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123 Insight announces highest ever number of MRP/ERP Evaluation Workshop dates

June 2nd, 2019 9:57 pm | by Rob

41 local events for Q3-Q4 2019, helping manufacturers understand what MRP should be doing for their business

123 Insight Limited has scheduled 41 MRP/ERP Evaluation Workshop events for the second half of 2019 as a result of increasing interest, and on the back of year-on-year business growth.

These free-to-attend events not only show users effective methods of evaluating and implementing any ERP/MRP system, but also demonstrate the key benefits of the multi award-winning 123insight Manufacturing Enterprise Management software, referencing many of the customers that have achieved demonstrable savings.

Simon Badger, managing director (designate), says: “Despite, or indeed because of, current economic uncertainty, manufacturers are focusing on every aspect of their business to ensure that they can handle whatever the future holds for them. That means ensuring that the company can run efficiently and have greater visibility of stock, working in progress, etc. Evaluation Workshop attendees get to learn the benefits of MRP in a non-sales, no pressure environment. As the event is attended by multiple companies, quite often one person will ask relevant questions that others hadn’t thought of.”

Venues include, Southampton, Exeter, Hitchin, Leeds, Wolverhampton, Glasgow, Belfast, Hethel, Dublin, Darlington and Sheffield. All dates and venues are listed on the website.

Each event starts at 10.00am and runs for approximately 2 ½ hours. Attendees are welcome to stay afterwards to discuss questions on a one-to-one basis. A free buffet lunch is provided.


Once companies attend an Evaluation Workshop, they can then go on to attend the six days of no-obligation training, giving them all the knowledge required to implement 123insight. If at this point they choose not to proceed with implementation, they can walk away at no cost.

Companies can register for free at or by calling 01489 860851. Spaces are limited so early booking is recommended.

Founded in 2000, 123insight provides an award-winning end-to-end solution that is suitable for virtually any manufacturing environment, including EMS, (Electronic Manufacturing Services) aerospace, marine, automotive, medical, food, textiles, electronics and oil. It has options for CRM, Service and Repair, e-commerce and integration/interfaces into all major accounting systems.

123 Insight Ltd
Tel: 01489 860851

Rofin-Sinar UK celebrates its 20th anniversary

November 6th, 2018 3:15 pm | by Rob

Rofin-Sinar UK is celebrating its twentieth year as one of the world’s leading manufacturers of sealed CO2 laser sources. In an era when companies come and go, it has achieved two decades of innovation and steady growth.

Rofin-Sinar UK began operations in 1998 in Hull, UK and counts among its many achievements, the development of the world’s fastest vector writing laser and winning the Queen’s Award in both 2007 and 2011.

The company’s relocation to a new, purpose-built facility took place in 2016. The site measures 7,500 m2 and was needed to accommodate the company’s growth in turnover and units shipped. Rofin-Sinar UK now employs more than 180 people at its Hull headquarters and its overseas offices in China, South Korea and Italy.

Andrew Chambers, sales director, concludes: “Our success and longevity are due in part to the advanced capabilities and continuous improvement of our products. They are also the result of the commitment of our skilled and passionate people, including many colleagues who have been with the company since the beginning.”

Rofin-Sinar UK Ltd
Tel: 01482 650088

Gewefa ‘facing up’ at Hurco Open House

November 6th, 2018 2:48 pm | by Rob

Gewefa UK will be exhibiting in the suppliers village at the forthcoming Hurco Christmas Open House and this year will be highlighting, among other products, its expertise as a supplier of face and taper toolholding products.

The Hurco Open House this year takes place on December 4th and 5th at the Hurco UK headquarters in High Wycombe.
A number of the newly introduced Hurco machining centres being featured at the event will be equipped with face and taper spindles. As a leading toolholding specialist, Gewefa supports users of these machines with a range of toolholders that is one of the most extensive available. It covers BT and DIN formats in SK30, 40 and 50 tapers to offer comprehensive capability for heavy duty and very high-speed machining applications. Toolholders are available as collet chucks, shell mills, face mills, shrink clamp, hydraulic chucks and in extended length and adaptor formats.

With its long-standing relationship with Hurco in the UK, Gewefa is the primary supplier of tooling packages supplied on new Hurco machines as well as equipment such as edge sensors.

In addition, Gewefa also supplies related toolholding products such as EWS static and driven tools, OTT spindle monitoring equipment, Pibomulti angle heads and speeders, Nann collets and Rineck heat shrink clamping machines.

Keith Warner, managing director of Gewefa UK, says: “The Hurco Open House is always well attended and we are delighted to be asked to participate again. “Gewefa personnel will be available to discuss all aspects of toolholding and related products with visitors and many of the operational machines will be running using Gewefa supplied equipment in what promises to be a very worthwhile and busy event.”

Gewefa UK Ltd
Tel: 01225 811666

Citizen success at Open House brings immediate sales of 15 machines worth over £2.7 million

November 6th, 2018 2:17 pm | by Rob

Citizen Machinery UK’s (CMUK) highly successful, recent 3-day Open House immediately added a further 15 machines, worth over £2.7 million, to its existing order book of record sales involving some 100 Cincom sliding head and Miyano fixed-head turn-mill centres stretching into 2019.

