ESPRIT announces new on-demand Learning Center for programmers
ESPRIT, the industry’s trusted CAM software for CNC programming, optimisation and simulation, has announced the debut release of its on-demand training platform, ESPRIT Learning Center, to the general public.
Traditionally, ESPRIT’s applications engineers lead in-person trainings in ESPRIT offices as well as on-site at customer facilities around the world. While application engineers offer some of the best CAM courses in the industry, the ESPRIT team understands that not everyone who needs software training has the resources to travel to an ESPRIT office.
To support customers throughout the pandemic, ESPRIT began conducting instructor-led, online training sessions in early 2020. The response has been overwhelmingly positive. To further satisfy users’ growing appetite for high-quality online training, ESPRIT now introduces the ESPRIT Learning Center to the general public.
The ESPRIT Learning Center is an online training platform with on-demand, self-paced training courses created specifically for ESPRIT CAM programmers. ESPRIT’s top engineers and instructors have poured a huge amount of effort and energy into creating these courses. The first learning paths to be released are “New User Milling,” “New User Turning,” and “New User Mill-Turn.” Each learning path includes five to seven training courses that guide users through several different machine models and part models to introduce different machining processes in ESPRIT.
The main purpose for creating discrete online learning paths is to replicate what a student can learn from an on-site training class. Users may take the course anywhere, and at any time. ESPRIT customers can learn at their own pace while saving the time and cost associated with traveling. Each learning path also comes with one ESPRIT student license for each learner, so users can take the courses at home or in their free time, without interrupting their daily programming or production work.
“ESPRIT Learning Center gives us the exact learning experience that we’ve been looking for. The courses are very thorough, wasting no time getting to the point. Having all the supplied files and models within the course window makes access quick and convenient.” says Scott Hornbeak, programmer at Cassavant Machining. “This online training will not only make it easier for existing ESPRIT users to transition to the new ESPRIT, it will also help our new programmers rapidly get familiar with ESPRIT, without the need to travel to a training site.”
“ESPRIT Learning Center is a game-changer for our customers who want to learn ESPRIT,” says Yijun Fan, director of product mat DP Technology, the maker of ESPRIT. “Our end goal is to make high-quality ESPRIT training courses more accessible to our global customers. We want to share our best practices with users so they can optimise their machine programming to reduce the cycle time, machine setup time, and machine downtime. We want our users’ machines to start running as soon as possible and keep running at the highest efficiency, and that’s always going to be our priority at DP Technology.”
To learn more about the ESPRIT Learning Center, visit: https://www.espritcam.com/learningcenter
ESPRIT and DP Technology Corp
DP Technology Corp. is a leading developer and supplier of computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software. ESPRIT®, DP Technology’s flagship product, is a powerful CAM system for CNC programming, optimisation, and simulation, supporting the entire manufacturing process. With factory-certified post processors delivering machine-optimized G-code and ESPRIT’s ability to solve unique challenges with automation solutions, ESPRIT is the smart manufacturing solution for any machining application. With world-class technical support, ESPRIT empowers you to get started quickly and keep running at top efficiency. ESPRIT is the only CAM system you’ll ever need.
DP Technology reinforces its commitment to technical excellence by dedicating nearly 20 percent of its annual revenue to ongoing research and product development. This long-term focus has produced powerful technological innovations that have placed ESPRIT in an industry-leading position since its market launch in 1985.
EuroBLECH 2021 postponed
EuroBLECH 2021 postponed: 26th International Sheet Metal Working Technology Exhibition will take place from 25 – 28 October 2022 in Hannover, Germany
Mack Brooks Exhibitions has today announced the postponement of EuroBLECH, which was scheduled to take place at the Hannover Exhibition Grounds in Germany from 9 to 12 March 2021. The next EuroBLECH, 26th International Sheet Metal Working Technology Exhibition, will return to its normal event cycle and run from 25 – 28 October 2022. This decision was taken in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and following conversations with all exhibitors and partners that have taken place over the past weeks and months. Uncertainties around continued travel restrictions were also a contributing factor to this decision due to the truly international character of the EuroBLECH show.
Speaking about the announcement, Nicola Hamann, Managing Director of Mack-Brooks Exhibitions said: “Following extensive conversations with all participants we have come to the decision to return to our normal event cycle and hold the next show in its original event slot. Based on the current international developments due to the Covid-19 pandemic, covering further lockdown and travel restrictions, we believe that it is the most responsible decision at this stage to postpone. This early announcement will hopefully allow time for the impact of COVID-19 across the world to stabilise and when safe to do so, ensure that the event can continue its critical role in bringing the global sheet metal working industry together again. By making this decision now we allow for planning security, EuroBLECH will return to its initial event schedule and will therefore be back strong in 2022”.
“With the recent launch of the EuroBLECH Digital Innovation Summit we have laid the foundation stone for a hybrid approach to our EuroBLECH Event, which will enable us to run a series of digital events in 2021 for the sheet metal working industry. As a result, EuroBLECH as we know it will be back for all participants in 2022, but as the industry slowly recovers in the coming year, we will offer opportunities to regularly meet, network and conduct business in a safe online format in the meantime. It was very apparent at EuroBLECH DIGITAL, that there currently is a need for the industry to get together and also discover latest innovations to kick-start their business efforts”, continued Nicola Hamann. Further information on the schedule of the digital event series will be announced in due course.
The EuroBLECH Team will communicate closely with customers and partners over the coming weeks and months and thank their exhibitors, partners, suppliers and visitors for their support during this challenging time.
Every two years, the world’s largest sheet metal working technology exhibition attracts top industry professionals from all over the world. The show targets specialists at all management levels in small and medium-sized companies as well as large enterprises from all key industry sectors. Featuring an enormous amount of live machine demonstrations, EuroBLECH is renowned with international sheet metal working professionals as the most important event to find smart solutions and the right machines, equipment and materials for their companies.
The recent launch of the first EuroBLECH Digital Innovation Summit attracted 5,500 international participants from 91 countries and featured meeting options, webinars on recent industry trends and exhibitor presentations as well as hundreds of exhibitor product showcases.
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Vintage aeroplane restorer soars with Mazak machine investment
Kennet Aviation, a leading restorer of vintage aeroplanes, has increased its capacity and ability to produce challenging bespoke parts by investing in a new turning centre from Yamazaki Mazak
A leading restorer of vintage aeroplanes has increased its capacity and ability to produce challenging bespoke parts by investing in a new turning centre from Yamazaki Mazak.
Kennet Aviation specialises in the renovation and servicing of historic aeroplanes, including Supermarine Seafires used in World War II, to the stringent standards required by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), the UK’s specialist aviation regulator.
With the aim of enhancing in-house manufacturing capacity and growing its existing business, the company has invested in a state-of-the-art Mazak QUICK TURN 250MSY CNC turning centre. The new machine, which was built in the UK at the company’s Worcester-based European Manufacturing Plant, has enabled Kennet Aviation to quickly produce high-accuracy, bespoke aircraft components, and significantly reduced the time taken to restore the aircraft.
The investment has also opened up new business opportunities for Kennet Aviation by enabling the company to subcontract its capability to manufacture rare parts for vintage aircraft restorers and collectors worldwide.
Tim Manna, director at Kennet Aviation, comments: “Existing components for these older aeroplanes can be very rare, hard to find, and often not available anywhere. As we may only require very small batches, requesting parts from general subcontractors can be expensive and result in long lead times. We therefore decided to invest in a high-quality CNC machine tools to manufacture parts at Kennet, so we could bring selection, quality control, and timing in-house.
