In order to retain its position as a supplier of top quality propellers and associated equipment, Stone Marine Singapore has recently invested over $3 million in ‘state of the art’ equipment.
This includes CNC and conventional lathes and extra melting furnaces.
In January 2012, the company installed a second PropScan, a computer controlled propeller measuring system, capable of measuring and reporting the dimensions of propellers with great accuracy. The latest measuring system can measure propellers up to 3.5 metres diameter and enables our full range of propellers to be accurately measured using the Propscan system.
Recently a 5 axis simultaneous movement CNC machining centre has been commissioned and is now in use. The management of the company, always looking to ensure that their business is capable of manufacturing the most advanced propeller designs to the tightest of specifications, carried out considerable research before deciding on the machine chosen. As a result, the selected equipment has been custom built for the company using the latest high tech parts from Germany, Japan, Italy and Switzerland.
The machine enables more accurate propellers to be produced, improves the factory environment and produces less waste. With 5 axis simultaneous movement of the cutting tool, propellers with overlapping blades can be 100% machined, which is a real advantage over the usual 3 axis CNC machines commonly used, which require overlapping areas of the blade surfaces to be finished using hand tools. If replacement propellers are required later in the life of the vessel, exact duplicates can be made using the original computer generated tool paths.
“We need accurate propellers for modern fast vessels. We invest in the latest equipment to manufacture high-end propellers suitable for military vessels, crew boats, fast ferries and luxury motor yachts,” states Managing Director, Gerry McLoughlin.” The builders and operators of such vessels are customers who realise the importance of equipping their vessels with high quality products”.
Published : October 17, 2012
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