Iconic British air rifle manufacturer BSA Guns has announced improved air rifle component quality and overall cost savings thanks to a collaboration with Metal Injection Moulding specialist CMG Technologies, based in Rendlesham, Suffolk, UK. BSA Guns initially approached CMG Technologies in early 2013 to request assistance in the development of its sporting air rifle range following quality issues with its previous precision component manufacturer.
CMG was initially tasked with the development of turnkey components required for the air rifle’s trigger action, together with other Metal Injection Moulded components specifically for its sporting range of products. Using various metal alloys CMG’s technical team processed the materials in order to mould the components in line with BSA Guns’ heat treatment requirements, resulting in small, complex components produced on a mass scale.
CMG Technologies’ Managing Director Chris Conway told PIM International, “The air rifle components produced for BSA Guns are an excellent example of the benefits of the MIM process. Not only have we been able to mass produce high quality components, we have also helped to reduce overall company costs by introducing other secondary operations into the one process.”
CMG has now worked with BSA Guns for over a year and has developed its initial brief of component production into a one-stop solution for all air rifle components by refurbishing tooling and introducing secondary operations. This includes ongoing support for thermal management of other components and full quality documentation and capability reports.
As a result CMG Technologies has helped BSA Guns improve the quality of its air rifle components and ensure cost saving per piece on a mass scale.
Simon Barron, Head of Operations at BSA Guns stated, “Our designed complex components were a perfect fit for the Metal Injection Moulding process and I am extremely impressed by CMG’s ability to help us to develop higher quality air rifle components at reduced costs. This is a process that can be used on many different applications in engineering, and is one that designers definitely need to be more aware of due to its unique capabilities in making very small complex metal parts at a consistent level of quality.”