Erie Press Systems Merges with Ajax-CECO
Acquisition creates the largest forging equipment supplier in North America
North American manufacturers now have a one-stop, expedited domestic source for forging equipment as a result of the June 2019 acquisition of Erie Press Systems with Ajax-CECO under parent company Park Ohio.
Park Ohio’s acquisition of Erie Press Systems adds hydraulic press and stretch forming equipment to its already impressive selection of mechanical and hammer forging presses offered under the Ajax-CECO brand. By manufacturing and supporting all three brands, Park Ohio effectively becomes the largest forging equipment manufacturer in North America.
“By acquiring Erie Press Systems, we have expanded our engineering, manufacturing and service capabilities, can control costs more effectively and benefit from economies of scale when working with our core suppliers,” says Ken Copeland, president of Ajax-CECO. “The goal is to become a one-stop provider of new, rebuilt and remanufactured equipment for a variety of traditional and advanced forging applications, along with providing full service and timely support.”
According to Ken Copeland, part of the appeal of the acquisition is that Erie Press Systems’ extensive hydraulic press capabilities perfectly complement the equipment offered by Ajax-CECO.
Erie Press Systems has a long history, dating back to 1895, when the company originally began as the Erie Foundry Company. Today the company offers a line of standard mechanical forge presses as well as hydraulic presses for a variety of applications including forging (closed die, open die, and ring preforming), metal forming, carbon extrusion, composite presses and stretch forming machines, as well as support for a legacy line of forging hammers.
“Combined, the three companies have been in existence for more than 350 years,” explains Ken Copeland. “That means we can make equipment, parts, support and service for all three brands more readily available from a single source here in North America, while also increasing our ability to compete with overseas providers.”
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Renishaw reflects on 50 years of British innovation
In 2019, engineering companies throughout the UK are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the prestigious MacRobert Award, the country’s longest running prize for engineering innovation. As a previous winner, Renishaw is celebrating the success of others in the industry as well as reflecting on its own engineering innovations which continue to shape the world around us.
The MacRobert Award, which is presented and run by the Royal Academy of Engineering, with support from the Worshipful Company of Engineers, recognises step-change innovations that transform their sectors and create jobs and growth.
Throughout the years, the MacRobert prize has been awarded to some of Britain’s biggest and best-known engineering companies, honouring the winning organisation with a gold medal as well as a cash prize of £50,000. As well as Renishaw, past winners have included the engineers behind innovations such as the Pegasus jet engine, catalytic converters and intelligent prosthetic limbs.
The presentation of the Award recognises outstanding innovation, tangible societal benefit and proven commercial success. Renishaw was awarded this accolade in 1987 for the design and exploitation of its metrology probes. The company, which has recently celebrated its 45th birthday, is continuing to innovate decades after winning the prestigious award and has expanded out of its award-winning core metrology business to drive innovation in other sectors.
One notable project is the manufacture of a device for North Bristol NHS Trust that was used in a ground-breaking clinical trial. The device enabled the precise delivery of a new drug candidate, Glial Cell Line Derived Neurotrophic Factor (GDNF) with the hope of regenerating dying dopamine brain cells in people with Parkinson’s and thereby improve their symptoms.
“Over 30 years ago when Renishaw was a much smaller business, the MacRobert Award recognised the importance of our breakthrough technologies and their global impact on society,” explains William Lee, chief executive of Renishaw. “Since 1987 we have sustained our culture of innovation through long-term investments in research and development and a relentless focus on identifying the true needs of our customers.
“Today, our products and people continue to transform lives around the world by advancing the development of diverse products, from solar panels to medical implants, and by addressing real-world problems such as energy generation and degenerative diseases.”
As well as its commitment to innovation, Renishaw has broadened its social outreach to schools, partners and universities. This programme aims to educate young people about the world of engineering, additive manufacturing and precision machining and inspire them to consider science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM) careers.
For more information, visit www.renishaw.com.
