“The housings are very precise, integrated components,” he adds. “We have mirrored what our customer has done with their set-up, even down to adopting the same probing and measuring equipment as the tolerances are so tight. If we were using different machines, we might get a mismatch in microns.”
Ultimately, the investment in Chiron technology is set to facilitate growth from the foundry of 30% in 2017/18, and, when the three machining cells are fully utilised, an additional £3 million of business from the machining facility. “This is why we bought high-speed CNC machines,” concludes Mr Nolan.
Chamberlin & Hill makes 3.5 million bearing housings per year of various types, supplying both the passenger car and commercial vehicle market; petrol and diesel engines. The company holds ISO9001 and QS9000 quality accreditations.
Chamberlin and Hill is a member company of Chamberlin plc.
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