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Plant and Capabilities

Welcome to Clitheroe Light Engineering, where precision and innovation meet a legacy of excellence. With over five decades of dedication and expertise, we’ve been at the forefront of engineering since our establishment in 1973. As an ISO 9001 approved company, we pride ourselves on the highest standards of quality and efficiency.

Our state-of-the-art automated shop floor embodies the future of manufacturing, featuring lights-out production and robot loading to ensure unrivaled precision and productivity. Behind every meticulously crafted component is our robust quality system and processes, guaranteeing that our products meet the most demanding standards.

Join us on a journey through precision, technology, and quality that has defined Clitheroe Light Engineering for nearly half a century. Explore our offerings and discover how we continue to shape the future of engineering.

Clitheroe light engineering
Automated cnc horizontal machining (fastems)
2 off robotic loading Fastems 
systems with a total of 92 pallets 
serving 7 machining 
centres, offering up to 840 hours 
per week of lights-out machining. 
CNC vertical milling
A range of CNC vertical milling 
centres complements our ‘Agile’ machining cell, from finishing simple 
second operations on 
5-axis machined parts, to 
pre-roughing parts ready for our 
Fastems system. 
5-axis cnc vertical machining
Two precision 5-axis vertical machining centres form the core of our ‘Agile’ machining cell, offering fast turnaround and flexibility for 
more complex precision components. 



Fastems system – automated CNC horizontal machining: 

4x Mori Seiki Nh5000/DCG Twin Pallet Horizontal Machining Centres 


∙500mm SQ pallets 
240 tools per machine BT50 
High pressure coolant 
Renishaw spindle probing 
Tool breakage detection 
Tool life monitoring 
Remote operation webview 
Remote alarm functions 
X2 load stations 
2x Mori Seiki Nh5000/DCG Twin Pallet Horizontal Machining Centres 
X1 load station 
336 spindle hours per week 
High pressure coolant 
Renishaw spindle probing 
Tool breakage detection system 
Tool life monitoring 
Remote operation webview 
Modern alarm functions
1x Doosan HC400 Twin Pallet Horizontal Machining Centre  
500mm SQ Pallets 
120 tools BT40 
Renishaw spindle probing 
Tool breakage detection 
Tool life monitoring 
Remote operation webview 
Remote alarm functions 



CNC virtical milling


2x Doosan Mynx 500 4 Axis Verticals 
1 with Cobot arm loading 
Both with Renishaw spindle probes 
30 tools 
machine complete with 4th axis 
Complete with Kitagawa rotary table and dividing head 
1x Fanuc Robodrill T21id 
21 station automatic tool turret 
BT30 spindle 



5-Axis CNC Machining

1X Mori Seiki ZV400 – CNC 5 Axis Vertical Milling Machine 
40 Tools – BT40 through coolant 
1X Doosan DNM350 – CNC 5-Axis Vertical Milling Machine 
Renishaw spindle probing 
40 Tools – BT40 through coolant 
CNC horizontal machining

Multi pallet and Twin pallet horizontal CNC machining centres bridge the gap between our specialist 

CNC Turning
We have a range of CNC turning capabilities to suit customer requirements, from 8 axis, twin spindle, 
live tooling mill-turn centres to a large diameter single-spindle 2 axis turning, including the ability to run robot-loading lights-out turning. 
Wire EDM
Two EDM (wire eroding) machines allow us to form complex shapes which simply cannot be generated using traditional 
machining techniques, such as 
keyways, internal hexagons, cam profiles etc. 
Inspection Capabilities
We have a comprehensive temperature controlled Quality and Inspection department. 
Equipment includes CNC CMM’s with full offline programming capability, Manual CMMs, Surface Finish testers, Plating Thickness checking equipment and a wide range of manual inspection instruments including micrometers, bore micrometers, 
thread gauges and plug gauges. 
One fully-equipped, self contained, temperature controlled Quality Department. 
Additional self contained Inspection Cell within the Turning section. 
FAIRs –AS9102, CLE standard documents, customer documents. 
SPC and capability studies. 
In-house calibration. 
Quality management system
Our certified ISO9001:2015 Quality Management System is held on a Wiki and accessible from any PC within the factory. This system holds all the processes, forms and documents required to control manufacturing activities, from enquiry to delivery. We can also process aerospace jobs in accordance with the additional requirements of AS9100. 
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