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Jun 08, 2020

DanDan wrote this just before he packed up his MAC to begin working from home, at that point thinking it would only be for a couple of weeks… How wrong we were!

Best possible solutions

“The first few weeks in a new job are always daunting, it’s just a natural pressure to perform well, I think. Moving from a company that employs over 1000 (Lotus Cars) to a company of around a dozen was always going to be different, and I’ve found it’s the people you interact with on a daily basis that matter. The close-knit dynamic at Plunkett’s has been a new experience for me. Everyone has their own area of knowledge and expertise which is used to provide the customer with the best possible solutions.

My past experience is with subcontract machining and more recently automotive, looking after the manufacturing process behind the Lotus chassis. Being a bonded, extruded aluminium chassis, this is a fairly niche design and holds assembly tolerances around a tenth of a standard chassis. 

My machining background

Coming from a machining background is also useful for assessing new projects form a feasibility point of view as there are often small details on designs that can have big implications on its manufacture. For example, designing small radii into corners that cannot be reached, likewise specifying sharp corners in areas where the tool cannot access at the right orientation. Recognising these early on can evolve the CAD model into something workable, therefore reducing machining costs. Adept Toolroom

Getting to grips with the large network of suppliers and manufacturers that Plunkett utilises is… ongoing! There is such a huge variety of enquires, from additive manufacture, injection moulding, CNC, and everything in between!

Fabulous suppliers

There’s usually a solution to every problem, it’s just knowing where to look! Plunkett’s have a fabulous relationship with their suppliers so that helps enormously. And if we’re not able to offer the best solution for the customer for whatever reason, we can usually point them in the direction of someone who can.

In-house facilities

It’s also helpful to have Adept Precision, Plunkett Associates sister company, on our doorstep to support client requirements. When a quick turnaround for CNC or injection moulded parts is required, an in-house facility gives us enormous flexibility. When the project is complex or some development is needed, we can make adjustments to our injection moulding tooling in a few hours, rather than days.

Adept injection moulding

Automation software

On that note, by far the most engaging part of Plunkett’s so far, is seeing these new projects develop and evolve into a final working product. In the coming months I’ll be getting more involved in this, supporting the activities of Adept Precision and implementing new software into the company.

This is a new area of engineering for me and there is much to learn but I’m looking forward to the challenge!”

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    David Wheatley, Wheatley Research Ltd
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    Jet Cooper, Sculptor
  • Thanks for the present that arrived this morning, as promised. Parts look first class, as always.
    Jon Todd, Design Manager, PHS Group
  • Plunketts developed a solution that met our precision requirements at a cost significantly lower than alternative manufacturing approaches we had investigated
    Nick Skaer, CEO, Orthox Ltd
  • Plunkett Associates have excellent breadth of experience, work with high quality partners and have a flexibility that we have found enables challenges to be met successfully, cost effectively and in a timely manner.
    Nick Skaer, CEO, Orthox Ltd
  • Interestingly, people who look at it in its own right with little knowledge of what it does, just like it! It’s tactile and it looks good…
    Tim Collings, Operations Director, Troika Systems Ltd
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    James Clark, Group Commercial Director, The Airdri Group
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    Simon Leggett, Director, Olivewood Technology
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    Penny While, Marketing Director, Kirintec
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    David Harden, Director, Enica Ltd
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    Simon Ryder, Artist
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    Naim Audio
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    Mark Williams, Research and Development Director, Johnson Safety Products
  • "With their simple to understand language, willingness to go the extra mile and approachability, Plunkett Associates were a great partner for our company. We couldn’t be happier with the results of our project. (A working prototype that they got right first time, by the way). Thank you!"
    Carolina Ballon-Forrester, Director, Kittyrama Ltd
  • “We use Plunkett Associates because we want someone we can trust, that knows what they’re talking about, has all the contacts, will provide reliable advice and feedback and will get the right result for us.”
    Jim Copestick. Design Manager, Thorlux Lighting
  • “Accuracy, finish and delivery all first class.”
    Andrew Peters, JMDA Ltd
  • “We were really surprised at how quickly they turned round such a high quality prototype and the parts certainly proved their worth. They were of high enough quality to provide a fantastic visual representation and to undergo rigorous testing."
    Stuart Wilson, Design Director, TRT Lighting
  • "Tim's experience, expertise and supplier base have been fundamental to us getting this project off the ground."
    Sam Pearce, Jelly Products Ltd
  • Plunkett associates always find a solution. Whatever we need to prototype, they have a great grasp on the technologies available, costs and lead-times so we get the right solution tailored to the project needs. Have always delivered and never let us down.
    Naim Audio

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