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Defence Machining Services

Ben Machine has been a trusted partner to the who’s who of military, defence, and homeland security companies since its beginning in 1973. Fully compliant with Canadian and US defence regulations, Ben Machine is registered with the Controlled Goods Program (CGP) and capable of meeting the requirements of the International Trade in Arms Regulations (ITAR).

Ben Machine’s defence machining experience and capabilities respond to a wide range of military component manufacturing needs, from turnkey engineering services to tight tolerance precision CNC machining, fabrication, assembly, and testing all done on site.

Our Difference

For over 50 years Ben Machine has supported key players in the Military and Defence industry with manufacturing expertise and capabilities to handle complex projects and keep production on schedule at a budget. Our commitment to excellence not only sets us apart in the industry but provides tangible benefits that directly impact our clients’ success.
Large Capacity:
  • Abundant CNC Resources: With over 100 CNC machines in our arsenal, we offer a capacity that far exceeds industry norms.
  • Reliability and Adaptability: This gives you the assurance that our capability will match your growth and accommodate any fluctuations in demand seamlessly.
Latest Technology
  • Advanced Manufacturing: Boasting synchronous 5-axis machining centres and 9-axis Swiss turning centres, we lead with innovation.
  • Precision and Efficiency: Our machinery reduces part setups, ensuring a higher degree of precision and faster production, which in turn minimizes costs.
One-Stop Shop
  • All-Encompassing Services: From engineering and CNC machining to sheet metal fabrication, assembly, testing, and finishing, we do it all.
  • Cost and Time Savings: Streamline your supply chain with our comprehensive solutions, cutting down on paperwork, vendor management, and logistical concerns.
Engineering Expertise
  • Professional Engineering Support: Our full-service engineering department differentiates us, providing insightful input from initial design to final product testing.
  • Product Optimization: Our experts are committed to enhancing the strength, cost-effectiveness, and quality of your products.
By consolidating your manufacturing needs with Ben Machine, you align with a partner that delivers with precision, sophistication, and a deep understanding of the Military and Defence industry. Experience our difference and empower your projects with our expertly managed, technologically advanced manufacturing capabilities.

A Case Study – The Lockheed Martin F-35 and Ben Machine

Ben Machine’s innovation in dip brazing led to its participation in the F-35 Global Partnership program. Their manufacturing design capabilities were leveraged by Lockheed Martin to help develop the electronic power and control modules of a new cutting-edge actuation system. Their deep knowledge and experience made them a clear choice to help solve the advanced complex problems apparent in such a bleeding edge technological platform.

New fixturing techniques, structural supports and design elements were added to the actuator assembly to maintain dimensions and tolerances that were otherwise unachievable in the marketplace. The starting point in this engineering journey was the creation of initial designs in virtual 3D CAD, moving this engineering challenge into the first iteration of a real working product.

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A Case Study - Composite Isn’t Always the Solution

We were recently approached by a customer with a formidable challenge. They were building stabilized camera systems for medium and low altitude covert intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. These systems were being integrated into unmanned aerial vehicles and needed to be extremely light, while remaining accurate.

Initially, critical thin-walled components needed for the assembly were manufactured from composite materials. This achieved the weight goals of the program, but the intricacy of the system required a level of precision and accuracy that could not be maintained using the composite process. They encountered leak issues, tolerance issues and cost issues with manufacturing in volume. They needed a solution and they didn’t think that traditional machining could do it.

Ben Machine’s manufacturing specialists were called upon to review the application and research brand new approaches to making the components out of aluminum to eliminate the leak, tolerance, and cost issues, while maintaining the thin walls and weights required. Through a rigorous iterative research and development process, a prototype was devised utilizing aluminum and put into production. Ben Machine successfully developed a proprietary methodology that has revolutionized the manufacture of these key components in these multi-sensor imaging systems.

A Case Study – Reimagining Aerospace Technology for Land Vehicles

Tasked with reconfiguring cutting-edge aerospace technology for the land-based vehicle market, a leading aerospace systems supplier encountered cost-efficiency challenges due to the complex aerodynamic designs inherent in their products. To navigate these challenges and create an updated design suitable for terrestrial applications and scalable for mass production, Ben Machine was engaged for its expertise in cost-effective, precision engineering.

The collaboration was marked by a hands-on approach, with Ben Machine’s experts meticulously dissecting the original aerodynamic features to help tailor a design with the robustness required for land vehicles, yet economical for the market’s demands. Our joint efforts with the client’s design team facilitated the removal of non-essential airborne capabilities, resulting in a streamlined, market-competitive system that stayed true to the technological excellence of its aeronautical lineage.

This case study exemplifies Ben Machine’s commitment to innovation and the power of collaborative engineering to transcend industry boundaries. By merging our comprehensive experience in manufacturing optimization with the client’s vision, we successfully helped convert sky-high aspirations into a grounded, market-ready design poised to make an indelible mark on the land-based vehicle industry.

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The Role of Ben Machine’s Experts in Defence Engineering

Customer design engineering requires the balancing of many variables and constraints. Fitting a component into a physical space is one simple element in solving a complex manufacturing design puzzle. The component must also withstand mechanical, thermal, and vibrational stresses which are defined within fatigue life calculations. Additionally, within a military aerospace design, weight is constantly reviewed for reduction opportunities.

These critical variables require great attention and focus of the design engineers as they move through the disciplined process of making iterative calculations and simulations in the quest for the optimal solution. Ben Machine’s engineering department works with their customer design engineers to identify manufacturing risks and develop solutions that ensure the military components meet the rigor of the harshest parameters.

Ben Machine’s commitment to quality, the latest technologies, advanced processes and innovation in integrated military engineering services have defined their role as a key manufacturing partner to the Military and Defence Industry.

Certifications & Associations

Having shared how our manufacturing experts solve complex projects, we look forward to learning of your challenging design.

Let us strengthen your position in the military, defence and homeland security industry.

Let us strengthen your position in the military, defence and homeland security industry.