September 1st, 2020 10:20 am | by admin

New machine tools make working at home a lot easier

July 23rd, 2020 1:52 pm | by admin

Ajax Machine Tools, based in Lymington, is always looking for new solutions to bring to the UK market and the latest offering is a a new range of CNC machines called the Atom and Proton.

The Atom has a very small footprint. Ajax’s new Mini CNC lathe has a Siemens 808D control a 100 mm 3 jaw chuck an automatic 4 way tool post that takes 10 mm tooling and a tail stock with a 3 MT spindle. The best part is it is on wheels and will plug into a 13 amp socket domestic socket and still take a decent cut.

The Proton, which is also very small, is the Mini milling version of the Atom. It again has the Siemens 808D control driving 3 axes. It will mill, drill and tap with ease and also comes on wheels and plugs into a 13 amp socket.

Both these machines would be at home in your home, garage, workshop, machine shop or classroom. With online training available and a PC version of the control for free, it’s a great opportunity to work from home.

Ajax Machine Tools International Ltd
Tel: 01590 676000

New manufacturing facility in the UK

July 23rd, 2020 1:41 pm | by admin

Dräger expands capacity for respiratory masks and sets up a production facility in the UK|
In connection with the COVID 19 pandemic, Dräger has received an order from the British government to deliver respiratory protection masks (FFP3). The delivery of the order will start in 2020 and will stretch until the end of 2021. The expected net sales are roughly EUR 100 million.

For this purpose a mask production facility will be set up in the UK, in the Blyth area of Northumberland. There, Dräger has had a development and production site for respiratory protection technology for firefighters and industry for over 50 years. This is in addition to the existing production network in Sweden and South Africa and the recently decided new production sites in France and the US. The investment in the expansion of production capacities across all five production sites will require a mid-double-digit million euros in the 2020 financial year.

Rainer Klug, chief officer of the Safety Division at Dräger: “We are very pleased about the major order from the British government. It gives us the opportunity to expand our international production network for FFP masks. With this additional production unit, Dräger will increase volumes quickly and flexibly. Our international production network enables us to react very quickly and specifically to national or local requirements on the one hand, and to cover international requirements in a closely networked and flexible manner on the other. Dräger thus operates a highly responsive manufacturing system for certified FFP respiratory protection masks, with a product design originating from our own development in Germany”.

Dräger Technology for Life®
Dräger is an international leader in the fields of medical and safety technology. Its products protect, support and save lives. Founded in 1889, Dräger generated revenues of around EUR 2.8 billion in 2019. The Dräger Group is currently present in more than 190 countries and has more than 14,500 employees worldwide. For more information visit:

Draeger Safety UK
Tel: 07786 572111







LVD plans a series of Technology Events to launch new products

July 23rd, 2020 1:37 pm | by admin

Following the postponement of EuroBLECH 2020, LVD has announced plans for a series of Virtual Technology Events and Technology Days to be held from September through to November 2020 to launch and showcase new laser cutting, bending and punch press products for the sheet metalworking market.

LVD Technology Events will spotlight products originally planned to debut at EuroBLECH and will offer a combination of virtual events and in-person Technology Days at its Experience Center in Gullegem, Belgium.

Both the virtual and onsite events will give attendees an in-depth look at LVD’s latest advancements. The Virtual Tech Events will provide full product demonstrations, informational sessions on various metal fabricating technology and industry trends, and offer a platform for information sharing, as you would expect at a physical trade show. Technology Days at the LVD XP Center will take place with significantly smaller groups and with increased safety measures in place.

EuroBLECH, the world’s largest sheet metalworking exhibition, has been postponed to March 2021 in light of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

“Without strong confidence that health and safety guidelines can be maintained in a large tradeshow setting such as EuroBLECH, we need new ways to connect with fabricators to help them discover new technologies,” says LVD CCO, Francis De Bie. “As we adapt to the ‘new normal,’ it’s more important than ever to help companies build more flexible and resilient businesses.”

Dates and additional details for LVD Technology Events will be announced in early August. Questions can be addressed to

LVD is a leading manufacturer of sheet metalworking equipment, including laser cutting systems, punch presses, press brakes, guillotine shears and automation systems, integrated to and supported by its CADMAN® software suite. LVD Industry 4.0-ready products and technology make smart manufacturing possible.

For more information, contact:

LVD Company nv
Tel: 0032 56 43 0511








Okuma opens a new Engineering Centre in Germany

July 23rd, 2020 1:32 pm | by admin

The Engineering Centre will be equipped with a main crane with a 32-tonne loading capacity as well as six ancillary cranes, each allowing a 2-tonne loading capacity


Individual all-in-one solutions to suit customer requirements

Okuma, one of the world’s market leaders for CNC tooling machines and process optimisation, will soon be opening a new Engineering Centre at its site in Krefeld, Germany. In future, the standard machines kept in stock will be individually tailored to meet the needs of customers across Europe.

Okuma Europe works in most European countries with long-standing sales partners that are able to provide service and individual solutions particularly quickly due to their customer proximity. After Okuma changed over to direct sales in Germany, it was then up to the company itself to lay the foundations for continuing to generate successful growth locally.

1200 m² for faster individual all-in-one solutions

In 2018, plans were drawn up for the new Engineering Centre to increase the workshop capacity. August 2019 marked the start of construction. Just under a year later, the building designed and realised by the Toenisvorst based company Hagelstein architecture, is set to open soon, despite the coronavirus crisis and all the delays that entailed.

The opening ceremony cannot presently be held as to protect customers and employees from COVID-19. However, Norbert Teeuwen, managing director of Okuma Europe, still has reason to be pleased: “In future, the Engineering Centre will enable us to respond even better and faster in satisfying special requests and providing all-in-one solutions for the manufacturing needs of our customers all across Europe.”

Over 1200m² floor space will soon be an assembly area for up to 20 machines, along with communal areas for the 17 employees currently working in the Engineering department. The centre will focus on fitting Okuma machines with local accessories and automation solutions to suit customer requirements. A variety of the most in-demand machines will be kept in stock in the warehouse, ready to go at any time. Furthermore, the Engineering Centre will be equipped with a main crane with a 32-ton loading capacity as well as six ancillary cranes, each allowing a 2-ton loading capacity, to support the team’s great work. Preliminary acceptance testing of the systems will then also be carried out in Okuma’s own workshop in Krefeld.

Okuma Europe GmbH is the Germany-based sales and service affiliation of Okuma Corporation, a world leader in CNC (computer numeric control) machine tools, founded in 1898 in Nagoya, Japan. Okuma is the industry’s only single-source provider, manufacturing the CNC machine, drive, motor, encoder, spindle and CNC control. Okuma’s innovative and reliable technology, paired with comprehensive, localised service protection, allows users to run continuously with confidence, maximising profitability. Along with its industry-leading distribution network, Okuma facilitates quality, productivity and efficiency, empowering the customer and enabling competitive advantage in today’s demanding manufacturing environment. For more information, visit

Tel: 020 8398 4277


Okuma will soon be opening a new Engineering Centre at its site in Krefeld, Germany



123 Insight announces new series of online INFO Exchange events

July 17th, 2020 11:36 am | by admin

123 Insight Limited has scheduled a further series of online 123insight INFO Exchange events in response to increased interest in manufacturers to implement ERP/MRP.

