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With an 8% tighter and more accurate turn radius than other tractors within the field, the #JohnDeere 5R series makes for easy maneuverability when working in confined spaces. In addition, these machines operate with a 30% more efficient fluid PFC hydraulic system, making for a stronger flow.

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Proactive Outsourcing This Festive Season

It’s that time of year again, when the cries spread throughout the land as people bemoan the early onset of Christmas. It seems that no sooner have you scoffed the last of your Halloween Candy, but the shops are playing Jingle Bells, The Christmas Lights are on and it’s only a matter of time before you’re offered a mince pies.

Any holiday period represents a challenge to business, not least manufacturers. It isn’t easy trying to juggle the demands of keeping your shop floor turning over whilst at the same time combatting staff holidays, staff hangover and those staff who mysteriously get struck ill on the same day their kids break up from school.

Ensuring a consistent output during this period is no easy feat, especially considering this is also the time of year when you’re likely clearing away the cobwebs, carrying out maintenance and revaluating your business.

Having a “Plan B” is only sensible, but not necessarily full proof. Although many businesses outsource their work, this is often done on a reactive rather than proactive basis. The issue with this is many sub-contractors have their capacity filled weeks or even months in advance and although they can attempt to squeeze you in, this isn’t always the case.

This is why Proactive outsourcing may be a sensible move in advance of the holidays. It’s key that your output is consistent at this time of year as we all know that many of our customers will be re-evaluating their supply chains. They are far more likely to remember the few jobs you delivered late recently then the countless you delivered on time throughout the year. By focusing your output on your core capabilities and outsourcing the unusual, difficult and time consuming jobs you can better serve your customers.

Bronte Precision are a sub-contract manufacturer serving the whole UK. Our niche is large sized and complex components often involving multiple process steps, intricate geometries and tight tolerances. We support a wide range of industries and can help you manage your busy workload over the festive period. This is a fantastic way to dip your toe and evaluate our service ahead of the new year as well.

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When it comes to compact utility tractors, the #JohnDeere 3025E is one of the most versatile, efficient models on the market.

7 Million Mince Pies, 10 Million Turkeys, 25 Million Christmas Puddings, 35 Million Bottles of Wine, 250 Million Pints of Beer and a whopping 9875 Tonnes of Brussel Sprouts.

That’s what a typical December looks like here in the UK and no doubt Food Processing companies are at peak capacity right now ensuring that all of this food hits our plates in time. Making this is exactly the wrong time for a delay or breakdown.

Bronte Precision are on hand to manufacture bespoke components for your machinery. We often for older machines where the original manufacturer may have ceased to exist and can provide a full reverse engineering service. Working from either an existing part, photographs or drawings we can provide full sourcing of materials and CNC machining of your parts, enabling you to keep a healthy stock of spares.

Food Processing Machinery is a good example of the high precision work Bronte Precision can do in Stainless Steel, working on a variety of intricate components for our OEM customers. Some examples of components we've made would include: Impellers, Part Feeders, Extruders and Conveyor Parts.

Bronte Precision are based in Bradford, West Yorkshire but serve the whole of the UK. We are fully ISO accredited and provide competitive pricing on small to medium volumes.

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Regardless of the task at hand, the #JohnDeere 5075E can help you work quickly and efficiently. A few attachments can add even more versatility to the machine.

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Going Forward in Reverse

Reverse Engineering is the art of taking an old component and making a new one, there are a wide number of reasons why customers might need to reverse engineer a component.

The Original Manufacturer may simply no longer exist. An Original Manufacturer has stopped production of a particular model it may mean that spare parts for this model become harder to find and more expensive to buy. As such it can be more cost effective to make a new part rather than finding an existing one. One good example of this would be in the Rail industry. Rolling Stock Vehicles are expected to have a life of around 30 to 40 years and will receive numerous upgrades and refurbishments throughout the years. As such there is a big aftermarket for Rolling Stock Vehicle components and in many cases the original manufacturer may no longer be making those parts.

Sometimes sourcing a replacement part can be difficult, particularly where the Original Manufacturer may be based abroad. In some cases they may need to custom produce the part and ship it over which can take a number of weeks and add additional costs.

What Do We Need?

In order to effectively reverse engineer components we really need as much information as possible. If there are technical drawings, cadcam files or similar this will certainly help us produce a new part. If you have an old part to hand, even where it has suffered damage this can be extremely useful in helping us to make a new part and information on where and what your component will be used can help us understand what/how it needs to function.

Our Approach

Whether you have Engineering drawings or just some scribbled notes, Bronte Precision can help. The first step is to determine what material the component will need to be made out of, often its application will reveal this but where required we can also provide full non-destructive testing to ascertain what the material is. If you have an existing part we will measure this using our in-house CMM system which feeds directly into our cadcam system allowing us to quickly and effectively map the dimensions of the component. From here our team of skilled machinists can produce the parts. Bronte work closely with a number of local providers so can easily arrange associated services such as heat treatment or electro-plating.

Contact Bronte Precision today for your reverse engineering needs. We are ISO certified and based in Bradford, West Yorkshire.

Machining of Titanium

There has been a trend in the last five years for more components to be made from ‘hard’ and ‘exotic’ materials so as to extend part life. Titanium is one such metal that is growing in popularity across a range of industries but most noticeable in automotive, heavy lifting and medical applications.

Titanium can withstand long periods of exposure to salt water, and is a very ductile material that can be worked into many shapes. It does not conduct heat or electricity well and it is as strong as steel but much less dense.

Titanium does not conduct heat well and as such all of the energy generated through friction will instead be stored in the cutting edge. This means that in order to extend tool life, any machining must be carried out at slower speeds. By reducing your cutting speed by a third you can extend part life by nearly 80%. Despite this low heat conductivity, coolant is still needed due to Titanium’s high chemical reactivity. Titanium is that it is a highly reactive to oxygen and nitrogen. This causes noticeable problem if exposed to high temperatures in cutting and can actually start to smear the metal and ruin cutting tools. As such coolant should be used and it is advisable to use carbide cutting tools when machining. It is also advisable to vary the depths of your cuts to spread out the tool wear if you are encountering issues.

Titanium has a low modulus of elasticity, which is one property that makes it so popular with aircraft manufacturers but does represent a challenge when machining. Titanium can sometimes deflect the cutting tool, sliding it along the material rather than removing material. This causes chatter, damages your component and can also generate heat and ruin tooling. It’s important that machine set up is stiff and rigid and this is especially true of the spindle and tool.

Forged Titanium can develop stress which will affect the machining process. The only real way to combat this is through heat treatment of the metal, but these must be applied before any machining process begins.

Titanium is not necessarily difficult to machine if you have the knowledge and experience, and that’s where it can be valuable to outsource unfamiliar materials to suppliers like Bronte Precision. We can machine a wide range of different materials and where you may not have the knowledge it may make more sense to use ours. We are ISO 9001 certified and based in Bradford, West Yorkshire.
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