Arlington’s apprentice through to national awards

Arlington Automotive, the Coventry-based manufacturer, is being recognised for its people. Their apprentice, 23 year-old Martin Clutterbuck from Durham, has won the regional heat of the 2016 EEF Future Manufacturing First Year Apprentice Award, which is sponsored by Siemens.
Shoulder Milling Like Never Before. Double-sided 90 degree from the tooling experts
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Editor's comment: December 2016

I attended the Advanced Engineering exhibition recently and apart from being a very good show, it was interesting to gauge the post-Brexit mood from exhibitors.

Young engineers named best in the UK: girl power leads the charge

UK industry’s most talented learners, apprentices and technicians were crowned Skills Show 2016 champions after three days of intense competition recently – with six of the seven girls competing in Semta’s engineering competition making it on to the podium.

ETG announces ‘Phase Two’ of its reorganisation plans

The Engineering Technology Group (ETG) has released an overview of its sales performance in 2016 while providing details of what it describes as ‘Phase Two’ of a reorganisation following an appraisal of the business after the management buy-out (MBO) 18 months ago.

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The right combination

The ability to satisfy a short delivery requirement by combining deep hole drilling and milling operations into a single operational cycle has resulted in Mollart Engineering’s subcontract division securing orders from a UK automotive company to produce a family of mould blanks having up to 30 interconnecting cooling holes drilled from five faces of the component.

5-axis machining slashes production time by 75%

Toolmaking and subcontract CNC machining specialist DSM-NE, Newton Aycliffe, has increased its stock of Hurco machining centres to seven, including a large 3-axis model and an even bigger 5-axis machine, the company’s first, which was installed in October last year (2015).
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Micro-magnetic filtering

Eclipse Magnetics has supplied Mollart Engineering with a Micromag magnetic filter to remove submicron particles from the oil in a gundrilling and general machining centre.

DECEMBER COVER STORY: Designing the new world

The world of product and component design has been transformed over the last thirty years by the introduction of CAD software such as SolidWorks. Ed Hill discovers what its developer Dassault Systèmes has in store for the future of design.

Pushing the fibre boundaries 

No-one in their right mind could accuse Tividale, West Midlands-based Accurate Laser Cutting of not investing in its future. When Dave Tudor visited the company just over a year ago, it had just spent a cool £1 million on new press brake and laser cutting equipment. Now a year later the business is really pushing technology to its limits with the purchase of a10kW laser cutting machine from Bystronic – said to be the first of its kind in the UK.

Gearing up

In June 2016, contract machining firm Norjon Precision Engineering upgraded its multi-tasking, turn-milling capacity with the addition of a Japanese-built Okuma Multus U3000 2SW from UK agent, NCMT.

Pole position show for motorsport engineering

With the first two days of the Autosport International event dedicated entirely to trade and industry professionals with Autosport Engineering, PES takes a look at what visitors can expect to see at the show held at the NEC in Birmingham from 12-15 January 2017.

How the new apprenticeship levy will help close the manufacturing skills gap

Initially published in 2001, the Skills Gap Report, published in partnership with Deloitte, was a study which indicated a mismatch between the skills of available to working people and the skills that the manufacturing industry required. The reports that followed confirmed that gap and showed an increasing mismatch of skills. Jessica Penny, general manager of sales at Penny Hydraulics, explains why manufacturing companies need to be aware of what the new Apprenticeship Levy and its effect on the recruitment of new staff.

Where will metrology be in the next 5-10 years?

Metrology has come a long way since its conception during the era of the pharaohs. Measurement Solutions’ managing director Iain Caville gazes into his crystal ball and predicts developments over the next five to ten years.

UK-first laser investment

Sheffield-based specialist laser machinists, the Laser Cutting Company, has announced a significant investment in its machining capabilities which will allow the company to meet growing customer demand for larger and more complex workpieces.