“Mazak provided a brilliant service, and we have been very impressed with how quickly and accurately the QUICK TURN has been able to produce parts. In fact, it has been so successful that we have since invested in a second machine, a VCN530C vertical milling machine with an additional rotary axis, which arrived in December. Now it is up and running, we have 100 percent capability to produce any parts we need for aeroplanes and even classic cars, which is a market we’re now making great strides in.”
Alan Mucklow, managing director UK & Ireland Sales & Service Division at Yamazaki Mazak, adds: “A nation’s history can be found in its vehicles, so it is fantastic
organisations such as Kennet Aviation exist to preserve and protect our aviation heritage. “We are thrilled to have played our part in helping the company expand its machining capacity and generate new business in its highly specialist field. We are also excited to see how they have used Mazak machinery to expand into general subcontracting and renovating vintage cars.”
ESAB and YASKAWA sign collaborative agreement for pre-engineered robotic welding cells
ESAB and YASKAWA have signed a global cooperation agreement to jointly develop and market a line of pre-engineered robotic welding systems called XCellerator
The ESAB Group Inc. and leading robot and robot system company YASKAWA have announced the signing of a global cooperation agreement to jointly develop and market a line of pre-engineered robotic welding systems called XCellerator. The XCellerator systems will be engineered and built by Yaskawa and marketed by ESAB through its global sales channels.
Each company will contribute their special expertise to create a product which is greater than the sum of their individual contributions. In creating the XCellerator line of pre-engineered robotic welding cells, YASKAWA brings more than 30 years of experience producing leading-edge robots, robotic controllers and robot cells to this effort. For its part, ESAB brings its deep expertise in welding processes, filler metals, equipment and automation together with their proprietary WeldCloud weld operations management infrastructure. Together they have produced an integrated robotic welding solution that truly exemplifies these two great companies.
Pre-engineered cells like XCellerator are the fastest, simplest path toward automation. They improve productivity per worker by three to five times and offer a compelling return on investment. Factory-built and tested, they take the risk out of robotic system investments. The cells especially appeal to small and medium-sized manufacturers and fabricators that value easy installation, setup and operation, enabling them to take a confident step toward automating their welding operations.
YASKAWA is a world-leading manufacturer of inverter drives, servo drives, machine controllers, and industrial robots. For more than 100 years, the company philosophy has been based on the principle of highest quality. This philosophy has helped YASKAWA to become one of the top global companies in the field of electrical drive technology. Inventor of the word Mechatronics and its strong focus on research and development has yielded innovations that have contributed significantly to the success of many industries, among them machine construction, mining, machine tooling, automotive construction, packaging and semiconductors. As supplier of MOTOMAN industrial robots, YASKAWA is also one of the world’s biggest robot manufacturer.
YASKAWA operates manufacturing and development facilities in Asia, Europe and North America. For further information visit www.yaskawa.eu.com
ESAB exists to shape the future of welding and cutting. It connect fabricators with the widest range of products under its industry-leading brand portfolio with the latest technologies to solve virtually any industry challenge and then backs it up with unrivalled knowledge, experience and passion to help them be more productive than ever before. To learn more, contact:
Quickgrind now offers ordering on Amazon
Purchasing cutting tools from Tewkesbury cutting tool manufacturer Quickgrind has now been simplified with the company’s product lines available to purchase on Amazon. Recognised for its ‘Infinite Possibilities’ approach to customer requirements in the arena of cutting tools, Quickgrind is now making ‘next day’ delivery of standard product lines a certainty.
Quickgrind has built an established position in the industry for its level of innovation and technology that has rightly earned the company the reputation for delivering on its ‘Infinite Possibilities’ slogan. By making a range of standard products available on the Amazon platform, customers can now order cutting tools as late as 10pm in most areas with guaranteed next day UK delivery. Furthermore, customers can get free One-Day Delivery on eligible items, consolidated shipping and Amazon Day with predictable and convenient weekly deliveries.
While the ‘Infinite Possibilities’ service of technologically advanced bespoke engineered solutions will continue to be provided through the Quickgrind engineering team, the company will introduce a standard series of high-quality innovative products through the Amazon logistics platform. When Quickgrind’s commercial manager Tim Darch was asked what the benefits of using the Amazon platform are, he replied: “Amazon is the world’s most successful online consumer retailer and something that every household is familiar with. Amazon Business is now growing faster than Amazon itself.
“Logistically, using the proven Amazon platform for selling cutting tools will open new doors for Quickgrind while guaranteeing customers that they can order next day delivery as late as 10 pm. No cutting tool manufacturer with established logistical platforms can provide a service that offers such a responsive service. Additionally, this move not only opens Quickgrind up to the whole UK market but also further afield as well, such as the US, Europe and Australia in the future.
“From a business perspective, it will give Quickgrind exposure to enthusiasts, job shops and small manufacturers while simultaneously providing new and existing customers with the facility for ordering standard tools for next day delivery, even during the afternoon or night shift. Add the fact that 50 percent of the FTSE 100 companies use Amazon business, the service is equally applicable to larger manufacturers as well. This opens up access to our tooling for a wide variety of companies. At Quickgrind, we don’t see why people should have to compromise on their tooling quality or prices paid just because they are ordering small volumes.”
The Amazon online store is familiar to most households and businesses alike. This familiarity reduces the complexity of purchasing for work purposes and can also reduce the time spent on administration of orders. The ability to automate approval processes (all part of Amazon Business) can help dramatically reduce this administrative burden.
Additionally, customers control and consolidation of spend can be achieved through a single ‘multi-user’ account with built-in features to control how and what users buy. This eradicates what procurement staff call “long-tail spending” and rogue spending.
Customers can track all their orders with ease and transparency, utilising the expansive Amazon Business store produces lower costs with quantity pricing available and reduced shipping costs. For example, customers can spend just £80 for unlimited deliveries per year. This provides manufacturers with the traceability and confidence that staff can order cutting tools for the urgent jobs that may come in at short notice. Following this, reconciliation against company accounts and tracking is simplified with PO numbers matching the receipt or the commercial credit card statement on your organisation’s accounts.
As a global logistics leader, Amazon provides enhanced visibility and control for business with line-item detail for simple reconciliation through detailed invoices or enhanced transaction data on eligible commercial credit cards. Reconciliation reports can be downloaded through Amazon Business Analytics with customisable reconciliation reports seamlessly integrated through users existing procurement systems such as Coupa, JAGGAER and SAP Ariba.
Tim Darch concludes: “This really is an exciting opportunity for Quickgrind and we can see huge opportunities for both our business and our customers. Amazon will stock a complete line of standardised Quickgrind tools in bonded warehousing held at Amazon fulfilment centres and this will be available for enthusiasts and manufacturers to order in any quantity size that is required. Amazon will automatically update Quickgrind on purchase orders and stock levels and we will replenish and even adjust the Amazon stock levels to meet the requirements of the industry.”
KUKA posts record robot sales despite challenging year
KUKA Robotics in the UK and Ireland has posted the strongest annual sales figures in the company’s history, despite the challenges of the Covid-19 crisis and the consequential recession. The group attributes the success to its proven sales strategies and to four main strategic factors that combined to make 2020 a record year.
With the rise of e-mobility, driven by customer demand for green modes of transportation, the automotive sector has undergone big changes in vehicle design and propulsion. KUKA has been at the forefront of automation for e-mobility production and a big cause for celebration was a large order from commercial electric vehicle manufacturer Arrival, a new company with a unique production model.
