Boxford Engineering Plant
Engineering students recently had a fantastic opportunity to visit a fully operational engineering plant in Halifax, Boxford, to see manufacturing in a 21st century custom-built building. Boxford was established in Halifax in the early 1940s and are the UK’s longest established manufacturer of machine tools for training.
Students were given the opportunity to see product design and the array of machines used. Once on the production floor the students were shown around the machining areas and all the stages of production. Instructions were given to only walk on the green walkway and not to stray into the red areas. They were very impressed with the size and operation of the large CNC machines and a demonstration of the machine in action showed how the part that they had just seen on the production engineer’s computer was then turned into reality from a section of stock bar.
The students asked a lot of questions as they toured around and it became clear to them that there were more roles in the engineering and manufacturing industry than they had first realised. They were also surprised to see that software that they currently use in the Academy are also used on the production floor.
The tour also included an opportunity to see machines including an industrial laser cutter, shaping machinery, welding bays, grinding bays, parts storage in the tower storage system on to machine assembly and the paint application section.
The students thanked the event organiser and Area Sales Manager, Dave Porter, MD Paul Barraclough and Chairman Howard Barrett for their hospitality and stressed that they had enjoyed the day and can they do it again?! – the day was such a success that students even asked for a job with them when they leave school and said "could they do their work placement with them?!"
The Gateway Academy teachers, Mr Hayes and Mr Morgan, would like to thank Boxford for an excellent time at the plant in Halifax, it was well worth the visit and thoroughly recommended for engineering students in the future. A thoroughly enjoyable day in industry!