On 19th August 2021 we welcomed our newest asset to our collection of Matsuura milling machines. A Matsuura MX520, a 5-axis machining centre was commissioned for use and three members of staff received on-site training. We are looking forward to using such an up to date machine. This full 5 axis machine will enable us to take on more versatile components and reduce machine cycle times.Read More
Congratulations to Joe our former apprentice, who in July 2021, completed his two year HNC Diploma in mechanical Engineering with merit. We have supported him through the last two years one of which was challenging due to the pandemic, as much of his studying was from home. Well done Joe.Read More
An unusual and exciting charity event in aid of Cancer Research UK
At VRS there is a history of supporting good causes, and we were delighted to sponsor our apprentice Byron who very bravely put himself forward to take part in a charity boxing evening called White Collar Boxing. Briefly it is where people who have not boxed before put themselves into the ring to face another like-minded individual in aid of charity. This event was in support of Cancer Research UK, a charity that VRS were very happy to support, especially following our MD Serena Sinanan’s own successful fight with cancer over recent years.
Byron sensibly threw himself into an 8-week training programme before he eventually stepped into the ring for his debut contest on Sat 24th March 2018 at the Portsmouth Mountbatten Centre. As he did so he hoped that the exciting experience of stepping through the ropes for the first time would not be matched by flying back out of them halfway through the bout! Pre-fight nerves were made all the more difficult to deal with in having to wait until 9pm for the sound of the bell signalling the start of his scheduled three round contest, each of two minutes duration.
Byron acquitted himself well in the early stages, although at the bell ending round one his opponent seemed to have just edged it. Undeterred, Byron came out fighting in round two and landed some good punches. Sadly, none of his punches matched the smacker which was planted on the end of his nose which knocked him back for a count towards the end of the round but Byron was happy to continue. As we might expect of Byron, he said he was ok to continue in round three, but his corner man had the last word and decided that round three should not go ahead.
Putting himself forward for such an event was a brave thing to do, and we are very proud of his efforts. Byron thoroughly enjoyed the experience. So much so, that he is willing to do it all again if the chance comes his way. Despite losing this one, he enjoyed a friendly chat and a few drinks with his opponent afterwards. Byron raised more than his £200 target, with the whole evening raising around £14500.
VRS have willingly supported charity events over the years in all sorts of ways including sponsorship of individuals, donating prizes for prize draws, and at times organising their own fund raising events in conjunction with Fareham Snooker Club next door.
It was a privilege to be asked to participate in the Sea Vixen XP 924 project and Serena Sinanan (Managing Director) is delighted to be included and is really looking forward to seeing it fly at the Bournemouth Air Festival 2015 in August where she will be on the SS Shieldhall Steamship in the Solent. William Collins the Production Manager at VRS volunteers as a 2nd engineer on the ship.
Keith Copus from the Sea Vixen team emailed to us the following:
“A series of successful test flights and at the Yeovilton Air Day, at which G-CVIX flew two public displays. This marked the return of the A/C to fly from her original home base, going back to the 1960/70’s
The Sea Vixen Team have overcome many hurdles with the valuable assistance of yourselves at VRS, 1710 Naval Air Squadron who repaired the port aileron and designed a modified lug for the fuel bay doors. SES in Kemble, who serviced the A/C ejection seats. Without this level of support we could not have made G-CVIX airworthy. We now feel confident that G-CVIX is sustainable operationally.”
Thank you to John Fennell a Deck Hand Volunteer, who works with William on the SS Shieldhall, as he has provided us with the great photos of the Sea Vixen.Read More
As part of VRS Precision Engineering strategy of investing in people we support the employment of apprentices.
Byron Deacon who started with us as an apprentice CNC Programmer/Setter and Operator in September 2014 has just completed his first year. We are really pleased with Byron’s progress both within the company and at PETA. After a successful year Byron will shortly be starting a level 3 Diploma in Engineering and Technology (QCF).
In December 2014 we placed an order for another Matsuura machine to replace our faithful old Makino 1210 horizontal machining centre. Our new Matsuura H.Plus-500 Horizontal machining centre has a machining envelope of 850mm diameter x 900mm high.
We are sorry to see the Makino go after 30 years’ service. It was bought in the mid 1980’s and continues to perform well but it is time to update this machine which was the state of the art machine in its day. We are looking forward to the delivery of our new Matsuura which will arrive early March 2015.
In December we also upgraded our Cad software from Mastercam and Edgecam to Solidworks 2015 3D. All of our engineers that received the training on Solidworks and Solidcam have spoken very highly about it.
By continually improving our plant and software, we are keeping up to date with the latest machines and technology enabling us to maintain our high standard of meeting customer demands, expand our customer base and the ability to enter new markets.
Article posted on 21 February 2015Read More
Sylvia, Chairman of VRS welcomes two new managers this year to complete our Management Team.
William Collins joined us in March earlier this year as our new Production Manager and has kicked off by bringing in new work. We have now started to enter new markets for example automotive and leisure industry.
William is very hands on and extremely hard working, he is an asset to the team. He is very approachable and is happy to quote for any new parts or products.
Geraldine Stilwell (Gez) joined us in August as our Business Development Manager. This role has been introduced to VRS and Gez’s experience in Industry and Academic environments will generate & implement new innovative ideas to VRS.
Our Management team consisting of Sylvia Sinanan, Serena Sinanan, Amber Cole, William Collins and Geraldine Stilwell are excited to move VRS forward.
We are really pleased with how our new acquisition, the Citizen – A32 sliding head 7 axis lathe, is performing and we are looking at updating our plant again at the end of the year.
Article posted on 12 September 2014Read More
We have bought a Citizen – A32 sliding head 7 axis lathe the world’s fastest 32mm CNC Sliding Head which is being installed on 6th June 2014. This is our latest addition to our well established CNC Machine shop. The Citizen’s capacity can turn up to 32mm diameter bar, equipped with high pressure coolant and driven tooling there is no job too small for this state of the art CNC 7 axis machine. It can turn up to 320mm in length with simultaneous machining.
Article posted on 7 May 2014Read More
Our new VT900M Vertical lathe has arrived and is now cutting metal. It is such a large machine that we had to make our back entrance door larger so that it could fit in. We are pleased with our purchase and would be happy to quote on larger machine work. Please contact Will or Serena.
Date posted: 13 June 2013Read More