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Volume 4 Issue 6 October 2010 A S 9 1 0 0 Q UA L I T Y INSIDE THIS ISSUE: F A RN BO RO UG H A IR S HOW FIA 2010 1 During July, Castle attended C a p a c it y, M a c h i n e r y change and the Castle culture the bi-annual Farnborough Magazine, The Engineer that embraces change. New Machine Tools 2 International Airshow. The and various other sources. In his own speech to the FIA which has been running workforce, Managing Director Optical Measurement 2 since 1948 is the jewel in As well as receiving our Marcus Tiefenbrun reflected in the aer o sp ace wo r ld SC21 award at both the importance of this Awards Ambitions 3 calendar, attended by 3 everyone from true end IMechE Approved customer to the forger’s 3 right at the beginning of the No More Etching supply chain process. Whilst Gerard Ruddy 4 major players jostle to have the biggest stand and most Rolls-Royce SDL 4 news coverage, the show provides SME’s like Personnel Updates 5 ourselves an excellent opportunity to network with Short News 5 both domestic and international customers. ADS organised events such as “meet the buyer” are a prime example. As well as conducting Castle Flying High At Farnborough Air Show b u s i n e s s, t h er e a l so Image provided by John Muller happened to be an air show in town. Distinguished Farnborough, the Company award and the hosting of the guests this year included the also organised a second official handover ceremony at new A400M Military award ceremony back at Castle saying, “I would like to Transporter, the Airbus Castle for the entire thank everyone in Castle for A380, the Lockheed Martin workforce. The formal their contribution to this F22 Raptor and the new proceedings were also success. Lean is a lot like line Boeing 787 Dreamliner. attended by Peter Lawrie of dancing; you can't do it by Whilst being a fantastic Selex Galileo, Robert yourself!”. The MD also spectacle, the SC21 Award Cowan of SMAS and Ian furthered his commitment to ceremony held in the ADS Watson of ADS Scotland. the SC21 programme by stating Hampson chalet was Both Mr Lawrie and Mr his intent for Castle to achieve FWAAAAAWWWRRRRR Cowan who had been the Gold within two years. – interrupted. Carefully instrumental in Castle’s crafted and prepared rapid ascent towards There can be no doubt that this speeches for all involved Bronze addressed the is a highly ambitious target for quickly became pointless as wo r k fo r ce. I n t he ir any company, that can only be FWAAAAAWWWRRRRR speeches they recognised achieved with full commitment entirely different meanings. among other things the of an entire organisation. Despite this, Castle’s receipt strong relationship between The Company is already in the SC21 Award Ceremony at of the SC21 Bronze Award Castle and Selex Galileo, process of running a gap Castle at Farnborough went down the sophistication and analysis between our current Left to Right: Peter Lawrie, very well, with press adaptability of our bespoke status and achievement of the Marcus Tiefenbrun, Robert coverage in SMAS, Scottish production control systems, silver award which should Cowan E n g i ne er i n g, Sco tt i sh the speed at which the allow us to move forward Enterprise, Engineering Co mpany implements quickly. AS 9100 Quality Page 2 N E W M AC H I N E T O O L S To deal with increasing already be found on the providing contingency for demands in the Toolroom Duraturn and Duravertical. our other cylindrical and grinding sections, the grinder. The machine will “Castle Precision Company has placed orders The delivery of this be capable of grinding for two new machine tools. machine will mark the 8th 1.6m between centres and has been invited to The Toolroom will be machine tool to be taken able to achieve accuracies sit on the newly receiving a new Mori Seiki from Mori in the last 2 in the region of 2 tenths of formed Mori-Seiki NL2500 1250 which is the years alone and as an a micron. successor machine to the affirmation of the Castle- UK Customer SL150Y’s they currently Mori partnership, Castle Both machines should Advisory Council” have. Unlike the 150’s Precision has been invited arrive before Christmas – however, the machine will to sit on the newly formed wrapping paper and bows have a 3.1 inch bar feeder Mori-Seiki UK Customer are apparently an optional and features a direct drive Advisory Council. The extra. motor for the c-axis rather council has been created to than the gear engagement understand the viewpoint design. The advantage of and requirements of their this will be the reduced key customers and partners maintenance requirement in areas such as products, as well as the elimination services, pricing, of backlash allowing the performance and market machine to have a direction. splinning capability. The new NL will also feature The Company has also the latest MAPPS 4 ordered a new Studer S40 Control. The control as grinder. The new grinder is well as being an interface, being brought in to satisfy is a conversational tool for increased customer quick online programming demands for shaft similar to those that can manufacture as well as NEW OPTICAL MEASURMENT The Company has taken radii with high degrees of on Quality Engineering “a 21st century delivery