Every Arrival vehicle is produced in a relatively small and low cost “microfactory”, each of which can produce 10,000 vans or 1,000 buses per year. The company has already announced an order of 10,000 electric vans from logistics company UPS, with the option for a further 10,000; production in the UK is now supported by Arrival’s first US microfactory, in York County, South Carolina.
KUKA UK is supplying the robots for Arrival’s rising demand, across the world. CNBC reported in November 2020 that Arrival was aiming to build three to four of these factories a year, each serving a city and its community, linked in a global framework. The potential for future use of robotics and automation from KUKA is very promising.
“The UK automotive sector faces big challenges, but electrification is coming fast and, with winning the Arrival contract, I am confident that KUKA is very well placed to capitalise on this growth market,” says Paul Williams.
KUKA UK appointed a specialist automotive account manager, Paul Williams, in late 2019. With a strong track record in automotive robot applications, he has already made big in-roads into the sector. “KUKA is embedded in the big car plants in Germany but we are not as well established in automotive in the UK, for legacy reasons,” says Bernard Bagley, head of robot sales, KUKA UK. “Paul and the Arrival contract are helping to change that.”
KUKA has restructured its sales teams under general industry, in order to cover sectors and regions simultaneously and efficiently. Now, every sales manager targets an industry sector as well as a geographic footprint. Along with KUKA’s System Partner model of partnering with specialist integrators, the approach is much more customer-facing. KUKA brings projects to its System Partners and vice-versa; KUKA sales engineers and System Partners always “walk the floor” to help advise on optimum automation strategies and act as a trusted advisor.
“This change has generated a lot more interaction with end-customers, which has always been our goal,” says Bernard Bagley. “Our System Partners provide this customer focus and our restructured sales team is now doing the same.”
Thirdly, KUKA has crystallised its strategy for education and research and development. The company has always believed in the fundamental need for appropriately skilled operators, technicians and engineers, in order to extract the best out of automated machines, assembly lines and research projects. KUKA UK and Ireland have invested heavily in supporting the education and research sectors and have developed dedicated educational robot cells and training material, alongside bespoke research cells focused on emerging technologies.
KUKA Ireland recently won a significant tender to supply the Louth & Meath Education and Training Board (LMETB) with a range of educational and collaborative robots for its new state-of-the-art Advanced Manufacturing Technology and Training Centre of Excellence (AMTCE) in Dundalk, Co. Louth. The training facility at the centre, which is set to be the largest vocational training facility of its kind in Europe, includes tailored educational industrial 6-axis robots with vision systems, robotic welding cells, robotic milling/machining cells and collaborative robot, cobot, cells.
Brian Cooney, managing director of KUKA Ireland, says “Manufacturing is experiencing a serious skills gap and shortage of resources in advanced manufacturing technologies at vocational level, which is not being addressed by the third level colleges and universities. The investment by the LMETB in this visionary AMTCE training centre is not only addressing this skills gap in Ireland but is also setting the standard by which other European centres may be measured.”
The AMTCE provides tailored training courses to upskill and reskill operators and technicians and forms a critical component of the Irish Government’s Industry 4.0 Strategy 2020-2025 program and Covid-19 recovery plan.
KUKA Robotics is the only robot manufacturer with a dedicated presence in Ireland with local sales, customer service, application engineering and training. “This recent success is testament to our focus on providing the best possible products and service to our customers. This is never more important than starting with the operators and technicians who will be responsible for the continued success of our manufacturing sectors,” says Brian Cooney.
KUKA UK and Ireland enters 2021 with a very strong team, with experts in sectors, applications, and regions across the board, together with a network of independent Platinum, Gold and Silver level System Partners, who deliver first class solutions and consultancy centred on their core competencies.
Looking to 2021, KUKA believes the robotics and automation sectors are set for significant growth in response to increased demand to offset the heavy reliance on ever scarcer resources, to reshoring, and to escalate efficiencies and competitiveness in manufacturing. New social distancing requirements in factories and workplaces increase the need for automation to create safe working environments within a limited floorspace.
The life-science sector, including medical device, pharmaceutical and biotech, is a notable growth market. Laboratories are presenting new applications for robots and cobots, especially in labs and clean rooms, that require precise, repetitive processes where a robot can provide the consistency, reliability and traceability that such a highly validated process demands.
Brian Cooney says that, while 2020 has been a difficult year for many manufacturing sectors suffering under the double impact of Covid-19 and the uncertainty around Brexit, it is widely expected that there will be a strong bounce back in the UK and Irish economies in 2021 and beyond. With the benefits of Industry 4.0 and digitisation, together with incredible advances in manufacturing technologies, KUKA expects to take its record 2020 success into 2021 and deliver continued growth, despite the economic challenges.
Battery Ventures acquires Cimatron and GibbsCAM from 3D Systems
Businesses to join Battery-owned SigmaTEK under new corporate umbrella: combination to spur growth and continue product investment
Battery Ventures, a global, technology-focused investment firm, has agreed to acquire the combined Cimatron and GibbsCAM software businesses from global additive manufacturing solutions company 3D Systems Corporation. The transaction is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2020, subject to customary closing conditions.
As part of the acquisition, Cimatron and GibbsCAM will join Battery-backed SigmaTEK Systems*, a CAD/CAM software provider serving professional fabricators, in a new holding company called CAMBRIO. Headed by Robbie Payne, current SigmaTEK Systems CEO and a veteran tech executive, CAMBRIO will leverage Cimatron and GibbsCAM to offer a diverse set of design and machining software solutions, and firmly position itself as a CAD/CAM innovator in the fabrication, toolmaking, and production machining industries.
Current SigmaTEK Chairman Richard Smith, previously CEO of Vero Software, a UK-based CAD/CAM software maker acquired by Hexagon AB in 2014, will join CAMBRIO’s board, along with Steve Sivitter, another former Vero executive who is currently the CEO of 1WorldSync, a product-content solutions company whose software helps large brands share product data with retailers, operators and distributors.
“We are extremely pleased for the companies to be combining forces. It is a great strategic match,” says Richard Smith. “The teams have proven track records and we can leverage our extensive domain expertise in manufacturing software to drive product development and benefit our customers like never before.”
Commenting on the acquisition, Robbie Payne says: “We are often serving the same customer profile and trying to solve similar industry issues with innovative software technology. As a combined entity, we will continue to invest in each of the individual products, make our customers more productive, and enlarge our distribution capability. Finally, we are excited about working with the existing Cimatron and GibbsCAM employees and partners and look forward to further expanding our presence in the global market.”
Battery partners with exceptional founders and management teams developing category-defining businesses in markets including software and services, enterprise infrastructure, online marketplaces, healthcare IT and industrial technology. Founded in 1983, the firm backs companies at all stages, ranging from seed and early to growth and buyout, and invests globally from offices in Boston, San Francisco, Menlo Park, Israel, London and New York.
More than 30 years ago, 3D Systems brought the innovation of 3D printing to the manufacturing industry. Today, as the leading additive manufacturing solutions partner, it brings innovation, performance, and reliability to every interaction, empowering our customers to create products and business models never before possible. 3D Systems’ solutions address a variety of advanced applications in healthcare and Industrial markets such as medical and dental, aerospace & defence, automotive and durable goods. More information on the company is available at www.3dsystems.com
Hexagon enhances its Smart Manufacturing solutions portfolio with the acquisition of D.P.Technology Corp
Hexagon AB, a global leader in sensor, software and autonomous solutions, has announced the signing of an agreement to acquire D.P.Technology Corp., a leading developer and supplier of computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) technology.