A decade of success   

Dudley-based GF Laser is celebrating 10 years as a leading supplier of subcontract flatbed 2D and 5-axis 3D laser cutting services.

Complete control

The success and growth at Leicester-based RDL Technologies since its foundation in 2000, has been based on its policy of continual improvement and the ability to provide a consistent high level of service to customers.


Clamping by segments

Anybody cutting gears is all too familiar with the issue that clamping solutions for the gear-cutting sector have very special requirements. This is why Hainbuch has developed its new Mando G211 segmented mandrel system with a slim interference contour.

Adding extra know-how

In today’s globally competitive manufacturing environment, simply offering great products is not enough, according to Seco Tools.

Slot milling at a high feed rate

The new Garant MasterSteel SlotMachine from the Hoffmann Group is a solid carbide roughing end mill which achieves high feed rates when slot milling from solid in steel.

Finishing touches

When two metal parts come into contact with each other, the resulting friction causes heat build-up.
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Robust rotary encoders for arduous applications

A pair of new, sealed, incremental rotary encoders of sturdy construction with reinforced bearings capable of withstanding high axial and radial loads of up to 75N, ensuring years of trouble-free service in demanding environments has been developed by Heidenhain (GB).

Going with the V-Type

The TaeguTec turning line has now been extended with the arrival of new V-Type turning inserts with an innovative ML chipbreaker design.

New turn-mill centre from Index

The second generation of the Index G200 turn-mill centre, launched at AMB 2016 in Stuttgart in September 2016, is available in the UK and Ireland through Geo Kingsbury, sole sales and service agent for the German manufacturer.

Innovative workpiece clamping

When manufacturing companies are looking for productivity gains to remain competitive their first options are often to review machine tool and cutting tool optimisation.

A new twist on set-up time

Quick change modular tooling is a clear way to increase productivity, shorten set-up time and generally improve the bottom line for job shops and large manufacturers alike.

Slim style hydraulic toolholding

With the Schunk Tendo Slim 4ax hydraulic expansion toolholder, it is now possible to combine the complete outside geometry of heat shrinking mountings according to DIN 69882-8 with the proven qualities of Schunk hydraulic expansion technology.

Wedged-up clamping

A new range of programmable, electro-mechanical wedge clamps for sliding tables, injection moulding machines and presses has been introduced by Roemheld. These offer a hydraulic-free solution for automatic clamping even in clean room conditions.

Going with the rollers

Mollart Engineering has introduced its Elliott roller burnishing tool range to a customer enabling it to replace separate time consuming OD finish grinding and unpredictable manual polishing operations on steel forming rolls.

Back to basics

Over the years, Hurco’s entry-level machining centre, the vertical spindle VM1, evolved into the more capable VM10 and the manufacturer has continued to improve the specification.

New premium performers

The new range of ONA AV wire EDM machines is part of the Spanish company’s strategic plan to improve current product competitiveness with the introduction of high performance ‘Premium’ machines, initially established with the recent launch of the highly capable QX die-sink CNC EDM range.


Garant VG1 pre-setting device

Intuitively fast with high precision, the Garant VG1 pre-setting device is used for the measurement and pre-setting of cutting tools used on Hoffman Group's different machining centres.

Garant TPC milling cutters

With special geometries and optimised milling paths, Garant TPC tools deliver high machining volume with low cutting force and minimal wear. Discover the benefits of this strategy with the new TPC milling cutter generation, which in combination with a trochoidal milling strategy translate into real value.


Approved to BS EN 9100: 2009 & ISO 9001:2008 standards, Hone-All Precision specialise in Deep Hole Boring, CNC Gundrilling, Deep Hole Drilling, CNC Turning, and CNC Honing and also manufacture bespoke rollers for the print, packaging and converting industries. Continual investment and improvement combined with a commitment to excellent customer service, flexibility and absolute quality all contribute to their ongoing success.
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Garant ZeroClamp

The Garant ZeroClamp by Hoffman Group is flexible, versatile and ready  for the challenges of Industry 4.0.


