New machine tools make working at home a lot easier
Ajax Machine Tools, based in Lymington, is always looking for new solutions to bring to the UK market and the latest offering is a a new range of CNC machines called the Atom and Proton.
The Atom has a very small footprint. Ajax’s new Mini CNC lathe has a Siemens 808D control a 100 mm 3 jaw chuck an automatic 4 way tool post that takes 10 mm tooling and a tail stock with a 3 MT spindle. The best part is it is on wheels and will plug into a 13 amp socket domestic socket and still take a decent cut.
The Proton, which is also very small, is the Mini milling version of the Atom. It again has the Siemens 808D control driving 3 axes. It will mill, drill and tap with ease and also comes on wheels and plugs into a 13 amp socket.
Both these machines would be at home in your home, garage, workshop, machine shop or classroom. With online training available and a PC version of the control for free, it’s a great opportunity to work from home.
New manufacturing facility in the UK
Dräger expands capacity for respiratory masks and sets up a production facility in the UK|
In connection with the COVID 19 pandemic, Dräger has received an order from the British government to deliver respiratory protection masks (FFP3). The delivery of the order will start in 2020 and will stretch until the end of 2021. The expected net sales are roughly EUR 100 million.
For this purpose a mask production facility will be set up in the UK, in the Blyth area of Northumberland. There, Dräger has had a development and production site for respiratory protection technology for firefighters and industry for over 50 years. This is in addition to the existing production network in Sweden and South Africa and the recently decided new production sites in France and the US. The investment in the expansion of production capacities across all five production sites will require a mid-double-digit million euros in the 2020 financial year.
Rainer Klug, chief officer of the Safety Division at Dräger: “We are very pleased about the major order from the British government. It gives us the opportunity to expand our international production network for FFP masks. With this additional production unit, Dräger will increase volumes quickly and flexibly. Our international production network enables us to react very quickly and specifically to national or local requirements on the one hand, and to cover international requirements in a closely networked and flexible manner on the other. Dräger thus operates a highly responsive manufacturing system for certified FFP respiratory protection masks, with a product design originating from our own development in Germany”.
Dräger Technology for Life®
Dräger is an international leader in the fields of medical and safety technology. Its products protect, support and save lives. Founded in 1889, Dräger generated revenues of around EUR 2.8 billion in 2019. The Dräger Group is currently present in more than 190 countries and has more than 14,500 employees worldwide. For more information visit:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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Okuma opens a new Engineering Centre in Germany
The Engineering Centre will be equipped with a main crane with a 32-tonne loading capacity as well as six ancillary cranes, each allowing a 2-tonne loading capacity
Individual all-in-one solutions to suit customer requirements
Okuma, one of the world’s market leaders for CNC tooling machines and process optimisation, will soon be opening a new Engineering Centre at its site in Krefeld, Germany. In future, the standard machines kept in stock will be individually tailored to meet the needs of customers across Europe.
Okuma Europe works in most European countries with long-standing sales partners that are able to provide service and individual solutions particularly quickly due to their customer proximity. After Okuma changed over to direct sales in Germany, it was then up to the company itself to lay the foundations for continuing to generate successful growth locally.
1200 m² for faster individual all-in-one solutions
In 2018, plans were drawn up for the new Engineering Centre to increase the workshop capacity. August 2019 marked the start of construction. Just under a year later, the building designed and realised by the Toenisvorst based company Hagelstein architecture, is set to open soon, despite the coronavirus crisis and all the delays that entailed.
The opening ceremony cannot presently be held as to protect customers and employees from COVID-19. However, Norbert Teeuwen, managing director of Okuma Europe, still has reason to be pleased: “In future, the Engineering Centre will enable us to respond even better and faster in satisfying special requests and providing all-in-one solutions for the manufacturing needs of our customers all across Europe.”
Over 1200m² floor space will soon be an assembly area for up to 20 machines, along with communal areas for the 17 employees currently working in the Engineering department. The centre will focus on fitting Okuma machines with local accessories and automation solutions to suit customer requirements. A variety of the most in-demand machines will be kept in stock in the warehouse, ready to go at any time. Furthermore, the Engineering Centre will be equipped with a main crane with a 32-ton loading capacity as well as six ancillary cranes, each allowing a 2-ton loading capacity, to support the team’s great work. Preliminary acceptance testing of the systems will then also be carried out in Okuma’s own workshop in Krefeld.
Okuma Europe GmbH is the Germany-based sales and service affiliation of Okuma Corporation, a world leader in CNC (computer numeric control) machine tools, founded in 1898 in Nagoya, Japan. Okuma is the industry’s only single-source provider, manufacturing the CNC machine, drive, motor, encoder, spindle and CNC control. Okuma’s innovative and reliable technology, paired with comprehensive, localised service protection, allows users to run continuously with confidence, maximising profitability. Along with its industry-leading distribution network, Okuma facilitates quality, productivity and efficiency, empowering the customer and enabling competitive advantage in today’s demanding manufacturing environment. For more information, visit www.okuma.eu.
Okuma will soon be opening a new Engineering Centre at its site in Krefeld, Germany
123 Insight announces new series of online INFO Exchange events
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
Some good news!
Raybould Machine Tools Ltd, a worldwide dealer and supplier of new and pre-owned machinery predominantly used within the metal pressing and forming industry, has announce an agreement to act as the Official UK Distributor for the range of mechanical and hydraulic power presses manufactured by Pressix® of Italy.
Pressix manufactures a wide range of high quality, open fronted gap frame, adjustable-stroke, mechanical power presses with a capacity ranging from 25 to 250 tonnes and straight sided presses with one or two connecting rods offering a choice of adjustable or fixed stroke lengths, Link Drive or Knuckle Joint Drive with a capacity ranging from 125 to 1,000 tonnes. All presses are manufactured with bronze lined guideways, are of rigid frame construction, adjustable stroke length change devices, hydraulic overload protection with plunger guide systems on the straight sided ‘’DM2’’ and ‘’SC2’’ range.
Pressix also produces high-speed presses, hydraulic straightening presses and can offer specific solutions to meet customer needs. All machines are designed, machined, assembled, and tested in-house. All Pressix machines are CE certified by APAVE and have been built according to ISO 9001 procedures since 1994 as certified by DNV.
Pressix has over 45 years’ manufacturing experience and employs 52 staff across two production sites covering some 13,500 square metres in the beautiful North East of Italy. On average, the company constructs one hundred machines per year and currently exports approximately 30 percent of its output. The customer base is varied, being primarily small to medium-sized businesses, typically being subcontract suppliers for many different areas and Tier One companies.