The ESPRIT CAM System, its flagship solution, is the smart manufacturing solution for any machining application. Supporting any class of CNC machine via a common interface and workflow, it provides high-performance CNC machine programming, optimisation, and simulation for a broad range of precision manufacturing applications.
Well known for its machine-optimised, edit-free G-code (toolpath), ESPRIT leverages a digital twin simulation platform to model the finished part, tools, and CNC machine. AI-based algorithms eliminate manual data input and provide machine operators with greater assurance of what will happen on the shop floor. The result – simplified programming, increased tool life and utilisation, reduced cycle times and improved productivity.
“D.P.Technology is an innovator with a strong focus on building smarter, data-driven manufacturing solutions. When combined with our production software portfolio, it cements our market-leading position in CAM, particularly around CNC manufacturing processes, and accelerates the development of our Smart Manufacturing portfolio,” says Hexagon president and CEO Ola Rollén. “Additionally, the D.P.Technology team has built excellent working relationships with leading machine tool providers and other manufacturing technology experts, which will prove invaluable in our open and interoperable manufacturing ecosystem approach.”
Founded in 1982 and headquartered in Camarillo, California, D.P.Technology employs around 260 people in 27 locations worldwide. The company is also represented by a network of 130 resellers across 44 countries, giving ESPRIT a global footprint and install base. D.P.Technology will operate as part of Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division. Completion of the transaction (closing) is subject to regulatory approvals. 2019 sales amounted to 35M EUR.
Hexagon is a global leader in sensor, software and autonomous solutions. It puts data to work to boost efficiency, productivity, and quality across industrial, manufacturing, infrastructure, safety, and mobility applications. Hexagon technologies are shaping urban and production ecosystems to become increasingly connected and autonomous, ensuring a scalable, sustainable future. The group has approximately 20,000 employees in 50 countries and net sales of approximately 3.9bn EUR.
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World’s fastest brass wire launched by Erodex UK
World’s fastest brass wire launched by Erodex UK
Betterbrass, the world’s fastest brass wire launched by Erodex UK, has helped users increase cutting speed by up to 10 percent in early trials since its launch.
Launched into the UK this summer, betterbrass is a next generation special alloy brass wire from bedra (Berkenhoff) Germany.
Thanks to innovative alloy and casting technology, along with a specially developed annealing process, bedra engineers created a brass wire electrode comprised of a completely new alloy that is plug-and-play on all machine types, The new product delivers performance never before seen in a traditional brass wire, with up to 10 percent faster cutting speeds reported.
“Since its launch earlier in the summer, the new betterbrass wire range has received a positive response from customer trials, meaning that we can now provide EDM subcontractors with a cost-effective step up from standard brass wire” comments Josh Bye, sales engineer at Erodex UK.
He continues: “As UK industry starts to recover from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, we were keen to be able to introduce a new, cost-effective wire to the market that also enables increased performance. Users will save money by using the wire, as any increase in wire speed ultimately means less wire usage”
Erodex UK are leaders in the provision of EDM wire, wear parts and other EDM consumables and have cemented their position as a leading authority in the UK for all things EDM. In addition to its vast experience within the EDM industry, this is also due to its strong working relationship with bedra (Berkenhoff) Germany.
During August 2019, Erodex UK announced the launch of the world’s fastest EDM speed wire, gapstar ONE. Building on the strengths of their cobracut, broncocut and topas ranges, bedra developed a new coating technology called TRIMPAC. gapstar ONE quickly became the wire of choice for those looking for premium performance, but it is a different segment of the market that Erodex UK believe will continue to see the benefit from the betterbrass range.
“Being the fastest EDM speed wire available in the world, our gapstar ONE range is a very high-end wire, which we do advise if people are looking for a significant step up in speeds. However, we know that there is a segment of the market that does not demand premium performance, but still would like to achieve greater performance and reliability than they get from using a standard brass wire. It is these users which are now appreciating the benefit of the new betterbrass range of wire.
“During customer trials since launch, betterbrass has proved to perform up to 10 percent faster than standard brass wire. Being a stronger wire than standard brass also means improved reliability when auto wire threading. Users have reported less breakages when applying increased power through the wire and better surface finishes too” adds Josh Bye.
Luke Hobbs, director of HLP Engineering Solutions in Halesowen, West Midlands has experienced firsthand the benefits of using both the gapstar and betterbrass ranges.
He states: “We’ve used both gapstar and betterbrass wires from Erodex. Simply put, gapstar is the best wire we have ever used from a performance and speed perspective on our Sodick machines. We found it ideal for cutting punches and other long-running jobs. We will have no hesitation in using gapstar for this type of work in the future. We found that betterbrass is excellent on threading and for the small increase in the cost of the wire, offers decent speed improvement of around 10-12 percent over standard brass wire using the same settings. When the job dictates, we will certainly use this wire again.”
New FMS double loader for machine tools without automatic pallet changers
Now, even higher payload machine tools that do not feature automatic pallet changers can be configured into an Flexible Manufacturing System (FMS) via a new, multi-pallet loader from Fastems that accommodates payloads up to 1,000 kg.
Fastems, a leader in manufacturing automation equipment and software, has developed a new load handler that can both load machine tools directly and act as an automatic pallet changer. The load handler is the device on the FMS stacker crane that moves pallets between storage, machines and the loading/material stations in a Fastems FMS. Fastems calls this new loader DMC-APC, which means Double Mast Crane-Automatic Pallet Changer. Using the new DMC-APC, manufacturers do not need to purchase and integrate costly APCs to their machine tools in order to configure an FMS in their facilities.
In operation, the new Fastems DMC-APC can accommodate two pallets rather than the typical single pallet. Controlled by the Fastems cell management software, the DMC-APC selects the next workpiece-loaded pallet from the storage system, moves it to an open machine tool, then picks up the previously machined workpiece/pallet from that same machine tool, spins 180-degrees and places the new workpiece/pallet into the same machine tool. This scenario takes about 30-40 seconds. In comparison, the cases where the non DMC-APC or classic stacker crane accommodates one pallet instead of two the loader first takes the finished part/pallet from the machine tool, delivers it to the storage stacker, moves to pick up the next workpiece/pallet to be machined and delivers it to the machine tool ready for machining. This scenario with one pallet takes about 100-120 seconds.
According to Fastems, there are several notable benefits now that non-APC machine tools with higher payloads can be used in an FMS, namely surrounding speed, machine tool utilisation and cost reduction. For instance, if the machining cycles are short, the necessity to make several pallet changes within one hour decreases machine tool utilisation significantly. Second, with the DMC-APC’s double pallet capability, the pallet change time is about half a minute compared to two minutes with a single pallet changer. Third, the DMC-APC saves floor space because machines without APCs have a smaller footprint generally. Fourth, customers do not have to invest in machine tool APCs and finally the new generation DMC-APC can accommodate higher weights up to 1,000 kg.
Support from MSC leads to Next Gen Makers expansion into North Staffordshire
MSC Industrial Supply Co. UK is helping to address the engineering skills shortage by supporting Next Gen Makers with its expansion into North Staffordshire.
Next Gen Makers is an innovative initiative which launched in the West Midlands two years ago, with the aim of making it easier for engineering and manufacturing businesses to recruit engineering apprentices.
It does this by proactively inspiring the next generation of engineers in local colleges and secondary schools and by helping manufacturing businesses, in particular SMEs, to compete and make their apprenticeships attractive to relevant students.
MSC is a principal partner to Next Gen Makers. Since the partnership was formed, Next Gen Makers activity promoting local engineering careers, has reached over 10,000 students across 40 High Schools and seven Further Education Colleges. So far, over 50 SME manufacturing and engineering firms in the West Midlands have reaped the benefits.