The next events are scheduled for 22nd July, 12th August, 2nd September and 23rd September, each taking place on a Wednesday at 10.30am.

The online 123insight INFO Exchange is a manufacturing companies’ online interaction from which attendees will gain a better understanding of what 123insight can offer and to get any questions answered. This group online session is scheduled for 90 minutes, during which software is demonstrated, and 123 Insight’s unique business model is explained, with a Q&A session at the end.

Managing director Simon Badger says: “The sessions that we have run so far have proven extremely popular, with the last two being oversubscribed as we limit the number of attendees to keep events manageable. Although manufacturing has been hit hard by COVID-19 it’s clear that companies are focusing, perhaps harder than before, on how they can make productivity gains and further efficiencies within their business.

“Since 2000 we’ve developed and distributed our award-winning MRP/ERP system. It’s offered completely without risk. Attend an Evaluation Workshop, then attend the six-day ‘No Obligation’ training on the understanding that if the system does not suit your business you walk away with nothing to pay. After that it’s a low monthly subscription, no minimum contract and you can increase/decrease licences every month.”

Attendance is free and interested users can register at

123 Insight Ltd
Tel: 01489 860851


FARO Launches Latest 3D portable CMM

June 25th, 2020 11:26 am | by admin

Ideal for small and medium-sized businesses, the FARO Gage boasts unmatched affordability, speed, performance and accuracy

FARO Technologies, Inc, the global leader for 3D measurement, imaging and realisation solutions for 3D Metrology, AEC, and Public Safety Analytics, has announced the release of its most affordable and accurate 3D portable coordinate measurement machine (CMM), the FARO Gage.

Ideal for small and medium-sized businesses performing high-accuracy tasks, the Gage is the most intuitive, ergonomic, and versatile articulated portable FaroArm®, enabling machine shops to perform their most demanding 3D inspections in record time.

The all-in-one-solution also reduces calibration costs and minimises clutter, replacing traditional hand tools such as calipers, micrometres, and height gauges, while providing 20 percent more reach than the previous-generation Gage arm. Lightweight and portable but with the precision of a lab instrument and the ruggedness of a shop floor device, the Gage sets up in seconds, reduces inspection time, and delivers quality results with exceptional flexibility, resulting in increased speed and productivity.

“When it comes to measurement equipment value, accuracy, portability, speed and affordability matter,” says Michael Carris, Ph.D, vice president of product marketing at FARO. “Too often machine shops rely on expensive and hard-to-use fixed CMMs that take up valuable floor space or a multitude of hand tools that slow down the process. The Gage eliminates these inefficiencies. As a result, inspection bottlenecks are greatly reduced, measurement accuracy is improved, and operator variability is significantly minimised.”

As the United States and the world begin emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, the value proposition for such a product could not be clearer. While global industry is presently suppressed, economists predict a robust recovery by Q3 and Q4. That means that many machine shops now operating at half speed will rapidly ramp up production. Demand will surge and products will require fast-tracked release.

The FARO Gage achieves this aim by improving efficiency and productivity as never before.

That efficiency begins with setup. A universal quick mount ensures compatibility with a variety of mounting options that allows it to be set it up anywhere, including on-machine. A simple 2-button design, 6-point articulation and built-in counterbalance deliver exceptional ease of use and fatigue-free operation. Its compact design makes the product lightweight and easy to transport. The Gage is compatible with FARO’s full line of metrology software, including CAM2 Probing, the simple contact measurement solution. The result is an advanced metrology device that delivers unparalleled performance.

“Small and medium size operations can now take full advantage of 3D measurement technology,” adds Michael Carris. “For machine shops, quality problems, imprecise measurement, scrapped parts, extended wait times and customers part rejections all contribute to unnecessary expenses that become more critical during these trying economic times. The FARO Gage allows for more streamlined processes, significant waste reduction, and quick return on investment. Backed by FARO’s 40-year history of superior portable measurement experience, the Gage allows more companies to benefit from lean manufacturing practices and will be employing the new industry standard in compact performance and affordability.”

For more information, contact:

FARO Technologies UK Ltd
Tel: 024 76 217690

Some good news!

June 25th, 2020 11:18 am | by admin

Raybould Machine Tools Ltd, a worldwide dealer and supplier of new and pre-owned machinery predominantly used within the metal pressing and forming industry, has announce an agreement to act as the Official UK Distributor for the range of mechanical and hydraulic power presses manufactured by Pressix® of Italy.

Pressix manufactures a wide range of high quality, open fronted gap frame, adjustable-stroke, mechanical power presses with a capacity ranging from 25 to 250 tonnes and straight sided presses with one or two connecting rods offering a choice of adjustable or fixed stroke lengths, Link Drive or Knuckle Joint Drive with a capacity ranging from 125 to 1,000 tonnes. All presses are manufactured with bronze lined guideways, are of rigid frame construction, adjustable stroke length change devices, hydraulic overload protection with plunger guide systems on the straight sided ‘’DM2’’ and ‘’SC2’’ range.

Pressix also produces high-speed presses, hydraulic straightening presses and can offer specific solutions to meet customer needs. All machines are designed, machined, assembled, and tested in-house. All Pressix machines are CE certified by APAVE and have been built according to ISO 9001 procedures since 1994 as certified by DNV.

Pressix has over 45 years’ manufacturing experience and employs 52 staff across two production sites covering some 13,500 square metres in the beautiful North East of Italy. On average, the company constructs one hundred machines per year and currently exports approximately 30 percent of its output. The customer base is varied, being primarily small to medium-sized businesses, typically being subcontract suppliers for many different areas and Tier One companies.

The Pressix brand of high-quality, adjustable stroke European presses now adds to the range of equipment already offered by Raybould Machine Tools Ltd, which includes both new and pre-owned mechanical power presses, hydraulic presses, press feeders, coil handling equipment and special purpose machines.

For further information please visit the Raybould Machine Tools Ltd website at or contact:

Raybould Machine Tools Ltd
Tel: 01384 565997

MACH 2021: Leading the way to recovery

June 24th, 2020 9:56 am | by admin

January 2021 is going to be a hugely important landmark for UK manufacturers. After the disruption of 2020 getting supply chains moving and investment flowing are going to be big priorities for the New Year. The place to do that will be the NEC, which will not only play host to MACH, the UK’s national engineering and manufacturing exhibition between 25-28th January, but will also be packed with other events.

After a gap of nearly a decade, Subcon will return to being co-located with MACH alongside a number of other shows, including Drives & Controls, meaning it will be a huge week for UK manufacturing.

The organisers have partnered on the events before, but in the current climate the collaboration takes on added significance as the need to kickstart the manufacturing sector after the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic becomes of crucial importance to the wellbeing of the UK economy as a whole. By pooling their resources, expertise and experience, the two organisations say that they will be better able to support UK manufacturing and engineering businesses to bounce back as the economy starts to rebuild and adapt to this ‘new normal’.

