Engineering students from Liskeard School and community College were delighted to be given the opportunity to visit Kawasaki Precision Machinery UK Limited to gain a better understanding of how local engineering manufacturing companies mass produce products to an extremely high quality using ‘state of the art’ CNC machines.

Kawasaki manufacture hydraulic components and systems such as pumps and motors for the marine and construction sector. The focus of this visit was to study and research predominately CNC machining/programming, Quality Control, Lean manufacturing methods and how the company manufactures products from stages of design, making, assembly and testing giving students a fascinating insight and support students with their exam and coursework.

Students were given a presentation by Kawasaki maintenance, mechanical and instrumentation /control apprentices explaining their roles within the company and how they contribute to manufacturing the products, course content and their experiences. Liskeard students are currently applying for a Level 2 Engineering Craft Apprentice or Level 3 Engineering Apprenticeship which made this visit all the more timely. The students then had a tour of the workshops, test facility, research/development and Quality Control facilities.

Students were amazed that the CNC machines were capable of machining tolerances of 20 microns; 5 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair! Also, that the Quality Control facility was temperature controlled because if the room dropped by 1 degree Celsius the measurements could be recorded incorrectly.

Students were buzzing from the experience, talking about the visit and how they were looking forward to applying for an engineering apprenticeship.

Liskeard School Kawasaki Visit 1

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