The Pressix brand of high-quality, adjustable stroke European presses now adds to the range of equipment already offered by Raybould Machine Tools Ltd, which includes both new and pre-owned mechanical power presses, hydraulic presses, press feeders, coil handling equipment and special purpose machines.
For further information please visit the Raybould Machine Tools Ltd website at www.raybould.com or contact:
Raybould Machine Tools Ltd
Tel: 01384 565997
MACH 2021: Leading the way to recovery
January 2021 is going to be a hugely important landmark for UK manufacturers. After the disruption of 2020 getting supply chains moving and investment flowing are going to be big priorities for the New Year. The place to do that will be the NEC, which will not only play host to MACH, the UK’s national engineering and manufacturing exhibition between 25-28th January, but will also be packed with other events.
After a gap of nearly a decade, Subcon will return to being co-located with MACH alongside a number of other shows, including Drives & Controls, meaning it will be a huge week for UK manufacturing.
The organisers have partnered on the events before, but in the current climate the collaboration takes on added significance as the need to kickstart the manufacturing sector after the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic becomes of crucial importance to the wellbeing of the UK economy as a whole. By pooling their resources, expertise and experience, the two organisations say that they will be better able to support UK manufacturing and engineering businesses to bounce back as the economy starts to rebuild and adapt to this ‘new normal’.
The highpoint of the week will be the Manufacturing Technologies Association’s Annual Dinner, which the Association, which owns and runs MACH, will be holding onsite at the Vox, on Tuesday 26th January.
James Selka, CEO of the MTA, says: “Our intention is to ensure MACH is not just a showcase for the manufacturing technologies sector, but a celebration of the manufacturing industry at its best. MACH is a content-led event and brings together the latest advanced engineering and manufacturing technologies in operation and all under one roof.
“Highlights for the show will include a significant focus on the digital factory, with more automation and connected manufacturing processes, power by the hour and new cost-efficiency solutions that will dramatically improve production processes and help shape the industry over the next decade.
“MACH has always been the place to see real innovation come to life. Manufacturers and engineers come out in force to support the UK’s national show and see first-hand how technology is developing. As such, MACH will be the perfect way to kick start 2021 and we are delighted that other complementary shows will be taking place alongside MACH for what should be a celebration of UK manufacturing at its very best.”
Public vote of confidence for UK manufacturing
The UK public stands firmly behind the manufacturing sector to support the UK and protect the NHS through coronavirus and into the future.
Almost three in four (74 percent) of the UK public believe that the manufacturing sector stepped up to meet the challenge of supporting the UK as coronavirus took a grip on the nation in March 2020. The same number of respondents believe that a strategic long-term plan for helping UK manufacturing to be more productive and competitive will help insulate us from future pandemics and go some way to protect UK GDP, of which manufacturing contributes over 17 percent. Furthermore, 75 percent of the UK public believe more strongly in the importance of the UK manufacturing as a result of coronavirus.
The research, conducted among 2,000 adults by Populus* for industrial communications firm Cadence Innovation Marketing, also found that nearly eight in ten people (76 percent) are concerned about cheap imported goods in the wake of coronavirus.
The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted global supply chains and resulted in many UK factories switching production to medical devices and products in a bid to help the NHS cope. Manufacturing has taken a central role in the unfolding drama and rarely in recent times has it been the subject of so much media and public attention.
Tom Spencer, MD at Cadence says: “Our snapshot poll sought to delve deeper into what’s behind the media commentary by asking a representative sample of over 2000 UK adults for their opinion on a range of topics raised by coronavirus. The results offer an insight into changing public opinion about the importance and relevance of UK manufacturing”.
More than two in three of those questioned believe that the UK manufacturing sector has risen to the challenge of coronavirus, with just 6 percent disagreeing with them. “This huge public vote of confidence in our often beleaguered and under-supported sector is just one of several remarkable statistics thrown up by our research” adds Tom Spencer.
The study, which was carried out in early May 2020, clearly shows that the UK public has swung behind UK industry at a time when many manufacturers have stepped up to support the nation and its much-loved health service.
Steve Brambley, CEO, GAMBICA says: “The result shows that there is a genuine opportunity for the UK to open a new page in its history as it embarks on the era of digital transformation that will define it for generations to come. It remains to be seen if the pandemic itself, resultant global economic turmoil, and Brexit will distract or divert resources away from an environment that will support the regeneration of UK industry, but this poll makes one thing abundantly clear: the people of the UK stand firmly behind our industry and believe strongly in its future.”
The Annual Attitudes to UK Industry study is a series of snapshot polls and in-depth research culminating in an annual report to be presented to the media. Cadence Innovation Marketing works with leading organisations across industry and has sponsored the study’s launch to help keep communications surrounding the sector’s importance and contribution to the economy front of mind. More information is available at www.attitudestoukindustry.co.uk
Cadence Innovation Marketing
Tel: 020 7043 8847
WENZEL and Nikon Metrology enter distribution partnership
Nikon Metrology and WENZEL announce their new distribution partnership, commencing April 2020
The distribution agreement between Nikon Metrology Europe and WENZEL sees two of the biggest global players in metrology create a new partnership. This distribution partnership provides customers with the ultimate combination of innovative CMMs and Nikon Metrology’s unequalled laser scanning technology.
Nikon Metrology Europe and WENZEL have announced their new distribution partnership taking effect from April 2020. The distribution partnership means that WENZEL has become an official Nikon Metrology partner for the sales and distribution of Nikon Metrology laser scanning products in the European market.
WENZEL’s expertise and innovation in the CMM market, and Nikon Metrology’s peerless laser scanning technology will support the European customer base with tailored CMM laser scanning solutions to meet a wide variety of applications, industries and requirements.
Ready for Industry 4.0
To meet the demands of Industry 4.0 and mutual customers, the collaboration of Nikon Metrology and WENZEL efficiently delivers innovative CMM-based laser scanning solutions throughout Europe.
Carsten Georgi, Laser Radar & Laser Scanning sales director at Nikon Metrology confirms: “The partnership between Nikon Metrology Europe and WENZEL brings two innovative companies together to meet the increasing market demands of our mutual customers.”
“We are pleased about the new distribution partnership with Nikon Metrology and are looking forward to future cooperation. By using NIKON sensors on a WENZEL CMM, WENZEL provides its customers with an additional benefit. Due to the extended portfolio of optical sensors, the right sensor for each customer can be offered in terms of measuring time, accuracy and level of detail. CMMs already in use can also be upgraded by WENZEL with the new optical sensors. All this is rounded off by use of our powerful measuring software WM | Quartis in which the complete NIKON Metrology sensor portfolio is integrated,” says Dr. Heike Wenzel, CEO of the WENZEL Group.
