Quality Inspection Capacity Increased for Precision Engineered Parts

Stonehill Engineering is committed to producing precision engineered parts to tight tolerances and every job carried out is inspected to ensure it meets strict quality control measures before it leaves the factory.

The quality inspection room at Stonehill, which is temperature and light controlled, has recently been expanded by fifty percent to enable the addition of two new machines, increasing inspection efficiency and capacity. Quality procedures are computerised at each stage to ensure compliance with customer needs and quality standards.

A new Profile Projector magnifies the specimen part and displays its profile on the projection screen, which includes a grid allowing highly accurate dimension and angle measurements to be taken.

A Height Gauge is used to measure height or step dimensions as well as diameters, as well as centre to centre distance of bores or grooves and the size of grooves.

These two new machines complement the range of existing inspection equipment, which includes a 3-axis QCT gantry-type coordinate measuring machine (CMM), Faro arm, roughness gauge, hardness tester and a wide range of precision mechanical instruments and gauges, as well as calibrated granite tables. The machinery is well-maintained and constantly checked by qualified engineers to ensure full performance.

Precision engineered parts manufactured by Stonehill Engineering are measured at the beginning, middle and end of each batch, to ensure consistent quality. A dedicated Quality Control team with four Quality Inspectors is responsible for the process of checking dimensions and other part characteristics against the corresponding drawings and specifications.

Items regularly inspected include parts for motorcycles and for crash test dummies. It is imperative that consistent quality of crash test dummy parts is achieved as they are placed under considerable stress during testing and in the field.

As a division of Encocam, Stonehill Engineering meets the ISO 9001:2015 Aviation, Aerospace and Defence quality management system requirements. This framework helps to control processes in order for consistent levels of quality and performance to be achieved.

For further information on our quality testing procedures and precision engineered parts, please contact us.

Stonehill Engineering expands CNC facilities

Stonehill Engineering recently took delivery of a fourth 5 axis CNC machine, bringing the total number of machines to 15. 

The new 5 axis machine, from Mikron AgieChamilles, increases our capacity even further as the 7-pallet station gives us the ability to run ‘lights out’ overnight and during the weekend. It also means that Stonehill Engineering now has three identical machines. 

This new CNC Machine gives Stonehill Engineering the potential to apply the SMED (Single-Minute Exchange of Dies) principle of running identical parts on each pallet and each machine, bringing the next level of flexibility and heightened efficiency to the business and to our customers.

Dr Mike Ashmead receives his OBE

Dr Mike Ashmead OBE: Following the announcement of his Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June 2019, Dr Mike Ashmead attended his investiture on Friday 25th October at Windsor Castle, when he was presented with his award by HRH Queen Elizabeth II, (Shown in the main photo, credit: Jonathan Brady/PA). The OBE was awarded in recognition for services to Exports and Innovation in engineering.

Mike started his Huntingdon-based business in 1988; today Encocam Ltd employs over 200 people. He began with an ambition to produce his own aluminium honeycomb and has gone on to developed a business with expertise in the design and manufacture of composite panels, energy absorbers, automotive safety products, and motorcycles. The company, which has developed market-leading products, began exporting in 1990. It is now one of the region’s largest exporters with offices in the UK, Spain, Holland, Germany, US and Japan, exporting over 80% of its total production.

Dr Mike Ashmead, who has a BSc and PhD in Chemical Engineering from Aston University has worked in the Engineering industry as a Chemical Engineer and a Process Development Engineer. Since the company began over 30 years ago, it has innovated and grown to eight divisions ranging from energy absorbers and safety test products for the automotive sector, through to composite and decorative panels, motorbikes and racing products, all inspired by the engineering challenges set by our customers.

In 2017 Cellbond, the Automotive safety division of the company was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade, a great acknowledgement of the company’s progress. In 2018 Encocam celebrated 30 years of innovation and success; events were held across the business with employees, customers, suppliers and partners, to acknowledge this milestone.

Dr Mike Ashmead OBE started his company with the goal of manufacturing aluminium honeycomb, to be sold and used all over the world. He was not afraid to take risks then, to achieve this goal, and will continue to do so, actively looking for new challenges.

HRH The Duke of Kent KG’s visit

We were delighted to welcome HRH The Duke of Kent KG as special guest of our passive safety testing division, to mark the end of our 30th Anniversary year celebrations.

The Duke’s visit follows the division’s Queen’s Awards for Enterprise: International Trade in celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s 91st birthday, in 2017. The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are one of the most prestigious business awards in the country, with winning businesses able to use the esteemed Queen’s Awards emblem for the next 5 years.

The Duke was greeted by a group of local dignitaries, including the Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Mrs Julie Spence, Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet, Warrant Officer James Smalley, Mayor of Huntingdon, Cllr Steve McAdam and Encocam’s Managing Director, Paul Cope.

The Duke met staff from across the business and was showed around displays from the Cellbond division and had a tour around the Crash Test Dummy Laboratory.

Stonehill Engineering staff and apprentices were on hand to explain their role in the design, engineering, moulding and manufacture of innovative products used by Cellbond’s customers, who are automotive manufacturers and organisations who test vehicle and pedestrian safety world-wide. The Duke was very interested in the manufacturing and testing process and was able to witness a live impact test.

Stonehill Engineering staff and apprentices were on hand to explain their role in the design, engineering, moulding and manufacture of innovative products used by Cellbond’s customers, who are automotive manufacturers and organisations who test vehicle and pedestrian safety world-wide. The Duke was very interested in the manufacturing and testing process and was able to witness a live impact test.

Stonehill EngineerinFollowing lunch the Duke unveiled a commemorative plaque to celebrate his visit and then departed , waved off by a crowd of staff.

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