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Dyson Diecasting invests in new Robodrill

Posted on 07 Jul 2018 and read 1822 times
Dyson Diecasting invests in new RobodrillFounded almost 100 years ago, Milton Keynes-based Dyson Diecastings Ltd offers a wide range of services.

Operating as a ‘cast, clip and ship’ business in its early days, the company added simple operations such as drilling and tapping holes in its castings.

Director Paul Savage said: “As technology has evolved, so have customer demands and the capabilities of our company.

We have moved from just drilling and tapping to adding a CNC machining department, and we now conduct profile milling, facing and much more (www.dysondiecastings.co.uk).

“In terms of value-adding processes, we do painting, plating, polishing and more to offer a ‘fully finished’ product.”

Dyson Diecastings also undertakes design for manufacture, project management, design optimisation, high-pressure die-casting and CNC machining for high-profile customers that include Aston Martin, Jaguar, Siemens, TRW, Vent Axia, Turner Powertrain and Honeywell.

The company has two sites with over 200,000ft2 of manufacturing space.

The output of these sites can range from 10-20 off components for prestige automotive customers to a weekly output of over 10,000 on large-volume projects that could include anything from automotive centre consoles, air and oil cooling assemblies, engine brackets and valve bodies through to hand dryers for public conveniences.

The company’s latest investment is a Fanuc Robodrill B-Series D21LiB5 with an extended bed length.

Mr Savage said: “A key factor in selecting the B-Series is that we bought a Robodrill T21iF about six years ago, and its reliability has been outstanding, spare parts are sourced locally and the cost of running it is very low.

“The new machine comes with a new interface, while the spindle speeds and indexing unit all match what we’d been running previously.

“The programs transfer simply, and it ticks all the right boxes.”

“We have one part on the machine that has been running for 12 years, and it requires some long-series drills and taps to avoid key features in the component.

“Additionally, we do some milling with 120mm-diameter face mills, so machine tool rigidity is as critical as performance and precision.

“The surface finish has to be very good and the tolerances are quite tight, so a rigid platform is a must.”