It is becoming increasingly common for a customer to require a fully finished part ready for assembly in their business. Historical issues with multiple sub-contract stages for casting, machining and paint finishing lead to excessive costs from transport and similar inefficiencies. These result in build-ups of lead times and, thusly, a loss of control and communication regarding the whereabouts of the part within the production process. Having all processes on site helps drive down production lead times, as we can start to machine parts even before the whole batch has been completely cast – it is not uncommon to be casting, heat-treating and machining the same parts to deliver an order to a customer as quickly as possible.
A crucial part of our role as a modern non-ferrous (mainly aluminium) foundry is to ensure that our castings can be machined to the highest standard on site, and offer as much of the supply chain to our customer as we can and they require. As such, we have invested considerably in our machine shop, which comprises state of the art CNC milling and CNC lathe turning facilities. Our pallet changing vertical and horizontal CNC production centres offer continuous machining for higher production (increased metal cutting time) - saving the time lost loading - especially with higher volume runs.
Our highly trained staff have experience producing both large batches of metal alloy components and individual bespoke pieces to an equally high standard, and our lathe turning facilities are capable of producing finished aluminium castings (or from solid materials) in a range of sizes – for examples of our capabilities please see our plant list.
Here at Foundry & Fabrication, not only do we machine our own aluminium castings, but we also offer subcontracting out CNC milling and CNC lathe turning capacity to other foundries and machinists. Our experience in machining castings covers a range of different shapes and sizes, and has to take account of possible clamping distortion that is often not experienced when machining from solid bar and billet.