Using our up to date specialist machinery for producing components in ferrous and non ferrous metals, thermo-plastics, industrial laminates and composites and with our experience in these materials over the years, we can offer advice to your design engineers on the most appropriate material for a given requirement. From a small batch quantities to mass produced components our service is second to none.
Since the first man-made plastic in 1856, the proliferation of new plastics with distinct properties has driven the progression of numerous and diverse applications on which the world depends today.The range of materials components are manufactured from includes a host of highly-developed materials such as PTFE, PEEK and Acetyl’s, and with the continual development in the manufacture of plastics, more and more materials are being developed which outperform the more common engineering plastics. Some products manufactured are for electrical insulation, fitted to electrical switchgear equipment, including drive links, housings, arc splitter boxes, coil formers, dropper cards, pads, pins and general bushings.
For cost effectiveness and “whole-of-life” performance, we incorporate the use of high strength and high performance materials and specialist machining. By taking an advisory role in the design stage and recommending both material and appropriate manufacturing processes, we can assist our clients to arrive at innovative, yet cost effective solutions. Our technical knowledge is matched by long-term industry experience and an open minded approach has led to the use of novel manufacturing methods in many of our projects.
Industrial laminates and composites have many advantages compared with traditional materials, such as improved machine-ability, increased performances, lower weight and a finer finish. The engineering applications are almost limitless, with components such as bearings, supports and wear pads being stronger, more effective and longer lasting. We supply local and multinational organisations in the rail, defence and chemical sectors with industrial laminate and composite components manufactured from brands such as Tufnol and Railko.
Industrial laminate is made by applying heat and pressure to layers of fabric, canvas, linen or glass cloth, impregnated with synthetic thermosetting resins. These materials are called “Thermosets.” A variety of resin types and cloth materials can be used to manufacture thermoset laminates with a range of mechanical, thermal and electrical properties.
In 1957 Railko began producing self-lubricating components made from advanced engineering composite materials of high quality, the marine and rail industries were prime users of these bearings and wear parts.