A call to arms
MTA President says UK Manufacturing providers should embrace their role as ‘Champions of Productivity’
The 6th February saw the Manufacturing Technologies Association’s (MTA) Annual Dinner take place at the at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London. Always a popular event for manufacturing technology providers, over 400 guests got together to discuss the future and celebrate success.
MTA president and director of Yamazaki Mazak, Marcus Burton MBE, used his keynote speech to address some of the hot topics affecting the UK manufacturing sector: Brexit and future trade, climate change, how MTA members are ‘champions of productivity’ and of course MACH 2020.
On productivity he said: “MTA members have the equipment, ideas and expertise for our manufacturers to transform their productivity. In fact, our MTA members are the ‘Champions of Productivity’. As such we have a huge opportunity, and responsibility, to improve the economic well-being of the whole country.”
He continued by highlighting that MACH 2020 is just around the corner, saying “MACH is the only place in the UK to see such technology on display and under power; but it is more than that, it is the spotlight for our creativity. It’s just ten weeks away now, and I, for one, can’t wait to see what the ‘Champions of Productivity’ have to offer the 25,000 plus visitors we expect to come from far and wide.”
The MTA President didn’t shirk away from tough topics, addressing concerns on climate change and Brexit, saying “The UK government is committed to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. These changes will cause disruption but undoubtedly will bring huge opportunities for innovative manufacturers. We must be at the centre of this transformation and develop new innovative products and services using the latest digital technologies.”
On Brexit, he reiterated the Association’s commitment to engage with the Government to ensure “Sensible cooperation on regulations, developed by listening to our industry, will ensure our sector can continue to be competitive in our biggest market. We need a customs regime that is light touch, and the ability to send people all over the continent at short notice. We need this flexibility to support our customers.”
The MTA exists to promote the interests, and be the voice, of the manufacturing technologies sector in the UK. It delivers marketing support and networking opportunities, specific and relevant economic and technical information, representation to Government and other stakeholders, help for exporters and support for learning and development within member companies and beyond.
The MTA owns and runs MACH, the UK’s premier event to showcase manufacturing technologies. The biennial exhibition, held at the NEC, attracts over 25,000 visitors, over 600 exhibitors and the last edition, MACH 2018, saw over £200,000,000 of business attributed to it.
Established in 1919 the MTA has been at the core of the UK’s engineering-based manufacturing economy for almost a century.
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NCMT wins machining centre agency
Following its appointment by Rema Control as sole agent for the UK and Irish markets, NCMT will show at MACH 2020 a 5-axis NBT5.25 machining centre
With immediate effect, NCMT has been appointed sole sales and service agent in the UK and Ireland for the range of vertical machining centres (VMCs) manufactured by Rema Control at its factory in Stezzano, near Milan, Italy.
Founded in 1987, the company is a member of UCIMU, the Italian Association of Machine Tool Manufacturers, specialising in building large, 3- and 5-axis, moving-column machines with travels up to 8,000 mm in the X-axis and 1,200 mm in Y. The manufacturer also produces trunnion-type 5-axis VMCs, ultra-rigid universal milling machines with box ways, and gantry-type VMCs with a rotary pallet changer.
The long-bed machine programme, which fills a gap in the NCMT range, is particularly well suited to production applications in the energy, shipbuilding and other heavy industrial sectors as well as in the mouldmaking and aerospace industries.
At MACH 2020 (Hall 19 Stand 130), NCMT will be showing for the first time a moving-column machine from the principal’s Newton Big range, a model NBT5.25 with linear travels of 2,500 x 800 x 800 mm capable of simultaneous 5-axis metal cutting. The two other CNC axes are provided by a flush rotary table for 360-degree positioning and a ± 92 degree B-axis spindle head. A 10,000 rpm spindle delivers 22.5 kW of power and 190 Nm of torque (optionally 33 kW / 260 Nm), while the integral motor spindle alternative is rated at 12,000 rpm / 38 kW / 268 Nm.
Capable of heavy-duty machining, the BT40 / HSK-A63 machine supports 1.5 tonnes on its rotary table or 1 tonne/m2 over the 2,800 x 820 mm fixed table area. Rapid traverse in the linear axes is 50 m/min and installed weight is 15 tonnes. The machine on show will be controlled by a Heidenhain TNC640, although Siemens and Fanuc CNC systems may be specified.
A video of the machine in action can be viewed at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=SP3I6qLOCfU
Bruderer UK’s order book boosted by end of political uncertainty
Investment in manufacturing is on the rise following the General Election according to one of the UK’s leading suppliers of precision high-quality stamping and forming technology.
Bosses at Bruderer UK are predicting a buoyant 2020 after it revealed a £3 million pipeline of projects that include the installation of the latest precision high-speed stamping presses and one high tonnage Zani machine for clients involved in the aerospace, automotive, construction and renewables sectors.
Managing director Adrian Haller believes that a majority Government has helped to remove some of the uncertainty shrouding industry and his firm is looking to take advantage of new opportunities, creating up to five new jobs across its engineering and administrative departments in the process. This will include significant investment in developing a number of apprentices, ensuring the young staff absorb the company culture and soak up the experience and knowledge of experienced engineers that collectively have hundreds of years’ experience in presses, servicing and maintenance.
“We move into 2020 with a very healthy order book, which reflects the positive attitude of our customers following the Election results in December,” explains Adrian Haller. “The high-speed stamping technology we have provided in the UK for over 50 years is perfectly suited to where many growth sectors are moving, meeting the client’s demand for greater production control, more versatility, repeatable quality and, importantly, speed and precision.
“Electrification is a market that is due to take off after a number of stalled starts and we are currently in the process of tooling up suites of tools for major automotive suppliers in preparation for EV product launches. 2020 could well be the breakthrough year.”
Bruderer UK, which employs 14 people at its headquarters in Luton and at a satellite facility in the Black Country, enjoyed a robust 2019, shaking off economic volatility thanks to a surge in major rebuilds on existing presses. Due to the durability of the firm’s machines, a lot of customers took softening in some markets as an opportunity to bring their reliable presses back to ‘as new’ in the form of in-depth refurbishments, so they could optimise performance in time for the upturn.
“I think 2020 will be very different, with a lot of investments coming to fruition after being stalled for months. There will be significant interest in the latest updates in technology, including Single Minute Exchange of Dies (SMED) and state-of-the-art controls that mean up to 1,000 tool store operations can be accessed and applied via a single touch,” continues Adrian Haller.
“Industry 4.0, which has been integrated into our machines for over a decade, will also be in big demand as the clamour for real-time information and customer transparency across the entire production process grows.
“Finally, we are investing in die laser welding, vision system technology and, along with our portfolio partners, enhancements to servo roll feeders, decoiling systems and tool components for plastic and metal tools.
“Our role is to make sure we give UK manufacturing the best possible support in technology and innovation to make 2020 a great year.”
Bruderer UK, which enjoyed an extremely successful Autosport International exhibition, is setting its sights on its biggest presence at a MACH show yet, where it will be showcasing its full portfolio, together with a precision high-speed stamping line, to thousands of delegates.
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