Smith’s has a great start to 2018
Friday, February 2nd, 2018

Agathos portfolio company Smith’s (Harlow) Limited, has made a great start to 2018, with several exciting developments:

Safran T9

Smiths has secured a number of references from Safran on the LEAP programme – one metre plus-sized Hard Metal Rings.  Given the success of this programme focus has been on the ability to ramp up and meet the rates required.

Safran’s new product introduction milestones were clearly understood by Smith’s, from Project start-up right through to full industrialisation or T9. Smith’s has worked very closely with Safran throughout this journey, intensifying Safran’s confidence in Smith’s.

Smith’s has now successfully passed the T9 requirements.  Safran has recognised this achievement with a formal award in January 2018, thereby confirming Smith’s as the first supplier globally to achieve T9 on the LEAP programme.

This is a great achievement for Smiths and recognises all the effort put in by every employee to deliver this success, demonstrating Smith’s as a key strategic supplier for Safran in the future.


Graham Hughes and Ian Knightley, along with senior Safran representatives, after the presentation

AS9100 REV D

BSi completed their audit in January 2018, and following all outstanding corrective actions being successfully completed, AS9100 approval has been upgraded to Revision D accreditation.

Graham Hughes, Chief Operating Officer, commented “The board of directors thanks the management team and appreciates all the hard work, put in by all employees, to achieve the AS9100 Rev D accreditation. Together a great team effort, supported by excellent work ethics throughout the workforce, to achieve another milestone for the business.  Achieving Rev D, will give the company a solid platform to further grow the business, and enhance our ongoing development and investment plans for the future”.

Plant Installation

After completing a full refurbishment, Smiths are happy to announce the final commissioning of the Webster Bennett S-Series. The machine has undergone a full strip down and rebuild, including the installation of a Fanuc OI-TD Control.

The machine has a table size of 1600mm Diameter, with a maximum swing of 1000mm, maximum working “Z” height is 1000mm. The refitting included the addition of a 12 tool carousel.

Paul Platt, Operations Manager said “Having this machine back in the factory greatly enhances our capacity for large complex rings. We have ongoing order coverage for a range of Titanium and hard metal rings and casings. We considered the purchase of a new machine to assist with our expansion plans, but these machines are solid robust plant, which we can rely on for both consistent quality and reliability. We completed a full risk mitigation, prior to commencing the overhaul, having the machine back in our production plans brings a new dimension and significant capacity upgrade to our shop floor”.