of a new optical resolution. The problem programming resource. measurement system. The with measuring a radius The machine will be version of a system is a 21st century with a touch trigger probe is capable of measuring parts shadowgraph” version of a shadowgraph; that the ruby on the end of 300x300x165 and able to it still uses manual control the probe can be bigger achieve accuracies to and a precision variable than the radius it is 2+L/100 (which means for zoom lens (between 30x measuring. Even if the ruby a part 100mm long, a and 200x) but instead of is smaller, the measurement tolerance of projecting the image onto a measurements tend to be 3 microns). shadowgraph screen, the unreliable and inaccurate image is fed into a due to the low resolution computer. This is where (few touches). An optical things get 21st century. The system on the other hand system then uses an auto can zoom in on a given recognition feature and feature and take as many compares the actual measurements as you features to a CAD drawing define, providing a better stored in the computer. The average. The system is advantage of this type of highly suited to vacuum system is the ability to table work where the work measure one off’s quickly is small and flat and one without having a off’s where quick and programme and the ability accurate measurement is to measure features such as required without drawing AS 9100 Quality Page 3 A WA R D S A M B I T I O N S With our recent successes the Company has been knows. To be the foremost with SC21 and the Scottish s ho r tl i sted fo r b o t h by definition requires Engineering Awards, the categories. The next step prominence. If we are to “The Manufacturer Company has chosen to will be a short presentation meet our aim to lead the enter for other industry to the judges, followed by a way, then we must also be of The Year Awards recognised awards and question and answer session recognised as such. are some of the accolades. The at the Williams F1 site in From 2011, the Company foremost and Manufacturer of the Year Oxford. will be setting a target to Awards are some of the win 2 awards a year, from respected in foremost and respected in There is a point to all this. respected bodies such as: industry” industry and the company Castle is forging to be the Scottish Engineering, The has entered into two foremost precision Manufacturer, The MTA, categories where we felt machining subcontractor in Factory of the Year we could have the biggest the UK. In some areas, such Awards, The Strategic impact - SME of the Year as IT, we already believe Manufacturing Awards, and IT in Manufacturing. ourselves to be there and SME 300, IMechE and Since applying for the have been for some time. various others. Expect a awards back in September, But the fact is, nobody else trophy cabinet soon! I M E C H E A P P R OV E D S T A T U S IMechE has awarded number of specific benefits Castle the approved status to Castle’s engineers IMechE fo r its E n gineer i ng including professional post Technician Development no minal designatio n, The Institution of Scheme. This award was discount rates for events Mechanical achieved after a thorough and seminars, access to examination of how we Engineers journals and technical d eliver the Moder n Company in terms of papers. For more Apprenticeship recognition and networking information please see Programme. Apart from opportunities, there are a William Greenwood. the advantages to the NO MORE ETCHING For those of you who have from Pryor Marking early doors with the dot matrix worked on the spacer rings, October. The new system capability also being experience is that the vibro is a dot peening machine applied to a part we part marking on this with the added capability currently have to sub- component is awkward to of being able to produce contract. In future all say the least. The 2D dot matrix, similar to Rolls-Royce finished parts narrowness of the marking those we use on the tools. will require 2D matrix faces as well as the The system will be style marking. obstruction of the seals primarily focused on the Test Piece make it very difficult. The Spacer Contract early Spelling kindly provided by Pryor problem came to a head when dimensionally correct components were stopped at our customer’s inspection due to legibility issues. Since then, the Company has investigated several marking solutions in order to implement a permanent fix. The Company will be introducing a new system AS 9100 Quality Page 4 G E R A R D R U D DY After 31 years of dedicated Magnum PI moustache to service, Gerard Ruddy has go with it. In 1991 Gerry retired. Gerry came to the became the section Company in 1979 from Foreman and for 19 years Kincaid Greenock as a ran the largest section in the “After 31 years of CNC turner. At the time he Company. In recognition of dedicated service, was employed by Jack Y his services to Castle, Gerard Ruddy will Tiefenbrun (Company Marcus Tiefenbrun Founder) to support the presented Gerry with a be retiring.” Companies increasing Longines watch and a bottle involvement in CNC of Macallan whiskey. machine tools. Gerry was soon made a leading hand We wish him all the best. and recognised as one of the best CNC turners in the Company, in fact he was so