Smith Bullough were invited at the beginning of March to attend a workshop held at the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Park Technology Centre.
A group of industrialists and academics received presentations from Professor Andrew Sherry and Stephen Clements, Nuclear ARMC Programme Manager, as well as one from John Roberts of Dalton Nuclear Institute at the University of Manchester. John visited our Company last year.
After lunch we toured the Aerospace Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre – Factory of the Future – significantly funded by Boeing and Rolls Royce.
The ongoing construction work at the Nuclear AMRC can be seen on the picture below.
We then took part in a Breakout session that was facilitated by Parsons Brinckerhoff on Quality and Accreditation. We are pleased that our existing systems and procedures ensure that we are compliant for this industry.
We have been very fortunate to acquire from the University of Salford a very well maintained 50 tonne tensile testing machine. It is in extremely good condition, and incorporates digital readout and graphic print capability. This machine enhances the capability of our quality department.
To ensure that the quality of our bolts is consistently of the highest order, we are making sure that our quality checking equipment is to the latest standard. In the last month, we have purchased an Elcometer coating thickness gauge with an enhanced digital readout feature. It is important that the correct plating deposit is used as this can affect the torque features of the joint.
A Baty shadowgraph with a maximum magnification factor of 10x is used to check threadforms, angles and any dimensional measurements. It is fitted with a Quadracheck 2000 digital readout.
We are looking forward to receiving delivery of a Dennison 50 tonne tensile testing machine. More information concerning this will be available after Easter.