Introducing SME Turntables and Tonearms
Founded in 1946, and with over ten million tonearms sold worldwide, SME is the world’s most accomplished manufacturer of high quality turntables and tonearms. SME is the most iconic name in the world of analog, and their engineering epitomizes the very best of British engineering. Combining innovation with meticulous manufacturing and attention to detail has made SME a market leader for decades.
SME turntables feature precision engineered construction, extensional damping of major surfaces and vibration free moving parts, allowing them to deliver outstanding dynamic range and pitch stability, exceptional detail and resolution, superior tonal neutrality and a unique ability to more closely reproduce the sound of the original studio master tape.
Alastair Robertson-Aikman, founder, designer and creator of SME Precision Turntables and Tonearms had a no compromise passion for engineering perfection and for perfecting the art of precision made high-end audio equipment. The SME DNA of extreme attention to detail, engineering excellence and ultimate perfection was written. This is known as “the SME way” and remains as SME’s core values and principles, which is translated into every SME product – sound engineering, highest quality materials, meticulous machining and exceptional finish quality are the hallmarks of everything SME makes.
SME Precision Engineering manufactures bespoke complex Precision Engineering solutions for a wide range of applications and industries including Aerospace, Formula 1, Automotive and Medical. With over 70 years’ experience we have an enviable track record for producing innovative, highly complex and precision components to the strictest tolerances within any given industry.
Virtually every part is made in-house.
Even the smallest – and seemingly insignificant pieces – including screws, washers and fasteners.
Finishing, including graining or bead-blasting, plating, anodizing and polishing is all done in-house, insuring total quality control.
Commitment To Quality
Quality Control & Quality Assurance are paramount to everything that SME stands for and covers all aspects of the production process from initial client enquiry to final inspection, delivery and client acceptance. We are accredited with ISO 9001 2008 certification for Quality Management and are proud of our enviable reputation within the industry for uncompromising quality standards. SME has Coordinate Measuring Machines operated by highly experienced engineering Inspectors to ensure every component produced conforms to exacting quality standards.
SME are specialists in CNC Milling and have a wide range of Mori Seiki CNC Milling machines which enables production of parts up to 800mmx510mmx510mm. This enables us to produce accurately engineered products in a range of volume batches using a variety of different materials.
SME has vast expertise in CNC Turning and specializes in precision quality components up to 300mm in diameter and 400mm in length. Our high quality and complex Hardinge machines have full mill and turn capabilities and a Y-axis which enables manufacture of parts in one operation making the process flexible and cost efficient.
Plating, Anodizing and Finishing
SME have in house capability for a wide range of processes including
Black, Clear and Bright Anodizing – A range of finishes such as Satin/Matt are possible by aqua blasting parts before the anodizing process.
Chrome Plating in Bright, Black and Satin finishes.
Polishing Shop and Barrelling Room with different grades of media and ceramic stones
which are used for super high finishes on Stainless Steels