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Capability Developed for Complex, Small Batches

01 Oct 2003

Medical and cryogenic subcontract machining accounts for 70% of Acrona Engineering's turnover, with nuclear and F1 motor sport companies also featuring prominently among its customers.

The company decided to develop its capacity for smaller runs of more complex parts, and purchased three machining centres with powerful computer aided systems to minimise programming time.

Joint founder and sales manager Albert Soave took the view that batches of complex parts, from 50 down to one off, are of higher value, and that if components are being produced more frequently, rapid changeover to the next job is crucial to maintain productivity.

The three Hurco vertical machining centres were installed during 2000 after a move to a new, purpose-built premises near Witney, Oxfordshire.

The article above is featured on the Engineering Capacity website. The original can be viewed via the link below.   

http://www.engineeringcapacity.com/news101/sector-news/medical/capability_developed_for_complex,_small_batches 

 

 

 

Five Year Contract Won for Engineering Services to UK Research Labs

01 Sep 2004

In June Acrona Engineering, Oxfordshire, won a five year contract to become one of the few engineering companies selected by the Central Laboratory of Research Councils (CCLRC), to provide a wide range of general manufacture, assembly and testing work. This success is the crowning point of Acrona's 10 year transition into a prestigious workshop that specializes in one offs and small batch work, where no machine is more than three years old.

The CCLRC is one of Europe's largest multidisciplinary research organisations. It operates world-class large-scale research facilities, and manages international research projects in support of a broad cross-section of the UK research community.

Acrona believes CCLRC was looking for a high quality local company with the necessary skills and experience. The tendering process involved a site visit that gave Acrona the opportunity to present its collection of latest technology Hurco machines with comprehensive CNC milling and turning capabilities which are all CAD/CAM driven with Pathtrace software.

The contract involves liaising with scientists at various locations in the UK to turn their 'wish lists' for research equipment into engineering specifications, and then to work the designs up into prototypes and finished articles.

Acrona supplies components and assemblies to a diverse range of industries some of which include cryogenics, medical, nuclear, orthopaedic, F1 motor sports, marine, electronic and food processing.

www.acrona-engineering.co.uk 

The article above is featured on the Engineering Capacity website. The original can be viewed via the link below. 

http://www.engineeringcapacity.com/news101/process-news/machining/five_year_contract_won_for_engineering_services_to_uk_research_labs

 

Latest Technology Adds to CNC Capabilities

01 Mar 2006

Arcona Engineering has recently installed a Deckel Maho DMU 50 5-axis universal CNC machining centre. The company is also complimenting its CNC turning range with the imminent purchase of a new Hurco TM6.

The DMU 50 incorporates digital drives, Heidenhain iTNC 530 3D contouring control, and speeds of up to 10,000rpm.

Arcona's comprehensive CNC milling and turning capabilities are all CAD/CAM driven with the latest Pathtrace software. This facilitates flexibility of machine capacity and faster turnaround of customer's orders with the ability to utilize customer's solid models.

The company supplies components and assemblies to a diverse range of industries some of which include cryogenics, medical, nuclear, orthopaedic, F1 motor sports, marine, electronic and food processing.

To provide fast processing of customers enquiries, quotations and control of workflow and delivery status, all of Acrona's systems are computerised using 'Visual Production' customised software.

www.acrona-engineering.co.uk 

The article above is featured on the Engineering Capacity website. The original can be viewed via the link below.   

http://www.engineeringcapacity.com/news101/process-news/machining/latest_technology_adds_to_cnc_capabilities

 

Design for manufacture service

18 Aug 2014
Acrona offers design for manufacture and rapid response services

Acrona offers design for manufacture and rapid response services

Following its investment in Solidworks software, Acrona Engineering has launched a design and manufacturing service.

The new software will also streamline its existing production capabilities, which have recently been enhanced by the addition of two DMU50 Ecoline five-axis machining centres and an XYZ SLX 425 lathe. Services offered include a rapid response service for Just-in-Time projects.

The company also uses Edgecam software to ensure efficient machining and Jobshop production software.

Acrona says Jobshop has played a pivotal role in helping the business develop, as it enables it to make decisions based on accurate, up-to-the-minute information and so control costs.

Jobshop integrates everything from quotations, sales ordering, purchasing and manufacturing, through to storage, picking and despatch and creating internal invoices. It gives traceability of the entire process from the initial enquiry to the final dispatch and invoice, as well as giving visibility of the costs.

Features of Jobshop utilised by the company include: advanced production planning control system, quotations, sales order processing, materials requirement planning, purchase orders, work orders and scheduling. It also uses the shop floor data capture for booking time and quantities.

Acrona is ISO 9001 accredited and has over 37 years of experience and serves customers in sectors that range from F1 to medical, scientific and aerospace.