The Next Gen Makers Staffordshire operation will be headed up by Alec Proctor, a former managing director of a Cannock based SME manufacturer and now director of Stoke based HR, health and safety, recruitment and consultancy business Novelus Ltd. Alec Procter and his business partners, including recruitment specialist Anita Gratton and HR specialists, are forming partnerships with manufacturing and engineering businesses in Staffordshire who can benefit from recruiting apprentices. Stoke on Trent College is one of its first college partners to be established.
Adam Tipper, owner and director of Next Gen Makers, says: “The engineering skills shortage is one of the biggest challenges facing UK manufacturing today, however, Next Gen Makers has proved that it is a problem that can be solved by a coordinated industry-led approach.
“By inspiring more young people to pursue a career in engineering, bringing manufacturing businesses and relevant students together and raising awareness of the opportunities in the local area, we can place genuine engineering talent where it is needed the most.
“We are delighted to work with MSC who share our ambition of solving the engineering skills shortage and supporting UK manufacturing.”
According to a government study, for the UK engineering sector to gain enough candidates to reduce the skills shortage, it would need around 186,000 new skilled recruits each year until 2024.
Howard Rothwell, sales director at MSC, comments: “At MSC, we work with many engineering businesses and are acutely aware of the challenges they are facing in relation to the skills gap.
“Alongside the significant and ongoing growth of the MSC engineering team, we are proud to partner with Next Gen Makers as this helps our customers directly inspire and recruit the next generation of engineers.
“Our partnership with Next Gen Makers continues to be very successful in the West Midlands and we look forward to supporting its rollout into North Staffordshire, which is another area where many manufacturing businesses are experiencing the impact of the skills shortage.”
Next Gen Makers takes a strategic and long-term approach to solving the skills gap. The company realises that most SME manufacturers are too busy to be promoting themselves in local schools and colleges, so has created a platform to do this for them, through their engineering careers prospectus and engineering careers webinars.
Next Gen Makers also supports SME manufacturing businesses to raise awareness of its apprenticeship opportunities, so they are on the radar of more potential apprentices, which is currently one of the main barriers SMEs face.
Bringing younger apprentices into manufacturing businesses introduces different skill sets which helps firms adapt in line with technological change and prepares them for future manufacturing requirements.
MSC Industrial Supply
0121 505 9562
Bringing metal forming knowledge to the next level
GOM Metal Forming Knowledge Days – November 2020
24th Nov at 10am – Introduction to Sheet Metal Inspection Workflow
25th Nov at 10am – Improving Inspection Through Automation
26th Nov at 10am – Reducing scrap during the stamping process
Throughout 2020, GOM sites across the world have been running Metal Forming Knowledge Days, starting with the live event at GOM HQ in Braunschweig and then virtually through online portals.
GOM shows worldwide how precise industrial 3D metrology helps to ensure quality and identify optimisation potentials in metal forming technology. Metal processing companies provide innovative products for a wide range of different applications. Forming processes are just as indispensable in automotive engineering and commercial vehicle construction as they are in the production of white goods or electronics.
This November, GOM UK is hosting its own Metal Forming Knowledge Days, bringing together all our knowledge and expertise in optical metrology in a series of free online events. The event will take place on 24th, 25th and 26th November and will be held via an online portal. The sessions will cover different areas of metrology within the metal forming industry, showing where GOM have identified potential manufacturing problems and developed the tools to solve them.
For example, there has been fantastic progression in the speed at which sheet metal parts can be produced and therefore GOM has developed ways of batch-processing these parts in order to keep up. It has helped to optimise tool maintenance, allowing users to spot potentially damaging wear and tear early. It can also offer extensive forming analysis solutions to ensure the panels being manufactured are within the forming limits of the material. These solutions and much more will be highlighted during the events.
The GOM UK Metal Forming Knowledge Days will offer a virtual platform for engineers as well as specialists from production and quality assurance to ask questions and gain knowledge within metal forming technology and optical metrology.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact:
Creaform Connect: 3D Measurement Solutions Summit
Virtual tradeshow and conference provides an international opportunity to experience Creaform’s innovations at work
Creaform, a worldwide leader in 3D measurement solutions has announced Creaform Connect: 3D Measurement Solutions Summit, a new virtual tradeshow and conference. Starting with two live days on Nov. 17 and 18, forward-thinking manufacturers, education institutions and businesses can explore Creaform’s latest innovations and engineering services at the event.
Attendees from a wide array of industries, including automotive, aerospace, metalworking and more will learn how Creaform’s solutions address multiple challenges from product lifecycle management and quality control to reverse engineering, Industry 4.0, NDT, MRO and beyond.
Recently launched products like the new 3D scanner MetraSCAN BLACK and new automated quality control solutions of the R-Series lineup will be featured along with educational offerings that prepare engineers and designers for tomorrow’s workplace. Discover the most versatile dimensional metrology solutions and services in the market through this virtual summit:
Recently launched innovations: experience a new standard in portable and automated metrology through videos, technical specifications, best-practices, case-studies and more.
Demonstrations of every solution: dynamic, interactive virtual booths that showcase 3D technology and services as well as provide opportunities to ask questions about customised applications.
A dozen conference presentations: talks on a wide range of applications and industries will provide additional learning opportunities and access to leading experts.
Assistance in multiple languages: Creaform’s global team will offer live support via one-on-one chats, group discussions and video calls in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese and on-demand support in additional languages.
Live and on-demand content: Dual format options let attendees interact and experience information at their own pace and convenience.
“2020 changed the tradeshow landscape, but it did not stop the pace of Creaform’s innovations,” says Creaform president Fanny Truchon. “This year, Creaform launched the fastest, most accurate 3D portable scanner on the market, a versatile line of automated solutions, new and enhanced options for non-destructive testing and more.
“We are always searching for new ways to connect and share our technology and insights with the businesses we can provide the most value and impact to internationally,” adds Marc-Antoine Schneider, head of sales at Creaform. “Through Creaform Connect, we will share our 3D solutions with leaders throughout the manufacturing and transportation industries and beyond.
Following two days of live programming, the virtual tradeshow and conference will continue on demand through December 2020.
Creaform develops, manufactures, and sells 3D portable and automated measurement technologies and specialises in engineering services. The company offers innovative solutions for applications such as 3D scanning, reverse engineering, quality control, non-destructive testing, product development and numerical simulation (FEA/CFD). Its products and services cater to a variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, consumer products, heavy industries, healthcare, manufacturing, oil and gas, power generation, research and education.
METAV Web Sessions to focus on automation and handling
Automation and handling are increasingly gaining in significance as mega trends in industrial manufacturing. The problem of skilled workers is becoming ever more serious, especially in these difficult times when many companies are under pressure from high costs. At the same time, there are enormously high demands on the quality of products, meaning that businesses are now well advised to consider automation.
“We know from a recent VDMA survey that almost one in four machine manufacturers (23 percent) will have to adjust capacity levels,” says Dr Wilfried Schäfer, executive director of the METAV organiser VDW (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association) in Frankfurt am Main. When business picks up again, many companies will then find it difficult to process orders quickly enough and at the required quality level. In such times, having a consistent automation strategy can be essential for survival. Against this background, the question of automation could soon become even more pressing.
Ten companies will be presenting their solutions as part of the Automation and Handling Theme Days in the third edition of the METAV Web Sessions on 3 and 4 November 2020. These include Allmatic-Jakob clamping systems, Erowa System Technologien/Certa Systems, Gressel, Halter CNC Automation, HandlingTech Automations-Systeme, Industrie Partner, Isra Vision, Müller Maschinentechnik and Zeltwanger Automation. They all specialise in this particular field and are looking to inspire their customers with their solutions and offers.