Darren Wilkins, deputy managing director, said: “Over 350 people came through our doors over the three days with several bringing important future projects for us to investigate. This influx of interest was from both OEM and the subcontract sectors and in particular involved oil and gas, aerospace and automotive companies.”

He followed on to confirm that following demonstrations and the ability for visitors to talk face-to-face with applications, service support and finance teams, the area sales engineers have a host of follow-ups and customer visits scheduled which will doubtless create future business well into the next year.

Citizen’s patented Low Frequency Vibration (LFV) programmable chip size machining technology was a major focus of attention adding to the ratio of seven out of every eight orders currently featuring its inclusion. This ratio was confirmed with the interest following the launch of the larger 38 mm capacity bar size of the Cincom L32-VIIILFV sliding head and the Miyano BNA-42GTYLFV moving headstock machines at the event.

From the demonstrations, visitors were able to appreciate how Citizen’s patented development of LFV is a fundamental in the design of the machine. Its ability to control chip size cannot reliably be achieved through simply adding a macro to the programming, an area Citizen revealed it had already investigated and rejected over a decade ago.

To maintain machining integrity the machine structure has to be upgraded for its overall rigidity, vibration damping and drive system performance in order to absorb the rapid oscillation of the cutting tool. As part of the cycle, the tool movement creates, in effect, tens of micron sized air gaps, in synchronisation with the rotation of the spindle.

Darren Wilkins added: “Both new and existing customers were also showing considerable interest in the Cincom ‘Superimposition’ operating control software which enables the simultaneous cutting with up to three tools on fixed head, two spindle, twin-turret, turn-mill centres. From the demonstrations, it could be seen how the added flexibility to remove material from both ends of a component at the same time was able to significantly lower cycle times.

CMUK is also responsible for Citizen and Miyano product ranges in Africa, France, Italy, Middle East, Portugal and Spain which contribute to the current order book of over 100 machines. Indeed, Citizen’s overall European deliveries in 2018 will exceed 1,200 units establishing the company as market leader for Swiss-type sliding head machines as well as the leading brand for providing bar turning solutions. As a result, Europe significantly contributed to Citizen’s worldwide production output of 6,500 machines this year.

Citizen Machinery UK Limited
Tel: 01923 691500

FARO new technology days

November 6th, 2018 2:03 pm | by Rob

FARO has announced the locations and dates for its latest technology days and they are as follows:

Dublin, 8th November 2018
Belfast, 9th November 2018
Southampton, 13th November 2018
Huddersfield, 15th November 2018

FARO R&D teams have been hard at work producing a range of innovative new factory metrology solutions and both existing and prospective customers now have the unique opportunity to witness demonstrations of new, state-of-the art 3D measurement and laser projection technologies at a series of technology days. These informative roadshows will allow FARO’s experts to explain how quality assurance, manufacturing and production processes can be optimised with the help of the company’s advanced new technologies.

Seamlessly integrating a FaroArm® with an eighth-axis, the new FARO 8-Axis FaroArm system will be put through its paces, showing the speed and ergonomics it can offer within a manufacturing environment. The eighth axis is a fully rotational axis that is seamlessly integrated into the portable Quantum FaroArm offering a comprehensive, contact/non-contact metrology solution, which allows users to significantly speed up and simplify their measurement and scanning activities.

The new FARO PrizmTM Laser Line Probe (LLP), that is designed to operate as a compact, tightly integrated solution with the FaroArm, will also be demonstrated. This is the first LLP available in the market that includes the ability to scan in high-resolution and 3D colour.
The latest additions to the FARO Factory Metrology measurement portfolio, the FARO VantageS6 and VantageE6 Laser Trackers, are large-scale, high-accuracy measurement solutions that deliver 6 Degrees of Freedom (6DoF) measurement capabilities via the optional 6Probe, which enables access to hidden areas and small features will also be present.

Also new to the FARO Factory Metrology solutions product family is the TracerSI Laser Projector. Experts will illustrate how the Tracer has the ability to guide an assembly process sequence, accurately locate and orient components, and perform in-process verification, thus increasing manufacturing efficiencies.

FARO staff will be presenting FARO Visual InspectTM, an easy-to-use iPad verification solution for streamlining manufacturing processes. It allows intuitive viewing of complex 3D data of parts / assemblies and Quick-Check Comparison. Visual Inspect AR adds innovative Augmented Reality to the base package.

The company’s new technology days will give customers the opportunity to discover, compare and test all of the latest FARO solutions. Attendees are invited to bring their own parts and related CAD files to the demonstration sessions so that FARO experts are able to prove the new technologies’ advanced measurement and analysis capabilities.

Find the nearest technology day located to you:

FARO Technologies UK Ltd
Tel: 02476 217690

Automotive technology focused Open House event at MCMT

November 6th, 2018 1:48 pm | by Rob

The automotive segment is one of the key areas of business for CERATIZIT UK & Ireland, so its involvement as a technical partner of the In-Comm Training & Manufacturing Group will see it, through its WNT competence brand, supporting the ITMG’s forthcoming Automotive Technologies Open House on the 13th December at the Marches Centre of Manufacturing and Technology in Bridgenorth.

