Based on the Advanced Manufacturing Park and part of the HVM Catapult (the U.K. government's strategic initiative that aims to revitalise the manufacturing industry), the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing focuses on advanced machining and materials research for aerospace and other high-value manufacturing sectors. It is a partnership between industry and academia, which has become a model for research centres worldwide.
Entering into our third year as a partner, FMS's raison d'être is to drive forward the understanding of the importance of consistently delivering clean cutting fluid for the machining and grinding processes. Little has changed over the years in the traditional fluid delivery systems supplied with machine tools and their capability has fallen way behind the needs of high performance machining applications to the point where residual contamination within the cutting fluid has significant health, safety and environmental impacts. Along with this is the impact on productivity, particularly in aerospace applications where component surface defects in 'exotic alloys' and restricted tool life has a significant impact on cost of operations.
With FMS's introduction of RBM's IFDR Precision Filtration Solutions at the AMRC there is now an understanding of the importance of ensuring a consistently clean fluid is delivered to the 'point of cut'. Given the proven benefits of IFDR technology already established over OEM supplied filtration systems FMS expect this to be the breakthrough year where the technology combined with our own patent pending metal recovery process will be a milestone in the company’s development.
Business Development Manager, Mark Griffiths commented "2015 will be a good year for manufacturers who are adopting IFDR technology. Following the development and testing work at the AMRC and partner companies there is a realisation OEM supplied filtration systems are an Achilles heel, hindering increases in machining performance and productivity. IFDR's have proven to typically increase tool life fivefold, eliminate component surface defects, significantly extended sump life and reduce health, safety and environmental impacts."
Whether machining alloys from Aluminium, Nickel, Titanium or Cast Iron IFDR's have demonstrated their worth in both retrofit or new turn-key installations and offer significant and sustainable cost reductions for end users.
Mark added "Combined with our patent pending metal recovery process from fines and sludge’s we are able to offer a unique surface to industry which will improve resource efficiency and minimise waste. End users need to remember the fluid delivery system is just as important as the machine tool and do not have to automatically accept the system offered by the machine tool supplier as IFDR's will fit on all machining centres"