The highpoint of the week will be the Manufacturing Technologies Association’s Annual Dinner, which the Association, which owns and runs MACH, will be holding onsite at the Vox, on Tuesday 26th January.

James Selka, CEO of the MTA, says: “Our intention is to ensure MACH is not just a showcase for the manufacturing technologies sector, but a celebration of the manufacturing industry at its best. MACH is a content-led event and brings together the latest advanced engineering and manufacturing technologies in operation and all under one roof.

“Highlights for the show will include a significant focus on the digital factory, with more automation and connected manufacturing processes, power by the hour and new cost-efficiency solutions that will dramatically improve production processes and help shape the industry over the next decade.

“MACH has always been the place to see real innovation come to life. Manufacturers and engineers come out in force to support the UK’s national show and see first-hand how technology is developing. As such, MACH will be the perfect way to kick start 2021 and we are delighted that other complementary shows will be taking place alongside MACH for what should be a celebration of UK manufacturing at its very best.”

Tel: 020 7298 6243


Mazak increases UK production following lockdown easing

June 24th, 2020 9:49 am | by admin

Yamazaki Mazak has ramped up production of the CV5-500 at its European Manufacturing Plant following the easing of lockdown restrictions for UK manufacturers


Yamazaki Mazak has increased the number of shifts for production at its European Manufacturing Plant following the easing of lockdown restrictions for UK manufacturers.

The company will be focusing on the manufacture of a core group of machines, including its new CV5-500 fully simultaneous 5-axis machining centre, as well as models from its VCN and VTC vertical machining centre range, and QT Series of high-performance CNC turning centres.

Mazak has also been able to safely increase production levels at its European Manufacturing Plant in recent weeks, following the implementation of a series of stringent new factory systems and processes. The new measures ensure compliance with UK Government guidance on social distancing and workplace safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A 31-page document, published on the Mazak website, provides in-depth details of all changes made to the factory, alongside a full risk assessment for all production and administration areas of the site, and a breakdown of all potential risks to staff and customers, and proposed control measures.

Richard Smith, European group managing director, Yamazaki Mazak UK Ltd, comments: “There is no doubt that the last few months have been incredibly challenging for the UK as a whole and for manufacturing. However, the resilience and adaptability on display across industry has been nothing short of outstanding. I would like to thank our own staff who have adapted to the situation in an overwhelmingly positive way, and have continued to work safely and diligently so as to ensure we are able to meet the requirements of our customers.”

Stuart Astley, production director at Yamazaki Mazak’s production facility in Worcester, adds: “As production director, my primary concern has always been the health and safety of all our staff. As a team, we have collaboratively created a safe working environment that has allowed us to complete machine orders and support our customers during these difficult times.

“The workforce has played a key role in achieving this, not only by helping to establish the new ways of working, but by following them to the letter. They have been incredibly supportive of what we are doing and I am happy to say that the morale on the factory floor has been superb throughout this difficult time.”

Phil King, who is both an assembly worker and a Factory Floor Health & Safety representative, adds: “I feel that Mazak has clearly put into place a system that has allowed myself and others to work during these unprecedented times, while feeling safe and valued. Any concerns that I had at first have been put to rest completely.”

Yamazaki Mazak UK Ltd
Tel: 01905 755755


Lantek brings cutting-edge Euromac robots “to life”

June 24th, 2020 9:41 am | by admin

Entire punching and subsequent palletising performed by the KUKA KR 10 robot is controlled using the Lantek Expert PUNCH-PLUS and Lantek Stackmaster solutions

Lantek, the multinational pioneer in the digital transformation of the sheet metal and fabrication sector, has announced a collaboration agreement with the Italian company, Euromac, recognised worldwide as a supplier of machines for working with sheet metal, including CNC punches, benders and automated sheet metal systems.

The agreement enables control of the “sorting cell” programmed with the Kuka KR 10, one of the most cutting-edge robots on the market. It uses two punching solutions from Lantek: Lantek Expert PUNCH-PLUS and Lantek Stackmaster, automating the unloading line for parts and their subsequent palletisation and storage.

The Lantek software solutions are responsible for the whole process, which starts with programming the CNC Punch. During the punching process, the machine ejects/unloads the parts through a hatch. The parts then pass along a conveyer belt to an AI vision table where a camera detects the orientation of the fallen part. The Lantek software uses this information about the shape and orientation of the part to control the robot’s suction cups positioning and activating them to pick up each part. The robot finishes by rotating and placing the part in its correct location on the storage pallet.

The full control of the punching and palletizing process makes it possible to automate the whole production cycle for large volumes of parts, allowing production to be completely unattended.

“The close collaboration between Euromac and Lantek is a significant step forward towards the full process automation of punching lines and the subsequent palletisation of the parts, using state-of-the-art technology such as artificial vision systems and robots. This technology maximizes production speed and flexibility and improves workers’ conditions and safety,” states Francisco Pérez, director of the OEMs channel at Lantek.

Sales manager at Euromac, Ferrán Villanueva, highlights the importance of this collaboration, “For us, this is a great opportunity to use Lantek software for the Kuka KR 10. It will allow us to optimise the processes, reduce times and achieve efficient operation, guaranteeing the highest quality and tightest response times from this robot, one of the most cutting-edge on the market.”

Lantek is a multinational which is leading the digital transformation of companies in the sheet metal and metal industry. With its patented manufacturing intelligence software, it enables factories to be connected, turning them into Smart Factories. It rounds off its range of services with CAD, CAM, MES, and ERP solutions for companies that manufacture metal parts from sheet metal, tubes, and profiles using any cutting technology, i.e. laser, plasma, oxycut, waterjet, shearing and punching.

Founded in 1986 in the Basque Country, Spain, one of the main European hubs of machine tool development, Lantek enables the integration of sheet metal and metal processing technologies using the most advanced manufacturing management software. The company is currently the outstanding leader in its sector as a result of its capacity for innovation and commitment to internationalisation. With more than 23,700 customers in over 100 countries and 20 offices in 14 countries, it has an extensive network of distributors with an international presence. In 2019, its international business contributed to 86 percent of its revenue.

For more information, visit: or contact:

Lantek Systems Ltd
Tel: 01684 585384


Public vote of confidence for UK manufacturing

June 24th, 2020 9:35 am | by admin

The UK public stands firmly behind the manufacturing sector to support the UK and protect the NHS through coronavirus and into the future.

Almost three in four (74 percent) of the UK public believe that the manufacturing sector stepped up to meet the challenge of supporting the UK as coronavirus took a grip on the nation in March 2020. The same number of respondents believe that a strategic long-term plan for helping UK manufacturing to be more productive and competitive will help insulate us from future pandemics and go some way to protect UK GDP, of which manufacturing contributes over 17 percent. Furthermore, 75 percent of the UK public believe more strongly in the importance of the UK manufacturing as a result of coronavirus.

The research, conducted among 2,000 adults by Populus* for industrial communications firm Cadence Innovation Marketing, also found that nearly eight in ten people (76 percent) are concerned about cheap imported goods in the wake of coronavirus.

