Traditional industry, modern worldWith an engineering heritage that stretches back to before the industrial revolution, William Hughes has over 200 years experience and expertise in the manufacture of springs and wire forms. Based in Stalbridge, Dorset, the success of William Hughes has been built on the traditional values of a family run firm. These include a strong commitment to its customers, concern for quality and service - allied to continual improvements in production and technology to meet individual requirements in the most appropriate and cost effective way.
Today, William Hughes resources are amongst the most extensive and sophisticated in Europe. Continuous investment in the most advanced equipment, much of it CNC based, combined with its in-house engineering resources, ensures a technical capability that is at the front end of what is possible today. Modern materials and new technologies have provided new opportunities for William Hughes' engineering team to design and manufacture springs and wire forms in a range of materials for small runs or volume production. The variety of springs and wire forms available is almost infinite and computerisation allows the production of highly intricate shapes which would have previously been impossible to consider. The choice of materials includes stainless steel, brass, phosphor bronze, beryllium copper and nickel chrome alloys.
Two major markets for William Hughes are the automotive and aerospace industries with the latter providing new opportunities for high performance precision springs. William Hughes is an approved supplier to many leading companies in the aerospace sector and can offer Nadcap accreditation for its passivation, heat treatment and ultrasonic cleaning techniques. Springs manufactured by William Hughes are used in vital items of aerospace equipment including oxygen systems, access hatches, and the solenoid valves used to control the hydraulic and cabin pressure systems.
William Hughes specialises in solving problems for its customers using the extensive design and engineering facilities available at its Stalbridge factory. Techniques such as simultaneous engineering are regularly employed and involving its engineering team at an early stage leads to economies in production, as well as fast prototyping and early functional testing. When a solution is agreed with the customer, William Hughes will manufacture high quality parts using its large capacity production plant, which is one of the most sophisticated in the world.
The William Hughes product range includes compression, tension and torsion springs in many bespoke configurations, wire forms, PCB test points and spring wire.
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