Engineering – Frank Wardel UPM


UPM Ltd is a high technology company specialising in the design and development of ultraprecision machinery and components. Since its start up in 2006 UPM has been awarded funding under the European FP6 initiative and the UK’s Department of Trade and Industry Research Grant scheme to develop new machine tool and bearing technologies.

As a result UPM now offer a unique range of products, subcontract machining and consultancy services relating to micro manufacture and precision machinery.

UPM has developed a ‘state of the art’ 5 axis micromilling machine in collaboration with Brunel University . The machine uses air bearings and direct drive motors on all axes to achieve sub micron dimensional precision and mirror surface finishes.

This is the first 5 axis machine tool of its type to completely replace conventional mechanical drives with electronic drives and the control system was therefore crucial to performance. The Delta Tau PMAC controller was the only system tested that met the required specification.

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