As a specialist aerospace supplier we are continually targeting further growth after investing in a new CNC horizontal turning centre.
NEMA Ltd, which manufacturers motors, actuators and electromechanical assemblies for UTC Aerospace, BAE Systems and Airbus, has installed a Hardinge GS200 at its factory in Chichester Street in Rochdale.
The company acted quickly after a previous machine had failed causing significant downtime and turned to Engineering Technology Group (ETG) for support in quickly identifying a replacement.
Working together, the two firms took just ten days from an initial enquiry to specify the machine, deliver and fully commission it, including full training for operators.
“The last twelve months has delivered a number of complex and demanding projects for the aerospace sector and that has placed a lot of pressure on our machining capabilities,” explained Andrew Wilding, Managing Director of NEMA.
“This resulted in a spindle bearing failure on an existing machine. It wasn’t practical for us to try to repair it, so we instead took the longer-term approach of replacing it with a new machine.”
He continued: “ETG was quickly briefed and its response time was excellent, coming back to me with an option that we were happy to invest in. This was quickly specified, delivery agreed and a training plan put place so that we didn’t lose any production time on our motor housings and end plates.
John Brimblecombe, Regional Sales Manager at ETG, commented: “Aerospace suppliers simply can’t have downtime in their factories and we are delighted that we were able to support Andrew and his team in ensuring a smooth installation and switchover of machines.
“The Hardinge GS200 offers a heavy-duty structure, a one-piece bed, high precision and outstanding accuracy, not to mention 3-row linear guideways. It is the ideal machine to produce components that need to operate in demanding and safety critical environments.”
A very successful Farnborough 2018 saw many visitors including Martin Baker, Rolls Royce and Triumph - all companies that we are participating with in designing, developing and delivering new and emerging electrification technologies on aircraft.
Our highly skilled design and development team were available to demsonstrate a comprehensive range of next generation solutions required to meet the exacting demands of various european projects where operation in extremes of ambient temperatures and humidity are the norm.
Of particular interest was the Innovate UK funded project 'HARAS' model. Visitors had a unique opportunity to see a demonstration of a new electronically controlled aircraft wing tip adjuster, incorporating a 'Highly Available Redundancy Actuation System', of which a detailed report can be found on the ATI website.
Much attention was also drawn to the Clean Sky project 'ACHIEVE', where NEMA are partnering with the University of Nottingham and Safran on a project to develop new methods of generating energy to save fuel and reduce pollution.
NEMA are also working together with a neighbouring (Hall 4) company NASMYTH, to supply a new hydraulic pump motor where development involving rigorous testing and reverse engineering is required.
Employees new and old turned out to celebrate the 80th Birthday of Jim Runnalls which was hosted at the Moss Lodge Hotel in Rochdale.
As the original founder of the company, Jim was treated to a fantastic 1940's themed event accompanied by a superb string quartet playing throughout the day.
The whole day was organised and coordinated by our very own Caroline Davenport.
We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded AS9100 revision D accreditation after a three and a half day surveillance audit carried out by the NQA. The assessment considered various aspects of the company’s quality management system and the scope of activities carried out at our new and extended site at Chichester business park. The successful outcome was also completed with no ‘non-compliances’. Our new certificate has been awarded and valid until April 2020. This ongoing achievement is deserved recognition to the dedication and commitment to quality shown by all of our employees.
We are pleased to welcome two new apprentices who have joined Nema Ltd and will be attending Rochdale Training Centre over the next twelve months for off the job training. They will be getting 'hands on' experiencea of working in our factory which involves spending periods learning skills such as spring making, precision machining and electric motor winding and assembly.
We would like to thank Rochdale Training Association for all their help in scourcing the two new apprentices. We have had a long and successful relationship with RTA over many years.
Nema has had a long and successful apprenticeship training programme which started 30 years ago with our very first apprentice who is now Sales Manager at Nema. Many of our apprentices go on to HNC level, one of which is now in his second year of a B-ENG in Mechanical Engineering.
NEMA are pleased to announce that they have recieved the award for their performance.
Nicola says “With consistent growth over the last 5 years, creating strong and reliable relationships with suppliers contributes to the efficiency and highly effective operations here at FSL. It’s fantastic to see Nema fulfilling and exceeding the performance criteria. This shows that behind every successful business, are reliable and quality suppliers."
This type of recognition can only be realised by the efforts of everyone from shop-floor, Inspection and administration staff, so we are extremely proud of achieving this award and hope to go one better next year.
Another great opportunity to exhibit NEMA's unique design, development and production capabilites.
We are delighted to announce that Mr. Dean Evans, Design and Development Manager at NEMA Limited, has been appointed as a new Committee Member for the UK Magnetics Society (UKMagSoc). Dean has worked extensively in magnetic motor design, making him a valuable addition to the committee.
Unanimous Election to the Committee
Alastair Stewart, Head of Secretariat for the UK Magnetics Society said: “We would like to congratulate Dean on his unanimous election to the committee of the UK Magnetics Society. We believe that Dean’s unique combination of experience and his extensive network of contacts will be a significant benefit to the society, and we are very pleased to welcome him onto the committee.”
NEMA Ltd are pleased to announce that they have been selected for a CleanSky Horizon 2020 project in collaboration with the University of Nottingham and PST in France. The project will entail the design, manufacture and testing of a motor/generator system integrated into a turboprop engine enabling both green taxiing on the ground and power generation in-flight.
The project will run for three years commencing January 2017 and will finish development at TRL 6.
In line with of our ongoing strategy and commitment to strengthen and grow our business by investing and nurturing skills, NEMA are pleased to announce the appointment of three new apprentices starting August 2016.
The first 9 months of their four year apprenticeship will be carried out at Rochdale Training Association where they will cover basic engineering modules and key skills as well as 1 day per week on an agreed technical course. After that they will receive training in all departments of the company.
We welcome them to NEMA and wish them well for the future.
NEMA Ltd are pleased to announce their participation in Project HARAS funded through Innovate UK.
HARAS, Highly Available Redundant Actuation System, is a three-year project working with partners Triumph Actuation UK and Kugel Motion to develop an electro-mechanical flight control surface actuation system with multiple redundancy levels. The collaboration aims to push the boundaries in airborne electro-mechanical actuation in the realms of weight, performance and redundancy. The NEMA team will be exhibiting at Farnborough Airshow, Hall 4 Stand H44, and would welcome the opportunity to discuss the project in more detail.