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted global supply chains and resulted in many UK factories switching production to medical devices and products in a bid to help the NHS cope. Manufacturing has taken a central role in the unfolding drama and rarely in recent times has it been the subject of so much media and public attention.

Tom Spencer, MD at Cadence says: “Our snapshot poll sought to delve deeper into what’s behind the media commentary by asking a representative sample of over 2000 UK adults for their opinion on a range of topics raised by coronavirus. The results offer an insight into changing public opinion about the importance and relevance of UK manufacturing”.

More than two in three of those questioned believe that the UK manufacturing sector has risen to the challenge of coronavirus, with just 6 percent disagreeing with them. “This huge public vote of confidence in our often beleaguered and under-supported sector is just one of several remarkable statistics thrown up by our research” adds Tom Spencer.

The study, which was carried out in early May 2020, clearly shows that the UK public has swung behind UK industry at a time when many manufacturers have stepped up to support the nation and its much-loved health service.

Steve Brambley, CEO, GAMBICA says: “The result shows that there is a genuine opportunity for the UK to open a new page in its history as it embarks on the era of digital transformation that will define it for generations to come. It remains to be seen if the pandemic itself, resultant global economic turmoil, and Brexit will distract or divert resources away from an environment that will support the regeneration of UK industry, but this poll makes one thing abundantly clear: the people of the UK stand firmly behind our industry and believe strongly in its future.”

The Annual Attitudes to UK Industry study is a series of snapshot polls and in-depth research culminating in an annual report to be presented to the media. Cadence Innovation Marketing works with leading organisations across industry and has sponsored the study’s launch to help keep communications surrounding the sector’s importance and contribution to the economy front of mind. More information is available at 

Cadence Innovation Marketing
Tel: 020 7043 8847


WENZEL and Nikon Metrology enter distribution partnership

June 24th, 2020 9:30 am | by admin

Nikon Metrology and WENZEL announce their new distribution partnership, commencing April 2020


The distribution agreement between Nikon Metrology Europe and WENZEL sees two of the biggest global players in metrology create a new partnership. This distribution partnership provides customers with the ultimate combination of innovative CMMs and Nikon Metrology’s unequalled laser scanning technology.

Nikon Metrology Europe and WENZEL have announced their new distribution partnership taking effect from April 2020. The distribution partnership means that WENZEL has become an official Nikon Metrology partner for the sales and distribution of Nikon Metrology laser scanning products in the European market.

WENZEL’s expertise and innovation in the CMM market, and Nikon Metrology’s peerless laser scanning technology will support the European customer base with tailored CMM laser scanning solutions to meet a wide variety of applications, industries and requirements.

Ready for Industry 4.0
To meet the demands of Industry 4.0 and mutual customers, the collaboration of Nikon Metrology and WENZEL efficiently delivers innovative CMM-based laser scanning solutions throughout Europe.

Carsten Georgi, Laser Radar & Laser Scanning sales director at Nikon Metrology confirms: “The partnership between Nikon Metrology Europe and WENZEL brings two innovative companies together to meet the increasing market demands of our mutual customers.”

“We are pleased about the new distribution partnership with Nikon Metrology and are looking forward to future cooperation. By using NIKON sensors on a WENZEL CMM, WENZEL provides its customers with an additional benefit. Due to the extended portfolio of optical sensors, the right sensor for each customer can be offered in terms of measuring time, accuracy and level of detail. CMMs already in use can also be upgraded by WENZEL with the new optical sensors. All this is rounded off by use of our powerful measuring software WM | Quartis in which the complete NIKON Metrology sensor portfolio is integrated,” says Dr. Heike Wenzel, CEO of the WENZEL Group.

With Industry 4.0 practices integrating all areas of manufacturing to improve the efficiency of production processes, laser scanning is a key component in its implementation. In the production environment, laser scanning helps to obtain a rapid insight into deviations, a significant benefit of high-speed digital data capture. With the support of WENZEL’s high precision and reliable coordinate measuring machines, this partnership delivers precise and innovative solutions, ready for Industry 4.0.

Nikon Metrology offers the broadest range of metrology solutions for applications ranging from miniature electronics to the largest aircraft. Nikon Metrology’s innovative measuring and precision instruments contribute to a high performance design-through-manufacturing process that allows manufacturers to deliver premium quality products in a shorter time. Further information is available at 

The WENZEL Group is one of the global leading manufacturers of metrology solutions; a company that grew on a solid foundation of family, German quality engineering, flexibility and strong partnerships. It is a solution-oriented partner with a focus on innovation in various fields of expertise: coordinate metrology, optical high-speed scanning, computed tomography. Subsidiaries and agents in more than 50 countries take care of sales and provide after sales service support to customers. WENZEL Group employs 650 people worldwide. Further information is available at


Calibration lab attains ISO 17025:2017 accreditation

June 24th, 2020 9:24 am | by admin

Vision Engineering, the 61 year-old British leading designer and manufacturer of high-quality visual measurement and inspection technologies, has attained ISO 17025:2017 accreditation from UKAS and is now a UKAS accredited calibration laboratory No. 7706.

The award of ISO 17025:2017 by UKAS Accreditation, which is globally recognised, is the only mechanism that determines the technical competence and integrity of organisations offering testing and calibration services. ISO 17025:2017 not only contains requirements for the quality management system of the organisation but also includes detailed and specific technical criteria for the operation of the technical service, including ensuring the competence of personnel.

Vision Engineering’s temperature-controlled calibration laboratory is now ISO17025:2017 certified for the calibration of measurement stages, instrumentation and artefacts performed at Vision’s high-tech manufacturing complex in Woking, Surrey.

The full-service modern manufacturing facility includes design, machine shops, paint shop, clean room and assembly. It is replicated in the USA, with a wholly owned full-service manufacturing facility in Connecticut. Measurement calibration and technical support is provided through a network of Vision Engineering subsidiaries in Germany, France, Italy, Japan, China, India and Malaysia

Vision Engineering supplies its non-contact and contact optical and digital measuring systems to a wide range of global manufacturers, including medical device, aerospace, automotive, defence and their multi-tier supply chains

Mark Curtis, managing director, Vision Engineering comments: “We are delighted to be awarded the ISO standard 17025:2017 for our calibration laboratory. This is an independent and globally recognised confirmation by UKAS of the consistently high standard of competence of our testing capability and calibration laboratory.

This ISO standards confirmation is a key statement of our ability to address the requirements of our manufacturing and analytical customers across the world and provide certainty of the quality of both our calibrations, and calibrated metrology systems.”

Vision Engineering Ltd is a global leading-edge designer and manufacturer of patented ergonomic stereo optical and digital instruments, used for inspection, manipulation measurement and analysis of manufactured parts, by most of the world’s leading manufacturers and their extended supply chains.

