Sodick EDM aids vital medical work at Crossen Engineering

Crossen Engineering has invested in a new Sodick AD35L spark-erosion machine from Sodi-Tech EDM. The machine, which arrived in December 2020, is now busy producing mould and press tools for a range of important medical projects.

Founded in 1978, Belfast-based Crossen Engineering is today a full service provider, offering everything from component design and prototyping, to complete production. Despite operating a well-equipped toolroom and production shop, an upturn in medical work over the past 12 months saw the BS EN ISO9001 accredited manufacturer begin the search for a new die-sink EDM. Crossen Engineering already had a modern Sodick wire EDM on site, but its Sodick spark-erosion capacity was 15 years old.

“Medical work has high demands in terms of accuracy, complexity and turnaround time, which we know from experience is ideally suited to the attributes of Sodick machines,” explains Managing Director Paul Crossen. “Our new machine was always going to be a Sodick as we want consistency throughout the business in terms of learning and training.”

“Since installation, the machine has been busy producing mainly medical moulds, both prototype and production [aluminium and tool steel],” says Mr Crossen. The level of surface finish we require, along with mould complexity, means the AD35L is a great solution.”

Crossen Engineering fully expects the new Sodick AD35L to attract new customers and orders, particularly involving high-end work. The company’s policy of continuous investment in the latest manufacturing technologies ensures it remains at the forefront of its sector.