Bryken’s Stewart Taylor (right) discussing tooling requirements with Ceratizit’s Nigel Walls.
While many household names from aerospace companies to Formula One teams have been in the headlines for their part in supporting the UK Government’s call for manufacturers to help increase the supply of ventilators and respiratory equipment to the National Health Service, behind them is a large group of engineering companies supplying vital components, among them is Bryken Precision Engineering.
Having received an order for 30,000 components from the consortium that includes Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains, that was tasked with manufacturing 10,000 C-PAP Flow Generator units, Bryken had just ten days in which to deliver. The limited timescale put pressure on Bryken’s manufacturing capabilities, but with its regular customers coming from sectors such as automotive, construction equipment, oil and gas and power generation, as such it was able to quickly adapt its experience and knowledge to meet this short lead-time, high volume requirement. In addition to the demands placed on its machining capacity, with 14 machines, including twin-spindle turning centres and sliding head lathes being dedicated to the order, availability of tooling was also a major factor in meeting the deadline. As such, Bryken was happy to accept the support offered by long-term tooling partner Ceratizit UK & Ireland to provide tooling for projects such as this at very advantageous discounts.
An initial order was placed for over 325 items from the Ceratizit catalogue, including high performance solid carbide drills, turning inserts and internal grooving and boring bars. “The support we have had from Ceratizit UK & Ireland has been brilliant. Following the initial order, we have been asking for additional cutting tools daily, ranging from taps to end mills. As always, we received what we ordered the very next morning, with technical support available as and when we needed it,” says Stewart Taylor, Bryken’s Commercial Director. “With this initial order for parts from Bryken complete Mercedes AMG HPP has been able to complete the first 10,000 C-PAP Flow Generators being packed delivered. The success of this order may lead to follow up business in support of the Government’s Ventilator UK project.”
The Ceratizit offer is open until 31 August and is available to any engineering company manufacturing ventilator and other related diagnostic equipment for the National Health Service during the current Covid-19 pandemic. The offer includes:
1. Full technical support with additional support from Projects team and Applications team
2. Free test tools for cutting trials on ventilator projects
3. Priority handling of orders
4. Free delivery no matter what the value of order is
5. 70% Discount on tools used in the manufacture of ventilators until 31st August 2020.
6. 180 days for returns instead of the usual 30 days to allow for freedom of ordering different tools.
“This is a perfect example of why we set up the offer of support to those customers assisting in the fight against Covid-19, our ability to get tools to customers when they need them has always been at the centre of what we do, but we are happy to go that extra distance and support this vital work with tooling discounts and any technical support that a customer may need,” says Nigel Walls, Industry Solutions Engineer, Ceratizit UK & Ireland.
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