UK-based Renishaw is a world leading engineering technologies company, supplying products used for applications as diverse as jet engine and wind turbine manufacture, through to dentistry and brain surgery. It has over 4,500 employees located in the 36 countries where it has wholly owned subsidiary operations.
For the year ended June 2018 Renishaw recorded sales of £611.5 million of which 95 percent was due to exports. The company’s largest markets are China, the USA, Germany and Japan.
Throughout its history, Renishaw has made a significant commitment to research and development, with historically between 13 and 18 percent of annual sales invested in R&D and engineering. The majority of the R&D and manufacturing of the company’s products is carried out in the UK. The company’s success has been recognised with numerous international awards, including eighteen Queen’s Awards recognising achievements in technology, export and innovation.
Mazak announces record year for machine sales in 2018
Yamazaki Mazak celebrated a record year for machine sales in 2018, due to strong performance across a number of key market sectors
Yamazaki Mazak celebrated a record year for machine sales in 2018, due to strong performance across a number of key market sectors.
Despite uncertainty in the marketplace in the lead-up to Brexit, the machine tool manufacturer witnessed impressive sales, particularly throughout the automotive, oil and gas, and medical markets.
Alan Mucklow, managing director UK & Ireland Sales Division for Yamazaki Mazak, comments: “Mazak is delighted to announce that 2018 proved to be the company’s best ever year for UK machine sales.
“The resurgence of the oil and gas market was much welcomed and we saw great success with the sales of machines from the larger section of our portfolio, such as our INTEGREX e-H range of multi-tasking machine tools as well as our highly versatile MEGATURN vertical turning centres.”
“A particularly pleasing aspect of our 2018 sales performance was the volume of commodity machines, including the UK-made entry-level QT COMPACT turning centre range and the high-performance QUICK TURN series.
“The company has invested heavily in improving our European Manufacturing Centre in Worcester in recent years and it is especially rewarding to see that investment translate into shorter lead times and strong sales for UK-built machines.
“2018 also proved to be another fantastic year for UK sales of machines from our laser processing portfolio, following the recent additions to our Direct Diode Laser range, as well as the newly-unveiled 8.0 kW and 10.0 kW additions to our highly popular OPTIPLEX FIBER series.”
He concludes: “2019 has already started off strongly, having generated an impressive volume of enquiries from our presence at Autosport Engineering in January. This year was the first time we exhibited across the weekend, rather than just the ‘trade’ days, and it paid real dividends being the only machine tool manufacturer with a visible presence.”
Ward CNC strengthens senior management team with new appointments
As part of the new strategic direction for T W Ward CNC Machinery (Ward CNC), the company’s recently-appointed executive director Steve Bodsworth has announced three new senior management appointments, which in addition to bolstering the company’s sales management and service teams, also places a key focus on customer experience.
Steve Bodsworth said: “With significant investment we have established a new vision, additional core values and the three key objectives of growth, transformation and talent management. This includes a high-level focus on driving the customer experience with a strong emphasis on sales, operational and functional excellence.
“The restructuring follows the recent and continued expansion of Ward CNC’s UK-wide network of area business managers, and with these recent appointments, especially, we are focusing on an ambitious and exciting five-year growth plan for the 140-year-old Sheffield and Redditch-based business.”
With more than 15 years’ industry experience, Dan McGinty said of his appointment: “I am very excited to be part of this well-established company. I am joining an organisation that is already very successful in what it does but is also undergoing a large transformation, as can be seen by the investment in new departments and people. I am certainly looking forward to the future as there is great opportunity and potential at Ward CNC.”
Shane Greveson, who has previously spent over 15 years in varying roles from machine shop manager to business development director at a major engineering company, said: “It is a privilege to able to join such a fantastic organisation. The company values, which everyone lives and breathes, were the deciding factor when the opportunity arose. My impact in the business will come from my experience; I know the expectations as a customer and what is required to give the best service possible.”
