Thomas Keating has been involved in toolmaking for nearly 70 years and was proud to have received the Queens Award for Enterprise for International trade in 2012.
The company is a mould tool manufacturer with a reputation for accuracy and attention to detail. We make single and multi cavity tools for complex and technical mouldings in the electronic and medical fields including medical parts, hearing aids, aerosols, spray dispensers and rigid packaging.
Scientific ground and satellite instruments are also produced for our sister company on the same site using the toolmaking skills of our highly skilled staff – for example TK developed 67 pairs of radiometric targets to calibrate ALMA, the European Southern Observatory (ESO)’s flagship ground based telescope based in Chile.
Recent investment has been made in the field of electroforming wave-guide component technology. Our electroforming capabilities covers both copper and nickel supported by our gold plate processing.
Recent production machinery investment added to our manufacturing base is an Agie Progress VP2 wire machine that will enhance our wire erosion capability.
We have a fully integrated CAD/CAM capability built around Pro/Engineer Wildfire and EdgeCAM CAM software, with direct Ethernet links to all of our numerous CNC machines.
We have expanded our Jig Grinding capabilities to now include 3 CNC and 3 Manual Moore machines in a temperature controlled room where we process vital parts for AugustaWestland helicopters to high accuracy with quick turn round. This also allows TK to also offer a subcontract service for the grinding of forms, holes, punches and dies etc. Tolerances of 4 microns are the norm!
We have recently had our 400 Moore jig grinder rebuilt bringing the machine to better than original build tolerances with the added option of 3D micro milling by CNC control of the Z axis.
Therefore, if you have a technical plastic component, which requires an accurate mould tool from 1 to 96 cavities – please call us and find out more about our company – we have the experience and skills to support your project.