Trescal awarded SC21 Silver status

Calibration specialist Trescal has advanced to Supply Chain 21 (SC21) Silver status. The award recognises the progress the company has made in terms of business performance and delivery, as well as the quality of relationships established with customers and the wider supply chain.
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Calling All Freddy's

Having sold more than 15,000 units during its longstanding history, Freddy Products is one of the most familiar brands in the UK manufacturing industry.

ITC appoints new indexable tooling specialist

Industrial Tooling Corporation (ITC) has employed a new technical sales engineer to support the demands of its customer base in the South and South West of the UK. In the last two years, ITC has significantly increased its sales of Widia indexable cutting tools and the appointment of Matt White will provide dedicated technical support to end users specifying indexable product lines.

Apprentices: make your voices heard

Hundreds of apprentices are being encouraged to let their voices be heard in the corridors of power to help improve the image and perception of technical and vocational education and lead the calls for better careers advice in schools.

Free Apprenticeship Levy webinar from EEF

EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, is running a free webinar in conjunction with the Skills Funding Agency, to guide employers through the crucial next steps of the Apprenticeship Levy – registering for and setting up their Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS) account.

Semta chairman to step down

Allan Cook CBE is to stand down from his role as Semta chairman at the end of March 2017, it has been announced.

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Technological advances

Capital equipment providers that enjoy healthy levels of repeat business is usually a reliable indicator that they’re doing something right. Here PES looks at two loyal users of Sodick EDM machines that have bought new equipment recently and have been suitably impressed by the productivity gains achievable.
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Making lasers the first choice

Choosing a metalcutting method that is rapid, precise and cost-effective can be a difficult task, particularly when there are so many to choose from.

Lightening the load

In 2015, bar feed equipment specialist Hydrafeed was appointed UK exclusive agent for the Robojob series of automated loading and unloading systems, designed specifically to optimise productivity on both turning and milling machines.

Magnesium is ready for take off

Researchers at Birmingham City University are hoping to transform the fortunes of magnesium this year, by showcasing it as a viable alternative for luxury car makers and the aerospace industry.

JANUARY COVER STORY: All bases covered

Whilst ‘One stop shop’ has been a much used and abused term over the years, sometimes, just sometimes, it can be used with absolute justification. With the addition of a new 5-axis machine to its already vast portfolio, XYZ Machine Tools now has all bases covered. Dave Tudor reports.

Advances through automation

An Erowa robot pallet cell, supplied by REM Systems, is supporting Dynamatic Oldland Aerospace’s drive to secure its position as a key supplier to the aerospace sector. PES reports.

Lighting a path for laser production

Nuneaton-based Subcon Laser held an official launch party to mark the installation of its first Trumpf 8kW Fiber Laser cutting system at the end of November. Ed Hill writes.

Engineering in motion 

Surfcam’s reseller in the Czech Republic organised the national leg of two global engineering competitions for schools, and helped the country winners prepare for the international finals, one of which was held in the UK.

New dimensions in machining

Machine tool supplier 2D CNC was acquired by the Halbronn Group in last year. The development marks a new chapter in the growth of a company that specialises in providing premium machine tools. Ed Hill went along to a recent open house to find out more.

Cost reduction of aero metals

A consortium comprising a world leader in aircraft landing gear, a specialist metals producer and two of the UK’s top universities is working on a project aimed at the production of aerospace-grade titanium at an affordable price.

Eleven strong machining squad

ADM Fine Machining based in Littlehampton has recently invested in a new, large-capacity Doosan DNM 650 II vertical machining centre from Mills CNC.


Updated software means greater workflow efficiency

Version 8 of CGTech’s Vericut CNC simulation and optimisation software ties complex processes together with the ability to monitor and evaluate potential problems in an efficient and consolidated way, thereby reducing the time spent in the programming and machining cycle.

Going deeper with detachables 

A factor of Sumitomo Electric Hardmetal’s continuous development programme is the ability to enable deep holes to be drilled between 12mm and 42.5mm diameter with up to 12:1 depth-to-diameter ratio.

Pulse perfection

A Fine Pulse Technology concept has been announced by Walter Ewag UK, a member of the United Grinding Group, as an innovative erosion development that is claimed to set new standards in terms of PCD tool surface and cutting edge quality, as well as process reliability.

