First component machined at TPG's Advanced Manufacturing Centre

by: Phil Curtis 25/08/2017

The Advanced Manufacturing Centre at TP Group's Dukinfield facility reached a major milestone this week. The first metal was cut on Thursday as part of the commissioning of the Hankook VT-200E vertical turning/boring centre.

The first component was a simple carbon steel tube plate, approximately 1m diameter. The machining operations were carried out as part of the training, calibration and verification process that is currently in progress on that machine. Once commissioned, the centre will be able to process components up to 2.5m diameter in titanium and other materials for use in the aerospace, defence and industrial sectors.

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The first component machined on the Hankook VTC-200E 

The Hankook machine is just part of the AMC capability which is progressively coming on stream over the next few weeks. Set in a segregated 6,000 square feet enclosure with overhead crane capacity of 22 tonnes, the centre will have dedicated stores and tooling control, integrated machining and metrology to meet the most demanding of quality requirements.

Next to be commissioned is a Soraluce TA-35A, a high performance 3 axis CNC milling / drilling centre, followed by a Global Advantage co-ordinate measuring machine (CMM) which will be one of the largest to operate in the UK. This machine is capable of highly accurate and repeatable measurements with probes over a range of 2m by 3.3m by 1.5m. Both machining centres also carry on-board Renishaw probe systems for additional quality assurance.

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Operator training on the Hankook VTC-200E

The AMC is part of significant investment by TP Group to build market-leading capability to serve customers with high precision equipment for mission-critical or safety-critical applications in aerospace, defence and industrial sectors. Civil works commenced in the spring of this year and the first commercial orders have already been received for the Hankook machine. The other parts of the facility will come on stream over the next few months. 

The AMC is unusual in that it combines advanced machining of large components with both on-board measurement and independent verification through the CMM, all under one roof. This combination provides full assurance of the machined components to specifications, which is key in some of the more challenging applications they will face.

For more information on the AMC and its capabilities, capacity or availability, please email info@tpgroup.uk.com and quote AMC in the text.