Charlotte Emery, who has over 13 years’ experience in customer-focused roles in different industries, added: “It is an exciting time for us. With the already vast wealth of expertise in the business, there is a great opportunity to take the company to the next level. Our customers are the key to future success and we as an organisation, and me, personally, are keen to get closer to understanding their needs and expectations to be able to build strong and lasting relationships.”
Manufacturing decision makers will have the opportunity to meet the new and existing members of Ward CNC’s senior management team at the company’s ‘Redditch Revealed’ Open House on 9th &10th October 2018 at Ward CNC’s Midlands & South premises on Meir Road.
Matsuura apprentice welcome evening
On Monday 30th July, Matsuura Machinery Ltd held a welcome evening for the 4 successful delegate candidates who comprise its next intake of technical apprenticeships. Their families were welcomed to find out more about the company, and colleagues, who will guide their sons through their time at Matsuura.
Long serving members of staff, from each department, spent time to welcome the young recruits, and their families, and to give them a good understanding of the company, products and customers.
Matsuura is experiencing rapid growth and expansion in the UK and it is investing in its people, its facilities and its support infrastructure to match its current and projected UK growth.
Roger Howkins, UK managing director, says: “It is a pleasure to welcome these young engineers into our business and meet their families. They are the future of our company and vital to our wider economy and UK manufacturing community going forward. Each of our successful 2018 intake will receive a full technical apprenticeship and work in every department of our operation over their term, achieving the standard of excellence our customers demand from our highly valued engineering team. These are exciting times for Matsuura and investing in our team of the future is essential.”
Mills CNC confirms attendance at Seco’s Inspiration through Innovation
Left: Mills CNC’s demonstration at Inspiration through Innovation involves a new Doosan NHP 5000 high-performance horizontal machining centre
Right: The demonstration focuses on the machining of a steering knuckle, a critical high-precision automotive component that connects the suspension and steering elements of a car
Mills CNC, has announced that it will be attending Seco’s Inspiration through Innovation 2018 which takes place on the 9th and 10th October at Seco’s Technology Centre facility in Alcester.
Mills is one of over 40 Technical Partners attending Inspiration through Innovation 2018 and is a principal player in one of the innovative and challenging machining demonstrations taking place over the two days.
This demonstration, one of 17 taking place in total, involves a new Doosan NHP 5000 high-performance horizontal machining centre.
Mills CNC’s technical manager, Tony Dale explains: “Having talked to Seco about the focus and direction of this year’s event and its emphasis on machining excellence, we decided that Inspiration through Innovation 2018 would be a great venue to demonstrate the power, speed and flexibility of the new NHP 5000 machine”.
The twin-pallet NHP 5000 is a productivity powerhouse of a machine. In addition to its integrated automatic pallet change system, the NHP 5000 is equipped with a powerful built-in spindle and ultra-fast automatic tool changer. The machine also boasts 60m/min rapids and 1G acceleration/deceleration an all axes.
Tony Dale continues: “We are working with a number of Technical Partners, i.e. CAD/CAM, workholding, metalworking fluid, cutting tool, metrology suppliers etc., to develop a machining demonstration that I’m confident will capture the imagination of visitors and that will highlight specific strengths and the unrivalled productivity potential of the NHP 5000”.
The demonstration focuses on the machining of a steering knuckle, a critical high-precision automotive component that connects the suspension and steering elements of a car, involving engineers from Autodesk, Brown & Holmes, Houghton, Renishaw, Seco Tools and Mills CNC working collaboratively to design and prove out the demonstration.
Tony Dale concludes: “The demonstration is a true collaborative venture involving a number of Technical Partners”.
Inspiration through Innovation 2018 is free-of-charge to attend and component manufacturers interested in finding out more, including how to register their attendance, can do so by visiting www.secotools.com/iti
Record breaking day at Slough
Interest was strong with orders taken for machines across the XYZ Machine Tools range.
XYZ Machine Tools officially opened its new showroom at Slough on the 12th July and the event drew customers from far and wide resulting in a record-breaking day for machine sales. From the moment the doors opened at 9:00, the showroom was a hive of activity with customers keen to see the wide range of XYZ machines in action.
