Major boost to LFD sub-contract machining capability

The new 5-axis machining centre has now been installed and commissioned in LFD’s machine shop, providing a significant increase to the machining capacity.

The machine is a YCM FX350A with full 5-axis simultaneous capability and a Heidenhain iTNC 530 control system, offering the latest in 5-axis technology and performance, capable of machining complex work pieces in one setup.

Staff have been fully trained in its use and it is up and running producing high quality output for LFD’s many aviation and space industry customers.

LFD Celebrates 30th Anniversary

LFD Limited has recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. The company was formed in 1989 in Gosport, Hampshire, rapidly acquiring a market leading position for the supply of covert and visible lights to military aircraft customers on both fixed and rotary wing aircraft.

The company facility includes aerospace quality design, machining and assembly.

Major customers in the UK include Leonardo, Cobham, BAE and the Ministry of Defence. LFD also exports equipment to Europe, Asia and North America.

In the past two years the company has invested heavily in expanding to larger new custom built premises in Lederle Lane, Gosport. The premises were designed to accommodate a newly acquired machining company (Mellish Engineering) into LFD Limited.

Further investment is anticipated over the next year with significant expenditure on an additional 5th axis machining centre and additional automated mechanical measuring equipment. Also during 2019 the company will be implementing new manufacturing and project control software.

These investments will ensure the long term growth potential and stability of the company.

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New 5-axis CNC machining centre

LFD’s machine shop division is acquiring a new 5-axis CNC machining centre. This will greatly enhance its machining capabilities, and follows the recent acquisition of a new fully automated coordinate measuring machine, shown here.

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Fixed Wing Anti-Collision Light

LFD has developed a new LED based tri-mode (white, red, IR) anti-collision light for fixed wing aircraft.

LFD relocation to new premises

LFD Relocation To New Premises

Due to the ongoing success in developing new products and overseas sales opportunities LFD has relocated to larger premises at Zenith House, Lederle Lane, Gosport, PO13 0FZ.

The new facility combines the two previous locations at Gosport and Segensworth into one large building, including an enlarged electronic production facility, a repair facility and a machine shop.

EASA Approved-

LFD applying for EASA certification

LFD is in the process of gaining EASA certification.

This will include Part 21 compliance with both Sub-Part O for Design Organisation Approval and Sub-Part G for Production Organisation Approval.

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LFD AS9100 certification upgrade

LFD has extended the scope of its AS9100 certification to include the Repair function.

Its certification has also been revalidated to cover its relocation to the new site at Zenith House, Gosport.

LFD Cockpit Panel Dimmer Unit

Cockpit Panel Dimmer Unit

LFD has developed a new programmable, multi-output dimmer unit designed for aircraft cockpit instrument consoles fitted with LED backlit panels.

See here for further details.