FTI continues to develop its manufacturing capabilities. We regularly manufacture over 380 separate items, with our manufacturing business generating over 50% of our company turnover.
We run our manufacturing systems through an MRPII manufacturing platform. All manufacturing conforms to our ISO 9001 accredited quality management system. We also run 5S, Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing programmes.
We have worked with major customers on the bespoke design and development of products used in key analytical, automotive and medical applications.
We have experience in managing outsourcing projects and have been successful in delivering cost reduction, quality improvement and re-location of production to the UK.
Our main capabilities are:-
CNC Machining Prototypes and Full Production Runs
FTI operate a fully equipped machine shop with HAAS VF2 and ST10 machining centres for fast milling and turning for your production run requirements.
With an additional model shop facility incorporating manual lathe and desk top CNC milling we can offer fast turnaround on prototype quantities too. Grinding and drilling are also available within the machine shop.
We work with a wide range of materials including stainless steel, aluminium, copper, brass, PTFE, PEEK, PVC and Delrin.
Our in-house engineers can support your mechanical design team by using our CAD system on a Solidworks 2016 platform. We can help with concept and prototype design combined with drawing and manufacturing file creation.
We can help with the design of your bespoke panel or assembly and provide a CAD drawing for your approval or to give you an appreciation of the dimensions and look of the finished article.
We use Sold Works 3D modelling.
Gas Control Panels
We also specialise in working with our customers on the design and manufacture of bespoke panels that combine both gas regulators and flowmeters that are used for calibration purposes. Whether the panels are a one off requirement or will be required on an on-going basis we are keen to be involved.
FTI have worked on panels of all shapes and sizes, many also including an element of electronics sub assembly work for the control of solenoid valves, alarms and heated cables.
FTI offer turntable and manual TIG welding of both bespoke machined parts and tube assemblies. The parts are cleaned using a TIG brush, polished and ultrasonically cleaned prior to packing. FTI also offer orbital welding which creates a neat, leak tight, almost un-noticeable joint for customers who are working with toxic gases, mass spectrometry, semi conductor and nanotech applications.
FTI solder a variety of precision stainless steel assemblies on tube sizes 1/16” through to 3/8”. Our soldering often includes the use of high purity face seal fittings, tube bends and integrated filters. Our assemblies are all then polished, cleaned, capped and bagged.
Tube Bending & Preparation
We can prepare (cut and de-bur), bend and pressure test tube assemblies ranging from simple 90 degree bends to far more complex arrangements, customers who use this facility reduce complexity in their supply chain (very often ordering one part number rather than tube and fittings) and save both time and labour costs in production, with the added benefit of an individually bagged and tested assembly.
We can build regulator assemblies to match customer requirements; these may include bottle connectors, outlet isolation valves, outlet fittings, gas hoses, inlet filters and pressure relief valves.
We have also assembled regulators in carts and panels for medical use.
Working within RoHS designated areas and using ESD protective equipment we manufacture and test and certify (with full traceability) electro-mechanical assemblies.
Our flow meter panels complement our instrumentation and gas control panels, used where laboratories require booth accurate flow and pressure.
High Purity Assemblies
We offer a service of manufacture of high vacuum / high purity or highly toxic assemblies using HTC / VCR® components.
Orbital Welded Assemblies
Orbital welded assemblies create a neat, leak tight, almost un-noticeable joint for customers who are working with highly toxic gases, mass spectrometry, semi-conductor and nanotech applications. We manufacture assemblies from a simple mini tube run to highly complex assemblies.
We have an in-house cleaning process to ensure products are free of grease and other residue which are used in customer of FTI assemblies. This process has also been approved by major customers as “safe for use with oxygen” applications.
We can also supply ham-Let fittings cleaned for oxygen service direct from the factory on a special order bases (OC product).
Pressure Testing / Relief Valve Setting
Using calibrated equipment monitored through our ISO procedures FTI can pressure test and certify gas panels, sub-assemblies and relief valves to ensure the products are leak free and set correctly prior to being despatched.
Special Fittings / Vacuum Screws
We manufacture a broad range of “special” fittings often reducing the requirement of two or more standard fittings (Christmas tree effect). Talk to us if you have any requirements.
We also manufacture Vacuum Screws (see separate web page).
We can also supply tube and fittings in special alloys (such as Hastelloy and Monel).