New lab helps ACE secure aerospace and medical contracts

Advanced Chemical Etching (ACE), which produces precision metal components, has landed more than £500,000 of orders thanks to its ability to offer access to new etching chemistry and expertise in aluminium, titanium and nitinol.
Shoulder Milling Like Never Before. Double-sided 90 degree from the tooling experts
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Citizen expands its sales team

Recently appointed as sales engineer following almost five years in applications for Citizen Machinery UK, Warren Garratt has already used his experience with a customer based on one of the latest Miyano BNE-51MSY turn-mill centres.

New website for MACH 2018

With the dust settled on a successful MACH 2016, the exhibition team at the MTA has launched a new website and announced that the ballot process for MACH 2018 is now open.

Anca demonstrates new TX7 Linear at IMTS 2016

ANCA will be demonstrating its new linear motor CNC tool & cutter grinders at IMTS 2016, in North hall, Stand 7414. Visitors will be given a preview of ANCA’s all-new tool grinder, TX7 Linear. The FX3 Linear and FX5 Linear machines will be on show, as will the higher capacity MX7 Linear tool grinder. The premier tool grinder in the ANCA range, the TXcell, will also be on the stand along with the EDGe erosion and tool grinding machine.

US showcase for manufacturing

IMTS 2016, running from September 12-17, is the USA’s leading manufacturing trade show. The event, organised by America’s manufacturing trade body the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), is held every two years in Chicago at the McCormick Place exhibition centre.

North Sea focus on oil and gas

The oil and gas sector may be experiencing tough times for the subcontracting supply chain at the moment but the industry still has an important role for many precision manufacturers.

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New horizons

Wellahead Engineering in Aberdeen has been working in the oil and gas industry for 18 years and has invested in a DMG Mori DMU 95 monoBlock 5-axis machining centre to offer a better service to its customers and enable it to diversify into new markets.

5-axis future

The continued growth and diversity of the Altec Engineering Group has seen the demand for 5-axis CNC capacity at its Durham facility beginning to overtake that of its traditional 3- and 4-axis machining centres, shifting the balance more towards multi-axis technology within the business.
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Perfect for prototyping  

The introduction of 3D printers at office furniture maker Herman Miller has significantly reduced product development time and enabled increased production efficiencies. PES reports.

Trading places

When AMB 2016, the international exhibition for metalworking, opens its gates from 13-17 September 2016 in Stuttgart, visitors will experience not only one of the world's biggest trade fairs for the international machine tool industry and precision tool sector, but also an extensive framework programme. It will cover promotion of the younger generation and include several competitions, as well as the careers trade fair.

Move on up

Keith Donnellan and Chris Murphy, directors and joint partners of Riteway Engineering in Galway, Western Ireland, have enjoyed considerable success since starting their company in 2006 with a handful of manually operated machines and a single customer.

Swiss grinding innovations at the AMRC

The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing is a world-class centre for advanced machining and materials research for aerospace and other high value manufacturing sectors.

Making it a triple

Investment in two Biglia CNC lathes from UK agent Whitehouse Machine Tools is enabling Morris Engineering to dramatically reduce cycle times. PES reports.

Insert gives special performance

Staff at Druckguss Service Deutschland (DSD) – a company producing special purpose machinery such as die casting machines in Lübeck – are enthusiastic about the Garant HB 7020 turning grade from Hoffmann as it has enabled them to reduce throughput times by up to 30%.

Next generation

When Steve Packwood starting helping out with his father’s business as a 12 year old lad, little did he know that 20 or so years later he’d be managing director of a well-established precision engineering company, Batchflow Engineering. Dave Tudor reports.

Digital lever gauge takes off the pressure

The Mollart Engineering group of companies is a precision mechanical engineering business which has established an international reputation in the pioneering development and building of deep hole drilling machine tools, including gun drills, deep hole boring and bore finishing.


Just like magic

It is over 10 years since the VacMagic palletising system was a workholding solution award winner at the MACH exhibition, and it’s relevance in prototype and early production run manufacturing is still as strong today as its innovation was a decade ago, according to manufacturer, Hillcliff.