The event will be open to anyone with an interest in the automotive manufacturing sector and provides an ideal opportunity to discuss the latest developments in fields such as cutting tools, metal cutting machine tools, EDM and metrology. Visitors will be able to discuss specific requirements with technical experts from all of the Group’s Technical partners, who in addition to CERATIZIT UK & Ireland include Blum; Engineering Technologies Group; Hexagon; Mitsubishi EDM; Hyfore; and Guhring.

Adrian Fitts, CERATIZIT UK & Ireland’s business development manager, says: “The Open House will be a fantastic opportunity to highlight the developments in our cutting tool technologies relating to the automotive sector, where productivity improvements remain vital to the ongoing success of the UK supply chain to this growing market segment. WNT is just one of four competence brands within the CERATIZIT Group that complement each other, with customers able to source solutions from any one of Cutting Solutions by CERATIZIT, Komet, Klenk and WNT from a single point of contact.

‘’Having these like-minded suppliers as technology partners is a perfect strategy by ITMG to develop skills and productivity in the UK through the adoption of world-class equipment and engineering technology.

Anyone wishing to attend the ITMG Automotive Technologies open house can register by clicking the following link: 

Tel : 0800 073 2073


November 1st, 2018 7:58 am | by Rob

New online video link allows users to service their own saws and storage systems

October 26th, 2018 4:08 pm | by Rob

Sawing machine and storage system manufacturer KASTO has for many years fitted its equipment with an optional, remote troubleshooting facility. Its staff can connect to a user’s equipment online and rectify faults or optimise processes, without the need for a time-consuming and expensive site visit by a maintenance engineer. Now the supplier has expanded the service with VisualAssistance, an innovative video solution that allows customers to participate in maintaining their own machines and systems.

By means of an interactive app on a tablet, smartphone or smart glasses, users can send live videos to KASTO’s service experts and receive visual assistance and information in real time, minimising downtime in the event of a fault or during routine maintenance. Customers can use the system to connect to service staff using audio as well as video streams, allowing users and KASTO’s engineers to share the same field of view in real time. It simplifies mutual understanding and helps to identify individual system components and faults quickly.

The app also enables KASTO’s experts to provide visual assistance and to superimpose annotations on the live video. The customer receives all necessary information directly on the display by means of augmented reality while carrying out maintenance or repair work on the saw or storage system. If using smart glasses, the person’s hands are free, making the job even easier. As KASTO service engineers have a virtual presence on the customer’s site to guide its staff during repair and maintenance, extensive user training programmes are not needed.

Tel: 01908 571590.

Expansion that matches ambitions

October 25th, 2018 12:30 pm | by Rob

The Vigilance Group, the engineering specialist holding company that incorporates under its corporate banner; Machine Tool Sales Online (MTSO), MACH Machine Tools and Vigilance Engineering Safety Products, has announced significant expansion plans that will, according to group managing director, Dave Andrew, ensure the Group’s long-term growth and future prosperity by providing customers with more choice and improved access to its technologies and solutions.

The first expansion will see an increase in floorspace at the Group’s existing Bristol facility in Fishponds.

Dave Andrew explains: “The Bristol site is home to our Machine Tools Sales Online and MACH Machine Tools business operations. Such has been the demand from customers in recent years and months for our high-quality used and new machine tools, that it became a real necessity for us to increase the floorspace available for both businesses.

“Fortunately, premises adjacent to our existing Bristol facility have recently become available and we grabbed this opportunity of virtually doubling our existing floorspace with both hands.”

By acquiring the new premises, the Vigilance Group now has 21,000 sq ft at its disposal.

This increase in space will see the company, in the near future, create a new and larger MACH Machine Tools’ customer showroom and demonstration facility and enable more new and used machine tools to be held in stock at any given time.

Although The Vigilance Group is based in Bristol, it has customers covering the length and breadth of the UK and in Ireland. To help increase the group’s national profile and to provide customers and prospects based in the Midlands and the North with improved and direct access to MACH Machine Tools’ and MTSO’s machines, services and solutions, The Vigilance Group has recently acquired the premises previously leased by DRMT Solutions Ltd in Leicester which has closed following the retirement of one of its Directors.

The 5,000 sq ft facility in Leicester, following significant refurbishment and modernisation, will be ‘shared’ by MACH Machine Tools and MTSO.

Says Dave Andrew: “The Leicester facility will enable component manufacturers in the North and the Midlands to access our technologies.In addition to taking on the premises in Leicester, The Vigilance Group has also increased its headcount by employing a number of sales and service staff, some of whom were previously employed by DRMT Solutions.

Dave Andrew concludes: “The expansion plans we have announced mean that we will significantly improve our UK presence, more than double our floorspace and increase our headcount. Last year we experienced our best-ever sales performance. This year, following a highly successful MACH 2018 show combined with the expansion plans just announced will, I’m confident, enable us to continue the upward trajectory.”

The Vigilance Group Ltd
Tel: 0117 965 2706

Tungaloy joins the WEAF and MAA

October 25th, 2018 11:28 am | by Rob

As part of its strategic drive to infiltrate the aerospace market and introduce the aviation sector to its innovative cutting tool solutions, Tungaloy UK has joined both the Midlands Aerospace Alliance (MAA) and the West of England Aerospace Forum (WEAF).

