KM Tools completes Hitachi Rail contract for ‘smart jigs’
Posted on 04 May 2021 and read 384 times
Stoke on Trent-based KM Tools
, a specialist manufacturer of bespoke machinery, has completed a contract for the design, manufacture, installation and maintenance of smart jigs at Hitachi Rail’s
Newton Aycliffe production facility.
The recently installed jigs are supporting Hitachi Rail in the fabrication and welding of high-speed trains destined for the UK rail network.
KM Tools sales manager Neil Harrison said: “Our turnkey engineering service for specialised production machinery proved an ideal fit for this high-profile contract.
“Experience of working closely with other OEMs in the automotive and rail sectors also ensured we had the right engineering expertise and capacity to support large, modern production lines like the one at Newton Aycliffe.”
Hitachi Rail’s advanced manufacturing plant is the result of a £110 million investment by the company. The facility has already delivered 122 pioneering trains for the Department of Transport’s InterCity Express Programme (IEP) for the East Coast and Great Western Main Line as well as 70 all electric commuter trains for ScotRail. The facility is also destined to build trains for the wider UK network.
The jigs provided by KM Tools allow the main sub assemblies (floor, sides and roof) to be held in position for welding and finishing. Each jig has been manufactured entirely in-house by KM Tools to Hitachi Rail specifications. Furthermore, KM Tools is providing responsive on-site technical and maintenance support to Hitachi manufacturing teams.
Mark Snowdon, Hitachi Rail quality engineer, said: “KM Tools has been absolutely fantastic from the start. The company has been completely professional all the way through, and its engineering capabilities are second to none. We look forward to working with KM Tools again and are already planning future ventures with them.”