With Industry 4.0 practices integrating all areas of manufacturing to improve the efficiency of production processes, laser scanning is a key component in its implementation. In the production environment, laser scanning helps to obtain a rapid insight into deviations, a significant benefit of high-speed digital data capture. With the support of WENZEL’s high precision and reliable coordinate measuring machines, this partnership delivers precise and innovative solutions, ready for Industry 4.0.
Nikon Metrology offers the broadest range of metrology solutions for applications ranging from miniature electronics to the largest aircraft. Nikon Metrology’s innovative measuring and precision instruments contribute to a high performance design-through-manufacturing process that allows manufacturers to deliver premium quality products in a shorter time. Further information is available at www.nikonmetrology.com
The WENZEL Group is one of the global leading manufacturers of metrology solutions; a company that grew on a solid foundation of family, German quality engineering, flexibility and strong partnerships. It is a solution-oriented partner with a focus on innovation in various fields of expertise: coordinate metrology, optical high-speed scanning, computed tomography. Subsidiaries and agents in more than 50 countries take care of sales and provide after sales service support to customers. WENZEL Group employs 650 people worldwide. Further information is available at www.wenzel-group.com
Calibration lab attains ISO 17025:2017 accreditation
Vision Engineering, the 61 year-old British leading designer and manufacturer of high-quality visual measurement and inspection technologies, has attained ISO 17025:2017 accreditation from UKAS and is now a UKAS accredited calibration laboratory No. 7706.
The award of ISO 17025:2017 by UKAS Accreditation, which is globally recognised, is the only mechanism that determines the technical competence and integrity of organisations offering testing and calibration services. ISO 17025:2017 not only contains requirements for the quality management system of the organisation but also includes detailed and specific technical criteria for the operation of the technical service, including ensuring the competence of personnel.
Vision Engineering’s temperature-controlled calibration laboratory is now ISO17025:2017 certified for the calibration of measurement stages, instrumentation and artefacts performed at Vision’s high-tech manufacturing complex in Woking, Surrey.
The full-service modern manufacturing facility includes design, machine shops, paint shop, clean room and assembly. It is replicated in the USA, with a wholly owned full-service manufacturing facility in Connecticut. Measurement calibration and technical support is provided through a network of Vision Engineering subsidiaries in Germany, France, Italy, Japan, China, India and Malaysia
Vision Engineering supplies its non-contact and contact optical and digital measuring systems to a wide range of global manufacturers, including medical device, aerospace, automotive, defence and their multi-tier supply chains
Mark Curtis, managing director, Vision Engineering comments: “We are delighted to be awarded the ISO standard 17025:2017 for our calibration laboratory. This is an independent and globally recognised confirmation by UKAS of the consistently high standard of competence of our testing capability and calibration laboratory.
This ISO standards confirmation is a key statement of our ability to address the requirements of our manufacturing and analytical customers across the world and provide certainty of the quality of both our calibrations, and calibrated metrology systems.”
Vision Engineering Ltd is a global leading-edge designer and manufacturer of patented ergonomic stereo optical and digital instruments, used for inspection, manipulation measurement and analysis of manufactured parts, by most of the world’s leading manufacturers and their extended supply chains.
Founded in 1958 and wholly British-owned, Vision Engineering’s Global HQ, design and manufacturing facilities are based in state of the art modern premises in Woking, Surrey, UK, with extensive manufacturing facilities in the UK and US. Regional sales and tech support offices are located throughout North America, Europe and Asia.
Experience the ProtoMAX abrasive waterjet at OMAX’s Virtual Trade Show
OMAX Corporation has announced a virtual trade show showcasing the ProtoMAX®. Using the ProtoMAX abrasive waterjet as a teaching tool for the next generation of manufacturers, OMAX will present a program of design, machinery, and innovation as it pertains to the advancements of abrasive waterjet technology.
In this virtual trade show, OMAX will be specifically looking at how the ProtoMAX perfectly fits into an academic setting. See the ease-of-use operation of the waterjet from software to cutting. Learn about curriculum guides for a seamless integration of the waterjet into your program. Experience the free software for any classroom size. Though the event will focus on academic applications, it will be open to all.
This event is fully online and will occur June 25th at 9 am PDT. Register for the event at https://www.omax.com/virtual-trade-shows/experience-protomax
The ProtoMAX is an excellent user-friendly machine to build a curriculum around advanced manufacturing technology. Compact, safe, and easy-to-use, the ProtoMAX is a perfect teaching tool. Several universities have elected to add ProtoMAX to their engineering, material sciences, robotics, and arts programs, allowing students to experience hands-on innovative technology. With the clamshell cover and submerged cutting, the ProtoMAX is a safe and quiet (approx. 76 dB) iteration of a light industrial machine.
Featuring OMAX engineering in a space friendly package, the ProtoMAX delivers 30,000 psi cutting power with a 5 hp pump. Whether metal, glass, plastic, or wood, the ProtoMAX cuts virtually any material under 1 in. thick with a 12 in. by 12 in. cutting area. The system utilizes a 230-240 VAC, single phase outlet and does not require any hardwiring. The pump and cutting table are on casters for easy relocation. Work material is submerged under water for clean, quiet cutting that won’t disrupt a shared workspace. The ProtoMAX cuts with no heat-affected zone and no change to the material properties.
OMAX Corporation has developed the OMAX, MAXIEM, GlobalMAX, and ProtoMAX brands offering a full spectrum of waterjet machine tool capability. The ISO 9001:2015 certified company designs, manufactures, assembles and tests components as a complete system to ensure optimum performance. OMAX Corporation also has the most comprehensive service and support network in the waterjet industry to keep its customers ahead of the manufacturing curve. OMAX Corporation is a Hypertherm Company. For more information, contact:
Tel: 001 253 872 2300
Clean air from just £0.26 per employee per day
There’s not much you can buy for £0.26 these days, but it can buy you a breath of fresh air!
Leading industrial air cleaning specialist Filtermist Systems Ltd’s brand-new ATLAS service programme aims to make it as hassle free as possible for UK manufacturers to ensure their employees are breathing clean, safe air.
From as little as £0.26 per employee per day, based on a facility with 25 employees, with up to 10 Filtermist units requiring four site visits per year in a Bronze contract.
Filtermist can provide a bespoke service that includes routine and reactive maintenance, and thorough examination and testing (TExT) for Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) systems, so employers can be confident they’re protecting their workforce from hazardous airborne contaminants and operating in compliance with relevant HSE regulations including COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health).
COSHH regulations require all LEV systems to be thoroughly examined and tested by a competent person at least once every 14 months, sometimes as frequently as once every month depending on the nature of the application.
