New Keyence vision system.
Keeping abreast of the latest advances is key to our philosophy at AF, we firmly believe in investing in the latest tech where its use can be justified.
Once set-up, the Keyence will allow multiple measurements of multiple parts to be taken almost simultaneously saving time but most importantly it will give an impartial reading removing any doubt.
This new addition to our arsenal of measuring equipment represents a significant step up from time consuming shadowgraphs.
The Keyence is shown with Nick Jones (Team...
AF Fasteners are please to announce the appointment of their new production manager, John Tierney.
John began his working life as a Telecommunications specialist and later Detachment Commander within the Armed Forces, working with British and UN Forces involved in various operations around the globe.
Since completion of his military service John has worked in various Managerial positions within the print and aerospace industries.
John joined AF in March 2019 as Production Manager, and has introduced modern continuous improvement processes...
It was a sad day for AF last Friday when Ann Dickinson retired after five years with the company. Ann joined the company in 2014 as the office administrator but went on to become much more, partaking in sales purchasing and dispatch her energy and work ethic were an example to all who knew her.
Along with her husband Tony, Ann is relocating to the peaceful isle of Anglesey, everyone at AF wishes them both many long and happy years together.
Ann is shown with AF managing director Andrew Sargeant.
On the last day of January, AF Fasteners took delivery of a new EMCO E25 CNC lathe. After installation and two days on-site training the machine is now up and running, accurately and reliably producing parts. This is the second CNC lathe at AF and is a significant step up in terms of capability, equipped with twelve quick change VDI tool stations and live tooling, the latest FANUC controller and simulation software, it can even engrave part numbers!
The machine is shown with Mat & Henry, the two main setters, alongside Barry Ingles from...
We are pleased to announce that another of our apprentices, Mathieu Royle, has successfully achieved his City & Guilds qualification in CNC machining. In between a hectic schedule of music festivals and holidays to the far east and with support from the company he has studied hard at Tameside College in the evenings to obtain his latest qualification.
Mathieu is currently attending an access course that will lead him onto a HNC in engineering, we wish him all best in this pursuit and hope that he will continue to be an asset of AF for man...
After its eventful journey across the Atlantic from Florida, AF Fasteners have recently taken receipt of a new TOWA 4A cam auto lathe to complement the two machines already in the secondary operations department, not just adding 50% extra capacity, the new machine can handle lengths of up to 4". Despite state of the art CNC machines being available, nothing can beat the durability and robustness of a sturdy cam auto, a fact that is well proven by the combined 40+ years service of the two existing machines.
AF Fasteners are pleased to announce, following a recent re-organisation of its management structure, the appointment of a new financial controller, Liz McKay.
Liz’s role will involve overseeing the financial activity of both the Glossop and Southend sites, she brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience having worked in the manufacturing sector for thirteen years.
We are confident that she will be a valuable asset to both companies, and the group as a whole.
AF Fasteners are proud to announce that the first member of it’s apprenticeship program, Henry Dunkerley, has successfully completed and passed his formal apprentice training program.
Since starting with AF as a fresh faced young man in 2015, in between passing his driving test visiting numerous festivals and lads ‘cultural excursions’ to Spain, Henry has attended Tameside College of Technology on a day release basis, and last year successfully studied for a City & Guilds CNC programming qualification, one evening also. But as some would...
The management of AF Fasteners are pleased to announce, that following the retirement of Rhona Mohan in March this year, Allison Beckwith has been appointed as our new final inspector.
Joining AF in 2014 as a centreless grinder setter, not an easy task but one she soon excelled at, experience of part marking, drilling and most second operation work are all strings in Alison’s bow, a far cry from her previous job making cardboard boxes.
Although her dedication and attention to detail will be missed on the grinders, these att...
AF Fasteners would like to announce the retirement of Rhona Mohan after twenty one years of loyal and faithful service.
Rhona joined the company in 1996 primarily to work on the Cincinnati centreless grinder, at which she became very proficient, no mean feat considering her previous job had been as a seamstress in a lingerie factory! Over the years, as the nature of works changed, Rhona turned her hand to any task that was required, lathe operator, drilling, slotting, for the last few years she has worked in fina...