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Extending our services with new local supplier of high quality tooling, turning and milling!

Jan 12, 2017

It is imperative for us to ensure that client’s expectations are being exceeded wherever possible. One of the main ways that we endeavour to achieve this is through management of our supplier network.

We have recently brought on board a new local supplier who is able to provide us with high quality tooling, turning and milling services using state of the art modern CNC machinery.  With their main business centring around utilising an array of lathes at their disposal, this supplier is able to produce components for a range of industries including Aerospace, Oil & Gas, and Medical in both low volume (up to 50) and high volume (100,000+) quantities, satisfying both prototype and production needs.

Basic Lathe Operation

Simply put, a lathe is a machine tool which spins or `turns’ a cylindrical workpiece and removes material by touching a cutting tool to it like that shown below. Lathe

Modern Lathe Operations

It is not uncommon nowadays to see 7-Axis lathes in operation, their functionality allows for increased part manipulation to produce the level of design previously unachievable. The diagram below gives an indication of that level of manoeuvrability.7-axis lathe

3 axis for the tool up/down and tool bed right/left and to/fro
1 axis to spin the tool
1 axis to spin the workpiece
1 axis to rotate the tool head
1 axis to work the back of the piece

Specialising in precision engineering, this supplier is experienced in producing high quality components using a range of materials including steels, alloys, and plastics to within 0.01mm tolerances. Their high-volume machines are capable of producing components from 0.22mm to 20mm diameter bar feed in autonomous, 24/7 operations such as those shown here.

High volumeTheir low volume machines can accommodate a bar stock of 80mm and a chuck part of up to 358mm diameter to produce components such as those shown in the two examples below. Low volume precision turned part

Turning can produce parts that are highly detailed and the process itself holds advantages over other methods such as Metal Injection Moulding (MIM) in that there is no need for tooling, the final component has a high-quality surface finish which reduces lead time, cost and the need for post processing. Turned parts  

This supplier also has the capability of producing parts via 2, 3, & 4-axis milling machines on site, which serve to compliment turned parts.

Don’t hesitate to contact us today if you think your project is suited to the above manufacturing method. 

  • Plunkett Associates worked on the design and production of titanium frames for an artificial heart valve where precision and consistency was paramount. Communications were efficient and productive with concepts readily incorporated into the final design, and suggestions for improvements all highly appropriate. The quality of the end product was ideal and I have no doubt that I will use the advice and expertise of Plunkett Associates again.
    David Wheatley, Wheatley Research Ltd
  • “Doing business with you has been an absolute pleasure. You have made my goals a reality. You have been patient, helpful and above all, responsive. Best service that I have experienced in ages. I consider Plunkett Associates to be an integral part of my business plan moving forward.”
    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
  • To create such a consistent quality finish in chrome was an amazing achievement and the prototypes really gave our stand the wow factor.
    James Clark, Group Commercial Director, The Airdri Group
  • I can’t recommend Tim and his team highly enough. We ended up with a design which can be produced and assembled quickly, efficiently and reliably, in volumes that make sense
    Simon Leggett, Director, Olivewood Technology
  • Kirintec were thrilled with Plunketts. They made a complex process simple and we were just amazed at the lead times achieved. Plus, every single deadline was met without any drama.
    Penny While, Marketing Director, Kirintec
  • Plunkett Associates truly offer a complete turnkey solution with Speed, Effectiveness and Precision.
    David Harden, Director, Enica Ltd
  • Thanks to Plunkett Associates flexible, bespoke and cost effective service I was able to produce the objects that I had originally had in mind.
    Simon Ryder, Artist
  • Plunkett Associates have a fantastic supply chain, work with all sorts of production processes and will always do their utmost to solve a problem.
    Naim Audio
  • We always know exactly what we’re getting and we know we won’t be let down on quality, price or lead times.
    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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