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Winner announced for global Graphene Challenge competition

Sandvik Coromant has announced the winner of the Graphene Challenge. The competition, which ran from April to May 2016, invited individuals from around the world to submit ideas for sustainable innovations made from graphene that would revolutionise the modern household.

Citizen announces turning technology showcase

Central to Citizen’s 2016 open house taking place from 11-13 October will be the first UK demonstration of a key breakthrough in machining technology that is not only able to increase cutting performance, but also create gains through improved and controlled chip flow, extended tool life and help maintain better levels of surface finish.

Exports up for Aberlink

There were natural concerns following the EU Referendum result back in June, but the subsequent devaluation of the Pound has seen an increase in business for CMM manufacturer Aberlink.

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Magnetic clamp pays for itself in three months

In March 2016, bespoke special purpose machine manufacturer and CNC machining subcontractor, Bowyer Engineering, bought its first magnetic workholding equipment, an Italian-made component clamping system from Tecnomagnete supplied through sole UK agent, 1st Machine Tool Accessories. As PES reports, the performance of the equipment exceeded all expectations.

It’s all about the detail

Birmingham-based precision engineering firm GB Precision, provides complex components and sub-assemblies to customers in demanding industry sectors such as aerospace, packaging and medical.

Stick it out

A new method for securing a turbine blade prior to machining by gluing one side of its aerofoil to a fixture, rather than using mechanical clamping, allows the blade’s root and tip to be ground in one operation.
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Don’t forget the fixturing

The prospect of buying a new piece of equipment can be an exciting time for any manufacturing company but as James Kunze, a styli and fixture business development specialist at Renishaw writes, when it comes to buying high-tech inspection equipment, don’t forget the fixturing!

Turnkey technology

For over 40 years Shand UK has been designing and manufacturing hose and pipe coupling systems for rubber reinforced hose and reinforced thermoplastic pipe for the offshore industry.

High standards

Founded in 1980, European CNC Turned Parts has established an excellent reputation for providing a cost-effective service and for the manufacture and supply of high quality CNC turned parts.

New laser provides the cutting edge

Stead & Wilkins (S&W) is a ‘one stop shop’ engineering provision. Established in 1973, the company offers a comprehensive range of design, fabrication and precision engineering resources, in addition to professional fitting and installation services.

Tried and trusted 

When one of the UK’s leading aluminium die casting specialists needed a new solution to ensure the parts it makes for car giant Jaguar Land Rover met the highest possible standards of cleanliness, the company looked no further than Tewkesbury-based aqueous parts cleaning specialists MecWash.

Mission possible 

Whenever a new job comes into a company that film studios describe as needing the ‘cavalry’ digital designer and CNC supervisor Jason Szukalski is instantly thinking how Alphacam CAD/CAM software will break it down into machinable parts.

South Wales subcontractor has steely determination to succeed

Operating under the towering shadows of the chimneys at the much publicised Port Talbot Steel works, Formagrind is a subcontractor that is certainly playing its part in supporting the local manufacturing community. The company, based in Neath has recently won a significant order that has led to the delivery of two Hurco machining centres and new tooling innovations from Mitsubishi Materials. PES reports.

Bespoke air gauging for gear cases

Rotork, a leading actuator manufacturer and flow control company, works closely with companies in the oil and gas, water and waste water, power, marine, mining, food, pharmaceutical and chemical industries across the globe.


Triple benefits

At the start of 2016 Mapal brought a number of innovations to the cutting tool industry with its patented QTD drill and HTC toolholders that are both produced with additive manufacturing technology. Now the company is strengthening its drilling line with the introduction of the new TTD-Tritan drill.

Clever clamping

Now exclusively available from Coventry-based ETG Workholding, the Matrix range of pin- based X clamp fixturing systems are ideal for 5-axis machining applications creating a part specific fixture in seconds.
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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.

Making the grade in aerospace

To ensure that the most efficient, cost-effective cutting tools are designed and made available to the global aerospace manufacturing industry, Iscar’s aerospace industry manager remains in constant communication with all of the major sub- sectors involved.

Can we make a suggestion?

In 2015 Seco Tools launched My Pages, the company’s new single entry point/single sign-in digital internet-based portal that enabled staff, technical partners and, more importantly, customers to have fast, direct and reliable access to its product information, cutting data and test reports.

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.

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.


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.
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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.


CNC machining a skull

Watch as a skull is machined from aluminium using the XYZ 1060 HS CNC machine from XYZ Machine Tools.

AML wins plaudits from Rolls-Royce for blisk manufacture

Machining blisks is challenging at the best of times but when manufacturing solution provider AML won a contract to supply Rolls-Royce with multi-blade variants for the Advance3 aero-engine programme, it chose Siemens NX Turbomachinery software to help optimise part programming and machining.
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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.