A guide to Microloc by Micron Workholding, an advanced referencing workholding system for production engineering, aerospace, automotive and subcontracting industries.

Drill Service - Ceramic Fibre Deburring & Surface Finish Solutions

Xebec Technology Co LTD offers a wide range of deburring and surface finishing solutions that dramatically improve manufacturing productivity and greatly reduce costs. Xebec products utilize a unique, patented process to produce brushes, sticks and stones of solid ceramic fibres that simply outperform older technologies.

WNT Special Offers

The WNT (UK) Special Offer brochure is a great place to introduce yourself to the selection of high performance cutting tools available from one of Europe’s leading suppliers of tooling and workholding technology.

UK Precision Machined Parts

Mini Gears Group is well renowned for input into design help and cost saving ideas for machining requirements and we have helped many of our customers achieve their optimum target design as well as help reduce manufacturing costs.


Utilising sliding head lathes at Bushell & Meadows

Precision engineers Bushell & Meadows have utilised sliding head lathes from Star Micronics GB. Mike Attwood, production manager at Bushell & Meadows, speaks to Star about how the company's sliding head lathes have increased their productivity and accuracy.

Optical metrology at Koenigsegg

Manufacturer of high performance sports cars, Koenigsegg have realised the benefits of using the latest optical metrology systems to support the design and assembly of their latest vehicles.

Reducing production cycle times for turned parts

Learn how the Multi-Spindle Series from Index by Geo Kingsbury can reduce production cycle times to deliver what the company says is cost savings of 30% on unit cost. New features include: improved ergonomics for maximising workspace, faster setup times for rapid changeover between orders,  multi-functional machining and 80% reduction in production cycle times.
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Versatile and efficient rough grinding

The new Garant MasterSteel SlotMachine is designed to be versatile, using a new solid carbide HPC roughing end mill, that allows the user to push through extreme performance limits in all areas of milling.

Faro expands factory metrology offerings

BuildIT Software & Solutions specialises in process-configurable 3D metrology software solutions with hardware agnostic interfaces. By adding BuildIT Software to its metrology portfolio, Faro Technologies' customers now have even greater software options for use in a variety of 3D metrology manufacturing applications to reduce inspection and assembly times and increase productivity.

Generative machining for complex parts

The Lasertec 65 3D's combination of laser deposition welding with a powder nozzle and milling on the is a modern generative machining method. It allows a faster production of complex geometries and individual 3D parts.

Microloc Corporate

New MicroLoc Corporate video presented by Matt Jenness, sales director of Micron Workholding , the Manufacturers of the MicroLoc Workholding System. Step by Step instructions on how to sep up the MicroLoc System.

Gigantic plastic pipes milled with Kuka robots

Kuka partner Riexinger has developed a fully integrated, automated solution for the milling of huge plastic pipes using Kuka KR Quantec robots with other equipment, and put this solution into operation at its customer's production facility in Wales for milling Weholite pipes measuring up to 3.5m in diameter.

Finishing concept for cast iron face milling

The face milling finishing concept for cast iron - CoroMill 425 - is designed for the automotive business. The accurate and reliable adjustment system makes CoroMill 425 an easy to use system.

Kuka robots make advanced carbon fibre components at Compositence

Compositence, based in Leonberg, Germany, has developed a process for the production of carbon composites that not only dispenses with the need for the customary manufacture of semi-finished products, but also reduces trimmings to a minimum. A Kuka KR 150 R3700 K ultra robot ensures the reliable, high-quality feeding of the fibres to the laying head. Compositence’s patented manufacturing process has advantages not only for car production, however, but also for commercial vehicle, aerospace and wind power plant production.

Citizen's LFV technology cutting nylon

We all know how problematic stringy swarf can be! Check out Citizen's new Low Frequency Vibration (LFV) cutting technology officially launched at its recent open house. This demo is showing it cutting nylon.