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Fosgard 109

Kephos is now Fosgard 109

Added on July 24th 2018

For many years, Sandwell has been one of the leading experts in applying Kephos coatings to components. It offers exceptional chemical and corrosion resistance, despite being a thin coating, making it ideal for numerous precision applications. Upon discovering that Kephos was to be discontinued, Sandwell have been working with coating suppliers and manufacturers to source a suitable alternative. After thorough research and analysis this alternati... Read more

ISO 9001:2015

Sandwell Upgrades ISO Accreditation

Added on July 23rd 2018

Well ahead of the September 2018 deadline, Sandwell have achieved the latest ISO 9001 (2015) accreditation. The 2015 update represents a significant step change over the previous revision, in that it has seen a significant shift from a check and improvement methodology to a more preventive methodology. Sandwell’s Quality Manager Guy Lund explains: “We have kept up-to-date with all the different step upgrades of the ISO accreditation, and the ... Read more

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FlexiFinish Launched at MTC

Added on July 23rd 2018

FlexiFinish, a new methodology developed for the finishing of Additive Manufactured parts was launched at the MTC in Coventry on June 18th. Sandwell have been one of the partners on the project, adding shotpeening, finishing and process expertise. The FlexiFinish methodology effectively integrates specific scanning and measurement technology with both linishing and laser polishing operations to create a full-circle, fully automated and controlled... Read more

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Residual Stress Testing

Added on April 4th 2018

Residual stresses are those which are locked into a component, independent of any external, or applied loads. Residual tensile stresses, often introduced during machining or as a result of uneven cooling of welds or castings are detrimental as they facilitate crack propagation. Shot peening adds a layer of residual compressive stress beneath the surface of a component, which can counter-act tensile residual stresses, and applied (in service) stre... Read more

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Finishing Solutions for Additive Manufacturing

Added on April 4th 2018

Despite the many advantages of Additive Manufacturing (AM), poor surface finish has always been a major barrier to adoption, particularly in demanding end-use applications. Sandwell has been part of a project to tackle this issue and achieve top quality surface finishing on Additive Manufactured parts. It has long been a fact that advanced engineering industries (like aerospace) have been unable to fully embrace AM technology due to the stringent... Read more

Peter Dix

Sandwell Staff Profile: Peter Dix

Added on April 4th 2018

Northampton born Peter Dix, Sandwell’s Production Manager, joined the company in 2016, having sold the specialist engineering firm he co-owned. In the years before, Peter had a variety of engineering roles, and when searching for his next challenge, came across Sandwell. The nature of Sandwell’s work and the empathy Peter had for Colin and Liz running a specialist engineering firm appealed to Peter and so he took on the role of Production Man... Read more

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Capacity Expansion

Added on December 13th 2017

Following the recent factory upgrades, Sandwell’s planned capacity expansion continues apace with two key acquisitions. The first of these is the installation of a state-of-the-art laser cutter, representing a vital upgrade to process flow and quality in the company, as Production Manager Peter Dix explains: “This is a great step forward for Sandwell and significantly improves our response time and accuracy of masking. It allows us to think o... Read more

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Sandwell’s Nanocrystallisation Project

Added on December 13th 2017

At the recently held Montreal World Conference on Shot Peening, Sandwell Technical Director Colin McGrory presented The paper ‘Nanocrystallisation on the surface of superalloy In718 component with a commercial shot peening process’. The conference is a triennial event to discuss the latest advances in shot peening technology and brings together the world’s leading experts from both industry and academia. The paper is the result of much inte... Read more



Added on July 27th 2017

Introducing RoboPeen Over the years, Sandwell have built up a sound reputation for pushing the boundaries within surface engineering, and its latest innovation, RoboPeen, represent another significant step to further enhance that reputation. RoboPeen was born out of a desire not to just push technological boundaries, but specifically to deliver a solution for the integration of CAD models and scanned surfaces into a programmable process. After su... Read more

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Sandwell 20 Years

Added on July 26th 2017

Sandwell turns 20! This year marks the 20th since Sandwell was founded in 1997. The company was founded as Colin McGrory had discovered that the available surface engineering solutions were often not meeting the specific requirements of motorsport customers. Hence, a company was born where quality and customer service were paramount; key values that are still part of the company ethos today. Right from the start, Colin, his co-director Liz Slater... Read more