Jörg Franz, head of project planning at the special-purpose machine builder Industrie-Partner GmbH in Coswig, Germany, will be presenting the company’s newly developed robot automation kit, for example. “It enables robot-supported sorting, assembly, cleaning and measuring of parts weighing up to 5 kg using standardised, individually combinable function modules. It is aimed at producers of serial products in all sectors, from mechanical engineering and battery cell production to automotive and aerospace.”
Also taking part is Halter CNC Automation based in Hoevelaken in the Netherlands: Area sales manager Oliver Löffler will be showcasing a software tool that allows customers to calculate the payback time of their investment on the basis of their own particular parameters. “We use the app when advising our customers about our machine loading systems. The resulting calculation provides on-the-spot answers to any questions concerning the expected returns following an acquisition,” he explains.
The Automation and Handling Theme Days are aimed at users from the entire industry. Each presentation lasts 30 minutes and is followed by a 15-minute chat session in which participants can ask questions and discuss issues. In addition, it is also possible to arrange a video chat with the speaker to discuss specific questions in a one-on-one conversation away from the general audience.
On request, METAV Web Session participants can obtain a certificate of participation as documentation of their further training. There has been strong uptake of this attractive and valuable service feature.
For further information, contact Stephanie Simon, VDW Trade Fairs project officer on 0049 69 7560 8153 email: email@example.com. The full programme and registration details can be found at www.metav-websessions.de
METAV 2020 21st International Trade Fair for Metalworking Technologies has had to be postponed by one year due to the corona pandemic. METAV 2020 reloaded will take place from 23 to 26 March 2021; the PROTaction hygiene system will be deployed at the event. Messe Düsseldorf has developed this in conjunction with the relevant authorities. It has already proven its effectiveness in operation at actual trade fairs. METAV reloaded displays the full spectrum of manufacturing technology. The focus is on machine tools, manufacturing systems, precision tools, automated material flows, computer technology, industrial electronics and accessories. Added to this are new topics such as Moulding, Medical, Additive Manufacturing and Quality. They are firmly established in so-called Areas in the METAV exhibition programme, each with its own nomenclature. The target group of METAV visitors includes all branches of industry that process metals, in particular mechanical and plant engineering, the automotive and supply industry, the aerospace sector, the electrical industry, energy and medical technology, tool and mould making as well as metalworking and trades.
FANUC UK to host virtual injection moulding technology event
FANUC UK is hosting a virtual event focusing on automation for the injection moulding industry at the end of November. The online event, which will be hosted between 23rd-27th November, will allow moulding companies to get to grips with emerging automation technology from the comfort of their own desk. Attendees will also be able to experience a virtual tour of FANUC UK’s headquarters, as well as view a number of cutting-edge exhibits.
Front and centre will be a number of machines from FANUC’s ROBOSHOT automated injection moulding series, with attendees able to view demonstrations from FANUC’s UK showroom. Different ROBOSHOT machines will be partnered by a range of ancillary automation equipment, including FANUC industrial and collaborative robots, as well as number of third-party solutions from suppliers such as Hi-Tech Automation.
FANUC UK managing director Tom Bouchier comments: “2020 has been immensely challenging in a number of ways, but the resilience of UK manufacturing and its ability to adapt is unwavering. In this vein, we’ve decided to host this virtual event, to showcase how automation can help moulding companies from both a safety and productivity standpoint. While there are certain aspects of a physical event that cannot be replicated virtually, the fact that circumstances have necessitated this does hold a couple of positives.
“For instance, the number of attendees to physical events are limited by the space available, but the fact that this is virtual means we can open our doors to as many people as possible. Last year, our first ever Open House was a brilliant platform to discuss automation’s role in improving UK manufacturing, and this builds on that by offering application-specific illustrations how to improve manufacturing processes.”
The seven injection moulding exhibits will be as follows:
Exhibit 1 – α-S300iA with M10iD8L 6-axis industrial robot mounted on an automated longitudinal beam from HiTech Automation, to deliver 7-axis operation from within compact footprint.
Exhibit 2 – α-S150iA with a second SI20iA injection unit supported by a LR-Mate 200iD7L industrial robot and QSSR (Quick & Simple Start-up of Robotization). It will be used to manufacturer an ice scraper, which visitors can take home with them.
Exhibit 3 – α-S50iA LSR display for proprietary liquid silicone processing, complete with QSSR and LRMate200iD industrial robot for parts handing.
Exhibit 4 – α-S150iA with compact, modular parts handling solution from HiTech Automation.
Exhibit 5 – A standalone dual servo electric core power pack which can be interfaced with a ROBOSHOT machine or alternative supplier, to enable end-users to utilise electric motor drive core solutions over traditional hydraulic cores.
Exhibit 6 – A high-speed carbon take-out cell developed by HiTech Automation in conjunction with FANUC, which can achieve sub 0.35s take-out times.
The event will also highlight the capabilities of FANUC’s new lightweight collaborative robot, the CRX10iA.
Alongside ROBOSHOT and cobots, there will be the opportunity to see FANUC’s entire portfolio of industrial robots and automation solutions. The IoT Area will display software products such as MT-LINKi, ZDT (zero downtime), and IIoT platform FIELD, allowing visitors to see real-time quality, machine, and order status monitoring of all machines and robot cells.
Tom Bouchier concludes: “Our hope is that this event will help to demonstrate how automation can help UK manufacturing improve its position in relation to international competitors. With a special focus on injection moulding, it will showcase the latest technology, and ultimately provide a platform for those interested in boosting productivity to explore their potential.”
For more information and to sign up for the event, please visit: https://rstechnologydays.fanuc.eu/
The FANUC Corporation is a world leader in factory automation for CNC control systems, robots and production machinery (ROBODRILL, ROBOCUT and ROBOSHOT). Since 1956, FANUC has pioneered the development of numerically controlled machines in the automation industry. With 263 locations supporting 108 countries worldwide and more than 7,000 employees, FANUC offers a dense network in sales, technical support, research & development, logistics and customer service.
For more information on FANUC, or to see its current product range, visit: www.fanuc.eu/uk/en
JETCAM launches free nesting software savings calculator
New calculator works in conjunction with free nesting benchmark comparison
JETCAM has announced a free online tool to estimate possible savings through investment in its nesting software. The figures, provided by a JETCAM nesting benchmark comparison, allow companies to estimate potential savings in three key areas.
Prospective companies interested to improve efficiency in the CADCAM/nesting process can request a free nesting benchmark comparison. By providing DXFs of parts alongside a nest of the same parts customers can see what percentage JETCAM’s high performance nesting could save on material over their existing software. Programming time can be drastically reduced by automating processes such as CAD import, tooling and automatic nesting, while machine runtime can also often be improved, with parts being common cut or for lasers JET-Cut fully automatic fly cutting.
Users enter information via simple sliders, entering their annual material spend, programming hourly rate and machine hourly rate. Next, they select the estimated savings, either provided through a benchmark or their own estimations. Clicking the calculate button immediately displays an annual saving for material, programming time and machine runtime, with a total underneath. Figures can be displayed in dollars, euros or pounds.
General Manager Martin Bailey says: “Many people struggle to estimate a return on investment when it comes to software. With machines it’s simple and visible: speed, throughput, size, etc. all can be used to calculate the benefit of a new machine over old. Our nesting benchmark comparison allow companies to quickly see how much and where they are likely to achieve savings. Many customers have already seen a return on their investment in months or even weeks, and as companies aim to automate and integrate in a post-COVID era it’s software that will quickly allow them to do that.”