“The current situation resulting from COVID-19 means cashflow is even higher on the agenda for most businesses than usual,” comments UK LEV and Service sales manager, Carl Latham. “ATLAS is designed to make it more manageable for customers to ensure they’re ticking that all important box of protecting their people and remaining compliant with HSE and Environment Agency Regulations, whilst keeping an eye on the bottom line.”
Signing up to an ATLAS contract also means customers no longer have to remember to book regular services and LEV tests. This is all handled by Filtermist’s dedicated service team.
The ATLAS programme includes packages tailored for oil mist, dust, fume and spray LEV systems across three service levels: bronze, silver and gold, enabling customers to choose the best option for their specific requirements. Each level can be paid for annually, quarterly, or monthly under contracts with periods that vary between 12 and 36 months, depending on the customer’s requirements.
All packages include service visits, an annual LEV test, a dedicated account manager and a 24hour response time for all breakdowns. Silver and gold levels offer additional benefits including weekend callouts, breakdown voucher visits, and even filter consumables in some cases.
“The name ATLAS comprises the first letter of each word that this service includes: Agreement for TExT of LEV, Aftersales and Service, meaning support/prop,” continues Carl Latham. “This is particularly fitting, as this is exactly what the ATLAS service aims to do, support our customers to ensure they provide clean air for their workforce with no admin headaches.”
Full details including a breakdown of each service level can be found at https://www.filtermist.co.uk/filter-servicing-and-spares/.
Established in Shropshire in 1969, Filtermist’s ethos is to protect people by ensuring cleaner, safer, more productive working environments. The company, part of the Swedish Absolent Group, provides an extensive range of products and services designed to ensure the air in production facilities is free from contaminants such as oil mist, oil smoke, dust, fume and VOCs. If left in the atmosphere airborne particles can be hazardous to health and can pose a fire and slip risk.
Filtermist is best known for manufacturing a range of compact, quiet and efficient oil mist filters which are trusted by world leading manufacturers in more than 60 countries.
In the UK, Filtermist offers a turnkey service that includes initial consultation and project planning, extraction system design, specification, equipment manufacture and supply, installation and commissioning.
Recent acquisitions mean the company is now responsible for a number of product brands in addition to Filtermist oil mist filters. These include Dustcheck process filters, venting filters and dust collectors, Gallito paint finishing solutions, FastClip ducting, XS Automation control panels and Ecogate energy saving technology.
Filtermist is also the UK distributor for sister company Absolent AB and offers comprehensive aftersales services including filtration consumables, COSHH compliant LEV testing, air monitoring and extraction system maintenance throughout the UK.
Advanced Engineering leads the industry charge into 2021
The UK’s largest annual gathering of engineering professionals, Advanced Engineering, will return to the NEC, Birmingham on November 4 and 5, 2020. Here, the UK’s talented and vast engineering industry can come together again to begin generating business for the new year.
Bringing together thousands of attendees, Advanced Engineering incorporates all aspects of engineering from design, test and measurement, to inspection, materials and production, within the aerospace, automotive, marine, medical and many more industry sectors.
In 2019, over 15,000 professionals from the manufacturing sector attended Advanced Engineering. 70 percent of visitors reported that they planned to place orders resulting from the relationships formed and an impressive 93 percent of exhibitors reported that they achieved their objectives at the show.
Advanced Engineering offers a great opportunity to meet suppliers, partners and generate business leads for the first time in several months. It is clear that the engineering industry is keen to showcase its innovations before the year ends, with new exhibitors still registering at an impressive pace.
“With the current situation restricting how companies do business, we’re looking forward to maximising our time at Advanced Engineering as our chance to set ourselves up for a successful 2021,” comments Jonathan Archer, general manager Renishaw UK Sales Ltd.
The show offers a diverse range of exhibitors the opportunity to showcase their expertise to a primed audience of motivated and ready-to-buy attendees, interested in sourcing products and solutions. It is more important than ever to hit the ground running in 2021. Advanced Engineering’s exhibitors will have the opportunity to pre-load their business pipelines right from the start of the year. However, it’s not just during the show that exhibitors have the chance to increase their brand awareness.
Every exhibitor package includes access to Advanced Engineering’s extensive marketing tools to increase exposure pre, during and post event. Especially now, it is important for exhibitors to feel confident that they can reach their target audience in the lead up to the show. For this reason, Advanced Engineering exhibitors will have access to additional marketing tools, free of charge, from the moment they register, to the day of the show and beyond. This ranges from personalised postcard invites for exhibitors to send to clients or to attach to invoices or other printed communications, to personalised banners and unique links to track who has registered to visit a specific stand at the show.
Free marketing support encompasses mentions on social media and promotion in show guides. Exhibitors also have the opportunity to submit their own press releases ahead of the show, which are then made available to all key media partners.
On top of this, exhibitors get free access to AE Connect, the matchmaking service that allows you to arrange onsite meetings with potential customers. Last year, £320,000 of deals were secured through the platform.
“To fully maximise the success of every exhibiting investment, Advanced Engineering works closely with its exhibitors to ensure that their ideal visitors attend the show,” explains Jeremy Whittingham, head of Community and Content at Advanced Engineering. “Exhibitors will have access to Advanced Engineering’s expert telemarketing team, who can contact up to 100 of every exhibitors’ top clients by phone, inviting them to the show on their behalf.”
In these unprecedented times, it’s important for the engineering industry to look to the future and continue to market themselves to ensure success following the COVID-19 crisis. Whether you’ve exhibited at Advanced Engineering before, or if you think the show could be the perfect place for you to forge new relationships and build on existing ones, get in touch with our team to discuss our exhibition options.
Prima Industrie presents Prima@Home
Despite the global emergency situation, Prima Industrie S.p.A. remains fully committed to being constantly active and always close to its customers, while in compliance with the necessary safety standards to protect the community. The company, a leader in the high-tech sector of laser and sheet metal processing systems and electronic components for industrial applications, has announced the launch of the new Prima@Home digital channel, a tool that projects the Group’s communication beyond geographical borders and barriers.
The result of a process developed over the past few years and of the increasingly global dimension of the Group, Prima@Home is the new Prima Industrie streaming platform, designed to offer a complete range of services, from live formats such as events, demos, webinars, presentations and training courses, to live video demonstrations of the Group’s products, plus the “on demand” streaming of a wide variety of content.
The new tool, which integrates with the traditional communication channels of Prima Industrie, establishes through the potential of the internet a direct connection with its Technology Centers in Italy, Finland, China and the United States. This allows it to show the capabilities of its machines to customers and prospects all over the world and to guarantee continuous and efficient assistance, despite restrictions on travel and distancing.