Founded in 1958 and wholly British-owned, Vision Engineering’s Global HQ, design and manufacturing facilities are based in state of the art modern premises in Woking, Surrey, UK, with extensive manufacturing facilities in the UK and US. Regional sales and tech support offices are located throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

Vision Engineering Ltd
Tel: 01483 248300








June 15th, 2020 10:05 am | by admin

Experience the ProtoMAX abrasive waterjet at OMAX’s Virtual Trade Show

June 10th, 2020 9:03 am | by admin

OMAX Corporation has announced a virtual trade show showcasing the ProtoMAX®. Using the ProtoMAX abrasive waterjet as a teaching tool for the next generation of manufacturers, OMAX will present a program of design, machinery, and innovation as it pertains to the advancements of abrasive waterjet technology.

In this virtual trade show, OMAX will be specifically looking at how the ProtoMAX perfectly fits into an academic setting. See the ease-of-use operation of the waterjet from software to cutting. Learn about curriculum guides for a seamless integration of the waterjet into your program. Experience the free software for any classroom size. Though the event will focus on academic applications, it will be open to all.

This event is fully online and will occur June 25th at 9 am PDT. Register for the event at

The ProtoMAX is an excellent user-friendly machine to build a curriculum around advanced manufacturing technology. Compact, safe, and easy-to-use, the ProtoMAX is a perfect teaching tool. Several universities have elected to add ProtoMAX to their engineering, material sciences, robotics, and arts programs, allowing students to experience hands-on innovative technology. With the clamshell cover and submerged cutting, the ProtoMAX is a safe and quiet (approx. 76 dB) iteration of a light industrial machine.

Featuring OMAX engineering in a space friendly package, the ProtoMAX delivers 30,000 psi cutting power with a 5 hp pump. Whether metal, glass, plastic, or wood, the ProtoMAX cuts virtually any material under 1 in. thick with a 12 in. by 12 in. cutting area. The system utilizes a 230-240 VAC, single phase outlet and does not require any hardwiring. The pump and cutting table are on casters for easy relocation. Work material is submerged under water for clean, quiet cutting that won’t disrupt a shared workspace. The ProtoMAX cuts with no heat-affected zone and no change to the material properties.

OMAX Corporation has developed the OMAX, MAXIEM, GlobalMAX, and ProtoMAX brands offering a full spectrum of waterjet machine tool capability. The ISO 9001:2015 certified company designs, manufactures, assembles and tests components as a complete system to ensure optimum performance. OMAX Corporation also has the most comprehensive service and support network in the waterjet industry to keep its customers ahead of the manufacturing curve. OMAX Corporation is a Hypertherm Company. For more information, contact:

Tel: 001 253 872 2300






New 5-axis machining centre from Taiwan

June 3rd, 2020 10:48 am | by admin

Taiwanese machine tool builder Leadwell CNC Machines has introduced a new model, the BC-600, at the smaller capacity end of its of BC-series of 5-axis machining centres. On all four models, the rotary axes are provided by a ±110-degree B-axis spindle and an integrated C-axis rotary table, both of which may be interpolated with X, Y and Z to allow full 5-axis machining.

The competitively priced, highly specified machines, which are fitted with scales in the linear and rotary axes as standard, are available in the UK and Ireland through recently appointed sole sales and service agent WH-Lead, which was due to move  into its new Towcester facility in April 2020. The first batch of Leadwell machines for stock and demonstration were scheduled to start arriving from early May.

A notable feature of the 12-tonne BC-600 is its generous working envelope for the nominal 4.7 by 3.8 metre footprint. Travels in X and Y are 1,100 mm and 610 mm respectively, while in the Z-axis components 610 mm tall can be machined with the spindle in the vertical orientation, rising to 790 mm with the spindle horizontal. Cutting feed rate is up to 10 m/min, while rapids are 36 m/min in X and Y, 30 m/min in Z for short idle times and high productivity.

The flush, 600 mm diameter rotary table accepts workpieces weighing up to 400 kg, but the full 1,280 x 610 mm fixed table can accommodate 1,400 kg components for 3- or 4-axis machining. The C-axis uses a direct drive motor to provide high torque and rigidity and to avoid the backlash normally associated with worm gear drives. Maximum standard rotational speed of the C-axis table is 120 rpm but there is an optional 800 rpm version to provide turning capability.

The tilting spindle, which can be positioned to within 20 seconds of arc, is driven at up to 15,000 rpm (optionally 10,000 or 12,000 rpm) by an 18.5 kW motor. It is replenished automatically with 40-taper or HSK-T63 cutters from a 40-station tool magazine. The spindle’s rigidity, coupled with the wide machine column and base and the use of linear roller guideways in the orthogonal axes with dual-nut, 40 mm diameter ballscrews in X and Y, result in the ability to undertake rigorous metal cutting.

A broad spectrum of cuts can therefore be taken, from roughing of tough superalloys to fine finishing of any material, ensuring that single setup production, which is the rationale for 5-axis machining, can be realised.

Controls available are Heidenhain TNC640 with 21 GB of programme storage, a DCM function to minimise the risk of a collision during 5-axis cycles and KinematicsOpt geometry error compensation; or Siemens 840D with either full 5-axis or 4 +1 interpolation; or FANUC 0MiF, which is available only with 4 + 1 capability.

The BC range is completed by models BC-700, BC-800 and BC-960, the largest of which has an installed weight of 18.6 tonnes, an 800 mm diameter table and a working envelope of 2,040 mm by 1,000 mm by 820 (min) / 948 mm (max) in Z.

WH-Lead Ltd
Tel: 0333 0150165




Clean air from just £0.26 per employee per day

May 12th, 2020 1:31 pm | by admin

There’s not much you can buy for £0.26 these days, but it can buy you a breath of fresh air!
Leading industrial air cleaning specialist Filtermist Systems Ltd’s brand-new ATLAS service programme aims to make it as hassle free as possible for UK manufacturers to ensure their employees are breathing clean, safe air.

From as little as £0.26 per employee per day, based on a facility with 25 employees, with up to 10 Filtermist units requiring four site visits per year in a Bronze contract.

Filtermist can provide a bespoke service that includes routine and reactive maintenance, and thorough examination and testing (TExT) for Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) systems, so employers can be confident they’re protecting their workforce from hazardous airborne contaminants and operating in compliance with relevant HSE regulations including COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health).

COSHH regulations require all LEV systems to be thoroughly examined and tested by a competent person at least once every 14 months, sometimes as frequently as once every month depending on the nature of the application.

“The current situation resulting from COVID-19 means cashflow is even higher on the agenda for most businesses than usual,” comments UK LEV and Service sales manager, Carl Latham. “ATLAS is designed to make it more manageable for customers to ensure they’re ticking that all important box of protecting their people and remaining compliant with HSE and Environment Agency Regulations, whilst keeping an eye on the bottom line.”

Signing up to an ATLAS contract also means customers no longer have to remember to book regular services and LEV tests. This is all handled by Filtermist’s dedicated service team.

The ATLAS programme includes packages tailored for oil mist, dust, fume and spray LEV systems across three service levels: bronze, silver and gold, enabling customers to choose the best option for their specific requirements. Each level can be paid for annually, quarterly, or monthly under contracts with periods that vary between 12 and 36 months, depending on the customer’s requirements.