good that he had the T H E S E B OY S D O N ’ T P L AY F A I R For the last year Castle has their “mildly competitive” Exchange of Dies) to been involved in Rolls- natures, they completely reduce set up times. Royce’s Supplier missed the point. The teams SMED is exactly as the Development Programme. carry out a variety of role- expanded abbreviation “The programme is The programme is for a play workshop exercises implies, where the forging selected few, Rolls- such as replicating a and die forming industry for a selected few, Royce’s 40 or so most production line. This is managed to reduce set up Rolls-Royce’s 40 or important suppliers designed to demonstrate times between different so most important worldwide. Through the Lean best practice. Our jobs from 30 minutes or so course of the programme boys however decided to to under 10 minutes. The suppliers companies on the JTPE demonstrate some “win at idea is that waste identified worldwide” (journey towards process all cost mentality” – which in these exercises is seen excellence) visit one they did; in fact they broke as an opportunity to another to demonstrate and all the records for the game improve. share best practice. The and quite likely, all the programme at its core is rules too! Although the programme about making the supply only has three months left chain more effective and to run this year, there are efficient by reducing set- many similarities between up, run and lead times but this and the SC21 also through knowledge initiative. Both are: sharing benefits areas such supply-chain development as training and programmes, utilise lean management. tools and pro mote working partnerships in Castle is part of a group of Fortunately, some lessons pursuit of excellence. Our 4 companies: Eaton were learnt and since then commitment to both Aerospace (Redditch Site), the Company has programmes only helps to Leistriz (Nurnberg Site) implemented various tools further demonstrate our and Unison Engines and metrics to improve and continuous improvement (Burnley Site). As well as measure our progress. With culture. visiting one another’s sites, the assistance of our SDL’s So regardless of the our Champion William (Supplier Development programme, or even Ballingall and Change Leader’s) Scott Rowlands programme involvement, Agent Jim Finlay attended and Chris Hayes, the Lathe Castle will continue to a Lean Workshop down at Section carried out a SMED look to improve every Derby, where blinded by exercise (Single Minute aspect of its operations. Page 5 P E R S O N N E L U P DAT E S As well as the retirement of David Simpson has been Kevin Varley (Maintenance Gerry Ruddy, there has also confirmed as the new Engineer) and Colin McEwan been several moves and Quality Manager. (Electrician) who joined the additions to the Company Maintenance team in April & over the last six months. Yan Tiefenbrun was June respectively . appointed to the Board of Andrew Kennedy who joined In the place of Gerry, Alan Directors. us in July as a CNC Grinder. Dempster has been p r o mo t e d t o s e c t i o n Michael McGill has been Kenneth McManus who joined Foreman. promoted to Deputy Head the Quality department in of Projects. August as an Inspector. Hugh Ferry who joined us in The Company has also August as Cleaner. employed and welcomes: John Nicol, who joined the Projects office in September. Alan Kerr, who joined the as a Project Engineer. sales team in June as Technical Sales Engineer. Neil Fox, who joined us this month as CNC Grinding Foreman. SHORT NEWS THE CLAW MTA MEMBERSHIP GRADUATION The crane for our NT6600 The Company has taken up On the 14th of September, “The past year has machine has finally membership with the 7 of our now former arrived. The crane capable MTA. The association apprentices were presented seen 30 of our of lifting 3 ½ tonnes at formally known as the with their Modern more than 4 meters is at the Machine Tool Association Apprenticeship apprentices top end of the jib style has been refocused and Certification comprising of crane spectrum before renamed as the their SVQ Level 2, SVQ complete the HNC having to adopt a gantry M a n u f a c t u r i n g Level 3 and HNC. The exams with 28A’s layout. The crane features Technologies Association. graduation ceremony was powered traverse on all The society has always attended by 45 people and 2 B’s” axes. The NT6600 machine been one of political including family and is capable of machining up significance as one of its friends and the newly to 6 tonnes; should a key roles has been to graduated men were requirement for that change policy and promote presented with a capability arise, Castle manufacturing within personalised etched depth would revisit to provide government. The new micrometer set. either a temporary or president of the permanent solution based organisation is Simon During the proceedings, the on job requirements. Pollard, formally of Company recognised 9 Pollards UK, Mori Seiki others for outstanding Pollard and now Kyal HNC results (90% and Machine Tools. over). 241 Drakemire Drive Castlemilk The past year has seen 30 Glasgow of our apprentices complete the HNC exams with 28 A’s and 2 B’s. 0141 634 1377 6ft tall Gary Lisco under Congratulations to Class of the new crane. 2010.