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Changing roles at RK International Machine Tools

RK International Machine Tools has announced changes to its management team, with Simon Rood stepping up to the position of director and general manager, following the decision by sales director Dick Aldrich to reduce his work commitments.
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Geo Kingsbury wins Haas grinding machine agency

Grinding machines manufactured in Germany by Haas Schleifmaschinen are now being sold and serviced in the UK and Ireland by Gosport-based Geo Kingsbury under a sole agency agreement signed at the beginning of 2017.

Energy efficient storage systems

Rising electricity costs are creating a demand for energy-efficient solutions in every industry, logistics and distribution being no exception.

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Needle sharp accuracy at Indian manufacturer

Quality Needles, one of the world’s leading medical needle producers and exporters specialising in the manufacture of surgical suture needles, is using a fast, high accuracy Nikon Metrology LC15Dx CMM laser scanner for inspecting its in-house produced tools.

Slashing set-up times

Recol Engineering, a Northampton-based subcontract supplier of complete metal based manufacturing solutions, has become the UK’s first user of Amada’s new HG ARs automated press brake system. PES finds out more.
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Washing away the bottlenecks

Precision engineering firm Qualiturn Products has invested in a new Pero solvent washing system. Ed Hill visited the Hertford-based company to see the impact the new machine has had on the business.

Machining developments ahead of their time

Bimatec Soraluce held a ‘Technology Days’ open house recently. The Spanish built Soraluce machines, available in the UK from TW Ward CNC Machinery (Ward CNC), include some of the latest Industry 4.0 advances. PES reports.

FEBRUARY COVER STORY: Trading places

International trade is a thorny subject at the moment. Following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, new trade agreements will need to be nurtured as Brexit kicks in and the Government invokes Article 50. Arguably, exporting is now more important than ever for manufacturing companies, but where do you start? Dave Tudor spoke to Lesley Batchelor, director general of the Institute of Export & International Trade (IOE&IT).

Partners in productivity

Moldata, a manufacturer of mould bases and a provider of precision CNC machining services is using Haimer toolholders, shrinking machines and high performance end mills to enhance its productivity.

A vision of quality

Birmingham-based C Brandauer & Co was founded more than 154-years ago and is now regarded as one of the largest independent contract presswork and stamping concerns in Europe.

Right on time

When the decision to bring a large rotor head part for the Lynx family of helicopters back in-house from an overseas supplier was taken by Leonardo Helicopters, the engineering team was faced with a large-scale challenge – namely to find a machine not only capable of processing the 1.5 m by 1.5 m forgings, but one that could be delivered in a relatively short timescale.

5-axis star for composite materials

For machining pattern board, aluminium mould tools and components made from composite materials, Eynsham-based Lentus Composites has installed a Sahos Dynamic bridge-type machining centre with 5m X-axis.

Southern Manufacturing: the evolution continues

New dates in early Spring and significant infrastructure investment mark the beginning of a new phase of development for Southern Manufacturing, the UK’s longest running annual industrial technology show.

Streamlined tooling selection the digital way

As well as achieving in-machining efficiency through advanced tooling technologies and strategies, cutting tool specialist Sandvik Coromant advocates that there are substantial gains to be had earlier in the process, at the design and planning stage. PES hears more about its digital tooling selection systems.

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Down south manufacturing

PES continues its preview of some of the exhibitors at this years Southern Manufacturing and Electronics Show 2017 (March 21-23) at FIVE in Farnborough.

Expanding workholding capabilities

Available in the UK from Carillon Industrial Services (CIS), Kurt SideWinder vices mount directly to the back of six or eight inch Kurt vices and make an ideal set-up when configured in tandem with two or more vices.

New high volume performer

Yamazaki Mazak has launched the latest version of its Multiplex machines, specifically designed for high volume applications.
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Put to bed   

600 UK has added extra capacity bed lengths to its successful heavyweight series of Harrison Alpha XS CNC combination lathes.

Bending the profile boundaries

Addison Tube Division, the specialist tube bending technologies arm of Addison Saws, has been appointed as the sole UK distributor of PBT AG’s CNC profile bending machines.

Aspiring to new heights

Designed for the shopfloor as well as the laboratory, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence presents the new Tesa Micro-Hite range of height gauges, bridging the gap between traditional instruments and sophisticated measuring machines.

Quick change reamers

A new, modular system for changing small, indexable-insert reamers in a machine spindle quickly and to a high degree of repeatability has been introduced by Horn Cutting Tools.

Updated software means greater workflow efficiency

Version 8 of CGTech’s Vericut CNC simulation and optimisation software ties complex processes together with the ability to monitor and evaluate potential problems in an efficient and consolidated way, thereby reducing the time spent in the programming and machining cycle.

Going deeper with detachables 

A factor of Sumitomo Electric Hardmetal’s continuous development programme is the ability to enable deep holes to be drilled between 12mm and 42.5mm diameter with up to 12:1 depth-to-diameter ratio.

5-axis clamping solutions

Salisbury-based 1st Machine Tool Accessories sources high quality equipment from around the world to assist UK manufacturers in extracting optimum performance from all types of machine tool.