Tungaloy has an enviable reputation in the global aerospace sector and its decades of expertise and ingenious product lines will now be introduced to members of both organisations through networking and events. As proud members of both the WEAF Aerospace & Defence Networking Group and the Midlands Aerospace Alliance, Tungaloy will be actively participating in events and collaborative projects to further raise awareness of the Japanese cutting tool brand.

The West of England Aerospace Forum (WEAF) is a trade organisation that is passionate about all aspects of aerospace and defence with a partner base that represents everything from SMEs to global corporations. It is acknowledged as one of the largest aerospace and defence associations in Europe.

The Midlands Alliance represents one of the world’s biggest aerospace clusters, being the home location to nearly 25 percent of the UK aerospace industry, 7 percent of Europe’s and 3 percent of the world’s aero sector. More than 300 organisations belong to the MAA, ranging from global players Meggitt, Moog Aircraft Group, Rolls-Royce and UTC Aerospace Systems to small supply chain companies and key regional partner.
Following wide spread success in the UK and global aerospace sector, Tungaloy has extensive knowledge and experience of the global aviation and defence sectors and by joining both organisations, Tungaloy is looking to transfer its expertise, knowledge base and product lines to members of the two groups.

Commenting upon joining WEAF and the MAA, Tungaloy UK managing director, Rob Werhun concludes: “Tungaloy has an exceptional reputation and track record in the global aerospace industry and this is lesser known in the UK. By joining the Midlands Aerospace Alliance and the West of England Aerospace Forum, we are making a concerted effort to introduce everyone, from small subcontractors through to OEMs, to the Tungaloy solutions for turning, milling, drilling and grooving, which are particularly vital to aerospace manufacturers in their pursuit of quality, performance, and innovation.

‘’Developed by aerospace experts working for generations with aviation and defense OEMs, the Tungaloy product lines are destined to provide huge benefits to the UK aero sector. By joining these prestigious groups, Tungaloy will be building relationships with this key marketplace.”

Tungaloy UK Ltd
Tel: 0121 4000231

Expansion plans gather pace at RK International Machine Tools

October 25th, 2018 11:16 am | by Rob

RK International Machine Tools has announced the appointment of Andy Woodthorpe to the newly created role of sales and office manager at the Erith, Kent-based machine tool company. He joins the company after a long and successful career at a leading supplier of sawing machines, where he oversaw the day-to-day running of the business. The skills and knowledge he’s developed over his 19 years there, including customer and supplier relations, as well as a deep understanding of logistics, will be brought to the fore in his new position.

Simon Rood, director and general manager of RK International Machine Tools, says: “Andy’s appointment is part of RK International Machine Tools’ long-term development plan that will help future-proof the business as we continue to grow and develop. His experience will play a part in our ongoing diversification and strengthen our product portfolio and further enhance our customer relationships.”

Initially, he will be responsible for first-line response to customer telephone inquiries for machine tool sales, sales office activities and external sales team, forecasting and CRM reporting, along with developing the consumable sales activities and overseeing RK International Machine Tools entry into new market sectors.

Andy Woodthorpe concludes: “The opportunity to become part of the future success of RK International Machine Tools is one that I am looking forward to. While the role will present its own individual challenges, my experience in a customer facing environment will allow me to develop the sales and day-to-day activities of the business with the benefit of a fresh pair of eyes. RK International Machine Tools has a long and prosperous history, but it was its potential to develop its existing portfolio that convinced me to make this move.”

RK International Machine Tools Limited
Tel: 01322 447611

OPEN MIND becomes Tier One partner at the AFRC

October 25th, 2018 11:05 am | by Rob

OPEN MIND Technologies has become a Tier one partner at the University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) less than one year after securing Tier two membership.

The leading CAM developer joined the centre in August 2017, at the same time installing one licence of its hyperMILL CAM solution, backed by technical expertise from OPEN MIND engineers.

Its upgraded membership will see the firm play a stronger strategic role at the world-leading research centre, joining other prestigious Tier one partners, such as DMG Mori and Virtalis. Commenting upon its developing relationship with the centre, OPEN MIND Technologies’ sales manager, Matt Coulson, says: “We originally provided the AFRC with hyperMILL for R&D projects. After successful implementation, we’ve now installed additional licences to cater for AFRC growth and special project requirements.”

Part of this growth was recently announced with the AFRC securing £16.5million to establish FutureForge, a major new advanced engineering facility that aims to transform one of the manufacturing sector’s most traditional and important supply chains.

Meanwhile, significantly enhancing the centres additive manufacturing and machining capabilities, OPEN MIND Technologies’ software is increasingly used across AFRC’s development projects. Used to increase the productivity of processes, where specialised 5-axis machining is required, the AFRC also plans to introduce the software’s additive manufacturing module into its newly acquired laser metal deposition (LMD) Hybrid machine.

Stephen Fitzpatrick, machining and additive manufacturing team lead at the AFRC, says: “Both machining and additive manufacturing are growth areas within the centre. This means that we can help more companies in new ways to overcome manufacturing challenges and better compete. We’re delighted to be working more closely with OPEN MIND as we focus on building complex features and geometries on our LMD Hybrid Machine, subsequently developing new methods of manufacture for components.”

