Faro to host Scan2Print event

Leading provider of 3D measurement technology, laser scanning equipment and associated software, Faro, will be co-hosting a Scan2Print event on Thursday 4th May 2017 with Canon and 3D Systems.
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The MTA’s Brexit evidence backed by Parliamentary Committee

The House of Lords European Union Committee has this week published its report into Brexit: trade in goods. This report follows an Inquiry by the EU External Affairs Sub-Committee, to which the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) gave evidence in the autumn of 2016.

Editor’s comment: March 2017

There’s relentless pressure on manufacturing companies to invest in new equipment to become more productive and because technology (and hence performance) advances at an alarming rate, there’s a lot of truth in this philosophy.

Big opportunities for start-ups at Advanced Engineering

Following the highly encouraging response to its Enabling Innovation hub last November, Advanced Engineering is set to repeat and extend the initiative further at its upcoming 2017 which takes place at the NEC in Birmingham from 1-2 November.

The appliance of science  

From 8th February to September 3rd the Science Museum in London will be running an exhibition on Robots and their application through the ages. As a competence leader in gripping and clamping technology, Schunk has a presence at the event with its PZN-plus gripping system.

Cornish manufacturer sees order books surge

This acceleration in manufacturing growth in 2016 has been mirrored and excelled by Redruth-based European Springs & Pressings and has seen its order books surge post-Brexit referendum with further encouragement of long-term gains with the UK Government’s budget announcements.

Light years ahead

GF Machining Solutions has expanded its line of laser texturing machines with the introduction of the compact Laser P 400 3-axis and Laser P 400U 5-axis models.

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MARCH COVER STORY: New Year resolutions

For tooling specialist Seco, the early part of 2017 will see the company embark on two significant product campaigns – high feed milling and new additions to its Duratomic insert range. Dave Tudor reports.

Good health

A specialist subcontract supplier to the healthcare, medical and scientific sectors has seen cycle times cut by 80% in some instances as a result of investing in its first sliding-head turning centre; a 7-axis Tornos Swiss DT 26. PES reports.
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Opting for automated sawing

One of the UK's leading providers of light engineering components, Stourbridge-based Tasman Industries, has acquired two automated, pivoting-bow bandsaws from Kasto, the most recent of which was delivered in December 2016.

10K performance improvements

Customers of leading sheet metal subcontractor Accurate Laser Cutting are already reaping the benefits of the firm’s recent investment in a 10kW fibre laser, according to the company.

Fourth star performer at subcontractor

As a subcontract manufacturer serving the automotive, medical, nuclear and agricultural sectors, Scot Bennett Engineering has just invested in a Star SR-32J sliding head turning centre.

Speedier tool grinding

Anca’s latest product launch offers even greater grinding flexibility with the new TX7 Spindle Speed Increaser.

On track for expansion

JC Precision Engineering earns 70% of its turnover from producing a wide range of components for racing go-carts.

New order means new machines

Invertec Interiors, a leading designer and manufacturer of lighting and interior systems for public transport and commercial vehicles, has purchased a new Mecal MC 305 Kosmos 4-axis CNC machining centre and a Mecal CN double mitre saw from Addison Saws.

Breaking the bundle 

When Prosaw was approached at an international exhibition to provide a system that would saw through heat exchanger tube bundles 3m in diameter, the immediate reaction reflected the fact that none of its standard products offered a solution suitable for the application.

The sharp end

Dutch company Kinkelder has made a name for itself on the global arena with its carbide tipped circular, high-speed steel circular and segmental circular saw blades.

Lathes at the heart of glass

Despite the continuing rise of alternative and competitive packaging materials, most notably plastic, consumer preference for pure, aesthetically-pleasing, environmentally-friendly and sustainable food, beverage, pharmaceutical, cosmetics and perfumery packaging continues to drive demand for glass containers.

Added up car production

Engineers at The University of Nottingham are developing lightweight automotive components using new additive manufacturing (AM) processes to boost vehicle fuel efficiency, while cutting noise and CO₂ emissions.


Brush away the burrs

Designed specifically for the removal of burrs, Xebec Technology released its simple but innovative Brush Wheel Type at the end of 2016

Compact turning centre for flexible production

The turning line from Victor CNC has robust heavy duty characteristics that enable the brand to provide high performance machine tools built to last. However, such highly-specified machines have historically demanded a considerable floor area.

Absolute accuracy

Mitsui Seiki describes its ‘Ultimate Mother Machine’ as being able to realise jig borer levels of positional accuracy within ±1µm with the ability to contour with ultra-high accuracy due to the introduction of the MAMS (Mitsui Accurate Milling Support) thermal monitoring system.
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Deep advances

Deep hole drilling machine specialist Unisig has unveiled newly developed technologies that substantially improve performance while reducing cost in its larger B-series machines. These advances are introduced in the newly launched B850 model and will be integrated into larger models in the series.

Three-way machining

Turn-milling cycles using up to three tools simultaneously enables the Miyano BNE-51MSY from Citizen Machinery to machine both ends of a workpiece created from 51mm bar in a single cycle.

Entry level circular saw

The HCS 150 E is a compact entry package circular saw with a loading magazine for round material and optional rectangular profiles.

Modular expansion 

Emag's modular machine concept, which was introduced in 2011, has proven to be very popular with customers, the company reports.

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.

Fast and flexible clamping

Regardless of shape or size, the Schunk Pronto prism jaws allow different geometries to be clamped fast, flexibly, and safely.

Metrology in miniature

The success of Aberlink’s recently launched Xtreme CNC coordinate measuring machine (CMM) has prompted high levels of demand for practical demonstrations.

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.

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.


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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.


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.


Banish those burrs

Simple but innovative. The Brush Wheel Type CNC deburring and polishing tool from Xebec. Available in the UK from Drill Service based in Horley, Surrey.

Overview of the HPSAW310

Overview of the HPSAW310 high performance CNC bandsaw from Amada Machine Tools, represented in the UK by Accurate Cutting Services Ltd.

Mini chucks with adaptations by Hainbuch

As part of the Hainbuch modular system, the new mini series allow the usage of mandrel adaptations and jaw modules in addition to reduced mass and size. The company says they are the best choice for main and sub spindle in small machining areas for effective tool accessibility, without trading-off set-up flexibility.
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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.

Tutoring titanium machining

At Kyocera SGS’ Lunch and Learn event machining demonstrations were conducted on a titanium workpiece using a Grob G350 5-axis machining centre and Edgecam CAD/CAM software.

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.