DMG MORI celebrates long term support for Scottish advanced manufacturing and research
DMG MORI has been a Tier 1 member of the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) since 2015. Located in Inchinnan, Scotland, it is a collaborative venture between the University of Strathclyde, Scottish Enterprise, the UK Government and leading multinational engineering firms. The centre’s objectives are to work proactively to disseminate skills and technology that will offer a different perspective to manufacturing methods by the use of forming techniques.
As part of its Tier 1 membership, DMG MORI has supplied four machines to the AFRC a CTX beta 2000 TC 5-axis turn/mill, a NLX 2500SY 700 an HSC 75 linear 5-axis machining centre and a DMU 125 FD duoBLOCK® 5-axis mill/turn.
This range of machines enables the centre to manufacture and carry out research and development activity for complex components, tools, dies and moulds, with the aim of reducing costs and lead times and improving functional performance.
DMG MORI is a strong supporter of Scottish industry, where its technology is in use at companies such as Fife Fabrications, C.A. Models, Vert Rotors, Castle Precision and Hunting Energy Services, where the reliability and precision of the machines helps these companies manufacture complex high value parts economically.
Steve Finn, managing director of DMG MORI UK says: “We are committed to the development of high value manufacturing in the UK. By supporting the AFRC we can bring our expertise to bear within the advanced manufacturing industry, throwing a new light on the radical techniques that are possible. Companies using our machinery in Scotland manufacture parts ranging from heavy duty threaded pipes for oil and gas to high precision rotors where 5µ accuracy is essential. Achieving positive outcomes for this range of applications relies on the know-how available from DMG MORI and our commitment to excellence in machine design, manufacture and service.”
OPEN MIND becomes Tier One partner at the AFRC
OPEN MIND Technologies has become a Tier one partner at the University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) less than one year after securing Tier two membership.
The leading CAM developer joined the centre in August 2017, at the same time installing one licence of its hyperMILL CAM solution, backed by technical expertise from OPEN MIND engineers.
Its upgraded membership will see the firm play a stronger strategic role at the world-leading research centre, joining other prestigious Tier one partners, such as DMG Mori and Virtalis. Commenting upon its developing relationship with the centre, OPEN MIND Technologies’ sales manager, Matt Coulson, says: “We originally provided the AFRC with hyperMILL for R&D projects. After successful implementation, we’ve now installed additional licences to cater for AFRC growth and special project requirements.”
Part of this growth was recently announced with the AFRC securing £16.5million to establish FutureForge, a major new advanced engineering facility that aims to transform one of the manufacturing sector’s most traditional and important supply chains.
Meanwhile, significantly enhancing the centres additive manufacturing and machining capabilities, OPEN MIND Technologies’ software is increasingly used across AFRC’s development projects. Used to increase the productivity of processes, where specialised 5-axis machining is required, the AFRC also plans to introduce the software’s additive manufacturing module into its newly acquired laser metal deposition (LMD) Hybrid machine.
Stephen Fitzpatrick, machining and additive manufacturing team lead at the AFRC, says: “Both machining and additive manufacturing are growth areas within the centre. This means that we can help more companies in new ways to overcome manufacturing challenges and better compete. We’re delighted to be working more closely with OPEN MIND as we focus on building complex features and geometries on our LMD Hybrid Machine, subsequently developing new methods of manufacture for components.”
Speaking about the cutting-edge work taking place at the AFRC, Matt Coulson concludes: “The AFRC is undertaking truly ground-breaking research. OPEN MIND applying its additive manufacturing module to one of the first facilities in the UK demonstrates the level of innovation we’re seeing there.”