What's going on?
New Head of Inspection Appointed - Allen Barrett
During this month the existing Head Inspector, Dennis Snelling will step down to enable our new appointed Head Inspector, Allen Barrett a chance to get to know his new job role which will take effect officially on 1st June 2019. During this month Dennis will be assisting Allen in his new role to ensure a smooth transition with minimum effect on the company and its customers, Dennis is now in preparation for his retirement and with his skills, knowledge and understanding of the job is very valuable to the company and the inspection department. He will continue to work alongside the team for the near future and we wish them both well in their new roles.
Moving to the Future - Company Name Change
After careful thought and consideration, Shepherd Engineering Ltd will now be known as the new CK Precision Engineering Ltd. This name change is the decision of the 2 Directors, Craig & Keith who feel it is the right thing to do for the future after Peter Shepherd's retirement from the company 3 years ago. Customers will continue to receive the highest standard of work as always and will not be affected by this change. We are looking forward to the future for CK Precision Engineering Ltd.
After successfully securing a long term contract, we are expanding the premesis of Shepherd Engineering Ltd to house 5 extra machines. These will consist of 2 CNC Lathes, 2 CNC Mills and 1 Sliding Head. Due to this expansion we are pleased to be able to offer further vancancies to expand our current workforce to enable the company to continue running efficiently and effectively.
We are excited to announce that the new building has already been sought for this expansion and will therefore belong to Shepherd Engineering Ltd within this next month. The expansion will not happen overnight, and is going to be an ongoing project for the near future, but the employment of more staff as soon as possible will help ease the pressure of the workshop while the expansion is taking place.
We are also pleased to inform you that the Inspection department is being expanded to help ease the pressure of increasing workload. A new Co-ordinate Measuring Arm will be added to their equipment and an opportunity for a Trainee Inspector has been advertised on our Vacancies page.
Citizen Sliding Head technology rejuvenates Shepherd Engineering's subcontract business
Citizen 21st March 2013
Such has been the effect of Citizen’s machine tool development programme on Shepherd Engineering that the installation of the latest Citizen A32-VII CNC sliding head turn-mill centre has enabled the high precision subcontract machinist to cut into existing well-proven sliding head cycle times by an average of 20 per cent.
This level of increased productivity is even being achieved against work previously produced on a four year old top-of-the-range Citizen M32. And, as a result of investing in the A32 in mid-2012, Shepherd Engineering has been able to secure new contracts for year 2013 worth £250,000 from one customer and been able to break into the demanding F1 and aerospace sectors.
According to production director Craig Sargent, the A32 has great rigidity due to its centre-rib bed construction and while it has less versatility and tool carrying capability of the M32, running at the same well-trusted speeds and feeds to preserve tool life and process predictability what makes the difference on certain types of work is the machine’s capability to effectively overlap axis sequences, the use of 45 m/min rapid traverse rates, its drive system acceleration rates and the ability of the control to manipulate data through its higher speed processing.
Based in Great Yarmouth, Shepherd Engineering resides in a 5,000 ft2 machine shop it moved to mid-way through 2012. The move was forced due to the success of the business following the installation of two Citizen machines, the M32 in 2008 and a K16 in 2010, which totally turned around the firm. The decision to install the A32 meant the existing 3,000 ft2 facility occupied for 22 years would no longer accommodate the production demands.
We're on the Move!
We can happily report that earlier in the month we successfully moved premesis from overlooking the Riverside in Gorleston to overlooking the sea in Great Yarmouth. All hands were on deck to move everything with great coordination and ease. The move was completed quickly and smoothly enabling the production to only halt briefly throughout. Thank you to everyone involved.