AMRC de-risks machine tool selection

A manufacturer of high-precision components for satellite and earth-based communication systems has been helped to de-risk and explore options for a new cutting-edge machine tool thanks to support from engineers at the University of Sheffield AMRC.

Flann Microwave, based in Cornwall, produces very tightly toleranced microwave and millimetre-wave components, sub-assemblies, calibration kits, and instrumentation to sectors including space and research.

The business contacted the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) for independent advice to help them move forward in their selection of a new machine tool. A machine tool trade study and zero-point fixturing recommendations were supplied to Flann Microwave at the end of the project, with recommendations for desirable machines and appropriate fixturing.

Emma Parkin, Project Engineer at the AMRC, said: “This project was all about the production of a comprehensive trade study, exploring what Flann Microwave needed from a new machining tool, and researching the best options available. We looked at a range of things Flann wanted to achieve and were able to recommend a number of possible manufacturers they could work with.

“It’s a big investment for a business to buy a new machining tool of this kind, and we supported them not only with our technical expertise and experience, but also the extra resource to pause and spend some time looking at what good options would be. A busy company like Flann really benefits from this sort of support, helping them step out of their day-to-day work and consider what will serve them best in the future.”

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