Cleared for take-off

June 19th, 2019 4:03 pm | by admin

Seco Tools has announced that its annual and ever-popular ‘Inspiration through Innovation’ advanced manufacturing best-practice event will take place on Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th October at its Technology Centre in Alcester – and that, this year, the event will be focused exclusively on the aerospace segment.

Now in its fifth year, Inspiration through Innovation has become a ‘must attend’ event for UK and Irish component manufacturers looking to find out more about the latest innovative technology solutions in the market. More recently, the event has been used by Seco to highlight and demonstrate the power of positive partnerships and the benefits available to component manufacturers from adopting collaborative approaches to problem solving.

This year’s Inspiration through Innovation event has been designed with the same objectives but with a specific focus on aerospace component manufacturing.

Mike Fleming, strategic marketing, products & services manager for Seco Tools (UK) says: “We review Inspiration through Innovation every year and make changes to its content and structure to increase its appeal and relevance. This year, we have made the strategic decision to focus on one industry segment.”

The aerospace rationale
With the economy facing a period of uncertainty, the UK will rely heavily on its most successful industries to provide growth, jobs and innovation. The UK has the second largest aerospace sector in the world, after the US, with a turnover of £31 billion last year, including £27 billion in exports, representing a 40 percent increase since 2010.

Over the next two decades, the number of aircraft needed worldwide is expected to grow by an average of 4.8 percent per year, with demand for more than 39,000 new aircraft worth $5.9 trillion being estimated.

Mike Fleming contimues: “From a manufacturing perspective, the aerospace segment is characterised by constant innovation, specifically in the use and application of new materials, the design and implementation of challenging machining and manufacturing processes and the ingenious ways the industry improves quality and safety and reduces costs and environmental impacts.

“Aerospace is a global industry with high growth potential that relies on innovation and one where we, and our Technical Partners, have considerable experience and expertise. Taking all this into account it is clear why aerospace was selected as the focus for this year’s event.”

The 2019 Event: machining demonstrations
At Inspiration through Innovation 2019, there are 30 Technical Partners taking part in eight aerospace machining demonstrations.

The demonstrations taking place on both days involve the machining of real components or, in the case of large components like aero-engine casings, the machining of real or look-alike features like holes, external bosses and flanges.

Specific components being machined include blisks, discs, landing gear, structural components (ribs) and interior cabin (seating) parts.

Mike Fleming comments: “The parts being machined are all challenging. They are made from difficult-to-machine materials that include Waspalloy, titanium, Heat Resistant Super Alloys (HRSAs) and Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic (CFRP), and they are machined to meet high accuracy and surface finish requirements.”

All eight machining demonstrations are designed by, and involve, a number of Technical Partners, for example machine tool builders, CAD/CAM specialists, and tooling, workholding, cutting fluid, metrology and automation suppliers.

They demonstrate the productivity gains and cost-efficiencies that can be achieved through working in collaboration.

The 2019 Event: seminar programme
There are eight leading-edge seminars planned for the two-day event, each one delivered by a recognised industry-expert and each focused on a relevant aerospace manufacturing and/or machining issue.

The Seminar Programme is currently being developed and details of all seminars including titles, speakers and synopses will be uploaded on the Inspiration through Innovation event landing page www.secotools.com/iti

To sum up, Inspiration through Innovation 2019 is focused on the future and is aimed at aerospace component manufacturers looking to get out more from their machining processes, their systems and their people. The emphasis of the event reflects Seco’s ethos that collaborative approaches to problem-solving and sharing best practice with customers deliver truly inspirational and innovative solutions.

Mike Fleming concludes: “The focus for the 2019 event is on creating something new, different and memorable in the aerospace sector. Judging by the diversity and complexity of the machining demonstrations and the content and style of the seminars, I am confident that we will achieve these objectives.”

Event details
The event is free to visitors, and doors open on both days at 09.00 closing at 19.00 on the 9th October and 16.00 on the 10th October.

Manufacturers wishing to attend Seco’s Inspiration though Innovation 2019 event can register by visiting www.secotools.com/iti

Seco Tools (UK) Ltd                                      

Tel: 01789 764220                               

Email: mike.fleming@secotools.com

www.secotools.com

Mills CNC confirms attendance at Seco’s Inspiration through Innovation

July 25th, 2018 3:44 pm | by Rob

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

Mills CNC Ltd
Tel: 01926 736736
Email: sales@millscnc.co.uk
www.millscnc.co.uk

 

Different focus – Different strategy – Different structure

July 13th, 2018 3:16 pm | by Rob

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.

Machining demonstrations
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.

Summary
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

Seco Tools (UK) Ltd
Tel: 01789 764220
Email: mike.fleming@secotools.com
www.secotools.com/uk