Speaking about the cutting-edge work taking place at the AFRC, Matt Coulson concludes: “The AFRC is undertaking truly ground-breaking research. OPEN MIND applying its additive manufacturing module to one of the first facilities in the UK demonstrates the level of innovation we’re seeing there.”

OPEN MIND Technologies
Tel: 01869 290003

Machine tool factory in Poland expanded and digitised

October 24th, 2018 3:39 pm | by Rob

At a grand opening in October, DMG Mori unveiled extensive improvements to its Famot machining centre and CNC lathe factory in Pleszew, Poland. It is one of the largest production facilities in the group, with around 700 staff.

A total of 60 million euros has been invested, partly to extend the factory to 50,000 m² including 14,000 m² of production area and 7,000 m² devoted to assembly, which together receive more than 140,000 parts a day from store. In the production hall alone, 50 machine tools mainly from DMG Mori operate around the clock. New also are a castings store, logistics hall and inductive hardening facility.

The remainder of the investment went on digitising the entire process chain, from receipt of order through production planning and monitoring, machine data acquisition, supply chain management and machine assembly through to shipping.

It is the first DMG Mori plant to operate digitally over a manufacturing service bus, end-to-end, on all added value levels. Several modular software products are ultilised including: ISTOS for planning solutions, DMG MORI Software Solutions and WERKBLiQ for web-based service.

Dr Michael Budt, chief strategy officer for DMG Mori’s factories in Famot, Poland, Graziano, Italy and Ulyanovsk, Russia, says: “DMG Mori supports its customers on their path to Industry 4.0. If we are to offer targeted solutions, we have to develop our own digital infrastructures, so we experience first-hand how digital transformation can be successfully implemented in practice.

“In this respect, the regenerated Famot factory represents a milestone for our group. New software systems have combined existing, isolated production areas into an integrated, agile network. The project has introduced efficient, fast and safe production processes as well as sustainable increases in productivity, quality, transparency and responsiveness.”

By 2020, the factory will be producing more than 2,000 of its own CLX and CMX lathes and machining centres with 3D touchscreen controls and additionally around 2,000 machine frames plus several hundreds more components and parts for sister companies within the DMG Mori group worldwide.

In addition, standard and customised automation solutions are offered, such as the PH 150 pallet handling system and the WH cell for the CMX series of machining centres and the GX6 gantry loader and Robo2Go second-generation for the CLX turning machine range.

Tel: 0247 6516120

Bowers Group joins Silverstone Technology Cluster

October 24th, 2018 3:23 pm | by Rob

Bowers Group has announced that it has joined the Silverstone Technology Cluster, based at Silverstone Racing Circuit, Northamptonshire. Established to support the growth of the high-tech cluster and attract investment to the region, the Silverstone Technology Cluster is a not-for-profit organisation.

This cluster of high-tech engineering companies, within a one-hour radius of Silverstone, has been backed by the UK Government and highlights a market of untapped potential. Its growth will strengthen the UK’s position as a world-leading knowledge economy.

Silverstone Technology Cluster was launched in December 2016 to actively develop technology and encourage innovation for the future. Part of its agenda is also to attract investment from companies with high growth ambitions into the region.

Silverstone is currently home to around 75 engineering businesses, with around 4,000 precision engineering firms within a one-hour drive of Silverstone Park.

Dave Smith, UK key account manager at Bowers Group, says: “Becoming members of the STC will put Bowers Group in an excellent position. We’ll be well and truly ‘on the map’ amongst the vast range of companies and industries working in the region and will enable us to assist further with varying metrology needs in all areas of industry.

‘’Personally, I am delighted to be accepted as a member of the Silverstone Technology Cluster which supports the high-tech activity within a one-hour radius of Silverstone. I look forward to networking with like-minded high-tech companies and am pleased to be part of the commercial growth the region is experiencing.”

As part of this membership, Bowers Group has also been invited to join the Silverstone Metrology Special Interest Group (SIG). The aim of the group is to help accelerate technological development through metrology, leading to a rise in awareness, collaboration, and the sharing of best practice. Other members of the SIG include Hexagon Metrology, Bentley Cars and Jaguar Land Rover.

Bowers Group
Tel: 01276 469866

Carfulan Group announces technology event

October 24th, 2018 3:04 pm | by Rob

An extensive range of complementary manufacturing technologies, including one that is revolutionising the production of metal and ceramic parts, is to be brought together for the very first time by one of the UK’s most innovative companies.

The Carfulan Group is throwing open the doors of its Derbyshire headquarters this December for the ‘Manufacturing Performance Network,’ where its five businesses will give live demonstrations of leading production performance solutions. Among them will be an XJet machine, that utilises ground-breaking NanoParticle Jetting™ (NPJ) technology capable of 3D-printing geometrically complex ceramic and metal components quickly, safely and with unmatched quality.

It will be the first time the machine has been on display in the UK, after XJ3D, the Carfulan Group’s newest company, became the first appointed worldwide partner of Israel-based XJet. Across OGP UK, SYS Systems, ZOLLER UK, VICIVISION UK and XJ3D, the Carfulan Group’s unique business model allows it to work with leading UK manufacturers in multi-sensor metrology, turned-part measurement, additive manufacturing and tool pre-setting and inspection. It empowers its customers to improve their business processes and achieve end-product excellence.
Anyone interested in attending the Manufacturing Performance Network can register to do so now, but organisers are urging people to move quickly as demand is expected to be high.

