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Wire EDM cutting a keyway in a large casting

We have the machine capability and expertise in wire and spark erosion.

This is an example of using wire erosion to cut a keyway in a large casting.

 

 

 

A&M EDM Thrive as manufacturing wellbeing pioneers - Express & Star coverage

Coverage in 2nd March Express & Star and website of our Thrive at Work award for investing in staff wellbeing.

https://expressandstar.com/news/business/business-picks/2021/03/02/am-edm-celebrates-wellbeing-award/

 

 

Lateral Flow testing our workforce for Covid

Monday morning and Covid 19 lateral flow testing of our staff by our first aiders.

We followed up on the Government encouraging SMEs to undertake workplace testing and supplying kits.

We received 1200 kits and will test twice per week on Mondays and Thursdays.

A&M EDM staff Thrive to wellbeing award

A&M EDM are proud to be pioneers as UK manufacturers to achieve the Thrive at Work accreditation for improving employee health and wellbeing.A&M participated in a West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) Thrive at Work pilot to maximise workforce potential by reducing sickness absence, improving staff retention and increasing the productivity of happier, healthier staff.

Melvin Wingfield, A&M director said: "Thrive was the catalyst for A&M to enhance the wellbeing of our most valuable asset, our 70 employees. We have a traditional manufacturing workforce, who participated in activities to improve their awareness of mental health, healthy eating and exercise.”

A&M used the Thrive toolkit to raise staff awareness of mental, musculoskeletal and physical health and encourage healthy lifestyles through diet and exercise. The programme ran from 2019 into 2020 with extensive evidence gathered of staff engagement using discussions, online materials, newsletters, posters and sampling new diets and exercise for themselves. Initiatives included a new staff forum, an in-house gym and access to a confidential mental health counselling service.

Sean Russell Head of Thrive at WMCA said: "We wanted Thrive at Work to target manufacturing SMEs, with a majority older male workforce and a traditional working-class culture, which could be resistant to change. We knew this type of business would be the most difficult culture to influence and yet we believed would benefit the most from our programme.”

"A&M EDM ticked these boxes and their director Melvin Wingfield could see the benefits of Thrive at Work. It is to his credit and the organisation’s that they have succeeded in achieving the Bronze Level Thrive Award; challenging and changing the existing culture, refining processes to respond flexibly to the needs of their employees and seeing lives impacted positively as a result. This is a great achievement.”

Melvin Wingfield again, "The pilot was just the beginning; we will continue improving our wellbeing processes as we grow. Thrive helped us bounce back from Covid with staff working flexibly to continue production during the lockdowns. We want our employees to recognise that the company will support them to develop their wellbeing.”

Thrive information www.wmca.org.uk/thriveatwork

 

 

 

Hurco Europe case study on A&M Mini engine

https://www.hurco.com/gb/why-hurco/testimonials/Pages/Mini-Press-Release.aspx

It's a Mini Revolution! The first ever Aluminium block, 5 main bearing engine to suit the Classic Mini is being designed and manufactured using the Hurco machines at A&M EDM in the West Midlands.

This project is the brainchild of A&M EDM Director, Gary Surman. It is something that he has been planning in his head for several years. The additional free time that has been forced upon us all by the Covid restrictions have given Gary the perfect opportunity to bring his dreams to fruition.

There are thousands of Mini enthusiasts worldwide. For many, the attraction of using the latest 16 valve technology and lightweight materials to offer extra power and efficiency is obvious. At the same time, the compact design will be retained, meaning that with a few minor changes, this engine can be used in the MG Midget or Austin Healey, in addition to the A Series Mini platform. Everything is subject to testing, but it is hoped that a power output of 350 BHP or more can be achieved.

A&M EDM has a wide range of Hurco machines that are ideal for this type of work. The aluminium engine block fits perfectly on A&M's 5 axis VMX42Ui machines.

The combination of accuracy and surface finish quality are ideal for this type of prototype work.

A&M are currently building prototypes and are nearing completion of the bespoke conrods and crankshafts. They have asked us to revisit for a progress update as they get nearer to the testing phase.

New 5 Axis CNC machining centre commissioned

Latest investment - our third Hurco VMX 42Ui 5-Axis cnc machining centre commissioned & ready.

Next step training a couple of HNC apprentices in 5-Axis milling.

 

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