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Supply chain show motors ahead 

Launched last year, Automechanika is on target to be the biggest UK show dedicated to the automotive aftermarket and supply chain.

Editor’s comment: May 2017

This, the May 2017 issue of PES marks a milestone in the magazine’s history. During this month in 1997, PES’ publisher, David Rose launched the first ever issue and here we are two decades on commemorating its 20th birthday.

Recent Articles


A big choice for oil and gas

Sheffield-based Ian Cocker Engineering has a lengthy history employing Hurco machine tools for its precision components. Now the company has invested in its first 5-axis VMC from the Hurco stable. PES reports.
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Innovative flexible workholding

Based in its 5,000ft² manufacturing facility in Brixworth, Northamptonshire, Micron Precision Engineering has earned a reputation for supplying its customers with high-quality components at a cost-effective price and in a timely fashion.

First steps into CNC

Warwick-based James Camden Engineering needed to develop high-precision, complex parts for a client in the aerospace sector. By adopting Fanuc’s CNC vertical machining technology, the company has been able to reach new standards of quality and intricacy.

Take a new turn

The sliding head turning market has to be one of the most closely contested sectors within the metalcutting industry. One of the leading players riding on the crest of a wave at the moment is Star GB, which since August 2016 has been operating from its brand new 20,000ft² facility in Derby. Dave Tudor caught up with its managing director, Steve Totty.

Many happy returns: PES celebrates two decades of publishing

Way back in May 1997, a new magazine rolled off the printing press for the first time. Aimed squarely at meeting the needs of manufacturing and production engineers working in the metalcutting and metal forming sectors, Production Engineering Solutions celebrates its 20th birthday this month.

When too good is not good enough

West Midlands-based GB Precision is used to tackling difficult grinding jobs; it’s what the company does every day, but sometimes a job comes along which is a bit more demanding.

Scarborough UTC invests in the engineers of tomorrow

Scarborough UTC’s new training facility was opened in September 2016 with the aim of educating the engineers of tomorrow. To ensure the facility gives students the best possible introduction to industry, it sourced machine tools, almost exclusively, from 600 UK.

Shaking up finishing for engines

Peterborough subcontractor Westcombe Engineering has installed a new manufacturing cell to produce increased quantities of a family of aluminium engine components for Perkins Engines.

High-tech solutions to traditional problems

Investment in two Engineering Technology Group (ETG) supplied Quaser MV184 machining centres is supplementing a mix of experience and skills for high precision subcontract engineers Fairbrother & Grimshaw (Engineering).

Mission Control

Industry 4.0 creates what many call a ‘Smart Factory’ where computer software systems monitor physical processes, such as CNC machines, robots or assembly lines and present real-time information to users and other systems to facilitate fact-based decisions and actions. Often these actions themselves are automated, requiring little or no human intervention.


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.

Thermal growth control for accurate milling

The latest addition to the Mitsui Seiki Vertex 5-axis simultaneous control series of vertical machining centres introduces a multi-sensor thermal growth monitoring system MAMS (Mitsui Accurate Milling Support).

Sprocket production goes modular

Complete manufacturing solutions are in greater demand than ever. Until a few years ago, production steps were broken down into sub-processes, and production lines often comprised equipment from a variety of manufacturers.
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Step up to the plate

According to the manufacturer, the Tipo G31 gantry CNC machining centre from Ficep heralds the dawn of a new era in the processing of heavy steel plate.

Increasing the volume

Now in its third generation and capable of simultaneous 5-axis metal cutting as well as five-sided work, the DMU 50 machining centre from DMG Mori has been reintroduced with a significantly upgraded specification.

ITC flattens time for levelling machine tool tables

As a global leader in premium high-precision tooling systems and solutions for the metalworking industries, Big Kaiser has now launched the Level Master, a portable 2-axis electronic levelling tool for rapid machine set-up that is available in the UK from Industrial Tooling Corporation (ITC).

Precision and performance guaranteed

Axis drives up to 54m/minute with a high torque 600Nm spindle drive in a compact, high rigidity horizontal machining centre structure are key features of the 630mm square pallet capacity Mitsui Seiki HPX63 ll now available from 2D CNC Machinery.

Customer-driven enhancements

The U-630 and U-1530 ranges of 3-, 4- and 5-axis vertical machining centres (VMCs) from German manufacturer, Spinner, have been significantly uprated in response to suggestions from end users. Sole sales and service agent for the UK and Ireland, Whitehouse Machine Tools, explains the improvements.

Feature rich 

According to the manufacturer, high performance milling has just been taken to a new plateau with the arrival of the new P76 vertical machining centre from Victor CNC.

Precision honing from a VMC

Indianapolis-based machine tool manufacturer Hurco has teamed up with honing specialist Bates Technologies in nearby Fishers, Indiana to develop a high precision honing process that can be carried out on standard machining centres.

New drills for profit

The global metalworking industry is driven by the relentless progress of high-end technologies that are becoming ever more sophisticated, according to David Jones, Iscar UK sales manager.

Vision system for large and palletised parts

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence is expanding its vision product range with user-friendly and practice-orientated system solutions for the measurement of large or palletised 2D moulded parts.

Updated functionality

A major new feature is introduced in the latest release of the Javelin production control system from Vero Software.


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
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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.


Training the next generation

The Harlow Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Centre (HAMEC) was opened recently by Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills, Robert Halfon MP.

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.
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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.

Tendo Slim 4ax

The Tendo Slim 4ax is the Schunk hydraulic expansion toolholder for axial machining for drilling, reaming chamfering and thread cutting.

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.

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.