MACH 2024: Group Rhodes to showcase bespoke metalforming machinery

Leading manufacturer of metal and composite forming machinery, Group Rhodes, will be demonstrating one of its innovative metalforming presses within the MMMA Metal Working Village at MACH 2024.

The Rhodes Interform product on display was designed and manufactured in-house at the company’s Wakefield factory as part of a full turnkey solution to produce a bespoke twin press facility for forging forklift truck components.

The entire project, which consists of two Rhodes Interform multi-axis presses, a complete robotic handling line and an integrated conveying system, is capable of processing the largest forks at a rate of one part per 70 seconds.

Group Rhodes will also be discussing the global patents it has registered for its Superplastic Forming & Diffusion Bonding Technology (SPF/DB), including the territories of China, India, The United States and Europe. This innovative solution is applied extensively to the lightweighting of components within the aerospace and automotive industries.

Operations director James Gascoigne, comments: “We are looking forward to attending MACH 2024, which will give us the opportunity to demonstrate our latest innovations in metalforming technology. 

“This will be our first exhibition since we secured international patents for Superplastic Forming & Diffusion Bonding and it will be a great chance for our team to discuss how this technology works and its potential applications globally.

“Given that our 19th century patents were for improvements to the steam hammer, it is amazing to think that our most recent innovations are helping to form components for spacecraft. We are very proud to showcase these innovations – especially in our 200th anniversary year.”

Alongside its SPF/DB technology, Group Rhodes’ highly knowledgeable personnel will also be in attendance to discuss the company’s extensive portfolio of machinery for the hot and cold forming of metals and composites.

The company actively manufactures and markets bespoke machinery from its facilities in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, which it sells to both the UK and global markets. The four companies that make up the group offer extensive capabilities, including the design, development and manufacture of bespoke equipment to serve the metalforming, composite forming, heavy ceramics and material handling sectors.

Rhodes is celebrating its 200th anniversary in 2024 and is proud to nurture a dedicated workforce in a traditional yet dynamic manufacturing environment.

The parent company of Rhodes Interform, Group Rhodes metalforming history spans 200 years. It has been forming composite materials from as early as the 1930s. The business has won Queen’s Awards for both Innovation and International Trade in recent years.

Group Rhodes
Hall 6, Stand 599

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