In manufacturing, close working partnerships between customers and suppliers are worth their weight in gold and that’s certainly the case with Hemel Hempstead-based precision subcontractor Subcon Drilling and honing specialist Delapena who have been working together for many years, developing super abrasive to optimise their honing process. In 2019 however, Subcon Drilling threw down the gauntlet to its longstanding supplier with a specific challenge that included specialist honing super abrasive. Dave Tudor reports.
Through a combination of a delapena SpeedHone Cooper S horizontal honing machine and customised, tuned and tweaked super abrasive honing stones, not to mention extensive trialling, delapena not only managed to hit the 20 minute cycle time target they totally annihilated it, said Dean Edwards, Subcon Drilling.
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