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ADM Fine Machining Adds New Large Aerospace Machining Centre

ADM Fine Machining, established following the acquisition of Fine Machining by aerospace subcontractor, ADM Engineering, has added a new large capacity vertical machining centre.

The new machine has a 1270mm by 670mm by 625mm machining envelope (Image copyright © Mercator Media 2016)

The Doosan DNM 650 II from Mills CNC joins ten previously purchased Doosan machines – five lathes and five vertical machining centres – at the company.

The new machine has a 1270mm by 670mm by 625mm machining envelope and a 1300mm by 670mm table, along with a powerful18.5kW, 12000rpm, direct-drive spindle

It is being used to machine high-precision, complex components for a diverse range of sectors, most notably for a growing number of aerospace, motorsport, medical, defence and petrochemical customers.

The company, with its 30-strong workforce, operates from a 12,000 sq ft facility in Littlehampton that boasts separate, temperature-controlled inspection, clean-room testing and assembly facilities, as well its cell-based machining shop.

ADM Fine Machining is committed to adding value and building long-term, mutually-beneficial partnership relationships with customers. One of its key strengths is the ability to machine hard and difficult-to-machine materials such as Inconels, duplex stainless steels, Hastelloy and titanium alloys.

Peter Howell, business development director, says: “To achieve the high part accuracies and surface finishes expected by our customers requires in-depth knowledge concerning the machinability of different materials…and having access to high-performance machine tools.

“The Doosan lathes and machining centres we have invested in have a rigid design and build, have powerful high-torque spindle capabilities and are thermally stable…all pre-requisites for machining tough materials.”

Another important feature common across all ADM Fine Machining’s (Doosan) machine tools is their multi-tasking functionality.

Peter Howel says: “To achieve our customers’ tight deadlines, and to ensure fast and efficient throughput we invest in multi-tasking machines which help reduce set-up and cycle times, and also improve accuracy due to less fixturing/re-fixturing operations being required.”

ADM Fine Machining’s in-house expertise also allows it to offer a simultaneous engineering consultancy services to customers where all aspects of a manufacturing project are planned and agreed with teams responsible for delivering elements of the project.

A recent example with a petrochemical customer involved the manufacture of high-pressure needle valves made from Inconel 625. ADM Fine Machining’s knowledge and expertise in machining the nickel-based super alloy was instrumental in re-designing the part specification.


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