“Selecting and then working with ShearXL on several major automotive block programmes proved to be an extremely positive move for ourselves and our customer. Technical and commercial engagement comes second nature to their team as does the pro-active manner in which they do business. ShearXL not only reduces prototype cycle times, but ultimately improves quality and cost. A genuine partner. Long may our relationship continue”
Customer Account Co-ordinator – Grainger & Worrall Machining
Prototype Diesel Engine Blocks
ShearXL worked in collaboration with one of the global leaders in casting development and innovation to supply the UK’s current biggest car manufacturer with prototype 6-cylinder diesel engine blocks. With just under 100 engine blocks required at this critical manufacturing stage, ShearXL were tasked with the challenge of fully machining these large Aluminium castings, assembling cylinder liners and caps, line boring, pressure testing and then 100% verification of the parts produced. With delivery dates being critical and working to a very tight deadline ShearXL were required to set up a production line to cope with the customers aggressive delivery schedule.
Spencer Curtis, Sales Manager at ShearXL, explains that flexibility is key when working in the Automotive industry:
“When our customers come to us with new projects, the ability for us to be flexible and react to their needs is of paramount importance to our business. In this instance, the project was already running behind schedule and had been experiencing several issues resulting in delays. ShearXL needed to react quickly, get a production line up and running and start furnishing the end customer with product whilst exceeding their quality expectations. Communication is key, ShearXL work with an ‘open doors’ policy that enables customers to come on site at any given time. This gives them the confidence that delivery dates will be met and quality will not be compromised.”
ShearXL has over 40 years’ experience in the machining of quality assured, complex, precision components, specialising in castings across automotive/motorsport, Oil and gas, aerospace and affiliated sectors. Capacity is in place for both medium volume long running projects and short notice rapid turnaround work.
Tony Cornwell, Technical Manager at ShearXL, details how job experience is key with projects like this:
“When projects come to ShearXL that have experienced delays and are running behind schedule, our job knowledge is key in getting the customer the product they require in extremely short lead times. In this instance, having worked with this customer for a number of years on similar projects, whilst liaising closely with them, I was able to begin machining parts without even having a fully detailed drawing to work from. It was this experience that enabled us to get up and running so quickly, and not only prevent further delays but claw back some of the lost time which is invaluable to the OEM.”