J Parkinson and Son, Canal Ironworks, Shipley, where our machine was made. Right, the Keighley inventor Sam Sunderland
Traditional and cutting-edge technologies exist side by side at CNC machining specialist, Westin Engineering.
A few feet from our new 5-axis machining centre stands a Sunderland 'gear generating machine' built more than 60 years ago. It works on a principle established in the early 1900s by Keighley inventor Sam Sunderland.
Gear cutting at the time was done mainly by rotary cutters on milling machines or by planing, methods that were slow and complicated. His conception of a straight side, rack-shaped cutter moving against a rotating blank proved to be revolutionary in speed and accuracy.
J Parkinson & Son, the Shipley engineers who made our rare metric-calibrated machine, acquired the rights for producing and selling Sunderland's invention. Over time, its reliability was established and the first Shipley-built Sunderland Gear Planer was preserved in full working order for nearly 60 years.
In our workshop we are proud to have a skilled and versatile team capable of operating this machine, its companion David Brown gear hobber and the XYZ 5-axis miller.
Workshop manager Ryan Ainley says: 'The new machine calls for skills in programming whereas the old one needs to be set up manually. But there is a place for both.'
Westin Engineering Limited
St Andrew's Road
West Yorkshire HD1 6NA
Phone: 01484 556288
Westin Engineering, registered in England and Wales. Number 11484226.
Registered office: Phoenix Mill, Leeds Road, Huddersfield, HD1 6NG.
VAT registration number: 301 2748 43.