OGP UK’s multi-sensor metrology systems can gauge the characteristics of even the most complex parts in real time and without human error, leading to better quality, reduced scrap and allowing products to be brought into the marketplace faster.
ZOLLER UK is a specialist in intuitive tool pre-setting, inspection and management systems, helping businesses to ensure tools are of the right quality to create accurate and conforming parts prior to machining. This not only reduces down time but also increases tool life, saves on tool costs and eliminates waste.

As a UK Stratasys platinum partner, SYS Systems supplies, installs and supports the full Stratasys product range. With rapid prototyping capabilities backed up by intelligent software and a vast array of material and colour options, bespoke Stratasys systems are facilitating the on-site production of ever-more realistic models, tooling aids and end-use parts.

VICIVISION UK is a leading supplier of high-performance optical and non-contact measuring machines for cylindrical parts such as shafts, valves, screws and threaded inserts. Optical measurement works by collecting data through video camera technology, performing automated data collection through a combination of advanced hardware and intuitive software.

XJet’s patented NanoParticle Jetting (NPJ) technology, represented by XJ3D, enables users to produce intricate metal or ceramic parts with the same ease and versatility afforded by inkjet printing. It does this via a unique liquid dispersion technique, where liquid suspensions containing solid nanoparticles of selected build and support materials are jetted onto a build tray to create incredibly dense and detailed models.
By eliminating the hazardous and hard-to-handle powders that are prevalent in other technologies, NPJ is introducing a growing number of metal and ceramic materials to meet the requirements of a multitude of precision applications.

The Carfulan Group’s Manufacturing Performance Network takes place from December 4th-6th at its Innovation Centre in Foston, near Derby.
Anyone wishing to secure their free place can do so now by visiting:  

Carfulan Group
Tel: 01283 585933


Southern Manufacturing 2019 expands in size and scope

October 23rd, 2018 9:50 am | by Rob

Southern Manufacturing & Electronics, the UK’s largest annual engineering show, returns to Farnborough from February 5th to 7th 2019. The move to a new permanent venue last year proved a resounding success with both visitors and exhibitors, prompting a surge in stand bookings for the 2019 show. The organisers are forecasting a 20 percent increase in exhibitors for 2019, which will bring the show to its maximum capacity.

Along with a record number of exhibitors expected, the show has formalised links with several influential industry organisations, including: Composites UK, the Confederation of British Metalforming, Farnborough Aerospace Consortium, The British Gear Association, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and the Gauge and Toolmakers Association. The partnerships will enable the roll-out of new show features and access to authoritative technical expertise via the show’s comprehensive free technical seminar programme, open to all visitors. Some of the new areas to be addressed as part of the 2019 programme include: a look at incremental sheet forming processes, automated mould design and large-scale 3D printing.

Visitors to Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2019 will recognise many regular exhibitors, among them: Bystronic UK, C. Dugard, Matsuura and YMT Technologies, plus some notable returnees to the show. Citizen Machinery UK will exhibit for the first time since 2007, joined by other major former exhibitors such as Mitutoyo (UK), SCHMIDT Technology, Rapid Electronics and LNS Turbo amongst others. New exhibitors for 2019 include Instrutec Controls, Oemeta UK and Polydist UK. The 2019 event has also seen a remarkable 26 percent increase in non-UK-based exhibitors, giving visitors the chance to meet a truly international selection of suppliers.

Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2019 opens from February 5th to 7th. Admission to the show is free. More information and tickets are available Farnborough Exhibition and Conference Centre offers free on-site car parking and is easily reached by road, air or public transport.

For more information, contact:
European Trade & Exhibition Services
Tel: 01784 880890

Mecmesin OmniTest machine demo by the Duchess of Sussex at University of Chichester Tech Park opening

October 17th, 2018 4:23 pm | by Rob

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex officially opened the University of Chichester’s new Engineering and Digital Technology Park on 3rd October 2018. Part of the tour of the £35 million development, based at the Bognor Regis campus, was a visit to the Department of Engineering and Design.

The laboratory features several Mecmesin force measurement machines, notably a 50 kN OmniTest Universal Testing Machine (UTM), a state-of-the-art software-controlled materials testing system. Local engineering student Louise Grainger explained the capabilities and practical educational benefits of the equipment, after which the Duchess initiated a live tensile test demonstration; commenting, “It’s a very cool machine.”

Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, open the University of Chichester’s Tech Park. Photo by Derek Martin Photography

Mecmesin’s links with the University of Chichester extend beyond the provision of equipment in support of technology-related courses to include the placements of students for work experience, this having resulted in permanent staff appointments. Mecmesin also works with local Sussex schools to encourage young people to explore a potential future engineering career.

Established in 1977, Mecmesin is a British company specialising in the design and manufacture of force and torque measurement equipment for quality control. Based near Horsham, West Sussex the company has expanded globally with subsidiary companies in France, Germany, Thailand, China and the USA plus a global network of exclusive distributors who offer customers technical expertise and after-sales support.

