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Perfect Fit Castings for Ricardo

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Tridan Engineering, based in Clacton-on-Sea, UK, is using Renishaw machine tool probes to align complex castings as part of a motorsport machining contract for Ricardo. For the first batch of parts, a project that would normally have taken around two months was compressed into a 17-day turnaround without any compromise in the quality standards demanded by the client.

Tridan’s machine shop – covering sliding-head, CNC turning, grinding, and its own jig and tooling department – also houses 14 CNC machining centres, including Mazak Variaxis i-600 five-axis and HCN500 horizontal models. The latter are mostly of twin-pallet configuration with up to 80-station tooling carousels.

On the five-axis machines, Tridan uses Renishaw RMP600 high-precision probes, which enable us them to balance the cover castings accurately on the first operation. That way, Tridan can guarantee to Ricardo that the holes and features are where they need them to be. Similarly, on the horizontals, the company uses Renishaw OMP60 probes, which are again used for balancing the main case castings on the first operation to ensure Tridan supplies good parts to the customer.

The ability to align the castings accurately and efficiently using Renishaw machine tool probes and perform dimensional checks using Renishaw CMM probe technology meant that Tridan could give its customer a quality product in the short timeframe specified.

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