A collaboration of world class engineering businesses from the West Midlands are heading to Micro Machining Live at the NEC in September with the aim of offering a single source solution to customers.
Barkley Plastics, Brandauer and Advanced Chemical Etching (ACE) are part of the Midlands Assembly Network and have decided to pool together resources for the event (25th-26th) in a bid to attract new customers looking for solutions to complex parts and possible tool transfer services.
The trio can offer injection mouldings, high volume precision presswork and stampings and expert prototyping, with investment in the latest technology ensuring they can cater for all materials and tolerances up to 2 microns.
Rowan Crozier, Sales and Marketing Director for Brandauer, commented: “MM Live is a great opportunity for us to showcase exactly what we can do and I’m delighted that we are able to exhibit with ACE and Barkley Plastics to offer that complete solution.
“As both a company and a collaboration we like to achieve the ‘impossible’ on time and within budget…a combination our global customer base can’t seem to get elsewhere.”
Investment has been a major part of the trio’s approach, with Brandauer spending £750,000 on two high speed Bruderer presses and ACE channelling £1m into increasing capacity and the development of a new ‘world first’ etching process.
Barkley Plastics has also just installed its first micro moulding facility, which allows the company to mould components with an unparalleled accuracy up to a weight of 1.2g with a 5 tonne clamp pressure.
The machine with full servo drives has a built-in clean room and Hepa filter and is capable of moulding products from watch gears to micro medical components.
Ian Wiles, Sales Director at ACE, concluded: “We work across all sectors, including automotive, aerospace, communications, electronics, medical and increasingly renewables.
“We want to talk to customers about their micro machining requirements and how we can help them improve quality, lead times and hopefully engineer out some of the cost.”
Brandauer, ACE and Barkley Plastics will be on Stand K24 at MM Live 2012.