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PowerMill helps you manufacture holds, dies, and highly complex components with maximum efficiency and quality from your 3-axis and 5-axis machines. A Free 30 day trial is now available offering unlimited use of PowerMill Ultimate, allowing potential users to experiment with all the strategies that the software has to offer. Download Now
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Machine buying rush at XYZ open house

XYZ Machine Tools’ open houses continue to draw in customers both old and new, with the recent event held at its Sheffield showroom continuing that trend.

David Smith joins Bowers Group

Bowers Group, a leader in precision measurement and the supply of metrology instruments, has announced that David Smith has joined the Bowers Group sales team as UK key account manager and India country manager.

WNT and XYZ customer event is a festival of speed!

Celebrating its fifth anniversary, the WNT (UK)/XYZ Machine Tools customer motorcycle track day at Lincolnshire’s Cadwell Park circuit exceeded all expectations, with terrific camaraderie, superb weather and, some fast and exciting track action from customers and instructors alike.

Turbex to promote precision cleaning at Medtec

Equipment for component cleaning specifically targeted at the medical sector will be promoted by Turbex, a leading supplier in the UK and Ireland of aqueous industrial washing machines and lines, both standard and bespoke.

Fanuc and Hi-Tech to join forces at Interplas 2017

Fanuc, a leading global manufacturer of factory automation solutions, is to join forces with key strategic partner Hi-Tech Automation at the Interplas 2017 event to be held at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham from 26-28 September 2017.

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Sliding ahead to success

When brothers Stewart and Warren May set up precision turned parts business Machine Tech Engineering (MTE) in 2002 they soon discovered investing in machines that combined multi-operations into a single cycle was the best way to be competitive. Acquisitions in Citizen machining technology has recently helped the company achieve substantial growth. PES reports.

Cost-effective quality

Operating from its modern facility in Yeovil, Somerset, YMT Technologies’ mantra is refreshingly simple – to provide high quality products at competitive prices. Dave Tudor visited to learn all about ‘Affordable Technology’.
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Driving productivity

When faced with the multiple challenges of satisfying short delivery times, undertaking the machining of a complex design and challenging international competition to secure a production contract for new, critical aerospace engine component, Dartford-based subcontractor Kenard Engineering focused on driving operational improvements in order to achieve 70% cycle time reductions. PES reports.

Good days ahead

Paul Horn’s ‘Technology Days’, a biennial three-day exhibition that takes place at the cutting tool specialist’s headquarters in Tübingen, Germany, was particularly well-timed this year as it enabled the company to showcase a recent €70 million investment in new production and administration facilities. Dave Tudor went for a closer look.

Rising to the challenge

As one of the UK’s leading contract manufacturing businesses, Unicut Precision has built its reputation on rapid response to customer demands, on-time delivery and, its engineering expertise that over the term of a contract will see costs driven out of components.

Cut to the quick

After 173 years in business, storage system and bandsaw specialist Kasto is well-versed in developing innovative new products and driving new technology. Dave Tudor reports from a recent open house held at its UK showroom in Milton Keynes.

Shopfloor advances on show in South Korea

In this article, Tony Dale technical director at Mills CNC, the exclusive distributor of Doosan machine tools in the UK and Ireland, reports on the eleventh biennial DIMF Show (Doosan International Machine Tool Fair) held at the company’s production facilities in Busan, South Korea in May.

JULY COVER STORY: Holding a tight grip on the future

From its origins in Lauffen, Germany, Schunk has grown from a workholding specialist to a leading pioneer of automation systems for manufacturing. Ed Hill visited the company, discovering a long engineering heritage and continuing spirit for innovation.

Verification for thermal cameras

Flir, a US-based company that designs and manufactures thermal imaging cameras, has started producing equipment for use in harsh marine industry conditions at its factory in Estonia.

Gauging plastic perfection

Bowers Group has supplied Sentinel Plastics with a Trimos V4 700 height gauge to maintain high levels of inspection accuracy for CNC machined plastic components.

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Cleaner cutting  

A longstanding customer of Hangsterfer’s Laboratories, Makino offers a wide range of high-precision metalcutting and EDM machinery.

New software solves age old problem

The latest release of Visi, Vero Software’s specialist mould and die solution, delivers a number of user experience enhancements and addresses an issue that is often neglected, but which can have an important effect on the final shape of a formed sheetmetal component.

Latest routers for composites

New CoroMill Plura routers unveiled by Sandvik Coromant offer optimised milling and slotting operations in composite materials such as CFRP and GFRP.
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Agile 5-axis machining range

TW Ward CNC Machinery (Ward CNC) has added the high-speed Axile range of overhead travelling gantry-type, 5-axis vertical machining centres to its considerable array of multi-axis, single set-up manufacturing solutions.

Opting for in-house with laser cutting

Many companies use laser cut components in the manufacture of their products, and the obvious starting point when prototyping or stepping up towards volume manufacturing is the use of a local subcontractor for laser cutting.