The Mecmesin brand is part of Battery Venture’s Physical Properties Testing (PPT) group and represents excellence in accuracy, build, service and value.  Mecmesin’s test systems enable designers, engineers and quality managers to feel confident in the quality of their raw materials, components or finished products, to maintain consistency of manufacture, to comply with relevant standards and to save money by minimising rejects in the production process.

Thousands of companies worldwide rely upon Mecmesin force and torque measurement systems for product and materials testing in a diverse range of industries including aerospace, automotive, cosmetics, construction electrical and electronics, medical devices, packaging, pharmaceuticals, plastics and textiles.

Mecmesin Ltd
Tel: 01403 799 979


October 1st, 2018 9:56 am | by Rob

Bystronic UK looks to the future

September 21st, 2018 3:53 pm | by Rob

David Larcombe (r) handing over the managing directorship of Bystronic UK to Dan Thombs

Daniel Thombs, 45, has been appointed managing director of Coventry-based Bystronic UK, a subsidiary of Swiss group Bystronic Laser AG, which specialises in manufacturing high technology sheet metalworking machinery, notably flat-bed laser cutting machines, tube laser cutting machines, material storage automation and pressbrakes. He is joining Bystronic at a time when the UK business is strong and increasing market share year-on-year, with turnover currently at an all-time high.

On 1st October 2018 Dan will take over from the current MD David Larcombe, who has been with the company for 40 years. David started as an apprentice at F J Edwards, which became Edwards Pearson and subsequently Bystronic UK. He will continue helping Dan full-time until the end of the year and will then work part-time for the Coventry subsidiary as well as for Bystronic’s Swiss headquarters.

David said, “I can honestly say that I have enjoyed every moment of the past 40 years in this industry. Bystronic has been a great company to work for, with such interesting products and services. I have made many great friends over the years within our customer base and I look forward to keeping in touch for many years to come, so I will not be disappearing.”

Dan Thombs background

For the past two decades, Dan was employed by a company specialising in automotive robotics and automation. Serving in different management positions, latterly as Commercial Director, he developed a reputation for a strong focus on customer care.

He gained a degree in Mechanical Design Engineering at Coventry University and his career has been spent entirely within the engineering sector. He has continued his professional development and was awarded the accolade of Large Company Director of the Year in 2015 by the Institute of Directors West Midlands.

Dan lives near Lichfield and is a keen tennis player. He is married, has two sons and is a regular and enthusiastic supporter at their football and hockey matches.

Bystronic UK Ltd
Tel: 0844 848 5850




Aston Martin Red Bull Racing extends its Innovation Partnership with DMG MORI for a further three years

September 21st, 2018 2:33 pm | by Rob

The relationship between Aston Martin Red Bull Racing and DMG MORI has been in place since 2004 and DMG MORI became an Innovation Partner in 2012. By the end of 2018 Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s Milton Keynes manufacturing facility will feature 19 DMG MORI machines, with the addition of a DMU 40 eVo linear and a DMU 60 eVo linear this year.

Parts from a wide range of materials, including composite materials, titanium, magnesium steel, aluminium, PEEK and Densamet, are manufactured at the factory and the 5-axis technology in the DMG MORI machines plays a crucial role in the efficient and accurate milling necessary to meet the demands of F1. With the newer DMG MORI machines, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing has reported a massive increase in output as a result of process improvements.

Manufacturing at the Milton Keynes factory is close to 24/7, so the need for robust and reliable machine tools is extremely important. As part of the Innovation Partnership, DMG MORI provides servicing and support ensuring maximum reliability and minimum downtime. The relationship with DMG MORI is crucial to Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s drive for continuous improvement in manufacturing processes through its supply of technical support, servicing and new machinery, delivering high performance and technically advanced machining.

Jamie Meades, head of manufacturing at Aston Martin Red Bull Racing, says: “We are excited to extend our Innovation Partnership with DMG MORI. Having worked with the DMG MORI team since 2004, this renewal ensures we can build on the relationship to ensure we deliver our continuous improvement plans in the production of components crucial to the performance of our cars.”

Steve Finn, managing director of DMG MORI (UK) adds: “We are proud to extend the Innovation Partnership for a further three years, continuing our long relationship with Aston Martin Red Bull Racing and, we are delighted that the technology and service we bring to the partnership is so highly valued.”

Tel: 024 76 516120

Haas reaches another milestone: 200,000th installation

September 21st, 2018 12:49 pm | by Rob

Haas Automation has announced the installation of its 200,000th CNC machine, representing another major milestone in the company’s history as one of the world’s leading machine tool builders.

It was 30 years ago that a fledgling machine tool company from Southern California introduced its first vertical machining centre at IMTS 88 in Chicago. The Haas VF-1, affectionately known as the Very First One, quickly became the industry benchmark for affordable CNC technology. Today, Haas is one of the largest machine tool builders in the world, producing more machines per month than nearly any other builder. The company’s 200,000th machine, a UMC-750SS universal machining centre, rolled off the production line recently, and was installed at Vineburg Machining Inc in Carson City, Nevada.

“We are proud to be the recipient of their 200,000th machine and couldn’t be happier,” states Gerd Poppinga, operations manager at VMI. “This is our 7th Haas 5-axis UMC and they have been a game changer for us. We are focused on creating high quality products and Haas helps us keep that promise.”