“This is the best one-day Open House that we have ever seen, with over 50 companies taking the time to visit XYZ and see what was on offer. By lunchtime we had already taken orders for 15 machines with the afternoon proving just as popular, with a further eight machine orders being taken, while the total value of sales was just shy of £800,000,” says Nigel Atherton, managing director, XYZ Machine Tools.
This new showroom is conveniently located off the M4 motorway and is available for customer demonstrations and training, being a relatively short drive for customers from across the south east and central England, with most being less than a two-hour drive away. Populated with a wide range of XYZ Machine Tools including a selection of ProtoTRAK controlled mills and lathes along with Siemens controlled machining and turning centres, the new facility adds to XYZ Machine Tools’ already comprehensive customer support capability.
“The attendance at this opening event shows that we have selected a good location,” says Nigel Atherton. “The convenient location will allow more customers the opportunity to easily see demonstrations of XYZ machines as well as receive training once they have made a purchase.”
Future Engineering Ireland 2019
The size and value of Ireland’s manufacturing sector has grown hugely over the last few decades and that growth continued at record levels last year. The biggest event in the country’s manufacturing calendar is the National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition; a one-day event which attracts over 4,000 people to the Citywest venue outside Dublin.
The next event is scheduled for 17th January 2019 and for the first time there will be a significant part of the show dedicated to manufacturing technology.
The new co-located show, called Future Engineering Ireland, is owned by the MTA and will provide an opportunity for manufacturing technology providers to show off their latest
innovations to potential customers in this growing market.
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Mike Fleming, Seco Tools UK’s sales & marketing manager
Seco Tools’ Inspiration through Innovation 2018 – a whole new ball game
Seco Tools UK’s annual and ever popular ‘Inspiration through Innovation’ advanced manufacturing best-practice event will take place this year at the company’s Technology Centre in Alcester, on the 9th and 10th of October.
‘Inspiration through Innovation’ is firmly established as the ‘go-to’ event for manufacturers looking to find out more about the latest innovative technology solutions in the market.
This year’s event is no different and, with over 40 exhibitors, a full and varied seminar programme, a new series of best-practice tutorials and 18 innovative and challenging machining demonstrations planned, Inspiration through Innovation 2018 has even more reasons to visit than in previous years.
This year the event has changed focus, with much more emphasis being given to the range and type of innovative and challenging machining demonstrations taking place.
Mike Fleming, Seco Tools UK’s sales & marketing manager explains: “This year we’ve put machining demonstrations right at the heart of the event.
“There are more demonstrations taking place. All of them are industry-specific and all are either actual ‘customer’ components or have been based on actual customer components.”
Although the focus has changed, the emphasis is still very much on collaboration, best-practice and knowledge-sharing, with every demonstration being the result of a collective working partnership between Seco Tools and its many Technical Partners.
All Technical Partners, representing machine tool builders and leading CAD/CAM, workholding, cutting fluid, metrology specialists, are directly involved in at least one machining demonstration taking place at this year’s event. However, making the machining demonstrations more relevant and partnership-led isn’t the only change.
Mike Fleming continues: “In previous years, the machining demonstrations took place in the main exhibition area, surrounded by Technical Partner exhibition stands. This arrangement meant that visitors didn’t always have good access to the demonstrations taking place.
“For the 2018 event, a large and specific machining demonstration zone has been created, totally separate from the exhibition area.
Leading-edge Seminars and Tutorials
There are nine leading-edge seminars planned over the two day event, each one delivered by a recognised Industry-expert and each focused on a relevant manufacturing and/or machining issue.
In addition to the seminars a new series of tutorials is also planned. These tutorials, more focused in scope and scale, tackle specific challenges that include best-practice machining of different workpiece materials such as stainless and nickel-based alloys.
Inspiration through Innovation’ is very much focused on the future and is aimed at component manufacturers looking to get out more from their manufacturing processes, systems and people.
