TK further strengthens toolmaking sales team

Thomas Keating Ltd welcomes Bob Evans,who has taken the position of sales representative for our toolmaking activities   Bob brings with him over 40 years of manufacturing experience from making press and mould tools to machining aerospace parts, plus cost estimating of tooling, moulding, metal pressings and precision-machined parts. In recent years, he has moved into engineering sales. His experience helps him understand his customers' manufacturing issues and address these in a cost effective manner. Outside work he enjoys walking his dogs in the glorious Derbyshire countryside and watching most sports, recently discovering the joys of watching County Cricket   You can contact Bo...
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Black Hole polarization betrays galactic centre local magnetic field

Great to see this image   Magnetic swirl: a view of the M87 supermassive black hole in polarized light. The lines mark the orientation of the polarization, which is related to the magnetic field around the shadow of the black hole. (Courtesy: EHT Collaboration)   in Physics World showing magnetic fied local to the vast Black Hole at the centre of our Galaxy, measured at  230 GHz We have supplied polarizing grids to a number of the institutions involved in the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Collaboration    

TVAC testing for Photek

In early September we were delighted to be able to provide Thermal Vacuum Testing (TVAC) in our Class 10,000 Clean Room for space detector for UK company Photek:  Photek is a specialist manufacturer of vacuum based tubes and camera systems for photon detection.     With thermal cycling following the follwing path:    

Macor ceramic machining for Dynamic Nuclear Polarization optics

DNP requires the marriage of high magnetic fields and intense mm-wave radiation.  Metal mirrors can distort the very homogenous fields required, so thin metal film coated dielectric mirrors can bring significant performance advantages: As part of building a quasi-optical probe delivering microwave power for a sample buried deep in a highly homogenous superconducting magnet, we have been making full use of our precision Bostomatic high-speed milling machine: The recently arrived Swiss-made Lehmann AG two-axis table and 5-Axis Heidenhein TNC640 controller has allowed us to machine the Macor glass cerami with a precision elliposodal form. A short video can be seen below {mp4}Maco...
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New precision CNC Lathe arrives at TK

Notwithstanding the strange times we are living in, TK continues to invest in capital equipment to better serve ourclients :   Pictured above is an almost new Doosan Puma GT3100 CNC 2 CNC lathe being unloaded.  'Almost new' in that we bought it at Auction (an interesting experience - like Ebay, but with a lot more money attached).  The manufacturing dates on the plate is September 2019 and with only 108 hours on the 'clock', it has only really be run in.    

Our first Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) injection mould

We are delighted to have finished making - some two weeks after the steel arrived and now trialed - our first Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) injection mould for new client Air Control Entech to provide the frame of a face visor: Thanks to a lot of hard work by a lot of people, especially Simon Duke, our Toolroom Manager... Pictured below is Apprentice Zac Feeman with a trialled part in his hands... as well as one on his head.     and a video of our customer running mould running can be seen here   A snipped of the mould tool design can be seen here     and video of programming the tool paths and our high speed Bostomatic CNC milling machining cutting the form in...
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