Deep pockets

Sandvik Coromant is now offering tooling dedicated to the challenging operation of machining valve seat pockets in oil and gas applications.

Aids to automate grinding

Two new automation aids that enhance the productivity and unmanned and lights-out operation of multi-axis Walter Helitronic tool grinding and erosion machines have been announced by Walter Ewag UK, a member of the United Grinding Group.

New stainless coolant hose

The Hirt-Line range of stainless steel adjustable and lockable coolant hoses and nozzles has made a big impact since the product was initially launched according to Floyd Automatic.
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High productivity machines from Japan

An OKK 5-axis, tilting-spindle (A-axis) horizontal machining centre with a 45kW drive giving access to components that fit within a 1,200mm diameter table and up to 1,250mm in height, has been added to the high productivity range of machines in the portfolio of 2D CNC Machinery based in Hinckley.

What's new at AMB

Production Engineering Solutions takes a look at some of the companies exhibiting at this year's European machine tool fair held in Stuttgart.

Raising the bar

Tornos has recently introduced a new model to its Almac range, the BA1008 HP bar milling machine.

Deep hole flexibility

Manufacturer of deep hole drilling systems and technologies Unisig, engineered its new B700 Drop Bed machine to effectively generate the critical, high precision features on large and irregularly shaped aerospace components such as landing gear struts.

New low profile clamping system

Finnish workholding equipment manufacturer, OK-Vise Oy, has introduced new, hydraulically actuated versions of its low profile clamping products.

Advanced tools for advanced manufacturing

At a special event at the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing, Walter GB announced a tranche of its latest high productivity tools announced to the UK market.

Aerospace end mills take off

If the name wasn't specific enough, the RF100Ti Aircraft range of end mill tools from Guhring is a line of high performance end mills for cutting high tensile titanium alloys and special materials that are specified in the aerospace sector.

When the going gets tough

Good news from Mills CNC for manufacturers machining large, high precision and often complex parts from difficult-to-machine materials is the addition of the new Doosan Mynx 9500/50 vertical machining centre to the Mynx range.

Now you’re torquing

Claiming the largest working envelope in its class having a maximum swing diameter of 3,200mm with a workpiece height of 2,100mm and now featuring in the Toyoda machining centre portfolio, is the heavier duty FH1600SW-i available through 2D CNC Machinery.

New machine, same price

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.


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.
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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.

Gears, Gears, Gears

Mini Gears, probably best known for manufacturing and sourcing medium to high volume batches of commercial gears and racks for a wide range of industries, has recently diversified into additional new markets

Steel Turning Endurance (GC4325)

Edges to rely on - In a small country in the northern hemisphere, a team of experts at Sandvik Coromant was facing the challenge of creating a grade that would last longer than ever before in the broadest possible range of steel turning applications.


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Fortus 3D printers in the spotlight at Stage One

Stage One, a manufacturer of bespoke parts and assemblies for the creative industries, is taking advantage of two recently installed Stratasys 3D printers at its 8000m² site at Tockwith, near York.

Lean manufacturing simplified

Properly implemented, Lean manufacturing techniques can really help to streamline businesses by making them more efficient and profitable. This new video from EEF is ideal for those looking to get a buy-in from senior management.

Collaborative Hand Guidance by Fanuc

The CR-35iA has a payload of 35kg and aims to help heavy repetitive jobs in industries such as automotive, packaging, distribution and metalworking.

Machining the 'impossible dovetail' puzzle

Dating back to 1902, the impossible dovetail puzzle is a brain-teaser that doesn’t appear possible to take apart because it has dovetails on all 4 sides. Watch as Clickspring machines the puzzle using aluminium and brass.

Machining a chess rook

Watch Glacern Machine Tools demonstrate turning a chess rook using a 2.5" diameter 6061 aluminum bar stock on a Mori Seiki NL2500SY-700 CNC Turning Center

CNC machining in slow motion

If you've ever wondered what CNC machining looks like in slow motion, this 5 minute video by 'That's interesting' gives you a great overview at a high frame rate.