Rolls Royce Bristol Acquires ActOn Vibratory Finishing System

ActOn Vibratory Finishing System Enables Rolls Royce Bristol to Process 3 Times More Volume in a Shorter Time

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Posted on August 3, 2020 by

Rolls Royce acquires vibratory finishing trough for surface finishing process

A new vibratory finishing system designed and manufactured by ActOn Finishing, has been installed at Rolls Royce Bristol. This new mass finishing system is enabling the client to improve the parts’ finishing quality and to increase productivity.

During the shelling process, there is a buildup of ceramic slurry on the various equipment used such as matting, rubber caps, handles, plates and cruciforms. ActOn Finishing were contacted by Rolls Royce Bristol to look at improving the cleaning process to ensure a faster process time and more consistent results.

Finishing Solution Developed for Rolls Royce Bristol

After carrying out live trials at our facility, it was proven that the Vibratory Finishing machine was the right solution to clean parts quickly and consistently. Due to space restrictions, a Vibratory Trough was chosen which had the added flexibility of processing parts of various sizes.

Rolls Royce acquires vibratory finishing trough for surface finishing process













The system has several advantages such as:

  • Easy to maintain;
  • Compact footprint;
  • Quiet in operation;
  • Small and large parts can be processed.

Pictures below show the level of cleanliness achieved after the cleaning process in the ActOn TU8 machine.

Rolls Royce part before and after the cleaning process in the ActOn Vibratory Finishing machine








The new solution by ActOn gave Rolls Royce the following benefits:

  • Improved cleanliness
  • Process time reduction from 60 minutes to 10 minutes
  • 3 times more volume that can be processed at once
  • Reduced water consumption

Henry Illsley (Shell Process Engineer, Rolls Royce Bristol) states:

“ActOn were quick to develop a solution for the shell cleaning system. The machine has improved our throughput significantly and we are pleased with the quality of machine that they have manufactured and installed. We look forward to working with ActOn on future collaborative projects.”

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