The calculator is free to access at https://www.jetcam.com
JETCAM International has been developing and distributing its JETCAM Expert range of CADCAM software since 1986, serving the sheet metal and aerospace/automotive composite cutting industries. In use in 82 countries worldwide, JETCAM software supports virtually every CNC punching, laser, plasma, routing, waterjet and flatbed cutting machine available today, and provides automation and Industry 4.0 IIoT connectivity. The software has received various accolades and awards due to its high level of automation and fast return on investment.
Latest version of 123insight MRP/ERP software released
Simon Badger, MD of 123 Insight Ltd
Features include login security and improved accounts integration
123 Insight Ltd has released v10.10 of its core 123insight MRP/ERP manufacturing software. This incremental release includes a number of new and requested features across the software.
Enhancements have been made to Accounts Gateway® integration, providing more information from selected accounts systems such as Sage, XERO or Access Dimensions directly within 123insight such as additional aged debt information.
Filtering has been enhanced across various screens within the planning section, allowing more options to distil data down on-screen. This has been achieved either by adding new columns or adding filter fields above data grids.
Within the stores section further enhancements have been made to maximum stock level, future movements of parts and the global shortage issue report.
Security is further increased, as administration staff can also now control the number of failed login attempts before a user is locked. The release also includes numerous other minor enhancements throughout 123insight.
Managing director Simon Badger comments: “This release is all about delivering those little wins that make day-to-day tasks just that bit easier. We’re all presented with so much data throughout the day, so any enhancements that can help to get to the most relevant information quicker are always a benefit.”
All 123insight customers can update to the latest version at no cost under the monthly subscription. A remote update service is available for £300.
The company was founded in 2000 as a response to the fundamental flaws inherent in the traditional ERP/MRP selection and implementation process. 123 Insight has been either nominated or has won dozens of awards, often due to the speed of implementation and the immediate return on investment. The system is suitable for all type, shapes, sizes and industries, with all customers using the same ‘off-the-shelf’ product.
Since 2000 123 Insight has developed and distributed its award-winning MRP/ERP system. It is 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 is a low monthly subscription, no minimum contract and you can increase/decrease licences every month.
Hexagon enhances its smart manufacturing solutions portfolio with the acquisition of D.P. Technology Corp
Hexagon AB, a global leader in sensor, software and autonomous solutions, today announced the signing of an agreement to acquire D.P. Technology Corp., a leading developer and supplier of computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) technology.
The ESPRIT CAM System, its flagship solution, is the smart manufacturing solution for any machining application. Supporting any class of CNC machine via a common interface and workflow, it provides high-performance CNC machine programming, optimisation, and simulation for a broad range of precision manufacturing applications.
Well known for its machine-optimised, edit-free G-code (toolpath), ESPRIT leverages a digital twin simulation platform to model the finished part, tools, and CNC machine. AI-based algorithms eliminate manual data input and provide machine operators with greater assurance of what will happen on the shop floor. The result is simplified programming, increased tool life and utilisation, reduced cycle times and improved productivity.
“D.P. Technology is an innovator with a strong focus on building smarter, data-driven manufacturing solutions. When combined with our production software portfolio, it cements our market-leading position in CAM, particularly around CNC manufacturing processes, and accelerates the development of our smart manufacturing portfolio,” says Hexagon president and CEO Ola Rollén. “Additionally, the D.P. Technology team has built excellent working relationships with leading machine tool providers and other manufacturing technology experts, which will prove invaluable in our open and interoperable manufacturing ecosystem approach.”
Founded in 1982 and headquartered in Camarillo, California, D.P. Technology employs around 260 people in 27 locations worldwide. The company is also represented by a network of 130 resellers across 44 countries, giving ESPRIT a global footprint and install base. D.P. Technology will operate as part of Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division. Completion of the transaction is subject to regulatory approvals. 2019 sales amounted to 35m EUR.
Hexagon is a global leader in sensor, software and autonomous solutions. It is putting data to work to boost efficiency, productivity, and quality across industrial, manufacturing, infrastructure, safety, and mobility applications. Hexagon technologies are shaping urban and production ecosystems to become increasingly connected and autonomous,ensuring a scalable, sustainable future.
Hexagon has approximately 20,000 employees in 50 countries and net sales of approximately 3.9bn EUR.
Tel: 0046 8601 2627
Automation beyond traditional machine tending
Fastems Group will host an online Open House & Conference entitled “Productivity Beyond Machine Tending” on November 4, 2020 at 8:00-13:00 CET. The virtual event will showcase the latest developments in automation and surrounding technologies to all metalworking manufacturers. The company’s aim is to educate machine shops on how to improve their efficiency and quality in a manageable, methodical, and practical manner. The scope of automation includes more than tending machines; it also includes evaluating the surrounding processes such as cutting tool management and other manual work functions to reveal the key bottlenecks that should be addressed first.
The online Open House & Conference will gather people in manufacturing industries across Europe and North America with informative and educational webinars, video demonstrations, and Q&A sessions on several productivity-related topics, such as:
Automation possibilities now that go beyond traditional machine tending
Building optimal cutting tool management practices, step-by-step
Production planning and control software for manual work cells and standalone machines
Inspiring FMS advancements based on real customer success stories and a next-generation load handler for machines without automatic pallet changers
New innovations and flexibility improvements in robot cells and software
Fastems Group CEO Mikko Nyman will open the event live, welcoming the audience. The event is scheduled for European audiences on November 4, 2020, at 8:00 CET. Fastems warmly welcomes everyone to attend the entire event that day or access single presentations based on interest. If registrants cannot participate on the scheduled date and time, they can return to view and download all the free material at a more convenient time.
For more information and to register, visit https://www.fastems.com/event/seminar-productivity-beyond or contact Leigh Tricklebank, UK sales manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
Founded in 1901, Fastems delivers intelligent factory automation solutions that help metalworking manufacturers to increase their productivity. Its industry-leading control software and the capability to integrate any industrial machine tools into one entity, combined with its broad service selection and decades of experience is what makes Fastems unique.
Tel: 01322 222211
Acquisition accelerates the adoption of digital twin technology
FARO Technologies Inc, a global leader for 3D measurement, imaging and realisation solutions for 3D Metrology, AEC (Architecture, Engineering & Construction), and Public Safety Analytics, today announced that the Company has acquired Advanced Technical Solutions in Scandinavia AB (“ATS”), a Swedish-based leader in 3D digital twin solution technology.
Founded in 1990, ATS has had particular success in the automotive space, where the firm has agreements in place with several well-known global automotive manufacturers. The acquisition will integrate ATS software and proprietary Traceable 3D system, which enables highly accurate and repeatable 3D scans, into the FARO Webshare Cloud platform. ATS’ system connects the physical to the digital world and is expected to bolster FARO’s ability to improve customers’ time to decision with 10x faster 3D imaging at up to 1mm accuracy.
“We believe this acquisition enables FARO with differentiated accuracy and speed, which we believe will accelerate the adoption of digital twin technology. High accuracy 3D digital twin simulations allow capital intensive industries such as automotive and aerospace to meaningfully reduce their time to market and cost,” says Michael Burger, FARO president & CEO. “I welcome the ATS team into FARO and believe they will help accelerate our strategic objective of increasing Cloud-based subscription offerings in this sizable market.”
