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Special Purpose Machinery

Our special purpose machinery division works with manufacturers on small to medium sized automation projects, from bench-top checking/gauging fixtures to multiple 6 Axis robotic pick & place systems.

Over the years, we have developed particular expertise working with plastic components including assembly, machining and finishing, with in-mould labelling (IML) being a particular strength. In addition we over 30 years’ design expertise in leak testing machines.

All requirements to deliver a special purpose machinery project is carried out in-house, including concept design, 3D CAD in Solidworks, CNC machining, manufacturing (mechanical, electrical and programming), testing and commissioning. All materials and components meet  strict quality standards.

Our strength is in our ability to assess and understand the needs of each project and client expectations and offer the best solution. Our focus is on designing special purpose machinery  that transforms ideas into reality resulting in enhanced productivity. Our team of innovative engineers is passionate about delivering the optimum solution and will work with you to understand your specific requirements, since you know your process best!

We work very closely with the automotive industry, which demands very high standards not only in terms of machine quality, but also in delivering on time. We have numerous clients whom we have worked with for many years, having built up our trust and reputation to ensure the right solution every time.

We undertake projects with pneumatic applications using FESTO pneumatic components, unless otherwise specified and are the only Technical Distributor and Automation Partner of  Pneumatic & mechanical components manufacturer  in West Yorkshire.

Our Specialisation

Assembly Machines

We have designed and engineered a wide range of assembly machines, with custom built automated assembly cells. Examples include bowl feeder applications, conveyor systems, pick & place systems, crimping stations, insert placement and inspection machines and packaging/sealing applications. We are involved with a wide range of industries including automotive, plastic products and general engineering.

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Linear Drives & Robotics

As the only technical distributor and automation partner of FESTO pneumatics in West Yorkshire, we have designed and engineered numerous machines based on linear drive technology for automated positioning, transfer and guidance. This includes multiple axis solutions; innovative sophisticated assemblies that simplify processes, improve output and save on cost! A typical example would be an application requiring a highly accurate linear path and speed control.

We have also delivered many robotic applications including a final assembly and inspection machine. This machine included two 6-axis robots with a camera to share coordinates and the second robot for accurate product placement. The machines were used as part of our clients’s product development, with our contribution an integral part of the overall project.

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Automated Plastic Machining/Finishing

We have worked on many projects for the automotive industry in recent years. Machining/finishing applications have been completed for Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), whilst we have also successfully worked on Honda, BMW Mini and Nissan specifications.

Plastic tank welding machines, plastic fuel tank trepanning machines, knifing slaves, trimming machines and blow moulding finishing machines are other TF Automation areas of expertise. Working with glass-filled nylon components is one of our niche areas of competence.

We build around 20 to 25 plastic process finishing machines per year.

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In-Mould Labelling (IML)

We have built up our expertise in  IML applications over the last seven years working on varied projects, with many clients coming back to us each time they have a further requirement.

The process starts with end-of-arm tooling picking up a specially made thin film (the label) from a stack and placing on to the mould tool in the moulding machine. The film is kept in place with the help of tiny suction pores in the tool. An alternative method is to apply a static charge on the film to keep it in place inside the mould tool.The moulded part is collected by an operator and quality checked for despatch.  

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Leak Testing

We manufacture special purpose leak testing machines using standard leak test instruments and custom-built fixtures to provide the best solutions for clients, according to specifications. Applications range from bench-top fixtures to fully automated leak testing machines plus leak testing on air ducts and fuel tanks for the automotive industry and stack flow tests, tap assembly and Ad-blue tanks for general engineering.

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In-House Facility

We manufacture all special purpose machinery from our site in Bradford with our technical and design team taking care of all projects. Infrastructure includes 2 and 3 axis CNC Millers, CNC Lathe, Rofin Basel ND Yag Laser and a wide stock of pneumatic components.

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Concept Design

All stages of special purpose machinery manufacture from concept design through to final testing and commissioning at your site are managed in-house. Our experienced team of design engineers will work with you to ensure the most competitive and innovative solution for your automation needs. We spend time understanding clients requirements and will recommend automation solutions particular to your individual needs. We have always adopted a consultative approach and welcome feedback from clients throughout the entire process.

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Solidworks (3D CAD)

We have been using Solidworks package for over 20 years and work with STP, IGS and Parasolid formats. We have 4 seats of Solidworks (3 x Mechanical and 1 x Electrical) and create 3D CAD drawings to visualise machines before manufacture.

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Manufacturing

Our manufacturing team is a huge asset to the company and works closely with our design engineers to ensure projects run smoothly and to client requirements.

Facilities: tool room, fabrication, assembly, electrical control and final set up and testing.

Machinery: 2 and 3 axis CNC millers, CNC lathe, Rofin Basel ND Yag Laser. 3D profiles are completed using SprutCAM.

The machines are built to the highest quality standards ensuring they will serve you for many years. We use FESTO pneumatics unless otherwise specified and we are the only FESTO -approved automation partner in West Yorkshire. Other materials used are also of similar standards to deliver high quality machines on a consistent basis.

Out-sourcing is also undertaken when specialist expertise is required for a particular application. This ensures that your machine is built right the first time!

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Testing and Commissioning

Once our in-house factory testing has been accepted, our engineering team will test and commission your machine at your site.

We manage projects through the whole process, from design, through manufacture, commissioning and beyond.  Even when the project has been delivered, we are always on hand for advice and support and to assist with minor modifications, if required.

Programming

We have our in-house programmer who is regularly engaged in programming for PLC/HMI, servo drives, vision systems and is available to discuss your specific requirements.

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