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Stead & Wilkins

We offer excellence in Fabrication
and Precision Engineering.


About Us

Quality Assured
& Expertise
Complete service
Established in 1973, Stead & Wilkins offers excellence
in Fabrication and Precision Engineering.
We provide experienced, imaginative and flexible support accompanied by
superior customer service specialising in the sourcing
and manufacturing of business critical components. Our processes and manufacturing procedures are in accordance with both BSI ISO 9001:2015 and EN 1090-1.

We operate out of a 15,000 sq ft facility which handles:

  • Fabrication
  • Sheet metalwork
  • CNC Machining
  • Fibre Laser Cutting
  • Mechanical/Electrical Assembly
  • Painting
  • On Site Fitters & Welders

We have the ability to manufacture prototypes, through to batch runs. Ranging in ferrous, non-ferrous and plastic materials to a maximum weight of 26 tonne.

EN 1090-1 (commonly referred to as CE Marking) became a legal requirement in July 2014, Stead & Wilkins were one of the first manufacturers in the South East to gain the accreditation and are fully compliant with the controls and procedures required under this Standard.

Stead & Wilkins can accept CAD Data in various formats, which in turn can be processed and fed via our DNC links to the machine tools. Stead & Wilkins operate a full Procurement Management Service whereby all subcontracted operations are controlled and subject to goods inwards inspection.


Laser Cutting

S&W have brought laser cutting in-house with the investment of a 4kW Fibre Laser.

With this machine, the benefits we can offer to our customers is a superior, quicker turnaround and- in some circumstances- a same day service. With the ability to cut a variety of materials ranging from 0.5mm to 25mm thick, with a tolerance of up to +/- 0.25mm, the capability of such a machine offers a cost effective solution to cutting metal.

Our CADCAM software is fully conversant with all 2D & 3D software packages.

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Precision Machining

S&W capabilities include CAD CAM, 4-axis CNC milling which incorporates an on-board component & tooling probing, CNC turning, conventional turning, milling and grinding. Materials machined range from plastics, aluminium alloy, alloy steels, brass, copper and stainless steel.

We are able to offer an efficient solution and to work to precision tolerances and tight deadlines. Quality is paramount and is enforced by our inspection department.

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S&W have supported this sector since 1974. The inside knowledge we have gained over the decades puts us in a different league compared to other companies. It is through this knowledge that we are able to respond to and support customers' end goals, provide adaptive and progressive feedback on design and manufacture. Helping to continue the protection of the nation.

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S&W specialise in sheet metal work and fabrication in a variety of materials; ranging from stainless steel, mild steel, brass, copper, aluminium and armour plate for both heavy and light fabrications.

In accordance with the change in industry regulations that passed into law on 1st July 2014, Stead & Wilkins are accredited with EN 1090-1 (commonly known as CE Marking) and are certified to Execution Class 3.

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We are experienced in development & prototyping various electro-mechanical projects, incorporating PCB design & manufacture, down to cable harness assemblies.

S&W regularly maintain and run fault-finding tests on airborne and thermal imaging surveillance equipment.

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Inspection - Fully equipped inspection department which includes a CMM, Optical Projector, Form Talysurf and general measure equipment. We offer full Certificates of Conformity and Declarations of Performance. Design - Using AutoCad & SolidWorks, we offer 2D detailed drawings, 3D modelling, animation and stress analysis, material selection, ergonomics, product life cycle, DFM, cost reduction and BOM. Fitting & Assembly - Able to be undertaken in house & on site.

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S&W have designed robust equipment for use in the Driver Only Operation (DOO) for Network Rail and also One Person Operation (OPO) for London Underground.

We manufacture & supply approved products to Network Rail and can also offer bespoke turnkey solutions, for the more challenging projects.

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Driver Only Operational (DOO)

The following sheets cover the standard equipment currently designed for Network rail. There are many occasions where we have designed equipment for unique installations. This service is available for all our customers

Downloads: DOO Datasheets


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Tel: +44(0)1322 529134

Stead & Wilkins Ltd, Jolly Farmers Wharf
Thames Road, Crayford, Dartford, Kent DA1 4QH