The MTC helps Arrowsmith Engineering develop new manufacturing processes, while keeping quality high, manufacturing costs down and making the company a technology leader in its field.
Arrowsmith needed to develop new thread-rolling processes for the aerospace industry. Thread-rolling is a difficult cold forming process that can be performed on any ductile metal to produce smooth and precise threads.
Arrowsmith was experiencing frequent tool failures. In addition, a wider challenge for Arrowsmith was to reposition itself in the market, align its culture with that of its end customer and develop a centre of innovative excellence.
With support from the National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme (NATEP), which is funded by the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative, MTC engineers began working alongside Arrowsmith’s own engineering team, further supported by the Coventry and Warwickshire Aerospace Forum.
Much of this joint work was carried out at Arrowsmith’s premises. The team worked through the whole process from start to finish, developing precision-controlled production techniques. These techniques were tested in small batch trials before being successfully carried over to volume manufacture.
The techniques developed by the joint engineering team resulted in manufacturing processes that kept quality high and manufacturing costs down. The process steps and details have been captured in a set of standard operating procedures for engineers and machinists. These can be used for reference or training. The innovative technologies employed have allowed Arrowsmith to produce components that could previously not be made to the standard of accuracy and quality achieved.