Perth-based Future Engineering is an advanced manufacturing company offering a variety of specialised precision and fabrication services to Western Australian and international clients with the highest levels of quality and reliability.

Future Engineering commenced operations in 1991, with just principal Alex Ardizzone onboard manufacturing components for the medical industry. Operating out of a small workshop of just 400sqm, using a few manual lathes, Ardizzone created precise surgical instruments for advanced surgery.

From those small beginnings, the family business now has a skilled staff of 22 personnel specialising in advanced CNC machinery. In 2017 the company moved to a larger facility in Welshpool, purchasing two new Okuma lathes and introducing a nightshift to meet increased business, achieve shorter delivery times and provide the highest levels of customer service.Today the company has some of the most advanced precision CNC machines, with 13 state-of-the-art machines operating, and  plans to expand further in the future.

Future Engineering’s Okuma Multus U4000-2SCx1500 with OSP-P300S control was the first one commissioned in Australia. Meanwhile the most recent addition is a Okuma CNC Vertical Machining Centre Model MU-8000V-L with OSP-P300SA-H control.

“This Okuma five-axis machine has changed the way we approach our jobs”, commented Ardizzone. “We are achieving improved delivery times and streamlined workflows as a result and our staff are always excited to work on these advanced precision machines.”

Okuma has had a long-term relationship over more than 20 years with Future Engineering, supplying the company with precision machines as well as exceptional back-up support. The relationship has been crucial in allowing the company to reliably manufacture the broadest range of components for clients in mining, oil & gas, rail, marine and general engineering.

Future Engineering’s vision is to exceed customer expectations in the areas of quality, delivery, cost and sustainability, through continuous improvement, advanced technology, customer satisfaction, while at the same time creating a harmonious work environment. The scope of this vision includes integrated business management systems covering design and manufacture of customers’ specified products through CNC milling, lathe and wire cutting, and fabrication, from one-off prototypes to large production runs.

To achieve the highest levels of manufacturing Future Engineering is accredited to ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems; ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management Systems and 18001 Health and Safety.

Ardizzone and his team are fully committed to ensuring that all processes have a minimal negative impact on the environment and operate within all relevant environmental legislation, using best practices to minimise and prevent pollution. The company’s commitment also extends to the occupational health, safety and welfare of all employees, contractors, clients and visitors to the Future Engineering work area. Servicing local and international customers, the reputation of the advanced engineering company continues to grow, with indirect export sales reaching more than 50% of production.

For the rail industry, Future Engineering provides manufacturing and maintenance services to both operators and service companies, as well as engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) companies during all phases of the product lifecycle. This includes the manufacture of components through to complete fabrication and final testing, with certified welding, painting, powder coating, bearings, consumables and all surface treatments to meet customers’ requirements. Additional services include load testing to Australian standards, certified heat treatment, quality packages, Master Deliverable Register (MDR) and material certificates, Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) welding, and surface treatments.

As with the rail industry clients, services to the mining industry provided by Future Engineering are equally professional, with break-out and lifting equipment for land mining exploration, gearbox components and mining accessories. Additional services include solutions for drilling, power transmissions and wellhead maintenance and pump solutions.

The oil & gas industry is an important element of business development as Future Engineering offers a wide range of capabilities and solutions for the manufacture and repair of well intervention, completion, well-head and down-hole tooling. Products manufactured for this industry segment include components for flow control and well integrity equipment, well intervention equipment, hydraulic equipment, hydraulic control systems, surface and sub-sea Christmas trees, and pipeline equipment.

An example of service to the marine industry relates to a Japanese client who asked the impossible over the 2017-18 Christmas period with a need to fabricate, assemble, freight, install and commission a full vessel suspension system in 12 weeks ready for unveiling at the Yokohama Boat Show. With time and accuracy critical, the whole project was managed with efficiency and the mechanical swing-arms and slider components were delivered with the required accuracy and delivered on time. The client advised that this was also the most cost-effective quote.

There is an air of confidence at Future Engineering as defence contracts grow and with high levels of interest coming from larger companies within Australia and overseas.