“We are now ready for a gradual new start, looking to the future with optimism and energy and striving further to be quick and innovative in adopting the most modern tools and to be always “Next To You” comments Ezio Basso, CEO of Prima Industrie, who added: Prima@Home is our contribution to a new sustainable restart. We break down the distances and barriers of our Tech Centers to welcome customers wherever they are and at any time.”
In addition to the numerous virtual demonstrations of products already made or planned for customers around the world, the platform will host the live streaming of the first two scheduled events, designed for a worldwide audience and therefore organized in two distinct sessions during one day, in order to reach customers globally by covering different time zones.
The first event will be held on May 14, with a Virtual Open House dedicated to systems, in which the operation of the machines and lines located inside a Prima Power Technology showroom will be presented via live footage, followed by a demonstration of the potential and versatility of our software solutions.
On May 28, a Virtual Open House dedicated to the main Prima Power and Prima Additive solutions is scheduled as our second event. This is an opportunity for the Group to present its entire range of products, from laser systems for industrial applications to sheet metal working machines and additive technology – a truly global event in which the Prima Industrie management will explain the innovations and technological expertise of the Group.
With a constant focus on customer support, Prima Industrie is committed to ensuring the continuation of commercial activities, particularly through video conferencing platforms, and service activities. Thanks to the widespread international coverage offered by a service network present in over 80 countries, the company can guarantee efficient field interventions, assessed on a case by case basis and respecting the safety of all employees. Added to this is a vast range of well proven, phone and online remote assistance services, such as Industry 4.0 solutions to maximise production efficiency thanks to Big Data, along with highly innovative IoT technologies and Augmented Reality.
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Hanwha sliding heads are breathing life into Ventilator Challenge
With the sudden ramp-up of the ‘VentilatorChallengeUK’ project to battle the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, Dugard Machine Tools has witnessed an unprecedented surge in enquiries and sales with its Hanwha range of sliding head turning centres.
As manufacturers up and down the country switch production output to machining small turned components for the Ventilator Challenge UK, the attributes of the Hanwha range is genuinely coming to the fore. The Hanwha XE Series is the latest generation in a well-established and successful line of rigid, productive, robust and extremely flexible turning centres. The Hanwha XE35 is particularly enjoying success during this challenging period.
The compact heavy-duty machine is the largest in the XE Series, with the facility to turn bars up to 35 mm diameter within its compact 2.3 by 1.2 by 1.7 m footprint. The rigid 2,750 kg machine is the perfect platform for machining hard materials and undertaking high-volume material removal. This is demonstrated by the vibration dampening heavy cast construction and the strong and rigid tool post that all combine to create a platform for unsurpassed surface finishes and enhanced tool life.
The remarkably capable and flexible Hanwha XE35 has a powerful 2.2/5 kW main spindle motor and a 1.5/2.2 kW sub-spindle motor, both achieving a maximum spindle speed of 6,500 rpm. The high-torque spindle motors are matched by the powerful and intuitive Hanwha software, the FANUC-0i CNC Control and the gear type modular live tooling configuration.
The tooling configuration combines power, rigidity and flexibility with 18 tooling positions that provide simultaneous front and rear spindle machining through a platen of five fixed tools and four driven tools in the X1-axis with another four driven tools on the Z2-axis plane, one on the Z1-axis that is accompanied by an additional four tool stations for boring, drilling and the machining of other internal features. All live tooling positions offer a high spindle speed of 6,000 rpm with a 1 kW spindle motor. The modular gear type live tooling configuration is an innovative design that generates exceptional torque levels for heavy drilling and milling cycles.
The axes stroke of the impressive Hanwha XE35 is particularly spacious with 210 mm in the Z1-axis, 62 mm in the X1-axis, 340 mm in the Y1-axis, 205 mm in Z2 and 312 mm in X2.
The impressive Hanwha XE35 is available with the H, J, N and NE configurations to open a world of opportunities to end-users. The H and N variants have been designated as guide-bush and non-guide bush options to provide differing bar turning length, capacity and setup configurations within the work area for the end-user. In addition, the Hanwha XE35 is also offered with the J and NE variants. Unlike the H and N variants, these models offer four static tool positions in the Z2 axis as opposed to two driven and two static positions on the H and N models.
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New contract inspection service prioritises medical component manufacturers
LK Metrology has expanded and streamlined its contract inspection department to prioritise quality control services for medical equipment and component manufacturers
Coordinate measuring machine (CMM) manufacturer LK Metrology, based in Castle Donington, Derbyshire, has introduced a subcontract inspection service in support of ventilator and other medical component and equipment manufacturers in the UK and Ireland that may not have sufficient quality control resource in-house.
When the UK government launched its VentilatorChallengeUK, the consortium behind it asked multinational firms such as Rolls-Royce, BAe and GKN with robust experience in supply chain management to identify and involve OEMs and subcontract machinists in the aerospace, automotive and other industries to boost the production of medical parts. It was designed to meet the target of 30,000 extra ventilators needed by the National Health Service to cope with the surge in Covid-19 patients. They were looking for manufacturers with spare machining capacity or an ability to acquire more urgently, as well as ISO accreditation and expertise in metrology to ensure the high level of quality required when making parts for medical equipment.
Many firms had the first two prerequisites but not the third. It prompted LK Metrology to expand the existing contract inspection service run from its headquarters in Castle Donington and make it available exclusively to companies registered to supply ventilator and other medical parts. The CMM Assistance Programme can be contacted on 01332 813755 or www.lkmetrology.com/contact
Dave Robinson, marketing manager at LK Metrology comments: “We understand that manufacturers in the medical sector today are critically needed to help provide valuable components, products and systems to combat the pandemic.
“The majority typically require the use of CMMs to measure, reverse engineer and assure the quality of many complex and precision parts, including prismatic, rotational and freeform. For that reason, we are offering them a series of metrology services that we believe can be of assistance during these anxious times.”
The company’s location in Derbyshire in the Midlands means that it is conveniently placed to serve the whole of the UK and Ireland. It continues to operate under government guidelines, including in its own factory and in the field for applications, programming and service, and has put in place special transportation arrangements should manufacturers require them.
3T and EOS 3D print 100,000+ face shields for frontline UK healthcare staff
3T-am, a leading production additive manufacturing (AM) company, is utilising EOS’ global partner ecosystem to 3D print face shield headbands for frontline health workers in the UK.
3T is now producing 20,000 headbands per week and this will exceed 100,000 within the next few weeks. The face shields are being used by frontline workers, across the NHS and UK healthcare system, fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
During times of such uncertainty, manufacturers are under increasing pressure to deliver essential products and services. It has arguably never been more important for a flexible and efficient supply chain. 3D printing allows for tens of thousands of high-quality parts to be produced in a matter of weeks, for when people need them most.
