The machine, which arrived in December 2020, is now busy producing mould and press instruments for a spread of essential medical tasks.
Based in 1978, Belfast-based Crossen Engineering is immediately a full service supplier, providing every thing from element design and prototyping via to finish manufacturing. Regardless of working a well-equipped toolroom and manufacturing store, an upturn in medical work over the previous 12 months noticed the BS EN ISO 9001 accredited producer start the seek for a brand new die-sink EDM. Crossen already had a contemporary Sodick wire EDM onsite, however its Sodick spark-erosion capability was 15 years previous.
“Medical work has excessive calls for by way of accuracy, complexity and turnaround time, which we all know from expertise is ideally suited to the attributes of Sodick machines,” explains managing director Paul Crossen. “Our new machine was at all times going to be a Sodick as we would like consistency all through the enterprise by way of studying and coaching.”
The medical sector is proving resilient for Crossen Engineering. Amongst present tasks is the manufacture of aluminium prototype mould instruments for colostomy draining options, strolling aids to enhance mobility amongst arthritis victims, and bespoke wheelchair components for kids with disabilities.
“Additionally, through the pandemic, the demand for PPE has been robust,” says Mr Crossen. “For example, we’ve already made three injection mould instruments for face shields, producing the completed components onsite. We obtained an order close to the start of the pandemic to produce 70,000 face shields every week to our native NHS services as a part of the HeroShield challenge, which continues to be operating, however on a diminished stage. As well as, we have now machined a prototype mould for one more face protecting resolution, in addition to mouldings for sanitising stations.”
The Sodick AD35L was an ex-demo mannequin that arrived on web site in Belfast inside 4 weeks of order placement.
“Since set up, the machine has been busy producing primarily medical moulds, each prototype and manufacturing (aluminium and gear metal),” says Mr Crossen. “P20 software metal was used for the mould that makes the mobility product, as an illustration. The extent of floor end we require, together with mould complexity, means the AD35L is a good resolution.”
James Dunlop, a toolmaker at Crossen provides: “The brand new Sodick is 10 occasions quicker than our 1995 die-sink machine, which can be a little bit exaggeration nevertheless it supplies an concept of how EDM know-how has superior.”
The machine construction of the Sodick AD35L options optimised rib preparations that improve rigidity by roughly 70%. Because of this, deformation is minimised to permit optimum efficiency at excessive velocity, supported by rapid-acceleration linear motors throughout the XYZ journey dimensions of 350 x 250 x 270mm.
Crossen Engineering absolutely expects the brand new Sodick AD35L to draw new clients and orders, significantly involving high-end work. The corporate’s coverage of steady funding within the newest manufacturing applied sciences ensures it stays on the forefront of its sector.
“In Northern Eire we’re properly conscious of our rivals,” Mr Crossen affirms. “Nevertheless, we differentiate from others by designing and manufacturing all tooling onsite, in addition to providing the aptitude to undertake each small-batch and high-batch manufacturing runs, be it injection moulding or urgent.
“Briefly, we’re a single-source resolution, from idea to manufacturing. We will reply to brief lead-time requests and wish to make it possible for bringing a brand new product to market is painless.”
Crossen Engineering gives injection-moulding capability from 30T to 550T, for components ranging in weight from 1g to 2.5kg. The AD35L is able to creating instruments for the most important moulding machine onsite, which was an essential consider its choice. The machine additionally finds use producing press-tool components. Crossen can present capability as much as 500T for metallic stamping, the best in Northern Eire.
“In addition to the medical business, our common consumer base can be choosing up and, trying forward, the order e-book appears pretty sturdy, though there’s nonetheless capability to tackle extra,” Mr Crossen concludes.
“Demonstrating our flexibility and adaptableness, we have now clients in sectors that embrace automotive, aerospace, family equipment, leisure, development, marine, supplies dealing with, electrical, and food and drinks. Our service is modular in that you could take from it what you want, if you want it, as a standalone service or as a whole design and engineering resolution.”