“Installation of the 200,000th machine is a very special occasion for our company,” adds Scott Gasich, Haas sales and marketing. “The fact that it coincides with the 30th anniversary of the VF-1 is proof that the combination of value, performance, reliability and support is just as important today as it was in 1988.”

The UMC-750SS is a 5-axis, 40-taper universal machining centre with 762 x 508 x 508 mm travels and an integrated high-speed, dual-axis trunnion table. The best-selling machine is equipped with a 15,000-rpm inline direct-drive spindle, a side-mount tool changer and the company’s high-speed machining software.

Haas Automation Inc
Tel: 001 805 278 1800


New trading name for leading machine tool company

September 21st, 2018 12:47 pm | by Rob

Richard Kingsbury with the company’s new logo on a presentation screen at Kingsbury’s Midlands office in Warwick

Turnkey production solution provider Geo Kingsbury Machine Tools Ltd, which until recently was best known as Geo Kingsbury, will with immediate effect trade under the name Kingsbury. The company is sole agent in the UK and Ireland and more recently in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, for a range of prestigious German machining centre and lathe builders as well as for a French additive manufacturing machine producer.

Managing director Richard Kingsbury comments: “We wanted uniformity in the way we are perceived by industry throughout the countries into which we sell.

“Geo was well known as a short form of the name George in the 1950s when our company was formed, but the abbreviation is little understood today.

“Customers and even our own staff were using a range of names for us, such as Geo Kingsbury, George Kingsbury, GK and GKMT. So to ensure everyone calls us by the same name and that we are recognised in the marketplace as a consistent brand, we are now omitting the Geo and have a new company logo to reflect the change.”

The new name and livery are now evident across all of Kingsbury’s promotional material, website and social media platforms. Additionally, the website address has changed to and there has been a corresponding change to all email addresses, whereby … becomes …

Tel: 023 9258 0371


Lantek exceeds the quality requirements of the medical and surgical sector

August 31st, 2018 2:17 pm | by Rob

The continual innovation of the software company, which leads the market in its sector, is the best ally of medical equipment and pharmaceutical furniture manufacturers

Building machinery, equipment and furniture for the medical, surgical and pharmaceutical sector is a true technological challenge for companies in the industry. The material has to meet strict standards for safety, quality, reliability, precision and hygiene. Most of the equipment, in one way or another, is in contact with patients and medical staff and is also, on many occasions, key to saving many lives. Manufactures in this sector are fully aware of these circumstances, and, for that reason, in recent years they have invested significant time and energy in R&D to improve their products. In this process of continuous improvement, they have found a significant ally in Lantek. With its software solutions for companies that produce pieces from sheet metal, tubes and profiles with any kind of cutting technology (laser, plasma, oxycut, water jet, shear) and punching, it has enabled a notable increase in the quality and safety parameters of the entire sector due, among other things, to the excellence of its CAD/CAM tools and their capacity to integrate with existing management systems.

Lantek Expert, a CAD/CAM system with excellent laser technology
Lantek offers powerful solutions in this field – Lantek Expert Punch and Lantek Expert Cut, two of the most sought-after systems in the medical and surgical industry. Lantek Expert Punch is a CAD/CAM system specially designed to automate the programming of CNC punching machines. It perfectly combines machines’ technology and companies’ programming and management needs. It also has an advanced interface that makes it easier and more efficient for users to program.

Lantek Expert gives companies in the medical and surgical sector a special advantage since it features excellent laser technology that offers extreme precision in cutting. Other notable features of Lantek Expert Cut are reduced lead-in management, lead-in with back down, custom piercing, flying cut, micro-joints and micro-welds, among other qualities that make it a perfect system in this field.

All Lantek Expert solutions are included in a single program, which in turn integrates perfectly with the business management program Lantek Integra, thus creating the widest range of CAD/CAM/ERP solutions in the sheet metal, profile and tube processing industry. It is also integrates into external ERPs.

Lantek Systems Ltd
Tel: 01684 585384


August 31st, 2018 9:38 am | by Rob

Mazak takes five lasers and two automation solutions to EuroBLECH

August 29th, 2018 11:49 am | by Rob

Yamazaki Mazak is taking five state-of-the-art laser cutting machines and two automation solutions to EuroBLECH 2018.

The highlight is likely to be a new 6 kW version of the OPTIPLEX 3015 DDL (Direct Diode Laser) machine. It will be equipped with a multi-control torch, new MAZATROL PreviewG and a variety of intelligent functions that deliver a 15 percent increase in productivity, due to the machine’s high-speed cutting capability.

Alongside will be the new 3D FABRI GEAR DDL, a new Direct Diode Laser version of the company’s highly popular tube and pipe cutting machines.

Also on the stand will be 10 kW and 8 kW versions of the OPTIPLEX FIBER III lasers, with the 8kW machine being loaded by a Mazak Smart Cell automation system.

The final machine on show will be a 6 kW OPTIPLEX NEXUS 3015 FIBER, equipped with Fasani CST automation.

For more information on Mazak’s range of laser cutting machines, visit:

Yamazaki Mazak UK Ltd
Tel: 01905 755755