3T is working directly with NHS trusts across the UK, as well as various medical distribution companies to supply face shields to UK health workers. 3T has also provided the CAD for free, available to download from its website.
Daniel France, chief commercial officer at 3T says: “We’ve already seen countless examples of how 3D printing is helping people stay protected and fight the virus globally. It was of paramount importance for us, as a business, to play a role in this and that’s why we are manufacturing these for as low a cost as we can to support.
“Working closely with our partners, we’ve been able to produce tens of thousands of parts using EOS’ powder-based 3D printing technology, which ensures frontline health workers are protected. The demand is far greater than one company can provide, but we will continue to do as much as we can to add to the supply.”
This coincides with 3D printing technology supplier EOS launching an online platform to support the fight against COVID-19, bringing together the wider-3D printing community. The aim of the 3DAgainstCorona hub and its corresponding LinkedIn group is to share knowledge, data and downloadable files that could be used to combat the virus. The site will be updated on a regular basis.
Markus Glasser, senior vice president EMEA at EOS says: “Improving lives through 3D printing has always been our aspiration. The current pandemic now calls for a joint approach, more than ever before. Today, we are asking all supporters to join us in tackling the challenges that lay ahead. Let’s continue to think differently and push the boundaries of what is possible. We are extremely proud to work alongside so many brilliant minds inside and outside of EOS who are developing and delivering critical solutions for those in need.”
Trelleborg supplies Boeing with component for 3D-printed face shields
Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, an established provider of solutions to Boeing’s aircraft, is supplying a face shield component to the aerospace manufacturer as it joins the urgent effort to assist medical workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Boeing approached Trelleborg at the end of March 2020 to manufacture and supply an elastomer strap needed for the adjustable headband of 3D printed face shields. The Trelleborg Sealing Solutions dedicated aerospace facility in Northborough, Massachusetts, supported a 48-hour turnaround of prototypes using methodologies including 3D printing. The following week, the site was able to ramp up production to 5000 straps per week.
Quinn Collett, air frame manager, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Aerospace, says: “In these unprecedented times, it’s imperative everyone plays a role that might not be in line with the one they are used to. We were fortunate to receive the call from Boeing to support this effort and leverage Trelleborg’s expertise to quickly address the need.”
Boeing plans to produce face shields using its additive manufacturing machines at various sites across the US. Boeing is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on this effort. FEMA will determine where the face shields are most needed.
The elastomer straps provided are manufactured from aerospace grade silicone. After a few fit trials, Boeing and Trelleborg were able to lock in the final released design.
Trelleborg Sealing Solutions is one of the world’s leading developers, manufacturers and suppliers of precision seals, bearings and custom-molded polymer components. It focuses on meeting the most demanding needs of aerospace, automotive and general industrial customers, including those from the pharmaceutical industry, with innovative solutions. Its network extends to over 25 production facilities and more than 50 marketing companies globally. The business area accelerates the progress of its customers through outstanding local support, an unrivalled product range including patented products and proprietary materials, a portfolio of established brands, unique process offerings, its ServicePLUS value chain solution and ‘Ease of Doing Business’ philosophy.
Trelleborg is a world leader in engineered polymer solutions that seal, damp and protect critical applications in demanding environments. Its innovative solutions accelerate performance for customers in a sustainable way. The Trelleborg Group has annual sales of about SEK 37 billion (EUR 3.46 billion, USD 3.87 billion) and operations in about 50 countries. The Group comprises three business areas: Trelleborg Industrial Solutions; Trelleborg Sealing Solutions; Trelleborg Wheel Systems, as well as a reporting segment Business Under Development.
State of the art
Mills CNC launches its Young Artist of the Year 2020 competition
Mills CNC launches its Young Artist of the Year 2020 competition in response to the coronavirus outbreak and the government’s subsequent ‘Stay at Home’ and social distancing instructions
Mills CNC, the exclusive distributor of Doosan machine tools in the UK and Ireland, has organised a ‘Young Artist of the Year’ competition aimed at young people and teenagers (under 18 years of age).
The competition, organised into three separate age-related categories, started Monday 20th April and ends Friday 15th May. A panel, comprising Mills CNC’s board of directors, will judge the all artwork entries during the remainder of the month and, following their deliberations, will announce the three winners by the middle of June 2020.
Each winner will receive a cheque for £200.00, and their original artwork will be displayed at Mills CNC’s Campus Technology facility in Leamington for the remainder of the year. The artwork will also be used to spearhead a range of Mills’ communication and promotional initiatives taking place during the remainder of 2020.
Mills CNC’s technical director, Tony Dale says: “Following the indefinite closure of schools and colleges and the government’s instructions on social distancing, non-essential journeys and avoidance of large gatherings, many young people, with more time on their hands than they, or their parents/guardians, could ever have imagined, are at a loose end.
“In response, we have created the ‘Art Competition’ as part of our CSR and commitment to education and training.
“The competition was initially aimed at children of our staff, customers, partners and suppliers, but we have decided to open it up to all young people. Full details of the competition including rules, regulations and terms and conditions can be found on our website.”
The subject matter selected for the art competition is very much related to the machine tool and manufacturing sectors and Mills CNC’s pivotal position in both.
There five subjects Mills has selected for the competition comprise:
A new Doosan DEM 4000 vertical machining centre
A group shot of two new Doosan DVF 5-axis machining centres: the DVF 6500 and DVF 8000
A new SYNERGi 25 automated manufacturing cell
A new Doosan collaborative robot (cobot)
A new Doosan cobot with end effectors (grippers)
Tony Dale continues: “At the MACH 2020 event we were set to showcase a range of new technologies, new Doosan machines and new automation systems, to visitors.
“The postponement of the event to January 2021, while totally understandable, was naturally disappointing. However, we remain undaunted and have decided to promote these new technologies in a different and innovative way.”
Imagination is the name of the game with the competition. Young people can paint or draw one of the five subject matters. Entries can be ‘real life’ depictions of the technology or can be abstract in nature.
Tony Dale concludes: “You don’t have to be a Picasso or a Rembrandt to enter our Young Artist of the Year competition. As long as you have paints and brushes, crayons, pastels or pencils as well as paper, card or canvas and are under 18 years of age, you’re good to go.
Export boom lands Queen’s Award for Arrowsmith Engineering
Left to right: Jason Aldridge and Steve Jackson, CNC programmer at Arrowsmith Engineering
A Coventry-based aerospace supplier that has pivoted to supply critical parts for ventilators is celebrating after it received the Queen’s Award for International Trade.
