Significant investment has been made in The Ferrite Gateway Machine Shop to offer customers a complementary service to provide custom gapped and machined ferrite cores. Representing EPCOS, TDK, Ferroxcube, Fair-rite, Magnetics Inc. and Tokin, Gateway already stocks a vast range of ‘standard’ gapped cores as well as a comprehensive portfolio of ungapped ferrite cores. The machine shop facility now gives customers across Europe the opportunity to have cores gapped to bespoke inductance, AL or dimensional specification without the hassle of high minimum order quantities or extended factory lead times.
At the Machine Shop we understand that our customers may need ferrite core gapping and machining services to achieve AL values that aren’t readily available direct from the manufacturer; some customers may require adjustments to a standard core geometry or dimension to meet their specification. Others might require cores splitting and gluing to create new geometries. At Gateway we pride ourselves on our CanDo attitude and have a reputation for rarely turning anything away.
At the heart of our machining programme is quality control. Our Machine Shop processes are embedded into the company’s operating system, with a production works order scheduling system to manage each job with accuracy and integrity, offering job progress tracking at every stage. Our ATE test equipment results are recorded and maintained electronically with every job record to provide our customers the quality assurance statistics they demand. We take great pride in being able to machine to inductances with 1% tolerance and dimensional machining within +/-0.05mm.
The Machine shop is able to manufacture new core geometries from ferrite plate, block, rod, toroid, or button cores and has also developed an expertise to glue multiple geometries to custom design assembled parts. All finished parts can also be marked to customer specifications using indelible ink or core etching.
Despite holding one of the largest stockholdings of ferrite cores in Europe, there will always times where customers may wish to free issue stock for gapping or machining. All free issued materials are received into our quality control environment and are treated with exactly the same high levels of inspection and handling integrity as materials directly received from our manufacturer partners, with full batch traceability being maintained.
Gateway had adopted a flexible working system which enables it to flex its manufacturing capacity to meet urgent customer requirements whilst maintaining a standard processing lead time of 4 weeks. Urgent demands, including prototype supply, can often be turned around in one week.
For high volume requirements we can offer access to competitive supply direct from our manufacturer partners, however, where short lead times or smaller volumes are required, or where geometries are too complex for standard pressing techniques the Gateway Machine Shop can deliver in time and to specification.