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British engineering firm supplies the New York subway

16 July 2010

A Black Country engineering firm has joined forces with a contemporary in the USA to work on a tooling and component project for the New York subway system. Midland Tool and Design (MTD) is collaborating with the California-based company to provide stampings for a flywheel that will convert and reuse the energy generated in braking on the subway network. MTD has been producing laminations and related tooling for 40 years, and says it was apprached by the US company for the accuracy of its Modulam system, lamination accuracy being crucial to the success of this project.
Managing director Darren Booton said that by using the Modulam system, MTD could also ensure that the stampings met the specifications immediately, meaning the project could begin without the delays associated with prototype production.

Despite only being launched in January, the Modulam system has already helped MTD bring in major contracts in the aerospace, medical components and motorsports sectors. Since the turn of the year, the firm has embarked on projects with several aerospace companies, supplying laminated core packs which have enabled clients to bring their products to market with dramatically reduced lead times. Mr Booten again:

“It’s been a good start to the year and more companies are approaching us because we can deliver on tooling, stamping, bonding and grinding projects. Hopefully it also suggests the UK manufacturing and engineering sectors are beginning to turn the corner after a difficult 2009.”

MDT employs 28 people at a 20,000 sq ft site in Tipton. The company is currently working towards gaining AS9100 aerospace accreditation.

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