High-precision machining specialist Larkshill Engineering is expanding its operations to meet growing demand after driving quality improvements with Fit For Nuclear.

Larkshill is a manufacturer and designer of special purpose machines and precision components for a range of industries. Founded in the 1980s to serve the automotive industry, it has grown to cover aerospace, oil and gas and, increasingly, nuclear.

“We thought it was absolutely exceptional to get the level of support, advice, dedication & direction that F4N gave us” says Gary Murphy, Project Manager at Larkshill.

The main areas identified for improvement were in quality management. The company has now introduced 100 per cent inspection of the components and assemblies it produces, and invested in a new FaroArm to complement its established CMM capabilities. The new regime has improved rework rates by 35 per cent, saving the business thousands of pounds.

F4N also supported Larkshill to benchmark its current H&S policy against the ISO 18001 standard and identify potential improvements. Alongside this, the company taken advantage of nuclear specific training and development programmes, adding real front-line experience and value.

Larkshill is now working with Rolls-Royce on nuclear submarines, and with Babcock. It has expanded into a new facility, and is introducing dedicated cells for areas such as stainless-only machining to reduce costs by removing contamination risks.