What is engineering
The world of engineering is an exciting and dynamic place to work. Technology is constantly changing the way in which we approach and solve the most demanding challenges for our customers.
Yet, as engineers, we sometimes forget that not everybody shares our technical expertise.
So, to help redress the balance, and hopefully provide a useful resource for the technically minded, budding engineers and, of course, our customers the following sections cover just a few of the areas of engineering in which we specialise.
What is Precision engineering?
Precision engineering is the discipline of creating high precision products to an accuracy of 1×10-6. The production process includes the design, development and manufacture of components, and is capable of producing parts with exceptionally accurate, highly polished surface finishes, with tolerances of less than 1.0micron when measured over each square millimetre of surface area. Read more
What is Cold Forming?
Cold forming is a high speed manufacturing process whereby a component is formed using a press tool. A blank is placed within a die and a punch is pressed into the blank to form the desired part, while removing no material and producing significantly enhanced product characteristics. Read more
What is CNC Machining?
CNC Machining is a manufacturing process that uses computers to control machine tools. CNC machines automate, and therefore simplify, the manufacturing production process and make it possible to make hundreds or even thousands of the same item in a day. Read more
What is Milling?
Milling is a machining process in the metalwork industry used to shape solid metal workpieces by removing excess material. Often automated, milling machines are positioned in either vertical or horizontal orientation and carve out materials based on pre-existing designs. See video
What is Turning?
Turning is a machine operation that produces cylindrical parts by machining the external surface of a blank. In this process a part is rotated while a single point cutting tool is moved parallel to the axis of rotation to produce precise diameters and depths. See video
What is Grinding?
Grinding is a process used in the manufacturing process to finish workpieces that must show high surface quality. A surface grinder feeds a workpiece against a rotating abrasive wheel to change its shape or dimensions, making it flat or smooth. Read more
What is CAD?
CAD (Computer-Aided Design) is a computer technology used by the manufacturing industry to create and easily modify two-dimensional and three-dimensional product development plans and designs. CAD software replaces manual drafting with a simple, automated process.
What is CAM?
CAM (Computer-Aided Manufacturing) is a subsequent computer-aided process after CAD. Also used in the manufacturing industry, its primary purpose is to create a faster production process and produce components with greater raw material consistency and more precise tooling accuracy. Read more