Investment in Energy Efficient Compressors

Following recent investments in additional machining capacity at Almond Engineering, the old compressed air system was beginning to wheeze a little. We therefore installed two Gardner Denver compressors, with the duty machine being variable speed, and a fixed speed machine acting as an assist when demand peaks.

The new machines have several advantages beyond reliability and capacity: their noise level is far lower than the old machine; they pump out less heat into the factory; and the energy usage is far lower, so good for the environment as well as the bank balance.

New Manual Lathe at Almond Engineering

Almond Engineering has just taken delivery of a new Colchester Mascot V2000 manual Lathe. Managing Director Willie Scott commented that ‘Even in a factory such as ours, fully equipped with the latest CNC equipment, a high quality manual lathe is invaluable. Some jobs are simply quicker on a manual and it is great to give our apprentices extensive manual milling and turning experience before training the on the cnc machines.’

This completes a period of investment in the turning section of our precision machine shop aimed at increasing our capacity, flexibility and efficiency. Almond’s next planned investment is in additional CNC milling capacity.

Deans Community High School

Almond Engineering is proud to be working with Deans Community High School and teacher David Dodds to support two teams the school has entered in the F1 for Schools competition. Stephen Burrows (Designer) and Chris Smith (Chairman) recently met both teams to give some support on material selection and designing for manufacture. Almond Engineering will also manufacture the cars wheels to the designs of the students. Both teams were very switched on and have produced excellent designs; we are looking forward to seeing their completed cars and wish them every success in this competition.

We have now participated in several STEM activities with the school and we are really enjoying the enthusiasm and interest of the students and staff alike. We hear a lot about the skills shortage in Precision Engineering and it is great to see schools like Deans working to make students aware of, and equip them for, opportunities in engineering.

Almond Engineering orders new Mazak

We are very excited to have ordered our first multitasking mill/turn machine. The machine – with a maximum machining diameter of 380mm, a turned length of 1.5m and full y axis milling capability – will enable us to be even more competitive on complex or multiface machined components.

Deans Community High School

Deans Community High School has a fantastic Design, Manufacture and Graphics programme, and over the last few years has even equipped an engineering workshop specifically for this purpose. After a recent meeting with Teacher David Dodds, Almond Engineering is delighted to be able to support the school, initially by supplying materials for the students to work with.

Almond Chairman, Chris Smith, commented that ‘as a Precision Engineering company with 34 years in Livingston and an active apprenticeship programme (we currently have 3 apprentices), we firmly believe that encouraging and teaching engineering is vital for our national future. Almond are very much looking forward to maintaining a long-term partnership with the School.’