“These heatsinks are very intricate designs that have to be machined to very high tolerances,” said Fred Pain, General Manager at Acro. “Once again we are very pleased with our investment in the 3D machining capability. It would be very difficult and costly to undertake this project using traditional methods. Using digital data directly from the designer's files enables us to eliminate programming errors and deliver a consistently high quality of component.”
Since investing in their 3D machining CADCAM package Acro have undertaken demanding projects within the Oil Industry and the Automotive sector, as well as specialist project such as equipment for airport security. Until last year Acro was focused solely on the production of turned parts, with an impressive record of success that spans 30 years of business. Their investment in equipment more focused on milling work has been very much a strategic business decision.
“We've always enjoyed a great deal of success in the field of ‘turned parts'”, said Fred. “We run multi-spindles and sliding heads and can run lights-out production. Very often, components would need additional milling processes that we would sub-out. Our decision to buy in the milling equipment was mainly so that we could undertake additional processes in-house and have more control over quality and turnaround, so we could give our clients an even better service.”
A considerable part of Acro's investment was in training for its engineers. The suppliers of the Vertical Machining Centre technology and the CADCAM software were able to provide on-site training and able to provide consultancy for the initial projects undertaken with this equipment.
“We have very talented engineers who have been programming CNC machines for many years and really understand machining,” said Fred. “We were very quickly up to speed and the equipment has been earning its keep from the very first week. In some respects we are still learning what it is capable of, as it has exceeded all of our expectations. It's an amazingly powerful package.”
About Acro Precision Technology
With over 30 years' experience in the machining of precision engineering components, Acro are one of Europe's leading suppliers to the engineering and technology sector. Acro offer specialist low volume prototype development as well as high volume manufacturing and are equipped with a broad range of modern CNC [Computer Numerically Controlled] machinery: -
· CNC lathes with live tooling and 24 hour unmanned production
· Swiss type sliding head automatics
· 3D SolidCAM CNC milling
· Conventional turning/milling/finishing
Customer projects have included components for sports cars suspensions, bomb disposal robots, hospital beds, forecourt petrol pumps, the London Underground, equipment for off-shore oil exploration and production and components for the construction industry.
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