Faulkner Moulds to Partner GF Machining Solutions and Agie Charmilles in New Software Development

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Faulkner Moulds to Partner GF Machining Solutions and Agie Charmilles in New Software Development
05 Sep 2017
Published by:  Faulkner Moulds Ltd

Faulkner Moulds, based in West Yorkshire, won the prestigious 2016 Plastics Industry Award for Toolmaker of the Year and is now a finalist in 3 categories for the 2017 Plastics Industry Awards: Toolmaker of the Year, Industrial Product Design of the Year and Apprentice of the Year.

As part of the company’s growth strategy, Faulkner Moulds has recently invested in a state-of-the-art high speed vertical 5-axis graphite machining centre. The machine enables automation of the electrode manufacturing process and achievement of a repeatable accuracy of 2 micron.

Faulkner Moulds will also be the first company in the UK to partner GF Machining Solutions and Agie Charmilles in developing software to integrate 5-axis electrode manufacture and CNC spark erosion through offline programming, to enable these machines to run 24 hours per day and automated.

With 35 years’ experience, Faulkner Moulds specialises in creating technically complex tooling solutions, designed for manufacture. For example, the award-winning Water and Rodent Non-Return Valve – the product shortlisted for Industrial Product of the Year – was designed by Faulkner Moulds, who also created all of the mould tooling for it. This technically complex valve, which is a world first, is so innovative that a new British Standard was created just for it.

To find out more about Faulkner Moulds’ award-winning product design and mould tooling, visit them this September at Interplas (GTMA Pavilion, Hall 4, Stand J22). Faulkner Moulds are offering a free rapid quoting service using advanced software developed in-house. Bring your product data or samples to their design team and they will discuss your project and provide you with a free rapid quote for design and toolmaking on the day.

Image caption: Faulkner Moulds’ new high speed 5-axis graphite machining centre.

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