Arrowsmith Engineering, which employs 76 people at its Bayton Road factory, secured the prestigious accolade after it recorded a 996 percent increase in export activity over the last three years, supplying precision components to global manufacturers including Rolls-Royce, GKN, ITP and Siemens.
The company’s parts are used in aerospace engines, landing gears and air frames, with recent wins seeing sales rise to £7.6 million and investment in the latest CNC robotics paving the way for 10 percent growth in 2020.
Bosses at the firm believe the Queen’s Award will play an important role in further expansion in Brazil, Germany, Singapore, Spain and the United States.
“This is the highest honour a company can achieve and is a fitting tribute to the strides we have made to become a global aerospace supplier,” explains managing director Jason Aldridge.
“To be able to display the Queen’s Award logo on our letterhead, in marketing material and across all of our communication channels will be a massive boost to our business and will definitely generate new opportunities in overseas markets.
“Importantly, the award is a massive thank you to our staff, who continue to go above and beyond in meeting the exacting standards of the aerospace sector, and in recent weeks, the NHS ventilator push.”
Arrowsmith Engineering, which is part of the Aero Services Global Group, has been lending its manufacturing expertise to support the frontline fight against COVID-19 after being invited by Rolls-Royce Control Systems and Rolls-Royce in Derby to join their ventilator supply chains.
Despite having 25 percent of shop floor staff self-isolating, the company responded immediately to the nationwide effort by creating a dedicated team to produce prototype and production parts for the Smiths ventilator assembly line.
In total, more than 60,000 ventilator components have been delivered and a further order has now been placed to manufacture prototype parts for a new type of ventilator currently undergoing testing.
“Our team are working two, 12-hour shifts every day and night to deliver the volumes expected, with all of the initial parts now supplied and being assembled,” continues Jason Aldridge, who is also chairman of the Coventry & Warwickshire Aerospace Forum (CWAF).
“This has been a phenomenal effort by everyone involved and we have successfully been able to transfer our precision aerospace engineering knowledge to create the necessary tooling and tolerances required for life-saving parts.
“All of this has been carried out with the Government’s social distancing measures in place, hence splitting the shifts in two and ensuring that 85 percent of office staff are set up to work from home. Our staff are fantastic and we have to protect them as well as supporting the NHS.”
Arrowsmith Engineering is a specialist in precision turning, milling, thread rolling and grinding, providing components to aerospace tier 1s and primes in titanium, nimonics, stainless steel, exotic metal and engineering plastics.
The company has also recently been awarded the ADS SC21 Silver Award for delivering world class manufacturing performance, with ‘On Time in Full’ at 98.5 percent and quality running at 99.95 percent for the past twelve months.
Mitutoyo invests in 10 rotary tables from RPI UK
RPI UK, the world leading specialist developer and manufacturer of precision positioning devices for high accuracy rotary and angular inspection systems, has welcomed Mitutoyo as a new customer following the Japanese manufacturers decision to invest in 10 rotary tables.
Mitutoyo, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of precision measuring equipment, has integrated three QuadMatic and seven QuadSlimLine rotary tables into its high precision coordinate measurement machines (CMMs) at its Japanese and UK operations.
RPI engineers travelled to Japan to support Mitutoyo with training and maintenance and were also on hand to help integrate a two-axis rotary table at Mitutoyo in Halifax.
RPI’s rotary tables are an ideal addition to high precision CMMs. Specifically designed as a fourth axis, they are accurate to +/- 0.5 arcs seconds. This is equivalent to hitting a golf ball at a hole more than 22km away and scoring a hole in one every time!
Jim Palmer, RPI’s sales manager, says: “It’s great news that Mitutoyo has chosen to invest in 10 of our Quadrant range rotary tables. As well as significantly improving overall measurement accuracy and reducing uncertainty, our rotary tables also greatly increase measuring volume, thereby improving the flexibility, productivity and efficiency of our customers’ CMM.”
The addition of Mitutoyo to RPI’s customer base means the Bath-based manufacturer now supplies all the major CMM manufacturers which use rotary tables, from Hexagon to Renishaw and LK to Wenzel.
RPI has been supplying the CMM market since 1977 and can boast more than 750 successful installations worldwide.
The QuadSlimLine and QuadMatic are part of RPI’s Quadrant range of CMM tables, which also includes the QuadDualPurpose, QuadProfile and the QuadUniversal. They come in a wide size range, from Ø200 mm to Ø1500 mm and can be fully integrated to the host machine controller.
RPI grew out of acquisitions from Optical Measuring Tools, Airmatic, Horstmannn and Eimeldingen. It is now one of the world’s largest designers and manufacturers of solution driven, highly accurate inspection systems and services that measure circular geometry and angular positioning. Using its 75 years of rotary expertise, RPI supplies progressive engineering industries, including the aerospace, gas turbine and dimensional metrology sectors, with exceedingly dependable, low maintenance products with a service life measured in decades, not just years.
NCMT wins machining centre agency
Following its appointment by Rema Control as sole agent for the UK and Irish markets, NCMT will show at MACH 2020 a 5-axis NBT5.25 machining centre
With immediate effect, NCMT has been appointed sole sales and service agent in the UK and Ireland for the range of vertical machining centres (VMCs) manufactured by Rema Control at its factory in Stezzano, near Milan, Italy.
Founded in 1987, the company is a member of UCIMU, the Italian Association of Machine Tool Manufacturers, specialising in building large, 3- and 5-axis, moving-column machines with travels up to 8,000 mm in the X-axis and 1,200 mm in Y. The manufacturer also produces trunnion-type 5-axis VMCs, ultra-rigid universal milling machines with box ways, and gantry-type VMCs with a rotary pallet changer.
The long-bed machine programme, which fills a gap in the NCMT range, is particularly well suited to production applications in the energy, shipbuilding and other heavy industrial sectors as well as in the mouldmaking and aerospace industries.
At MACH 2020 (Hall 19 Stand 130), NCMT will be showing for the first time a moving-column machine from the principal’s Newton Big range, a model NBT5.25 with linear travels of 2,500 x 800 x 800 mm capable of simultaneous 5-axis metal cutting. The two other CNC axes are provided by a flush rotary table for 360-degree positioning and a ± 92 degree B-axis spindle head. A 10,000 rpm spindle delivers 22.5 kW of power and 190 Nm of torque (optionally 33 kW / 260 Nm), while the integral motor spindle alternative is rated at 12,000 rpm / 38 kW / 268 Nm.
