BAE Systems Chairman’s Award presented to Zund UK – Advanced Engineering Birmingham

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BAE Systems Chairman’s Award presented to Zund UK

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The Chairman’s Awards scheme recognises excellence in the successful exploitation of innovative ideas, delivery of outstanding support to the customer and supporting the company’s commitment to being a responsible business.

During a year-long research project starting mid-2017, Zünd supplied a G3 M-2500 digital cutter with a specially developed tool for removing debris from glass fibre components for BAE Systems’ production. The tool, which removes small holes from the cut components, typically ranging in diameter from 8-25mm, makes the handling of parts much easier and thus improves the productivity of the machine, whilst also making for a cleaner environment around the machine.

The solution was developed to extract waste materials from the flatbed cutter without any intervention from an operator to keep the production environment tidy. It also reduced machine downtime for cleaning and made better use of the operator time. With the addition of a specially-developed software plug-in, the hole removal system connected seamlessly with the Zünd-supplied nesting software allowing the system to know exactly where the holes were to be removed, whilst ensuring the waste was collected in the most efficient order to keep production times as low as possible.

Nicki Kay, managing director at Zund UK, said: “We are very pleased with the prestigious recognition gained for the cutting system we installed at BAE Systems. It was fantastic to be given the opportunity by BAE Systems and we’re proud of the success this project has brought to their production environment.”

Matt Williamson, production director, US programmes, BAE Systems, said: “I am delighted Zund UK has been recognised for its work with our team. The changes made as a result of this work have reduced the cost and time it takes to manufacture these components and drives up quality, which are all the things our Chairman’s Awards scheme seeks to celebrate.”

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