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Hallam visits Red Bull Racing

Greg Hallam and Colin Woodruff from Hallam (pictured second and third from the right) recently visited the Red Bull Racing Formula 1 Team HQ in Milton Keynes to look at DMG Mori’s state-of-the-art CNC machining equipment being used in the manufacture of components for Red Bull’s Formula One racing cars.

Red Bull deploys over £10m worth of DMG Mori equipment and Hallam is considering further investment in similar equipment to enhance its own machining operations.

Colin and Greg (second and third from the right) are pictured with members of the Red Bull F1 construction team with the winning car from the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix.

Greg Hallam Technical Director of Hallam says:

‘This has been a really interesting visit. Red Bull mainly uses DMG’s EVO 5 axis machining centres, mainly because of their speed and accuracy in manufacturing prismatic parts, together with CTX BETA TC machinery for the turning and 5 axis machining of Red Bull cars’ rotating components.’

MG Mori is a technical partner to Red Bull Racing supplying all machine shop requirements for CNC-based machining equipment, providing high quality reliable technology and backup to ensure that Red Bull Racing can compete at the very highest level.

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Caroline Flint MP visits Hallam Castings

Caroline Flint MP visited Hallam today-leading UK experts in product design, prototyping, manufacture and assembly.

Caroline is pictured here with Hallam’s Operations Manager, Colin Woodruff.

Rob Pickersgill says ‘As Managing Director of a manufacturing company in Thorne I have found Caroline to be extremely helpful in dealing with a wide range of business-related issues over the years.

I know that she genuinely supports UK manufacturing and the rebalancing of the economy through the enhancement of vocational training for manufacturing and engineering employees.

I also know that she worked very hard to bring the National College for High Speed Rail to Doncaster, which will provide engineering apprenticeships for Doncaster businesses.’

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Hallam Apprentice wins ‘Special Recognition Award’ at AMRC Apprentice of the year Awards 2017

Hallam would like to congratulate our own Adrian Salatowski who won a Special Recognition Award at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) Apprentice of the Year Awards 2017, in Sheffield.

This is the third year of these prestigious awards which celebrate the achievements of AMRC apprentices and the support they receive in their development.

In addition to winning the ‘Special Recognition Award’, Adrian was also nominated in two other categories: ‘Academic Achiever of the Year Award’ and the ‘First Year Apprentice of the Year Award’.

Rob Pickersgill, Managing Director of Hallam says ‘We now have four apprentices studying at the AMRC and would like to commend Adrian for his outstanding efforts and achievements during his time with us. He is well regarded by management and is a valued member of the Hallam team. We look forward to an ongoing relationship with both Adrian and the AMRC’.

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Machine shop investment

Exciting times here at Hallam! We have recently installed the latest technology CNC equipment in order to streamline our machining operations. Hallam has decided that DMG MORI would be the perfect partner to help with our machining needs and looks forward to working with them. These machining centres incorporate the latest CAM software to link to Hallam’s 3D CAD system for profile milling. The aim is to improve quality and stay at the forefront of processing times. We believe this will be achieved with our new DMG MORI partnership. Machine features are :

  • Cut to cut tool change speeds
  • Non-cut rapids
  • Rigid machine with FEM-optimized cast iron C frame bed to achieve high end cutting and precision
  • Conversational 3D control
  • Intelligent Visual Smart Guarding that interacts with the users
  • Direct drive 4th axis with CAM capability to match

Hallam’s professional staff (including apprentices attending the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre on apprenticeship courses) will be fully trained in the use of the new equipment.

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Hallam is working with Pera technology

Hallam was accredited by the Manufacturing Advisory Service (part of the Government’s Business Growth Service) as a designer for manufacture. The Business Growth Service has been wound down by the Government, but Hallam is now supporting Pera Technology, one of Europe’s leading new product development contractors, in helping hundreds of companies to deliver on their innovation goals, providing product and process development expertise and helping to access funding to enable projects to be undertaken.

Hallam has joined Pera’s established networks and partners working with Pera’s in-house technical teams and facilities, working across numerous technologies and sectors. Pera helps businesses of all sizes to fill technology, expertise and funding gaps.

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Hallam is helping a leading OEM develop an exciting new LED product

Hallam is helping to create a modular AC powered LED (no driver required) with an integrated specially developed hardwired PCB. This will significantly reduce weight and complexity and hence improve installation time and in-service life. A sealed explosion proof lens will enable the LED units to be used in hazardous and confined spaces.

Customers will benefit from substantial cost savings through lower energy costs by switching to this LED configuration, the longer lifespan of an AC LED providing payback within 12 months. In addition the modular nature of the system means that 60W modules can be combined (1,2,4,6,8,9) to create a bespoke system that provides the exact illumination required for site, space or work activity, without wasting power and substantially reducing energy consumption.

Hallam has been extensively involved in the design and prototyping of the LED board housing and heatsink (including thermal transfer calculations) and housing connectors. These designs were crucial in achieving the modularity required.

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