Cranfield Precision, part of the Fives Landis group, and a manufacturer of prototype, high precision, machine tools is just one of a string of UK based engineering teams, which also include the Satellite Applications Catapult, and the University of Southampton Nanofabrication Centre, who turn to Newbury Electronics to fulfill their PCB production and placement requirements.
Stephen Wosley, Systems & Electronics design manager at Cranfield Precision, explained more about their work; “Our machines are designed to work to very high specifications, with components being manufactured to accuracies of tens of nanometre. We also need to be able to measure precisely not only distance but other variables such as temperature, pressure and voltage. After exploring what was available on the market we decided to manufacture our own solution and this is where Newbury’s design expertise and experience of precision manufacture has really shone through.” He continued; They have a really good understanding of our requirements and are extremely responsive and helpful, offering guidance and advise on the design elements.”
One of the most recent projects that Newbury Electronics was involved with was the production of a high response encoder splitter box. The best option on the market operated up to 400kHz but Cranfield needed something capable of handling in excess of 1MHz. Collaboration between the two organisations has resulted in the production of a three board system that can encode in excess of 6MHz.
“Working with a UK manufacturer that can provide us with the engineering quality and expertise combined with a real understanding of our needs and a same day response makes a huge difference to our productivity and programmes,” said Wosley.