On Time & Accurate
At Dalzell and Bagley Engineering, we provide work to the highest standards in both machining and project management. Our schedule drives our life and gives you confidence that your work will be done at the agreed time and to the agreed tolerances.
Catering to All Your Needs
Whether you’re looking for a one-off production or long-term, ongoing low volume production, then you’ve come to the right place. We work with all metal grades as well as plastics.
Our workshop contains multiple twin-pallet machines. This enables near continuous production as, while components are being machined on one pallet, the next job can be set up on the remaining pallet. This minimizing of downtime reduces lead times and part costs, saving you both time and money.
Manual vs CNC Machining
When it comes to machining, there are two routes you can take: manual and CNC (Computer Numerical Control). While it may sound like CNC is out and out the best option, this isn’t always the case. Here’s a quick rundown of the advantages and disadvantages of both methods.
Firstly, let’s look at CNC machining. This manufacturing process uses computer software to control the movement of the tools and machinery. CNC machining can be used to control all manner of processes, such as lathes, mills and routers, provided you have the appropriate machines. It has a high degree of accuracy and can churn out parts faster than conventional machining.
The downside to CNC machining is twofold. Firstly, they take time to set up which, for a short one-off job, can drastically increase the time to complete. Secondly, the machines do exactly as they are told. If you have mistakes in your CAM model, these will be passed directly to the machine which does not have the human ability to double check if the output matches the intent of the part.
This is where manual machining is still a viable, cost-effective solution. For small, short order jobs such as a single machined part, it is much more efficient to simply finish it on a manual machine than go through the process of programming a CNC machine to make it.