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Case Studies

One giant leap from flea powder to weather prediction

One giant leap from flea powder to weather prediction

Not many businesses can trace a history back over 240 years, but Thomas Keating, which began life in the shadow of St Paul’s cathedral in London, making Flea Powders and, in spite of its strapline ‘Keatings Kills’, it became very successful, moving into a variety of other health giving products, such as throat lozenges. The business ...
Tycam knows what it likes and likes what it knows

Tycam knows what it likes and likes what it knows

St Neots-based Tycam Engineering (originally Astral Engineering) has built a solid business supplying machined parts for aerospace and military power supply units. In its early days it was a two-man business utilising manual machines and the skills it had available. Now, over 25 years later, it remains a two-man business, but its ...
Award winning Helipebs Controls expands its markets with help from XYZ machines

Award winning Helipebs Controls expands its markets with help from XYZ machines

With a history that can be traced back over 100 years in total, with the past 40 in the company’s current guise, Helipebs Controls has developed a market-leading range of pneumatic and hydraulic cylinders. The past ten years has seen further development of its own products creating a more bespoke business designing and manufacturing these ...
Bronte Precision Engineering  gears up for productivity

Bronte Precision Engineering gears up for productivity

Finding a niche is often the way to succeeding in business and that is exactly what Bradford-based Bronte Precision Engineering has done. The business is split into five disciplines: precision machining; gear manufacture; transmission systems and component parts; replacement parts for vintage and classic vehicles; and replacement parts for
XYZ gives Renishaw Greenpower a boost

XYZ gives Renishaw Greenpower a boost

Research and development is the lifeblood of Renishaw and backing this up are a number of small workshops across the group capable of manufacturing one-off and low volume prototype parts. The majority of these workshops are now equipped with machines from XYZ Machine Tools, as the ProtoTRAK control system suits Renishaw’s needs perfectly.
B&B is more than an overnight success

B&B is more than an overnight success

With a well-established reputation for its precision machining services, B&B Precision Engineering based in Clayton West on the outskirts of Huddersfield, took a major step forward four years ago when it embarked on an investment plan that saw it expand its portfolio of services and increase its floorspace fivefold to 16,000 ...
Hivac adds capacity  with heavy-duty XYZ machines

Hivac adds capacity with heavy-duty XYZ machines

Hastings-based Hivac Engineering is a well-established specialist in the manufacture of ultra-high vacuum chambers and equipment used in surface science, semi-conductor and synchrotron particle acceleration. For the latter think CERN and the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland, or closer to home Diamond Light Source in Oxfordshire. The type of work that Hivac Engineering undertakes, therefore, is generally low-volume, R&D, but to extremely tight tolerances on large components.
XYZ support gives boost to Clayden Precision as it opens for business

XYZ support gives boost to Clayden Precision as it opens for business

Having worked for and with other people for over 40 years, Barry Clayden took the decision towards the end of last year that the time was right, if he was going to spend long hours working, he may as well do it for himself, so in October 2015 Hoddesden-based Clayden Precision Engineering was born. While stepping into the world of ...
XYZ central to historic restorations

XYZ central to historic restorations

Hawker Restoration and its sister company Hawker Racing are passionate about what they do, this passion has led to the former being the world’s foremost restorer of the iconic Hawker Hurricane aircraft, having restored or worked on 13 of the 15 remaining airworthy planes and the latter being highly successful in restoring and replicating ...
Early adopter returns for more of the same

Early adopter returns for more of the same

When XYZ Machine tools launched its 1060 HS high speed vertical machining centre it immediately caught the attention of precision toolmaker, BK Tooling which placed an order and was pleasantly surprised when the machine was delivered to see the serial number was 00001. Now, ten years later, with the original machine performing as well as it did when new BK Tooling has taken delivery of its second XYZ 1060 HS.
XYZ lathe fills gap left  by £½ million turning centre

XYZ lathe fills gap left by £½ million turning centre

For fans of what is perceived as the UK’s favourite chocolate selection the quality work undertaken by Crabtree of Gateshead will be right up your street. Established over 100 years ago Crabtree is a world leader in the design and manufacture of metal decoration presses, or in layman’s terms printing presses for metal objects, such as food containers and tins of chocolates.
XYZ Machine Tools helps Gilo Industries create adventurous engineering solutions

XYZ Machine Tools helps Gilo Industries create adventurous engineering solutions

Gilo Cardozo MBE, appears to have been born with adventure running through his veins and that adventurous spirit has led to the creation of one of the UK’s most innovative and exciting manufacturing groups, Gilo Industries. As an enthusiast for the sport/hobby of paramotoring, Gilo saw a fantastic opportunity to develop the technology and, in spite of having no formal engineering qualifications, he created Parajet in 2001.

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