Faulkner Moulds is the reigning UK ‘Toolmaker of the Year’, having won this prestigious Plastics Industry Award an impressive three times in recent years. The Yorkshire-based toolmaker won in 2019 for manufacturing a complex 2+2 impression twin-shot medical tool.
The tool, for an oral medical device, was delivered over a week ahead of the deadline and created sellable parts at the first trial – an extremely challenging achievement for twin-shot tooling.
Judges praised the plastic injection mould Toolmaker for their “impressive diligence in ensuring the project’s success”, whilst their customer, St Davids Assemblies, commented on Faulkner Moulds’ “exceptional support, technical thought processes and toolmaking quality.”
Faulkner Moulds responded to the recent UK government request for support in manufacturing ventilators to help with the coronavirus outbreak.
The company is well-placed to create sophisticated electronics and medical tooling, including multi-cavity tooling designed for rapid and high-volume manufacture. The mould tool featured is a 16-impression tool, running successfully at a 7-second cycle time, fully guaranteed for a million shots.
With state-of-the-art software, machinery and measuring equipment and a highly-trained team, Faulkner Moulds uses the most current and advanced toolmaking techniques. Within the last five years, Faulkner Moulds’ investments include a new high-speed Mikron 5-axis graphite and hard metal machining centre, a new Agie Charmilles CNC Spark erosion machine and, in 2019, a new Fanuc 600 wire erosion machine. The Fanuc machine (part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, via the University of York), enables the award-winning toolmaker to create innovative wire eroded collapsible core solutions.
The added convenience of a UK location, plus what St David’s Assemblies (customer for the award-winning medical device tooling) describes as “good value prices”, makes Faulkner Moulds’ toolmaking a robust choice.