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CNC specialists Tees Components has invested £50,000 in maintaining and verifying the precision of its machined parts to support its activities in the offshore wind market.
The company based in North Skelton, near Saltburn, updated its previous portable coordinate measuring arm (PCMM) with the Faro Quantum S4.0m 6-axis arm, the largest and most accurate model available.
The portable 3D measurement technology uses spatial analyser software to complete surface measurements and dimensional calculations to the highest degree of precision and is able to perform highly accurate CAD-to-Part Analysis on parts, fixtures and assemblies.
The £50,000 PCMM, the first on the market verified to ISO 10360-12:2016, has a maximum permissible error over 4m of just 0.045mm.
The investment is part of the company’s continuing development of its capabilities for key markets, such as offshore renewables. Recently, Tees Components delivered a project to supply the first credible ferrite-based direct drive permanent magnet generator (DD PMG) for wind turbines.
The innovative project, carried out on behalf of Greenspur Renewables, is a revolutionary technology with the capability to reduce the cost of wind energy. The company was contracted to manufacture and assemble a complete prototype 250kW generator, which is now being tested at ORE Catapult, the UK’s leading innovation and research centre for offshore renewable energy, at its facility in Blyth, Northumberland.
In addition, Tees Components is constantly investing in maintaining and equipping its machines with quality tooling.
One of its most important machines is the Schiess Horimaster, a 10m x 4m x 1.25m CNC floor borer, which was sourced from Germany and installed in 2014.
Maintaining its accuracy is crucial to the company, which recently decommissioned it to allow a full realignment and calibration to ensure a continued high degree of precision and efficiency.
It is now achieving a tolerance of 0.075mm, especially suited for very large fabrications with precision machining requirements.
The Schiess Horimaster, which incorporates a CNC rotary table together with extensive floor plates, has produced components for the power generation, marine, oil and gas and defence sectors. In addition to its expansive capacity, it is especially accurate and therefore trusted with the company’s most precision contracts.
Sharon Lane, Managing Director of Tees Components, said: “Tees Components has developed into one of the country’s most comprehensive and versatile heavy machinists, operating more than 20 CNC machines producing precision parts 24 hours a day.
“As a result, we have built our reputation upon the ability to machine components of almost any weight and size to the highest degree of precision – something that is essential to our clients across a range of sectors, including offshore wind.
“This company is committed to both maintaining and improving such high standards of accuracy which is why it is heavily involved in a rolling programme of maintenance and investment to sustain and support our growing order book.”