Capable of heavy-duty machining, the BT40 / HSK-A63 machine supports 1.5 tonnes on its rotary table or 1 tonne/m2 over the 2,800 x 820 mm fixed table area. Rapid traverse in the linear axes is 50 m/min and installed weight is 15 tonnes. The machine on show will be controlled by a Heidenhain TNC640, although Siemens and Fanuc CNC systems may be specified.
A video of the machine in action can be viewed at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=SP3I6qLOCfU
Bruderer UK’s order book boosted by end of political uncertainty
Investment in manufacturing is on the rise following the General Election according to one of the UK’s leading suppliers of precision high-quality stamping and forming technology.
Bosses at Bruderer UK are predicting a buoyant 2020 after it revealed a £3 million pipeline of projects that include the installation of the latest precision high-speed stamping presses and one high tonnage Zani machine for clients involved in the aerospace, automotive, construction and renewables sectors.
Managing director Adrian Haller believes that a majority Government has helped to remove some of the uncertainty shrouding industry and his firm is looking to take advantage of new opportunities, creating up to five new jobs across its engineering and administrative departments in the process. This will include significant investment in developing a number of apprentices, ensuring the young staff absorb the company culture and soak up the experience and knowledge of experienced engineers that collectively have hundreds of years’ experience in presses, servicing and maintenance.
“We move into 2020 with a very healthy order book, which reflects the positive attitude of our customers following the Election results in December,” explains Adrian Haller. “The high-speed stamping technology we have provided in the UK for over 50 years is perfectly suited to where many growth sectors are moving, meeting the client’s demand for greater production control, more versatility, repeatable quality and, importantly, speed and precision.
“Electrification is a market that is due to take off after a number of stalled starts and we are currently in the process of tooling up suites of tools for major automotive suppliers in preparation for EV product launches. 2020 could well be the breakthrough year.”
Bruderer UK, which employs 14 people at its headquarters in Luton and at a satellite facility in the Black Country, enjoyed a robust 2019, shaking off economic volatility thanks to a surge in major rebuilds on existing presses. Due to the durability of the firm’s machines, a lot of customers took softening in some markets as an opportunity to bring their reliable presses back to ‘as new’ in the form of in-depth refurbishments, so they could optimise performance in time for the upturn.
“I think 2020 will be very different, with a lot of investments coming to fruition after being stalled for months. There will be significant interest in the latest updates in technology, including Single Minute Exchange of Dies (SMED) and state-of-the-art controls that mean up to 1,000 tool store operations can be accessed and applied via a single touch,” continues Adrian Haller.
“Industry 4.0, which has been integrated into our machines for over a decade, will also be in big demand as the clamour for real-time information and customer transparency across the entire production process grows.
“Finally, we are investing in die laser welding, vision system technology and, along with our portfolio partners, enhancements to servo roll feeders, decoiling systems and tool components for plastic and metal tools.
“Our role is to make sure we give UK manufacturing the best possible support in technology and innovation to make 2020 a great year.”
Bruderer UK, which enjoyed an extremely successful Autosport International exhibition, is setting its sights on its biggest presence at a MACH show yet, where it will be showcasing its full portfolio, together with a precision high-speed stamping line, to thousands of delegates.
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SPI Lasers celebrates 20 years of innovation
In 2020, SPI Lasers, the UK-based designer and manufacturer of fibre lasers will be celebrating its 20th year, marking two decades of innovation and growth; cementing its position as one of the world’s longest established fibre laser manufacturers.
Back in 2000, Southampton Photonics Inc, as it was originally known, was founded as a spin out company from Southampton University’s Optoelectronics Research Centre, initially specialising in fibre optical components for the telecommunications industry, but going on to develop both pulsed and CW fibre lasers under the redENERGY and redPOWER brands, lasers that now enable a significant element of industrial manufacturing around the globe.
Over the last 20 years, the 50,000+ laser units deployed by SPI have been heavily involved in producing a myriad of everyday devices from some of the world’s leading brands, all based on lasers manufactured at their facilities located in Southampton and Rugby, England.
This year SPI is celebrating its 20th anniversary by looking at how far it has come over the past two decades, from generating lasers with just a few watts capacity up to the 20 kW machines it produces today, as well as looking forward to a future of continued innovation and development.
Mark Greenwood, CEO at SPI Lasers states: “It’s taken dedication and commitment to become a leader in the design and manufacture of some of the world’s finest fibre lasers, none of which would have been possible without being able to bring together some of the most creative and brightest minds in the business. Our ethos of encouraging sharing and learning has resulted in some fantastic developments and a lot of fun along the way.
I for one am looking forward to what developments the next twenty years will bring.”
To find out more about SPI Lasers 20yrs of innovation visit https://www.spilasers.com/news/20-years-of-spi-lasers/
SPI Lasers, a wholly owned subsidiary of the TRUMPF Group, is a leading designer and manufacturer of fibre lasers for use in materials processing applications in a wide range of industries. Its technology solves manufacturing problems and moves the boundaries of what is possible, making good products better and enabling new designs. Headquartered in Southampton, United Kingdom, SPI Lasers has been operating since 2000. SPI Lasers sells its products globally and has its major business operations, including research and development and manufacturing, in the United Kingdom, with additional sales and customer support locations in Asia and North America. For more information, contact:
FARO launches European “Quest to find the Oldest Working FaroArm”
FARO, the world’s trusted source for 3D measurement and imaging solutions for 3D manufacturing, is launching a new European quest to find the oldest working FaroArm®.
FARO introduced its first device with hinged arm measurement technology approximately 35 years ago, while the first articulating measurement FaroArm intended for the industrial market dates back to the early-1990’s.
In addition to accuracy and ease-of-use, FARO’s 3D measurement technology is renowned for its reliability, robustness and durability. These characteristics have ensured that many of the company’s early FaroArms remain in regular use throughout Europe.
To celebrate the FaroArm’s famed reliability and longevity, FARO is searching for the oldest model that remains in use throughout Europe. When found, the owner will be able to swap their old model for the current and most advanced 8-Axis Faro ScanArm System with CAM2 software, completely free of charge.
To participate in the ‘Quest’, customers will need to register on FARO’s dedicated web page (https://oldest-working-faroarm.faro-europe.com/). Details required include the customers’ contact details, an image of their FaroArm in its working environment and its serial number. The winner of the prize will be announced at the FARO booth during the Control Exhibition, taking place in Stuttgart in May 2020.
The ‘Quest’, that starts on the 22nd January 2020 and finish on the 15th April 2020, is open to all European FARO customers who have purchased their FaroArm from a FARO representative or one of FARO’s official partners or distributors.
“We are excited to receive pictures of our oldest FaroArm models and discover and learn how they are still helping our customers master their most challenging metrology tasks until this day,” states Thorsten Brecht, senior director 3D Manufacturing at FARO Europe.