All packages include service visits, an annual LEV test, a dedicated account manager and a 24hour response time for all breakdowns. Silver and gold levels offer additional benefits including weekend callouts, breakdown voucher visits, and even filter consumables in some cases.

“The name ATLAS comprises the first letter of each word that this service includes: Agreement for TExT of LEV, Aftersales and Service, meaning support/prop,” continues Carl Latham. “This is particularly fitting, as this is exactly what the ATLAS service aims to do, support our customers to ensure they provide clean air for their workforce with no admin headaches.”

Full details including a breakdown of each service level can be found at

 Established in Shropshire in 1969, Filtermist’s ethos is to protect people by ensuring cleaner, safer, more productive working environments. The company, part of the Swedish Absolent Group, provides an extensive range of products and services designed to ensure the air in production facilities is free from contaminants such as oil mist, oil smoke, dust, fume and VOCs. If left in the atmosphere airborne particles can be hazardous to health and can pose a fire and slip risk.

Filtermist is best known for manufacturing a range of compact, quiet and efficient oil mist filters which are trusted by world leading manufacturers in more than 60 countries.

In the UK, Filtermist offers a turnkey service that includes initial consultation and project planning, extraction system design, specification, equipment manufacture and supply, installation and commissioning.

Recent acquisitions mean the company is now responsible for a number of product brands in addition to Filtermist oil mist filters. These include Dustcheck process filters, venting filters and dust collectors, Gallito paint finishing solutions, FastClip ducting, XS Automation control panels and Ecogate energy saving technology.

Filtermist is also the UK distributor for sister company Absolent AB and offers comprehensive aftersales services including filtration consumables, COSHH compliant LEV testing, air monitoring and extraction system maintenance throughout the UK.

Filtermist International Ltd
Tel: 01952 290500












75th anniversary of VE Day recognises T W Ward’s wartime efforts

May 12th, 2020 1:14 pm | by admin

Albion-Works – how the Thos.W Ward building looked at the time

Last Friday marked the 75th anniversary of VE Day, a celebration and opportunity to remember all of those that fought so hard for us during the Second World War. “To those who gave so much, we thank you.”

To mark the celebration, the British public were encouraged to share stories and memories of those who lived through the war. T W Ward CNC Machinery Ltd (Ward CNC) therefore wanted to share the Ward Group’s contribution to the war effort during the 1939-45 period.

Ward CNC is still proud to be at these premises and is certain that those that have visited it recently would agree that it is looking very different from then?

Infrastructure & Machine Tool Reconditioning
During World War II, the Group had notable involvement in the construction of roads, runways, and railway sidings. The company’s expertise of machine tool reconditioning was vital at the time to war production and utilised to the full.

When it was decided to remove the nation’s aircraft factories to secret sites less vulnerable to enemy bombing, Ward was entrusted with the huge task of moving and reinstalling the hundreds of machine tools and ancillary equipment used at the many plants. It was accomplished with a loss of less than twenty-four hours’ production time per machine. Lord Beaverbrook described the job as ‘the most gigantic of its kind in history’.

Ward Machine tool advert – one of the company’s adverts published during this time for which the same principles of the company apply today

Mulberry Harbour and PLUTO
Many other wartime projects involved Ward. Two of these have passed into history: Mulberry Harbour and PLUTO. The two prefabricated ports of Mulberry, each the size of Gibraltar, were manufactured in sections, and towed to their destination off the coast of Normandy. Ward coordinated the supply and distribution of materials for this unique construction, which greatly simplified the problem of maintaining supplies to the Allied Armies in Europe. Ward excavators were called upon for PLUTO, or the ‘pipe-line under the ocean’, by which fuel was fed in vast quantities across the Channel.

Mulberry Harbour – a project in which the Ward Group played an active part in the construction

A unique contribution to the war effort
It is noteworthy that during this time, Ward had become the parent of a diverse group of companies, each of which made its own unique contribution to the war effort. This included: midget submarines, tanks and naval guns, from Marshalls of Gainsborough; cranes, winches and excavators from Smiths of Rodley and Smiths of Keighley; specialised castings from Widnes Foundry; huge tonnages of cement from Ketton for airfields, roads, defence constructions; the many wartime civil engineering projects throughout the country.

Ward was also instrumental in rescuing the famous Triumph car manufacturing company from oblivion. Triumph got into difficulties around this time and Ward purchased the assets and goodwill in August 1939 and part of the factory was used during the war for making aero engines and components.

Salvage operations
There were many difficult and dangerous salvaging operations to carry out throughout the war, including the demolition of almost 100 vessels ranging from submarines to the 56,000 tonne liner ‘Majestic’. Such was the reputation of Ward in this activity that when the ‘Graf Spee’ was scuttled by her German crew outside Montevideo harbour, it was the company’s experts who were flown to the scene.

When hostilities ceased, Thos. W. Ward Ltd. was again at the centre of the mammoth job of clearing up. Bomb-damaged sites were levelled, construction equipment and materials provided for their redevelopment. The many skills of the Ward group were now focused upon the task of serving industry in an increasingly competitive post-war world.

“Ward’s Might Have It”
An acute awareness of the value of good publicity gave rise to the known slogan “Ward’s Might Have It” attracting both national and international recognition as a wide-ranging source of industrial goods.

TW Ward CNC Machinery Ltd
Tel: 0114 276 5411




Advanced Engineering leads the industry charge into 2021

May 7th, 2020 3:52 pm | by admin

The UK’s largest annual gathering of engineering professionals, Advanced Engineering, will return to the NEC, Birmingham on November 4 and 5, 2020. Here, the UK’s talented and vast engineering industry can come together again to begin generating business for the new year.

Bringing together thousands of attendees, Advanced Engineering incorporates all aspects of engineering from design, test and measurement, to inspection, materials and production, within the aerospace, automotive, marine, medical and many more industry sectors.

In 2019, over 15,000 professionals from the manufacturing sector attended Advanced Engineering. 70 percent of visitors reported that they planned to place orders resulting from the relationships formed and an impressive 93 percent of exhibitors reported that they achieved their objectives at the show.

Advanced Engineering offers a great opportunity to meet suppliers, partners and generate business leads for the first time in several months. It is clear that the engineering industry is keen to showcase its innovations before the year ends, with new exhibitors still registering at an impressive pace.

“With the current situation restricting how companies do business, we’re looking forward to maximising our time at Advanced Engineering as our chance to set ourselves up for a successful 2021,” comments Jonathan Archer, general manager Renishaw UK Sales Ltd.

The show offers a diverse range of exhibitors the opportunity to showcase their expertise to a primed audience of motivated and ready-to-buy attendees, interested in sourcing products and solutions. It is more important than ever to hit the ground running in 2021. Advanced Engineering’s exhibitors will have the opportunity to pre-load their business pipelines right from the start of the year. However, it’s not just during the show that exhibitors have the chance to increase their brand awareness.

Every exhibitor package includes access to Advanced Engineering’s extensive marketing tools to increase exposure pre, during and post event. Especially now, it is important for exhibitors to feel confident that they can reach their target audience in the lead up to the show. For this reason, Advanced Engineering exhibitors will have access to additional marketing tools, free of charge, from the moment they register, to the day of the show and beyond. This ranges from personalised postcard invites for exhibitors to send to clients or to attach to invoices or other printed communications, to personalised banners and unique links to track who has registered to visit a specific stand at the show.