ATS CEO Göran L. Bergqvist comments: “The ATS team is thrilled to join a 40-year global leader like FARO. FARO’s technology and market presence provides the spring-board to the market adoption of Traceable 3D.” As the co-founder of ATS, he will continue to lead the ATS operation. The ATS Swedish facility will also act as a Nordic sales and service center for FARO.
FARO Technologies, Inc.
Tel: 001 407 333 9911
MSC supports CloudNC in the aim to deliver the future of manufacturing
MSC Industrial Supply Co. (MSC) is supporting autonomous manufacturing disruptor CloudNC in its objective to revolutionise the subcontracting market.
MSC has been appointed by CloudNC on a two-year contract covering vending solutions across metalworking and maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) categories. MSC will also provide engineering support to identify and deliver cost down efficiencies for CloudNC.
Founded in 2015, CloudNC is on a mission to transform subcontract manufacturing activities. The UK-based precision engineering firm has introduced a pioneering artificial intelligence (AI) approach to manufacturing, using highly advanced CNC programming capabilities.
The entrepreneurial business has ambitious growth plans for the future, having secured government grants and venture capital funding, and plans to open manufacturing plants around the world, which will automate and streamline the precision manufacturing process.
MSC will initially support CloudNC at Factory 1 in Chelmsford, Essex, which is the first CloudNC factory. The state-of-the-art facility embraces robotics and Industry 4.0 principles of connectivity and automation to deliver faster, more reliable and more cost-effective CNC machining.
Theo Saville, Co-founder and CEO of CloudNC, says: “The MSC team shares our vision for an autonomous manufacturing future and has worked with us to develop a tool management system to help achieve this. We look forward to the integration of this tool vending solution into our Factory Operating System, bringing autonomous software control to another key aspect of the precision manufacturing process, to drive faster turnaround and even lower prices for our customers.”
Alasdair McCallum, regional sales manager at MSC, says: “We look forward to supporting CloudNC in its ambition to automate and advance manufacturing processes by delivering our first-class engineering and technical support and cost-saving solutions.
“It’s exciting to think that we will play a part in helping CloudNC achieve their ambitious vision for the future, and as a result help shape what manufacturing in the UK might look like in years to come.”
MSC is a leader in the supply of Metalworking and MRO products. MSC helps organisations deliver operational excellence by providing engineering support across a variety of industries and metalworking applications. Whatever the challenge, MSC finds the right tool for the job and develops solutions to improve performance.
MSC helps drive greater productivity, profitability and growth with over 120,000 products, inventory management and supply chain solutions, and offers extensive engineering and technical expertise from years of working across different industries.
At the heart of MSC is its commitment to give customers control and its ability to demonstrate time and cost savings. Through its relationships with over 500 suppliers, it offers the broadest range of metalworking and MRO products.
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Cleaning up the industry during the pandemic with ROCOL
During the Covid-19 pandemic, a significant percentage of manufacturing industry has come to a rapid, but temporary production pause. For businesses that are strategically planning for the impending ramp-up of ‘post-pandemic’ work, now is the time to bring forward scheduled and preventative maintenance programs or implementing comprehensive housekeeping practices.
For these successful and forward-thinking companies taking this opportunity to remain productive, ROCOL has the industry’s most comprehensive range of cleaning products, housekeeping and preventative maintenance aerosol, fluid, oil and grease solutions in stock for all your needs. ROCOL appreciates that circumstances during such a challenging period are different for every business, but as a UK manufacturer, it is here to support UK industry with technical advice, solutions and of course a comprehensive range of ‘off-the-shelf’ products.
From the stable of cleaning products, ROCOL has a host of aerosol cleaning products to meet all your housekeeping challenges. The ROCOL Foam Cleaner Spray is already proving extremely popular. As a universal, fast-acting cleaning aerosol that is NSF A1 registered for use in the critically regulated food industry, the Foam Cleaner carves through dirt, grease and grime that resides on industrial machinery.
The Foam Cleaner is perfect for non-porous surfaces, is safe for use on most plastics, rubbers and painted surfaces and it is also Halal and Kosher certified. With a drip-free foam that prevents contamination and long contact time with the surface, the Foam Cleaner is perfect for any industrial application.
In instances where customers require a rapid drying solution, ROCOL has the perfect product with its 300 ml aerosol Industrial Cleaner Rapid Dry Spray. This product has a specially formulated blend of solvents that are designed to remove the most challenging greases and oils and workshop grime from all surface areas. As this product dries rapidly, it leaves no residue on the surface whether it be metal, plastic or painted.
For more aggressive cleaning applications, ROCOL has an extremely powerful, fast-acting multi-purpose Remover and Degreaser product. Suitable for use in inedible product processing, this powerhouse product is ideal for removing stubborn grease, oil, grime as well as adhesives and labels.
As a UK manufacturer of solutions for for all sectors of industry, ROCOL has several more specialised aerosol products including the Electra Clean Spray and the Stainless Steel Cleaner Spray. The Electra Clean Spray is an ultra-fast drying cleaner that is ideal when cleaning electronic equipment and components that may be in and around control panels, electric motors, electrical contacts and switches as well as food processing areas. Suitable for all electrical devices, the rapid evaporation characteristics of the Electra Clean Spray leaves no residue on work surfaces, leaving the equipment in your facility as clean as the day it was installed. Electrical equipment and circuitry are susceptible to being contaminated by airborne oil mist and dust. With the Electra Clean Spray, you now have a foolproof solution.
Equally impressive at removing grease, grime, oils and other stubborn marks are the Stainless-Steel Cleaner Spray. This product cuts through every conceivable contaminant to leave a clean, smear-free, polished surface that is also suitable for use in and around food processing areas. So, when you have finished cleaning all the stainless steel surfaces at your workplace, you’ll be so impressed that you will want to take this product home and wage your very own offensive upon all the stainless steel in your kitchen and garage.
All products in this portfolio incorporate ROCOL’s unique DETEX Technology, an X-ray and metal detectable plastic aerosol cap and actuator that reduces the risk of plastic contamination. Furthermore, these cleaning sprays and foams all meet the strictest of health and safety standards with all products meeting various NSF Standards. For manufacturers less well versed on NSF Standards, the NSF Product Certification assures suppliers, retailers, auditors and consumers that products from manufacturers such as ROCOL comply with specific standards for food safety and quality.
ITC creates App for online purchasing
None of us is ever far from our mobile phone and it is because of our desire to always be connected that Industrial Tooling Corporation (ITC) has now introduced the new ITC App. Created to provide existing and new customers with unparalleled access to all the UK’s leading cutting tools and services, the App is a convenient and easy to use solution for engineers that want to check availability and purchase products from the UK’s leading manufacturer of cutting tools.
Combining the expertise of cutting tool engineers with software developers, the new App is an informative, easy to navigate platform that hosts technical information and product details – all available at the swipe of the finger. The new App gives visitors the facility to check prices and delivery availability as well as place orders 24/7. Customers can also access a host of services from ITC such as searching their App order history, a feature that provides details on previous purchases, the dates of purchase and of course the products. Users can also create and store favourite items and complete lists of tooling for individual machining jobs where product information for the respective product codes, prices and availability are all stored.
The new App also has a powerful search facility that intuitively identifies all the suitable products within the search parameters; part code, barcode scanning and description are all supported. The new platform gives engineers and buyers fingertip access to favourites, App order history, help videos and user administration enabling them to add addition users. If you want fingertip access to the UK’s most innovative range of cutting tools, the new ITC App can now be downloaded on Web, Android and Apple based platforms:
LVD plans a series of Technology Events to launch new products
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 email@example.com.
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.
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123 Insight announces new series of online INFO Exchange events
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 123insight.com