13 April 2021
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Barton Cold-Form invests millions in machinery

Barton Cold-Form, the UK manufacturing division of Optimas Solutions and experts in cold forging technology since 1932 has made machinery and technology upgrades totalling over $3.6 million.

Operating from a state-of-the-art, 55,000 sq ft facility in Droitwich, the considerable investment has allowed the Midlands-based manufacturer to substantially increase capability, capacity and solidify its position as a world-class market-leader in the production of highly-engineered, bespoke fastening solutions.

The company’s vast array of cold heading, secondary ops and thread rolling machines have been bolstered with the addition of Nedschroef NH518L and NH515 die cold formers, a Smart NG W40 SEMS thread roller and a Smart NP 24-DD pointing machine.

The Nedschroef cold heading machines enable Barton to produce fasteners with an increased range of dimensions: between 6-175mm length, 2-18mm diameter, and in even greater volumes, yielding upwards of 7,000 fasteners per hour.

The Smart Machinery NG W40 thread roller and NP 24-DD pointer, both capable of handling a wide range of sizes, complement the Nedschroef cold formers by offering increased levels of speed, reliability and quality.

This machinery accompanies a high-performance Takamaz XY 120 Plus CNC bar turn machine, ensuring that Barton can provide a diverse and comprehensive range of services including integrated engineering, rapid prototyping and quality testing capabilities for quick turnarounds and full-scale production.

Much of Barton’s current output is supplied to OEMs and Tier 1 automotive customers, and increasingly, in support of the dynamic challenges posed by the rapid adoption of cleaner electrification technologies (vehicles, charging stations and infrastructure).

However, thanks to a dedicated in-house team of skilled design engineers, fasteners are also frequently manufactured and designed to a varied customer-base, from defence and construction to aerospace and medical, industries where safety is a pre-requisite.

Due to the supply chain stability that localised sourcing affords, the company says it is also a manufacturer of choice for many other fastener distributors throughout the UK.

Director of manufacturing at Barton Cold-Form, Aaron Milborrow, comments: “Barton provide manufacturing services to a wide variety of industries. We work continuously to provide customers with comprehensive fastening solutions that meets their needs and our latest investment in new machinery ensures we're well equipped to deliver ever more complex projects. The addition of this new technology will help increase efficiency and value offered

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