New aerospace tooling

EDV UK, the Sheffield-based precision rotary tooling manufacturer, has launched a new specialised cutting tool for the aerospace market.
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All-inclusive performance

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.

Time saving software

Tebis, the software and process provider for the development, design and manufacture of models, moulding tools and components, has made its version 4.0 release 3 available in the marketplace.

Two into one sales agreement

A joint sales cooperation between Horn and Boehlerit, two independent manufacturers of carbide and cutting tools in Germany and Austria respectively, has resulted in the companies selling each other’s products.

Safe and sound 

Developing cutting fluids is a fine balancing act between ensuring performance whilst adhering to strict health and safety regulations. With its rhenus FU 800 coolant, Rhenus Lub has developed a formulation that is free from amines, boric acid and formaldehyde depots.

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.

Laser workhorse gets new functionality

The Trumpf TruLaser 3030 continues to prove to be a reliable and flexible workhorse for many UK manufacturers and in its latest version, the flatbed laser cutting machine introduces new functionality.

Big performance, small footprint

A new, vertical spindle machining centre has been introduced by the German manufacturer, Spinner, which despite having a generous working envelope of 1,650 x 820 x 820mm, occupies a relatively small footprint on the shopfloor of 3,550 by 2,750mm.

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.

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).


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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.

Swiss GT

Automatic turning machines with a complete standard equipment package at a competitive price. Simple and ergonomic, the Swiss GT range offers easy access to all tool positions. It is easy to use and maintain in particular due to its automatic lubrication unit, a swarf tray and a high volume removable oil pan.


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.
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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.

Kyocera SGS explains the capabilities of its Tech-Hub

Barry Ward, Kyocera SGS Europe technical manager, explains how customers can benefit from the Tech-Hub. The company takes the customers challenges off their hands and deal with it by applying their machining knowledge and expertise.

Chick system from 1st MTA demonstrates 5-axis capability

Although not normally associated with fully interpolative machining in five axes, a US-made Chick System 5 Qwik-Lok twin-station clamping system from 1st Machine Tool Accessories was demonstrated assisting the manufacture of a bicycle pedal at the Mazak open house last November.

Tungaloy at JIMTOF 2016

Watch the video highlights of Tungaloy's booth at JIMTOF2016 after a successful exhibition.

Faro Cobalt Array Imager

Introducing the Cobalt Array Imager from Faro . A new class of automated metrology sensor providing sophisticated in-process measurement, minimising integration and infrastructure costs.

Aerospace machining lunch and learn event

Attend the free “Lunch and Learn” event, which is supported by WEAF (West of England Aerospace Forum), featuring a tour of the facilities for tooling manufacture and coating at Kyocera SGS, plus a live machining demonstration showing the company's latest tooling cutting a titanium aero-structure part on the Grob G350 universal 5-axis machine in the Wokingham showroom.

TRAKing on XYZ ProTURN Lathes

TRAKing is a feature on all XYZ Proturn Lathes. This allows the operator of the CNC machine tool to move the machine through the program by winding the hand wheel. The hand wheel gives the operator complete control to move the machine at varying speeds and to stop or reverse the direction of the CNC machine.

Manufacturing at Cranfield University

Cranfield University combines expertise in design, technology and management along with research into materials sciences together, all with a focus on manufacturing.

Machining into the future: Mazak open house

Yamazaki Mazak held an open house event recently at its European Technical Centre in Worcester. Production Engineering Solutions talked to Alan Mucklow, Managing Director UK & Ireland Sales Division, about the company’s latest machines and it focus on the benefits of Industry 4.0.

Star GB sliding head lathes at Empire Manufacturing

Empire Manufacturing use Star GB sliding head lathes in their manufacturing array. Stuart Wade of Empire spoke to Star about how the quality and repeatability of his Star lathes has helped the business to grow.

Low frequency vibration cutting

With low frequency vibration cutting, the vibration control in the axial direction of the servo axis do the cutting while sync with the spindle rotation. By providing a time "air cut" during cutting, it can be discharged intermittently chips and keep in a stable satisfactory machining state.

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.