Amdale has over 25 years experience in EDM Wire Erosion and we have continuously invested in the latest technology in this area. We currently have immediate available capacity in our EDM department.
How does Wire EDM work?
EDM stands for “Electrical Discharge Machine” whereby an electrical charge is applied to an electrode, a brass wire, copper, sterling, or graphite. The electrode then makes an electrical connection with the steel. A spark jumps from the electrode to the work piece and disintegrates the steel with a controlled electrical charge. This process happens thousands of times per second. The mirror image of the electrode is formed in the work piece.
For decades the move to overseas manufacturing was seen as inevitable, the attraction of cheaper foreign-made goods proved too strong and caused manufacturers to shift their production abroad in order to become more cost effective. This has had a devastating impact on domestic manufacturing, which declined from about 30% of national GDP in the late 1970s, to 14% before the recession, to just 11% today.
But British manufacturing may be heading for a genuine revival as more UK companies choose to swap their international suppliers for UK-based ones and move more of their operations back to the UK. Recently we have seen a string of high-profile names publicly profess their conversion to manufacturing in Britain. John Lewis recently announced its aim to increase sales of UK products by at least 15% over the next three years to £550m. Even Tesco has now suggested it is keen to source from British farms, and has started investing in British agriculture to boost its competitiveness. Continue reading →
Amdale Limited based in Portsmouth are specialists in precision engineering and have over 25 years experience. Bespoke, complex projects are Amdale’s area of expertise and we thrive upon the challenges of producing intricate components for a diverse range of market sectors. We are renowned amongst our prestigious customers for the ability to deal with intricate machining, which is down to the investment in new precision engineering technology, experienced employees and our quality inspection department.
5 Axis Machining
Complex components or innovative designs require more sophisticated machining technology which is why we have invested in the latest machining equipment in order to fulfil demand from our customers. 5-Axis Machining, renowned for its accuracy and flexibility, has become Amdale’s main area of expertise. We have invested heavily in this department, with seven modern 5-Axis Machining centres, of which the latest two are enhanced with dynamic accuracy packs on the linear drives, 60-tool carousels, Renishaw probes and laser tool setting.
50% of the 682 companies questioned expect to spend more on new machinery and premises over the next six months, a clear 12% rise on the same period last year. There appears to be a similar appetite for embracing new technologies with 40% of firms indicating they will fund more activity in this area. In further positive news for the sector, 53% of SME manufacturers reported an increase in sales in the first half of the year, with an all time National Barometer high of 67% predicting further growth over the next six months.
Business and Energy Minister Michael Fallon said “These findings are the latest indication that the economy is starting to head in the right direction, as we move from rescue to recovery. It is particularly encouraging to see that confidence is returning and manufacturers are becoming more optimistic about their future growth”.
August 8th 2013 will mark a landmark anniversary for Amdale, the celebration of 25 years in business, or as we like to call it 25 years of engineering excellence. Amdale has been at the forefront of precision engineering and have gained an enviable reputation within the industry over the last quarter of a century.
Amdale Limited was established in 1988 as a family business, providing an EDM Wire Erosion facility to the precision engineering market. Amdale’s reputation for quality, reliability and budget control in precision engineering underpinned the company’s expansion into new areas. As the company developed, new machining processes were introduced in line with the requirements of the ever-changing engineering industry. By 1996 the company had grown so significantly that it needed additional premises to house the new CNC Turning and the expanding CNC Milling departments.