In early June two senior representatives from the Bangalore plant of Hindustan Aeronautics were in attendance at Hardinge in Leicester to formally ‘sign off’ the Bridgeport FGC-2 Flexible Grinding Centre purchased by their company.
Developed and assembled in the UK, the Centre is destined for low and high pressure jet engine nozzle guide vane manufacture in Bangalore and features a fully integrated robotised cell working with a Bridgeport FGC-2 Flexible Grinding Centre.
The five-axis Bridgeport FGC-2 has the rigid construction of a vertical machining centre to capitalise on the distinct advantageof good access for loading and unloading. It can also combine milling and drilling processes within the same cycle as the grinding operation.
It has undergone extensive proving trials inLeicester during the past few months and Srinivas Rao (HAL Production Technician) and Bhupal Aski (HAL Chief Manager of the Cellular Shop) were present to witness the final trials prior to the machine being stripped down and transported to the Indian plant. It is expected to be in production by early autumn.
Photographed left to right are
Dorian McKillop – FGC Project Manager
Chris Waterhouse – FGC Sales Manager
Srinivas Rao – HAL Production Technician
Bhupal Aski – Hal Chief Manager of the Cellular Shop
David Martin – New Machining Process Application Manager