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Investment leads to reshoring contract for HV Wooding
Investment in a refurbished precision high-speed press is helping a Kent-based sub-contract manufacturing specialist deliver a significant aerospace contract that has been reshored from Spain.
HV Wooding, which offers laser cutting, wire erosion, busbars, motor laminations and presswork to customers all over the world, has invested over £120,000 into new tooling and the installation of a Bruderer BSTA 25H to produce more than 28 million precision parts every year.
The contract will utilise the press’ repeatable bottom dead centre accuracy and 1,500 strokes per minute capability, with its RAM Guidance System ensuring unparalleled stability and longer tool life.
Components will be used in a number of tamper-proof products for the airline sector and should account for 60% of the machine’s capacity, leaving the other 40% for new opportunities in electrification and green energy.
Paul Allen, sales director at HV Wooding, said: “This is the second Bruderer we’ve installed, after inheriting our first when an electrical client outsourced its press shop. There are few machines in the world that can offer the speed and accuracy in such high volumes and this is going to make a major difference to our ability to meet the requirement of our aerospace customer.
“The material we are using is really thin gauge and tolerances are within microns – that’s why we decided on the BSTA 25H. The RAM Guidance System eliminates the possibility of movement during the stamping process, prolonging the tool life and giving us consistent repeatable quality, something the customer wasn’t getting overseas.”
HV Wooding, which exports 30% of its £10m turnover overseas, has also invested in a Unidor Multi-Sensor in die tool protection system and a Unidor Press Force Monitor. Both additions to the machine are designed to ensure the tool safety at both low and high speeds and provides protection against overload and potential damage to the tool and press.
Simon Stewart, technical manager at HV Wooding, added: “We have been really impressed with the performance of the BSTA 25H and are already looking at ways where we can standardise the set-up process to move other projects on to it.
“There is also the potential to target new opportunities, with the 1,500 strokes per minute speed giving us plenty of capacity to take on high volume electrical, lamination and motor orders.”