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Carfulan Group announces technology event

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Carfulan Group
Tel: 01283 585933


Offline tool pre-setting solution delivers huge time and cost savings

August 10th, 2018 2:23 pm | by Rob

A specialist die castings manufacturer has reduced factory down time by an incredible two hours a day thanks to an investment in offline tool pre-setting.

Since purchasing a smile420 machine from ZOLLER UK, MRT Castings estimates a 15-minute time saving on each of up to eight daily tool set ups, dramatically increasing its productivity.

The Hampshire-based firm, that for 60 years has produced components for technology companies across the world, has also reported a significant increase in tool accuracy, meaning its parts are coming off the production line right first time, every time.
Managing director Phil Rawnson says: “The smile420 has made an instant impact. Prior to installing it we were setting the tools on a machine and a typical set-up might have anywhere between 15 and 40 tools. We were loading every one into the machine, measuring them on there, taking the readings and putting those into the controls of the machine.

“With the ZOLLER we can be pre-setting all of our tools while the previous job is running, and all of that work can be done offline. Then, when it comes to the changeover, we can load all the tools into the magazine. By the end of its first week the ZOLLER machine was already being used for every set up on the shop floor.”

Traditional on-machine tool setting, even with expensive lasers, not only wastes time but is unreliable and cannot validate critical tool features prior to machining, increasing the risk of crashes and failures. Valuable minutes are lost every time a spindle stops turning, negatively impacting profit margins.

Irrespective of the CNC machine controller being used, ZOLLER tool pre-setters and inspection systems can interface with it, making transferring tool data automatically, reliably and securely a straightforward process, perfect for the demands of Industry 4.0.

Phil Rawnson adds: “We have a connectivity solution from the ZOLLER through our DNC software going straight into our CNC machines, so that we can actually send that data file straight from the ZOLLER into the CNC machine. What the ZOLLER tool pre-setter gives us is the opportunity to reduce the down time in a set up and also increase the accuracy. It’s also giving us the productivity by optimising those set up times.”

Precisely measured and inspected tools work to their optimum level, meaning they not only last longer but also drive up part finish quality, dramatically reducing scrap. A ‘right first time’ guarantee saves a manufacturer valuable time and money and gives customers complete confidence in the reliability of a supplier’s methods.

Phil Rawnson concludes: “When we started talking to the ZOLLER guys they instantly tried to understand our application. They really got under the skin of what we were looking for. The machine is going to pay for itself very quickly and therefore it was an easy judgement call for us in terms of making that investment.”

Zoller UK
Tel: 01283 499566