NCMT to hold gear machining event
A one-day seminar and Open House on the manufacturing of gears will be held at NCMT’s Coventry technical centre and showroom on 9th July 2019. A variety of production methods will be demonstrated on Japanese-built Makino and Okuma machining centres as well as on one of the latter manufacturer’s multi-tasking turn-mill machines.
Methods covered will include hobbing, power skiving and InvoMilling, with the capability to produce different gears using the same standard machine platform. Gear grinding will also feature, involving the use of NCMT’s proprietary EasyGear grinding software. Other techniques on show will be both wire-cut and ram-type production solutions on Makino electric discharge machining equipment.
The main message during the event will be the flexibility, high productivity and relatively low investment cost offered by producing external and internal gear types on 5-axis machining centres, multi-tasking lathes and EDM machines, coupled with the short lead-times and high levels of accuracy and repeatability that are achievable.
Another focus will be inspection of the gears to verify their accuracy. This will be done in-cycle via a touch probe on an Okuma Multus multi-tasking lathe and off-line inspection on a Hexagon Metrology Leitz CMM equipped with Quindos software.
Rounding off the exhibits will be an automated system configured for gear blank production based on an Okuma Genos L3000 lathe fitted with a Cellro robotic system from Holland for automatically loading billets and unloading components.
UK location for new Sodick Europe HQ
Continuing sales success has spurred leading EDM distributor, Sodick Europe, to create a new, architect-designed HQ in the Midlands. The new facility, located with easy access to the M40 and the wider Midlands motorway network, is due to open in mid-2019, and will be the central focus for the company’s network of dealers across Europe.
Sodick Europe, established fifteen years ago as the European Division of Japanese multi-billion-yen corporation, Sodick Co, now has a turnover of £45 million, with 17 distributors serving more than 35 countries, reaching as far as Turkey and Russia.
The new 45,000 sq ft HQ underscores the position of the UK as the heart of Sodick’s European organisation and will act as operational centre for sales, service and market support, initially employing 50 staff, with plans to triple that number within a couple of years. The scale and flexibility of the new building provide scope for future development, including, potentially, a manufacturing capability.
Peter Capp, CEO for Sodick Europe, says: “By making this major investment, Sodick is demonstrating its belief in the UK as a key location in Europe and that, with or without Brexit, the UK, and particularly the Midlands, remains at the heart of advanced manufacturing.”
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