We pride ourselves on quality and precision, we always are looking for new ways we can achieve the best quality possible.  

The first step in our manufacturing process is the CNC machine. Due to the extremely tight tolerances of the items we produce, purchasing the machine that can do this was vital. After much consideration of multiple difference machines, we settled on the New KIMLA BPF2131 CNC Router. 

This machine features a 2100mm x 3100mm machine bed a 12-position rotary tool changer, automatic tool length measurement and a 9kW (12 HP), 24000rpm HSD inverter driven spindle. This would allow us to achieve machine tolerances of – compared to our previous CNC router of –.  

The 12-position rotary tool changer allows us to have multiple different cutter sizes for fast tool changing and allows us to countersink and tap during the machine process compared to previously being done as a separate process off the machine.  

Due to the machine bed being double of our previous CNC we also looked at a brand-new vacuum pump to hold the material down, so it doesn’t move when the machining takes place. It was extremely important to choose the correct vacuum for the job as this helps us achieve the tolerances we are looking for. We purchased a Matrix Vacuum bed with Becker pump to be installed with the new Kimla CNC Router. 

The new machine paired with the Kimla software nesting programme this gives S&D a huge increase in machining efficiency as well as an overall improvement in aesthetic quality that we are already seeing the benefits of. 

Due to the size of the investment, we looked at grants to help fund the project. Thanks to the D2N2 business investment fund grant programme which offers funded grants for Digital Technology, specialist Consultancy and equipment which is part funded by the European regional development fund, we received the maximum grant amount of £27,958.00. 

 

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