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14 March 2013
Spring, bent wire form and assembly manufacturer, William Hughes, has installed a state-of-the-art, automated passivation plant at its UK headquarters in Stalbridge, Dorset.
The move will not only reduce the significant lead-time incurred by subcontracting this requirement, but will enable the company to provide another Nadcap process for aerospace customers.
"The decision to start thinking about passivation came about because one of our significant aerospace customers ceased this activity,” explains special processes manager, Shaun Tattershall. "As a result we began investigating various plant options and initiated a request for processing approval from our major aerospace customer.”
Tattershall was successful in sourcing machinery that was des- igned and manufactured to William Hughes’ precise requirements and offered optimised control of the process in line with AMS 2700.
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