The complete solution

The ITC vending machine crammed with all the latest ITC cutting tool solutions
The ITC vending machine crammed with all the latest ITC cutting tool solutions

A place for everything and everything in its place, when it comes to cutting tooling housekeeping, ITC provides a complete solution for KS Composites.

As a company that has continually evolved over the last 40 years to become a leading global force in composite and GRP development and manufacturing, KS Composites is at the very cutting edge of innovation.

The Melton Mowbray company says it pushes the boundaries in the motorsport, marine, energy, rail, aviation and defence sectors and relies upon the expertise of the cutting tool experts at Industrial Tooling Corporation (ITC) to deliver results.

Operating out of a 48,000ft2 manufacturing facility that accommodates more than hundred staff, KS Composites services and facilities include everything from design and manufacture to FEA, CFD, kit cutting, wet clay composite shop, autoclaves and ovens, fitting and assembly and a modern machine shop. Some of the company’s recognised clients and projects include the Jaguar Project 8, Revolution Racecars and a multitude of prestigious F1 projects.

KS Composites has a longstanding relationship with Tamworth-based ITC, Dan Johnston, business development manager at KS Composites alludes to why the company continues its relationship with ITC: “We use ITC cutting tools due to the great working relationship we have with the team and the longstanding great service we receive. Whether discussing new advancements in tooling technology or looking at building up a package of tools to support a project, ITC has always given us great advice. Even better is the on-site support in running tooling trials to confirm that tooling works as stated.”

Comprehending vending

Looking at the cutting tools KS Composites use, Johnston continues: “We use a large variety of ITC tools from face mills, endmills, bullnose, ball nose endmills, drills and taps amongst other niche tooling. This variety of tooling is needed to support the many different items we machine, including but not limited to patterns, moulds, jigs, components, inserts, props and models. Add into this mix that we machine an array of materials and it is very clear that we need a tooling supplier with a huge variety of options. We also have an onsite vending solution from ITC with a comprehensive stock level that ITC keep fully serviced to support our business.”

A mould manufactured at KS Composites with ITC cutting tools
A mould manufactured at KS Composites with ITC cutting tools

Looking at the cost savings derived from the ITC range of cutting tools, Johnston adds: “When we conducted a full cost analysis of our tooling and the total material removed, it’s clearly evident that the ITC tooling is great value for money. We have managed to control costs over the years and ITC has helped to improve efficiencies whilst enabling our business to embrace the very latest tooling technology for composite machining.

“On more than one occasion, ITC has gone above and beyond to give full technical support in the implementation of new tooling, applications and machining strategies. When presented with a new material which we had very little knowledge of, ITC built a bespoke suite of tooling and trials to support our ambitions to effectively and efficiently machine the new material. The results have proven extremely encouraging and this certainly went a long way in building our confidence in working with that particular material.

“We naturally demand the highest quality and this applies to all aspects of the business. The CNC department can maintain and iteratively improve by leveraging ITC's knowledge and vast array of tooling. Operating with a number of OEMs in a wide variety of sectors such as the automotive, aerospace, motorsport and marine industries to name a few, being adaptable to challenges is key. With the full support of ITC, we know we can attack any challenge and material with absolute confidence.”

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