1978 - The manufacture of automotive camshafts was revolutionised by this machine, the world's first high production rate CNC profile grinder, now manufactured in series production and sold world-wide by Landis-Lund a Division of UNOVA UK Ltd. Employing the CUPE Electronic Gear-box principle under high speed computer control the machine synchronises linear & rotary motion to generate cam-lobe shapes. In-process gauging automatically compensates for the dress changes in grinding wheel diameter to hold component accuracy to better than 3µm.
1980 - The largest machine of its kind in Europe was designed & built as a UK national facility for diamond turning internal paraboloids and external hyperboloids on mirror substrates for satellite borne X-ray astronomy. The machine is capable of diamond turning workpieces up to 1.4 metres in diameter, with a surface finish which is measured in nanometres. The machine accuracy is key to its success. Negligible reversal error and fine position control allow error mapping to compensate workpiece volumetric errors down below a micron. this machine was the first to benefit from on machine laser based profilometry to feed back to the machining process.« Back Next »