paxford Engineering

Paxford Engineering like many similar engineering companies across the UK does not describe itself as ‘cash rich, and as a partnership rather than a limited company raising finance to bring in new machine tools can be an issue. With this in mind Moreton-in-Marsh-based business is a terrific advocate of the XYZ Machine Tools rental scheme, ...
Compatibility makes life easier for Batchflow as it expands milling capacity

Compatibility makes life easier for Batchflow as it expands milling capacity

With its core business being turning, the milling capability at Batchflow Engineering had taken something of a back seat, but with the growth in low-volume production and prototype work, especially for the motorsport sector, Managing Director Steve Packwood recognised the need to bring machining centre capacity up to date. The decision to
AMP Rose wraps up relocation – with a little help from XYZ

AMP Rose wraps up relocation – with a little help from XYZ

The opportunity to relocate to a purpose built, 100,000 ft2 factory on the outskirts of Gainsborough provided confectionary packaging machinery and process solutions provider, AMP Rose with the opportunity to review its manufacturing processes, in particular its machine shop. AMP Rose apprentice Thomas Gander is at home programming and ...
From fabricator to all-rounder – M&J Products invests in machining capability

From fabricator to all-rounder – M&J Products invests in machining capability

Family-owned M&J products started life in fabrication, producing architectural ironwork for industrial and domestic customers over 35 years ago. The natural progression was then to move into sheet metal work, where they carved out a reputation for producing computer room racking, among other things. While fabrication and sheet metal work
Growth gains pace at Investment Casting Systems – with a little help from XYZ

Growth gains pace at Investment Casting Systems – with a little help from XYZ

The beginnings of Investment Casting Systems is a fairly familiar one, with founder Ted Head turning his Mechanical Engineering Design and Manufacturing expertise  and professional model making skills into the successful Engineering business that it is today. Starting out in his garage with a bench lathe and small 30” x 6” milling machine,
Training steps lead to the next generation of engineering talent at MTC

Training steps lead to the next generation of engineering talent at MTC

As you would expect from the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) Coventry, with its stated aim of ‘inspiring Great British manufacturing, on the global stage’; when it created its Lloyds Bank Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre (AMTC) it wanted to deliver the best in terms of skills development. It is achieving this through the ...
Billet World gets off to a flying start

Billet World gets off to a flying start

Having worked in his father’s business manufacturing bespoke motorcycle swinging arms for 25 years, Dean Ryde took the decision to take on a new challenge and strike out on his own. In July 2016 he registered his new business, Billet World, and in September took delivery of his first machine tools and started to cut metal. As the company ...
Reverse engineering moves Pierce Precision Engineering forward

Reverse engineering moves Pierce Precision Engineering forward

At the height of the financial crisis Darren Pierce found himself facing redundancy from his role as a Tooling Project Manager in the food and drink sector. Unfazed by the state of the economy he took the decision to start his own toolmaking business, even returning to his old employer to buy his first machines. This ProtoTRAK Edge ...

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