As well as investing in its production capabilities, Acrona also believes in investing in its skills base. The company is very proud of the fact that, for the second year running, its apprentice James Middleton has received an award at the Engineering Trust Annual Apprentice Awards.

The company says that Mr Middleton is enthusiastic and eager to learn new techniques and processes and has made great independent strides into offline programming with Edgecam and design with Solidworks.

The article above is featured on the Engineering Capacity website. The original can be viewed via the link below.   

http://www.engineeringcapacity.com/news101/process-news/machining/design-for-manufacture-service

 

Recent Developments 

23rd Jan 2014

Some interesting developments over the last year include an investment into new and exciting technologies.

We are proud to announce we are now running SOLIDWORKS; the latest addition to our family of technology and services.

Not only will this software allow us to streamline production; but to also offer our customers the valuable option of design and analysis.

Our in house design professionals make it possible to now offer a DESIGN & MANUFACTURE service creating a one-stop-solution for our customers so that we can realise and create your project from conception to birth.

 

"The Apprentice "

10 Oct 2014                                                                                                                                       

ACRONA is very proud that for the second year running, our apprentice James Middleton has received an award at the Engineering Trust Annual Apprentice Awards.

Mr Middleton is enthusiastic and eager to learn new techniques and processes and has made great independent strides into offline programming with Edgecam and design with Solidworks.

The benifits of 5 Axis Machining

17 Oct 2014                                                                                                                                                   

There are obvious and considerable advantages to five-axis machining; primarily the conservation of time and money. It is however imperative to understand the construct of a five-axis machine and it’s functionality.

Similar to your average three linear axes CNC machine, in addition; a five-axis machine has two additional rotary axes that can take one of two basic forms. One type uses a rotary tables while the other type incorporates the rotary axes into the machine’s headstock and spindle.

Research shows that five-axis machining increases productivity and reduces the occurrence of human error. How? Firstly; it’s capability to machine intricate shapes in a single setup, which saves time and most importantly reduces labour costs. Secondly; your are much less likely to encounter human error whilst offline programming in front of a PC in a controlled environment than at the machine face in what might be a noisy machine shop. Even if you are not privileged enough to be using an offline programming facility; the reduced physical setup time alone is benefit enough in avoiding human error with multiple setups.      

Given that five-axis machining allows us to lower the head towards the job and orientate the cutter towards the surface; it enables us to utilise shorter cutting tools meaning we can run spindles at a grater RPM achieving reduced tool vibration.   

Another benefit of Five-axis machining is that it allows you to machine exceptionally intricate parts from solid that would ordinarily need to be cast.

Furthermore; this style of machining (Five-axis) can conserve a tremendous amount of time when it is necessary to drill a succession of angled holes as the orientation of the part can be adjusted to along the correct axis in a matter of seconds prove immensely useful as the machine need not stop for the part to be reset for a second operation.    

Finally; angular surfaces that would otherwise prove problematic using a three axis machine can be programmed and executed with ease even manually at the machine face.    

                         

 

"As the world keeps turning; so do our spindles"

As the world keeps turning; so do our spindles and for the months of August and September 2015 we at ACRONA have immediate TURNING & MILLING capacity available.

We invite you to contact us with any enquiries you might have.

Our latest arrival is a BRAND-NEW LNS ALPHA SL65 S MULTI FUNCTION automatic Bar feeder with bar magazine to accompany our DOOSAN PUMA 2100 SY CNC LATHE with live tooling and sub spindle.

This new facility allows us to turn around volume batch turning work quicker than ever before.

Here at Acrona Engineering Ltd we take pride in delivering the highest quality of work within the time scale you require.

Don’t forget we now offer a new Design & Manufacturing Service and have invested in some new and exciting technologies such as SOLIDWORKS amongst others.

Acrona Engineering Ltd is committed to developing and investing in new systems and the latest machine tool technology to continue to supply our customers with the highest quality engineered components.

Please visit us at www.acrona-engineering.co.uk and contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discover how we can help you with your next project.

Farewell for now my dear friends, we hope to hear from you all again in the near future. 

Cutting edge engineering

We draw on over 30 years of experience in cutting edge machining technology, to ensure total quality management with every machining service.

Satisfied customers industry-wide

We supply components and assemblies to a diverse range of industries, including Cryogenics, Medical, Nuclear, Orthopaedic, F1 Motor Sports, Marine, Electronic and Food Processing.

Fast, efficient and under control

All our systems use ‘Job Shop’ customised software, to provide faster processing of enquiries and quotations and to ensure smoother workflow control.

Quality finish and delivery

Our milling and turning capabilities are complemented by a full range of finishing and treatment processes via Acrona’s approved
contractors.