Hold the line

Workholding expert Gewefa has developed a hydraulic chuck for holding Sandvik Coromant EasyFix boring bars that removes the need for reduction sleeves while eliminating run out and guaranteeing the centre height at the insert cutting tip.

Adding extra intelligence to the equation

The Renishaw Equator flexible gauge is now offered with intelligent process control (IPC) software, providing the functionality to fully automate tool offset updates in CNC manufacturing processes.

Turning to a new partnership

Mastercam, has partnered with Sandvik Coromant to bring the industry’s first automated CAM support to the cutting tool specialist’s new PrimeTurning innovation.

Milling aluminium intelligently

David Jones, Iscar UK’s sales manager examines the milling of aluminium and the innovative new cutting tools that have been introduced by the company to ensure more efficiency and productivity.

New drills whip up a storm

The latest addition to M.A. Ford Europe’s comprehensive drill range is the new high performance Cyclone CXD, which is designed to deliver high metal removal and penetration rates when machining high temperature alloys, stainless steels and titanium.

Going global

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence has announced the release of the Global S measuring solution, the first in an Enhanced Productivity Series (EPS) leveraging the Hexagon portfolio of smart technologies including user experience adaptations, enhanced software and advanced eco-friendly options.

Four time improved control

Tebis, the process provider for the development, design and manufacturing of models, moulds and components, has recently launched release 4 of its current Tebis Version 4.0.

High-speed Italian machining 

Availability in the UK and Ireland of a large, portal, 5-axis machining centre, built by the Italian company Mecof, has been announced by sole agent NCMT.

Stability, quality and productivity

Increased process stability, quality, and productivity are just some of the advantages precision mould and die makers can expect from GF Machining Solutions’ Mikron MillS 600 U 5-axis machining centres, now equipped with new high-precision HVC140 StepTec spindles.

literature

YMT Technologies Summer Issue

For high speed and precision machining, Kojex presents the latest DC, UC, HEC, SD and HPC products to satisfy their customers requirements. Suitable for use in Aerospace, F1 and Medical applications.

Correa product catalogue

DTS UK are the sole agent for Correa machine tools in the UK offering a range of large Bed type, Travelling Column, Bridge and Gantry type milling machines.
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Lagun milling brochure

The range of large capacity bed-type and moving column milling machines availabe from Lagun, represented by RK International Machine Tools in the UK.

Aero Metals Alliance brand new corporate brochure

Aero Metals Alliance (AMA) includes some of the world’s leading metal suppliers: Gould Alloys, Progressive Alloy, Service Centres Aero, Sunshine Metals and Wilsons. Together, these companies deliver a complete range of aerospace and high performance metal products

Tebis Product Catalogue

Software manufacturer Tebis creates products that ensure process efficiency and a technological edge in international die, mould and model manufacturing, in industrial design and in machinery and equipment.

PTG Workholdings Product Catalogue

PTG Workholding is a supplier of workholding technology working in many existing markets, including organisations within the following sectors: automotive, aerospace, machine tool manufacturing, sub-contract operations, electrical engineering and medical.

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Highlights of World of Tools

Thanks to 92 exhibitors and some 3,500 visitors, the World of Tools 2017 was a success. Numerous live demonstrations, a total of 48 seminars and an exhibition area of 2,200 m² made Hoffman Group's in-house exhibition a spectacular event. Watch highlights and impressions now.
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Creating tool assembly with CoroPlus ToolLibrary

Get a tool recommendation including speeds and feeds based on the task that you are performing. Create your tool assembly based on that recommendation. Your tool assembly is based on the ISO 13399 tool data standard and is ready for import to your CAM software.

123insight MRP/ERP evaluation workshop

Whether you are looking to upgrade from homegrown databases and spreadsheets or need to replace an MRP system that is out of date or simply not doing what it should for your business, 123 Insight's evaluation workshop is an ideal place to start.

Overview of 123insight

This video gives an overview of 123insight, including interviews with key staff. It describes what makes 123insight so different from the traditional MRP/ERP approach of long sales and implementation processes, followed by large annual maintenance fees and constant requirements for customisation or consultancy.

Fibre laser source completes Fanuc's package of solutions

Fanuc is able to offer a complete package of solutions thanks to a fibre laser source. This now includes: specifically designed fibre and CO2 laser sources, advanced CNC and a high-performance servo drive system, all bundled into a single interfaced laser package

Cost-efficient cutting process from Trumpf

Save up to 70% of cutting gas and increase sheet throughput up to 100% with the cutting process Highspeed Eco. The basis of this process is the touchdown nozzle: it prevents the cutting gas from escaping at the sides. Discover in the video how this cost-efficient nozzle works.

Mazak iSMART Factory in action

The iSmart factory concept utilises Mazak’s Industry 4.0 infrastructure which enables machine users to make the vital step-up from automated cell manufacturing to a completely connected Industry 4.0 factory of the future.