Pulse perfection

A Fine Pulse Technology concept has been announced by Walter Ewag UK, a member of the United Grinding Group, as an innovative erosion development that is claimed to set new standards in terms of PCD tool surface and cutting edge quality, as well as process reliability.

New aerospace tooling

EDV UK, the Sheffield-based precision rotary tooling manufacturer, has launched a new specialised cutting tool for the aerospace market.

All-inclusive performance

The UK EDM market was first introduced to Excetek Technologies’ wire cut machine tools in October 2012. Now, the company’s entry level machine, the V350G, has been redeveloped and upgraded to offer increased capacity and performance.

Time saving software

Tebis, the software and process provider for the development, design and manufacture of models, moulding tools and components, has made its version 4.0 release 3 available in the marketplace.

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Quicker. More modular. Smarter.

The new GARANT Tool24 Smartline concept is impressively simple: Sturdy tool cabinets offer you round the clock access to the desired items. Intuitive software allows you to make your selection quickly - by scanner, key word search or item number.

SwissNano - the micro and nano precision specialist

The SwissNano by Tornos was designed to meet the demand for small workpieces requiring very high precision. For example, its kinematics enable the machine to produce two thirds of watch movement components, from the simple to the most complex, including cutting ,with excellent finishes.

EvoDECO

Designed for the most demanding machining operations and users, EvoDECO machines are the most powerful and productive on the market. They are available in 4 diameters: 10mm, 16mm, 20mm and 32mm. Their unparalleled flexibility allows them to efficiently produce the most complex workpieces while ensuring rapid setup changes.

Swiss DT - the gateway to the Tornos world

The Swiss DT range of Swiss-type lathes is designed to meet the various requirements of typical long and short turned parts. Designed to machine bars of up to 13 and 25.4mm in diameter, these simple and easy-to-use machines allow you to achieve measurable production improvements. Thanks to advanced technical features and its efficient five-axis kinematics, the DT range is suitable for all turning and milling tasks.

Swiss GT

Automatic turning machines with a complete standard equipment package at a competitive price. Simple and ergonomic, the Swiss GT range offers easy access to all tool positions. It is easy to use and maintain in particular due to its automatic lubrication unit, a swarf tray and a high volume removable oil pan.

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Component cleaning made easy

Precision engineering firm Qualiturn Products has invested in a new Pero R1 solvent washing system, supplied in the UK by Kumi Solutions. Production Engineering Solutions visited the Hertford-based company to see it in action.

Cutting a path to advanced machining

Cutting tool specialist Kyocera SGS held a ‘Lunch and Learn’ event at its UK, Wokingham headquarters recently. The event was staged in collaboration with the West of England Aerospace Forum (WEAF), and the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and with the participation of other industry partners.
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Highlights of Northern Manufacturing & Electronics 2016

Northern Manufacturing & Electronics is an exhibition for the manufacturing and electronics industries in the North of England. Its location at Event City in the heart of Manchester makes the show easily accessible to visitors from across the North.

Software for professional energy management

Only through consistent energy monitoring can energy costs and usage be efficiently reduced. The continuous measurement and evaluation of all energy flows is the basis for successful energy management. Gildemeister energy monitor supports in implementing an energy management system under the DIN EN ISO 50001 standard and also offers a number of advantages.

Fanuc Robocut - reliable re-threading in the wire path

Where wire EDM is concerned, accuracy has traditionally come at the cost of speed. That’s why Fanuc has developed its Robocut wire-cutting machine. The α-CiB series comprises three versatile all-rounders, including the first model with an 800mm table.

Rapid cutting advanced materials

Paul Hinchcliffe, managing director of Asquith Butler, talks about the company’s latest machine tools designed to machine composites and other lightweight materials.

Kyocera SGS explains the capabilities of its Tech-Hub

Barry Ward, Kyocera SGS Europe technical manager, explains how customers can benefit from the Tech-Hub. The company takes the customers challenges off their hands and deal with it by applying their machining knowledge and expertise.

Chick system from 1st MTA demonstrates 5-axis capability

Although not normally associated with fully interpolative machining in five axes, a US-made Chick System 5 Qwik-Lok twin-station clamping system from 1st Machine Tool Accessories was demonstrated assisting the manufacture of a bicycle pedal at the Mazak open house last November.

Tungaloy at JIMTOF 2016

Watch the video highlights of Tungaloy's booth at JIMTOF2016 after a successful exhibition.

Faro Cobalt Array Imager

Introducing the Cobalt Array Imager from Faro . A new class of automated metrology sensor providing sophisticated in-process measurement, minimising integration and infrastructure costs.

Aerospace machining lunch and learn event

Attend the free “Lunch and Learn” event, which is supported by WEAF (West of England Aerospace Forum), featuring a tour of the facilities for tooling manufacture and coating at Kyocera SGS, plus a live machining demonstration showing the company's latest tooling cutting a titanium aero-structure part on the Grob G350 universal 5-axis machine in the Wokingham showroom.

TRAKing on XYZ ProTURN Lathes

TRAKing is a feature on all XYZ Proturn Lathes. This allows the operator of the CNC machine tool to move the machine through the program by winding the hand wheel. The hand wheel gives the operator complete control to move the machine at varying speeds and to stop or reverse the direction of the CNC machine.