The emphasis throughout reflects Seco’s ethos that collaborative approaches to problem-solving and sharing best practice with customers deliver truly inspirational and innovative solutions. The focus for 2018 is on the partnership-led machining demonstrations, augmented by a comprehensive seminar and tutorial programme.
Mike Fleming concludes: “Inspiration through Innovation 2018 is about teamwork and cooperation and how both can help manufacturers raise their game.”
The event is free to visitors, with doors opening on both days at 9.00 am and closing at 7.30pm on the 9th October and 5.00pm on the 10th October.
Manufacturers wishing to attend Seco’s Inspiration though Innovation 2018 event can register by visiting Seco’s website www.secotools.com/ITI
Renishaw shortlisted for Company of the Year at PLC Awards
Gloucestershire-based global engineering technologies company, Renishaw has been shortlisted for Company of the Year at the PLC Awards, 2017. The annual awards are sponsored by PwC and supported by the Financial Times and the London Stock Exchange. The ceremony will take place on March 15th, 2018, at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
Following nominations from a voting panel made up of representatives from London’s financial community, Renishaw was selected as one of six shortlisted companies for the prestigious award. This is the first time the company has been shortlisted in this category, though it has been recognised for its technology previously in the PLC Awards. In March 2011, Renishaw was awarded the Best Technology Award and the following year, it was nominated again in the same category.
The Company of the Year award is given to a business that has clearly demonstrated that success is not just a short-term phenomenon. The category, which is sponsored by Liberum, assesses companies improved, sustainable profitability and long-term vision.
“Renishaw has had an extremely strong year, growing in turnover, profits and people,” says Chris Pockett, head of communications at Renishaw. “Since 2009, the company has grown from 1,850 staff to 4,500 employees globally and this year we are taking on a record number of apprentices.
“Renishaw has experienced excellent international success, which is reflected in our growing network of subsidiaries. 2017 saw Renishaw establish a new Turkish subsidiary, relocate to offices triple the size in Spain and start work on a new building in Mexico. We also formally opened a new 133,000 square feet headquarters in the US.”
The company continues to invest in research and development (R&D), devoting around 15 percent of annual sales to R&D. The company has a long-term focus on product development as well as on skills, offering an expansive education outreach programme to inspire the next generation of engineers, as well as an award-winning apprenticeship scheme.
UK-based Renishaw is a world leading engineering technologies company, supplying products used for applications as diverse as jet engine and wind turbine manufacture, through to dentistry and brain surgery. It has over 4,000 employees located in the 35 countries where it has wholly owned subsidiary operations.
For the year ended June 2017 Renishaw recorded sales of £536.8 million of which 95 percent was due to exports. The company’s largest markets are China, the USA, Japan and Germany.
Throughout its history, Renishaw has made a significant commitment to research and development, with historically between 14 and 18 percent of annual sales invested in R&D and engineering. The majority of this R&D and manufacturing of the company’s products is carried out in the UK.
The company’s success has been recognised with numerous international awards, including eighteen Queen’s Awards recognising achievements in technology, export and innovation.
Manufacturing in motion
With just a couple of months to go before the doors open to MACH 2018 at the NEC in Birmingham, visitor registration is now live.
MACH 2018 takes place from the 9th to the 13th April 2018 and will be located in a new home on the atrium side of the NEC, in Halls 17, 18, 19, 20, 6 and 7. This is the first move of the show since relocating to the NEC when it first opened in 1976, and reflects the changing technologies the show covers. Visitors are invited to register early for their entrance pass and fast track entry pack at the following link: www.machexhibition.com
James Fudge, head of events at organisers the MTA says: “MACH prides itself on attracting top-quality visitors with real buying power and the ability to invest in new equipment. The new hall layout will help create a brand-new visitor experience which is easier to navigate, showcasing all the different technologies in action under one roof. It will be a more interconnected show, just as we have a more interconnected industry.”
