S&B's commitment to front end client relationships are critical to our commercial success. We have learnt through experience, that sitting down with customers at the beginning of a project and producing prototypes/engineering drawings is essential in realising a robust manufacturing solution.
It's during this development stage that S&B can make suggestions to drive down cost and increase material optimisation for the client. It is also at this stage that the client can consider compromises, which can only be understood by walking through the manufacturing routes available.
S&B has invested significantly in this important area over the past few years and uses the latest 3D Radan programming software. We also have skilled CorelDraw draughtsmen who can help to produce artworks and artist impressions of finished products.
Significant contracts have been won through S&B's commitment to Product Development.
S&B were one of the first sub-contract fabricators to commission a fibre laser cutting machine in the UK.
The Mazak 2kW Optiplex 3015 is an incredibly versatile cutting machine. It can cut a wide range of thicknesses (from 0.2mm up to 15mm) and a variety of materials, such as mild steels, stainless steels, aluminiums, coppers and brasses.
It can also cut many non-standard reflective materials. It was for this reason that S&B chose to invest in Fibre technology rather than the more common CO2 technology.The machine is also very energy efficient and this ensures that S&B are able to offer competitive quotations and do not have to rely on sub-contract supply chains. S&B continue to offer a complete 'one-stop shop' for metal work fabrications and finishes.
In 2018, we complimented our Fibre Laser by installing a Nitrocube system (Nitrogen Generator) to provide us with a 24/7 supply of 99.9975% pure Nitrogen.
We can laser cut stainless steel, aluminium, copper, brass, titanium, thin gauge mild steels, and other exotic metals.
CNC Punching remains at the very heart of the S&B sub-contract solution.
We have a strong relationship with Amada (UK) Ltd spanning more than 30 years. We currently have two Amada CNC Punching machines, which link directly to the CAD/CAM suite. We believe quality comes from both CNC operator and CNC machinery and it is for this reason that all our CNC punching and CNC bending machinery is purchased from Amada.
We have a longstanding relationship with Amada and all our CNC Punching machines have full service and support agreements, ensuring minimal down time.
We have a strong relationship with Amada (UK) Ltd spanning more than 30 years.
To further expand our 'Complete Manufacturing solution' we have recently commissioned 2 x CNC milling machines and built a dedicated CNC milling section (segregated from the shop floor).
The latest machine to be added to the section is a Haas VF-4 which we purchased new. All our machines within this section have full service contracts.
The Haas VF-4 machine is linked directly to the latest OneCNC programming suite.
We can machine within a 1270 x 508 x 635 mm working envelope.
All our CNC Press brakes are Amada.
They range in length from 1M up to the very latest 3M HFE 1003 3i 7 Axis machine. S&B recognise the need for our highly skilled operators to use the latest and highest quality machinery available.
It is for this reason that our relationship with Amada has been in place for over 30 years.
S&B operate the latest multi axis down stroking Amada press brakes.
S&B offer spot welding, stud welding, MIG/TIG welding, soldering and brazing as standard production processes.
We hold a range of spot welding machinery from 6 K.V.A to 100 K.V.A. Our in-house welding section offers both MIG and TIG welding as standard, with full-time welders in place to provide both one-off and production batch welding.
In order to increase production and cost efficiency, we maintain continual contact with local and national welding suppliers/manufacturers.
In 2017, we are very proud to have achieved our Welding Competency Accreditation to BS4872-1:1982.
A comprehensive In-House Welding section for MIG/TIG/Soldering and Brazing.
S&B recognise the importance of offering a 'complete' manufacturing solution.
In order to fulfil this commitment, we have continually invested in skills and processes within the finishing department. We have recently installed two new De Havilland cartridge powder booths and two new Airflow wet spray booths.
Our highly skilled full-time paint sprayers ensure that components are prepared and painted to a quality normally expected from a bespoke component rather than a production batch. As an additional 'capability', S&B also offer an In-House screen manufacture and printing facility.
S&B stock over 155 solvent based paints & 260 polyester powder paints.
Assembled sheet metal solutions are what most customers now expect.
S&B are highly skilled in this area and aren't restricted by method or material. We have experience in assembling products as diverse as security box racks, complete with wiring looms to complex assemblies for defence and transport clients.
We believe that through continual customer contact, we are able to offer tailored assemblies that can often exceed customer expectation.
Many assemblies produced by S&B feature over 40 individual manufacturing processes.
We have held BS5750 Part 2 followed by subsequent EN ISO 9001 certification for over 20 years, proving our commitment to providing the highest quality service possible. In November 2017, we achieved the latest ISO 9001:2015 accreditation.
Our approval testifies to the comprehensive nature of our quality management system. However, the true measure of the quality of our work is given by the many national and international companies who have been ordering from us on a regular basis for the past fifty years.
Our own trained internal auditors ensure that every area of our quality system is assessed. Our comprehensive schedule of regular auditing ensures that we continually maximise business efficiency and product quality.
Over the last 20 years of quality accreditation, S&B has built a complete infrastructure of quality awareness. Every employee understands the need to maintain and develop our internal quality systems.
With over 3500 invoice lines raised in a year, a robust quality system is essential.