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Ultramat adds extra dimension at Produmax Featured

Aspecialist in aerospace flight control components, West Yorkshire based Produmax, has made several significant investments in machine tools in the past five years. Among its newest acquisitions is a Jones & Shipman Ultramat 1000 CNC B universal grinder that has replaced three older J&S machines, giving Produmax a range of new grinding options while reducing manufacturing cycle times on a number of components. 

One of larger contracts that Produmax undertakes is the manufacture and assembly of wing flap actuators for Bombardier – which have been produced successfully for over 20 years. The actuator assembly contains a number of components where concentricity and a good seal between surfaces is essential for unblemished operation. The new Ultramat CNC has proved highly adept in this grinding operation, while reducing cycle times from 25 minutes to around 5.

Produmax is also producing significant numbers of components destined for installation on the latest C series aircraft, which is being assembled by Bombardier factories around the world; quite a few of these components are hard chromed and ground using the new Jones & Shipman Ultramat.

Produmax operations director Paul Birtles says: “Having a machine with such capability and capacity means the technical team are continually finding new projects for it in addition to those we had initially allocated on its installation. This has given us greater flexibility when reviewing methods of manufacture. Also, while the 1000 mm grinding length capacity is more than adequate, with new applications coming in all the time, having a ‘future proofed’ machine is a real bonus.”

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