“For MACH 2018, we have worked hard to provide visitors with a new way to connect with exhibitors. Our smart badging system provides every visitor with an interactive badge, allowing them to collect information from exhibitors in a quick and effective manner, without the need to carry lots of cumbersome documents. Data is transferred live to the visitors’ online portal, ready to download as soon as they leave the show. This investment by the MTA in smart badging reflects the digital nature of the advanced technology on show at MACH.”
James Selka, CEO of the MTA, says: “The show will be 2018’s biggest display of live, working technology. At the core of the show, exhibitors will showcase the latest developments in metal cutting, forming and finishing along with tooling, CADCAM and laser technology. The number of companies displaying additive manufacturing technology has grown considerably and exhibitors tell us they will be focusing on the digital factory, with more automation and connected manufacturing processes on display than ever before. New for 2018 is a specific IT for manufacturing zone, where companies offering connected solutions for the fourth industrial revolution will be on-hand with practical displays and demonstrations.”
“So, whilst the show will still attract the decision makers, engineers, designers and researchers who work in manufacturing, it is now a great place for chief information officers looking at systems and chief data officers who are adopters of these disruptive technologies to find new suppliers and experience the latest solutions. The vibrant seminar programme at MACH will feature subjects such as digital manufacturing, disruptive technologies, additive manufacturing and key ‘meet the supply chain’ networking sessions. The content is designed to provide clear thought leadership at a time when manufacturing is experiencing huge change, and we believe visitors should allow more than one day to experience everything that MACH has to offer.”
James Fudge concludes: “We know there are lots of regional and specialist shows people can visit to find out about manufacturing technology. The MACH difference is to bring all these technologies under one roof over a five-day period. With a single visit, companies looking to invest in and adopt any one of a number of new technologies can assess the options and be at the forefront of the fourth industrial revolution.”
MACH was established more than 100 years ago by the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA). It is the largest manufacturing technologies event in the UK, attracting in the region of 600 exhibitors and more than 25,000 visitors. Taking place from 9th to13th April 2018 at the NEC in Birmingham, the biennial exhibition brings together the latest developments and best innovations. MACH provides manufacturers of all sizes and sectors the chance to network with key clients and prospects as well as gain insight into their needs and future vision for supply chain manufacturing. For more information visit www.machexhibition.com
The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) is the UK trade association for the Manufacturing Technologies industry. The MTA represents the core of engineering based manufacturing and aims to promote the use and innovation of advanced technology in manufacturing.
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Matsuura kicks off 2018 with significant employee investment
Matsuura Machinery Ltd has continued to strengthen its service and sales team with the appointment of five new employees.
Barry Pender, area sales manager for Scotland and Northern Ireland joins Matsuura with a strong background in machine tool solutions and 16 years working for Rolls Royce in a variety of roles including component inspector and CNC machinist.
Barry Pender says: “Throughout my career I’ve always worked with best-in-class companies, so joining the Matsuura team with their commitment to deliver quality products and services is a great opportunity.”
In his new role at Matsuura, Barry Pender will be responsible for accelerating the potential of Matsuura’s product offering and supporting both existing and new customers. Barry Pender will report to Domenic Seminerio, national sales manager at Matsuura.
Joining the service team are Ben Pringle and Leon Boucher, service engineers, further boosting Matsuura’s commitment to providing world class customer service.
Both Ben Pringle and Leon Boucher have many years’ experience in machine tool fitting, service and maintenance and will support customers on a national basis.
With decades of applications experience under his belt, Richard Stretton joins Matsuura as applications engineer, further developing his speciality of 5-axis machining and 4-axis horizontal machining. Richard Stretton has a proven track record in CNC machinery and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience.
Lastly, with 22 years’ experience in business to business marketing, Samantha Brown, marketing communications officer officially joins the marketing team.
Commenting on the new positions, Roger Howkins, managing director says: “The appointment of these roles is key in continuing to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations. We have an experienced team in place to deliver a strong performance in 2018. We welcome Barry, Ben, Leon, Richard and Sam to the Matsuura team.”