Free marketing support encompasses mentions on social media and promotion in show guides. Exhibitors also have the opportunity to submit their own press releases ahead of the show, which are then made available to all key media partners.

On top of this, exhibitors get free access to AE Connect, the matchmaking service that allows you to arrange onsite meetings with potential customers. Last year, £320,000 of deals were secured through the platform.

“To fully maximise the success of every exhibiting investment, Advanced Engineering works closely with its exhibitors to ensure that their ideal visitors attend the show,” explains Jeremy Whittingham, head of Community and Content at Advanced Engineering. “Exhibitors will have access to Advanced Engineering’s expert telemarketing team, who can contact up to 100 of every exhibitors’ top clients by phone, inviting them to the show on their behalf.”

In these unprecedented times, it’s important for the engineering industry to look to the future and continue to market themselves to ensure success following the COVID-19 crisis. Whether you’ve exhibited at Advanced Engineering before, or if you think the show could be the perfect place for you to forge new relationships and build on existing ones, get in touch with our team to discuss our exhibition options.

Easyfairs UK Ltd
Tel: 020 3196 4300





Prima Industrie presents Prima@Home

May 4th, 2020 11:11 am | by admin

Despite the global emergency situation, Prima Industrie S.p.A. remains fully committed to being constantly active and always close to its customers, while in compliance with the necessary safety standards to protect the community. The company, a leader in the high-tech sector of laser and sheet metal processing systems and electronic components for industrial applications, has announced the launch of the new Prima@Home digital channel, a tool that projects the Group’s communication beyond geographical borders and barriers.

The result of a process developed over the past few years and of the increasingly global dimension of the Group, Prima@Home is the new Prima Industrie streaming platform, designed to offer a complete range of services, from live formats such as events, demos, webinars, presentations and training courses, to live video demonstrations of the Group’s products, plus the “on demand” streaming of a wide variety of content.

The new tool, which integrates with the traditional communication channels of Prima Industrie, establishes through the potential of the internet a direct connection with its Technology Centers in Italy, Finland, China and the United States. This allows it to show the capabilities of its machines to customers and prospects all over the world and to guarantee continuous and efficient assistance, despite restrictions on travel and distancing.

“We are now ready for a gradual new start, looking to the future with optimism and energy and striving further to be quick and innovative in adopting the most modern tools and to be always “Next To You” comments Ezio Basso, CEO of Prima Industrie, who added: Prima@Home is our contribution to a new sustainable restart. We break down the distances and barriers of our Tech Centers to welcome customers wherever they are and at any time.

In addition to the numerous virtual demonstrations of products already made or planned for customers around the world, the platform will host the live streaming of the first two scheduled events, designed for a worldwide audience and therefore organized in two distinct sessions during one day, in order to reach customers globally by covering different time zones.

The first event will be held on May 14, with a Virtual Open House dedicated to systems, in which the operation of the machines and lines located inside a Prima Power Technology showroom will be presented via live footage, followed by a demonstration of the potential and versatility of our software solutions.

On May 28, a Virtual Open House dedicated to the main Prima Power and Prima Additive solutions is scheduled as our second event. This is an opportunity for the Group to present its entire range of products, from laser systems for industrial applications to sheet metal working machines and additive technology – a truly global event in which the Prima Industrie management will explain the innovations and technological expertise of the Group.

With a constant focus on customer support, Prima Industrie is committed to ensuring the continuation of commercial activities, particularly through video conferencing platforms, and service activities. Thanks to the widespread international coverage offered by a service network present in over 80 countries, the company can guarantee efficient field interventions, assessed on a case by case basis and respecting the safety of all employees. Added to this is a vast range of well proven, phone and online remote assistance services, such as Industry 4.0 solutions to maximise production efficiency thanks to Big Data, along with highly innovative IoT technologies and Augmented Reality.

Visit the website link or the video link:


For further information, contact:

Prima Power UK Ltd
Tel: 0844 4996241


hyperMILL helps Maztech speed through Covid-19 project

May 4th, 2020 10:15 am | by admin

COVID-19 ventilator parts ready for machining


Close to ‘Motorsport Valley’ in Letchworth, Maztech Precision Engineering was founded just six years ago by Wayne Bouchier to specialise in multi-axis CNC machining. During this period, the company has earned a reputation for producing quality components for a diverse and growing customer base, specifically in the aerospace, automotive and Formula 1 markets. Now, with the F1 teams so heavily involved in the Coronavirus (Covid-19) ventilator project, reputable technology partners like Maztech are now making parts for ventilators.

“My strategy all along has been to invest in the best machinery, the best CAD/CAM software, the best tooling, the best workholding, the best of everything. This is because I believe it all plays a role in producing the highest quality parts. I think the quality of our parts is a reflection of what we’ve got here on the shop floor; the Mazak machining centres, ITC cutting tools and of course the hyperMILL CAM system from OPEN MIND Technologies,” says Wayne Bouchier, the 31-year-old Maztech managing director.

It is this strategy that has now seen Maztech become involved in the government response, winning an order to produce 7,500 aluminium tube manifold components. The company is currently running its four Mazak machining centres 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Maztech has four members of staff and a prestigious client list that is largely attributed to the philosophy of investing in the best. It recently invested in its fourth Mazak machine, a VariAxis i-300 AWC 5-axis machine that boasts 32-pallets and tool storage capacity for 145 tools for continuous round-the-clock production. This has proven priceless during the race to produce ventilators.

Compared to its previous CAM system, Maztech witnessed a multitude of benefits by converting to hyperMILL. Wayne Bouchier continues: “The main benefits are the sheer number of options in terms of available strategies to machine parts. In the past, we have wanted to do jobs in a particular way and the CAM system has prevented us from taking our chosen strategy, this isn’t the case with hyperMILL. It can be the most frustrating thing, as an engineer when you know exactly what you want to do, but your CAM package won’t allow you to do what you want. Now, every job that I want to program in my particular way, I can. This is saving us a huge amount of time in both programming and machining times on the shop floor.”

The Covid-19 response
Discussing the race to produce ventilator parts and how hyperMILL has helped, Wayne Bouchier says: “The tube manifold is a relatively simple 3-axis part, but with such quantities we needed to design new fixturing to conduct multiple setup machining. Using the Linear Pattern feature in hyperMILL, we have been able to effectively ‘copy and paste’ the machining cycle from one position to the next on our machining centres. On one of our machines, we now have 16 WNT ZSG4 vices with suitable fixturing setup for non-stop machining. The hyperMILL programme for each part is simply ‘copied and pasted’, not just across each fixture, but also across all of our machines.”

Wayne Bouchier continues: “hyperMILL also has all the modern up-to-date programming strategies within hyperMILL MAXX Machining, such as trochoidal milling and Arbitrary Stock Machining. This is a massive benefit for us as we machine a lot of stainless steel. The reduction in machining times with hyperMILL MAXX Machining can be huge. The Arbitrary Stock Machining module enables us to maintain a constant load on the spindle and tool to maximise material removal rates. Equally important is the fact that this is also prolonging tool life and improving surface finishes by retaining an even chip load.”

Likewise, the Z-level finishing module within hyperMILL enables Maztech to retain a continuous Z-axis movement when undercutting pockets and waterline machining, thus ensuring optimal surface finishes. This is complemented by the 5-axis SWARF module that tilts the cutting tool to the desired angle during 5-axis machining of angled walls within pockets. By tilting the cutting tool, the end user can increase the engagement between tool and component, further increasing stock removal rates, extending tool life and surface finishes significantly.

“The new strategies are improving our cycle times by at least 20 percent on most components and significantly more on heavy stock removal parts,” says Wayne Bouchier.  “Our tool life has also been hugely improved. We have doubled the turnover and output of our business in the last three years, but our tooling costs have remained relatively constant. While this is largely credit to the cutting tool vendor, the new hyperMILL strategies have contributed hugely by increasing engagement and reducing tool loads.”

From a programming perspective, the office functions have been streamlined significantly, As Wayne Bouchier recalls: “Our programming times are at least 35-40% faster with hyperMILL. One example of this is the Mirror function within hyperMILL. More than 30 percent of our work has a left and right-hand variant, for these parts hyperMILL and its Mirror function is slashing programming times from hours to minutes.”

For Maztech to produce complex components with confidence, its engineers have modelled all workholding accessories, such as all vices, vice jaws and chucks, and created a template for each. “With hyperMILL, if you put good data in you get good data out. If you set up your tools exactly as they are set up in hyperMILL, run a collision check and the software says that there is no collision, you’re 99 percent guaranteed there won’t be a collision.”

“So, when you first programme a job, you open the template and select the vise and the jaws and pull that into your job. Straight away, you are collision checking against your vice and jaws as your machine is modelled up. Especially on the 5-axis machine with its tilting spindle, you know that the spindle isn’t going to catch a table, as its collision checks everything.”

Wayne Bouchier concludes: “I think without a decent CADCAM package you could have the best machine in the world but, if you’ve got nothing to drive it, it’s an absolute waste of time.”

OPEN MIND Technologies UK Ltd
Tel: 01869 290003


Hanwha sliding heads are breathing life into Ventilator Challenge

May 4th, 2020 9:56 am | by admin

With the sudden ramp-up of the ‘VentilatorChallengeUK’ project to battle the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, Dugard Machine Tools has witnessed an unprecedented surge in enquiries and sales with its Hanwha range of sliding head turning centres.

As manufacturers up and down the country switch production output to machining small turned components for the Ventilator Challenge UK, the attributes of the Hanwha range is genuinely coming to the fore. The Hanwha XE Series is the latest generation in a well-established and successful line of rigid, productive, robust and extremely flexible turning centres. The Hanwha XE35 is particularly enjoying success during this challenging period.

The compact heavy-duty machine is the largest in the XE Series, with the facility to turn bars up to 35 mm diameter within its compact 2.3 by 1.2 by 1.7 m footprint. The rigid 2,750 kg machine is the perfect platform for machining hard materials and undertaking high-volume material removal. This is demonstrated by the vibration dampening heavy cast construction and the strong and rigid tool post that all combine to create a platform for unsurpassed surface finishes and enhanced tool life.

The remarkably capable and flexible Hanwha XE35 has a powerful 2.2/5 kW main spindle motor and a 1.5/2.2 kW sub-spindle motor, both achieving a maximum spindle speed of 6,500 rpm. The high-torque spindle motors are matched by the powerful and intuitive Hanwha software, the FANUC-0i CNC Control and the gear type modular live tooling configuration.

The tooling configuration combines power, rigidity and flexibility with 18 tooling positions that provide simultaneous front and rear spindle machining through a platen of five fixed tools and four driven tools in the X1-axis with another four driven tools on the Z2-axis plane, one on the Z1-axis that is accompanied by an additional four tool stations for boring, drilling and the machining of other internal features. All live tooling positions offer a high spindle speed of 6,000 rpm with a 1 kW spindle motor. The modular gear type live tooling configuration is an innovative design that generates exceptional torque levels for heavy drilling and milling cycles.

The axes stroke of the impressive Hanwha XE35 is particularly spacious with 210 mm in the Z1-axis, 62 mm in the X1-axis, 340 mm in the Y1-axis, 205 mm in Z2 and 312 mm in X2.

The impressive Hanwha XE35 is available with the H, J, N and NE configurations to open a world of opportunities to end-users. The H and N variants have been designated as guide-bush and non-guide bush options to provide differing bar turning length, capacity and setup configurations within the work area for the end-user. In addition, the Hanwha XE35 is also offered with the J and NE variants. Unlike the H and N variants, these models offer four static tool positions in the Z2 axis as opposed to two driven and two static positions on the H and N models.

For further details on how this impressive line of productive and robust machines can transform your production output, contact:

C Dugard Ltd
Tel: 01273 732286



ES MAY 2020

April 30th, 2020 2:56 pm | by admin

New contract inspection service prioritises medical component manufacturers

April 30th, 2020 1:11 pm | by admin

LK Metrology has expanded and streamlined its contract inspection department to prioritise quality control services for medical equipment and component manufacturers


Coordinate measuring machine (CMM) manufacturer LK Metrology, based in Castle Donington, Derbyshire, has introduced a subcontract inspection service in support of ventilator and other medical component and equipment manufacturers in the UK and Ireland that may not have sufficient quality control resource in-house.

When the UK government launched its VentilatorChallengeUK, the consortium behind it asked multinational firms such as Rolls-Royce, BAe and GKN with robust experience in supply chain management to identify and involve OEMs and subcontract machinists in the aerospace, automotive and other industries to boost the production of medical parts. It was designed to meet the target of 30,000 extra ventilators needed by the National Health Service to cope with the surge in Covid-19 patients. They were looking for manufacturers with spare machining capacity or an ability to acquire more urgently, as well as ISO accreditation and expertise in metrology to ensure the high level of quality required when making parts for medical equipment.

Many firms had the first two prerequisites but not the third. It prompted LK Metrology to expand the existing contract inspection service run from its headquarters in Castle Donington and make it available exclusively to companies registered to supply ventilator and other medical parts. The CMM Assistance Programme can be contacted on 01332 813755 or

 Dave Robinson, marketing manager at LK Metrology comments: “We understand that manufacturers in the medical sector today are critically needed to help provide valuable components, products and systems to combat the pandemic.

“The majority typically require the use of CMMs to measure, reverse engineer and assure the quality of many complex and precision parts, including prismatic, rotational and freeform. For that reason, we are offering them a series of metrology services that we believe can be of assistance during these anxious times.”

The company’s location in Derbyshire in the Midlands means that it is conveniently placed to serve the whole of the UK and Ireland. It continues to operate under government guidelines, including in its own factory and in the field for applications, programming and service, and has put in place special transportation arrangements should manufacturers require them.

LK Metrology Ltd
Tel: 01332 813755