Automation beyond traditional machine tending
Fastems Group will host an online Open House & Conference entitled “Productivity Beyond Machine Tending” on November 4, 2020 at 8:00-13:00 CET. The virtual event will showcase the latest developments in automation and surrounding technologies to all metalworking manufacturers. The company’s aim is to educate machine shops on how to improve their efficiency and quality in a manageable, methodical, and practical manner. The scope of automation includes more than tending machines; it also includes evaluating the surrounding processes such as cutting tool management and other manual work functions to reveal the key bottlenecks that should be addressed first.
The online Open House & Conference will gather people in manufacturing industries across Europe and North America with informative and educational webinars, video demonstrations, and Q&A sessions on several productivity-related topics, such as:
Automation possibilities now that go beyond traditional machine tending
Building optimal cutting tool management practices, step-by-step
Production planning and control software for manual work cells and standalone machines
Inspiring FMS advancements based on real customer success stories and a next-generation load handler for machines without automatic pallet changers
New innovations and flexibility improvements in robot cells and software
Fastems Group CEO Mikko Nyman will open the event live, welcoming the audience. The event is scheduled for European audiences on November 4, 2020, at 8:00 CET. Fastems warmly welcomes everyone to attend the entire event that day or access single presentations based on interest. If registrants cannot participate on the scheduled date and time, they can return to view and download all the free material at a more convenient time.
For more information and to register, visit https://www.fastems.com/event/seminar-productivity-beyond or contact Leigh Tricklebank, UK sales manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
Founded in 1901, Fastems delivers intelligent factory automation solutions that help metalworking manufacturers to increase their productivity. Its industry-leading control software and the capability to integrate any industrial machine tools into one entity, combined with its broad service selection and decades of experience is what makes Fastems unique.
Tel: 01322 222211
Hurco announces Covid-compliant Open House
The Hurco Open House in October 2020 will mark the official launch of the company’s new range of turning centres with driven tooling
New range of driven tool turning centres to be launched
Ongoing restrictions related to the Covid-19 pandemic have reduced opportunities for firms to show their latest products and technology to prospective customers. However, one machine tool company, Hurco Europe, has decided to help keep the wheels of industry moving by staging an open house on 20th, 21st and 22nd October 2020. It will be held in its showroom located at 12 Merlin Centre, Lancaster Road, Cressex Business Park, High Wycombe, HP12 3TB. Anyone wishing to attend should contact Barbara Rozanska on 01494 442222 or email@example.com
Managing director David Waghorn comments: “We are very fortunate to have moved 12 months ago into a spacious new facility with a clean, well ventilated demonstration area covering 500 square metres. So, we feel it is safe to hold an open house subject to the strict rules stipulated below.
“All of the machine demonstrations that were originally planned for MACH 2020 will be set up on the nine vertical machining centres and three CNC lathes that are currently on show.”
The Open House will mark the official launch of a new range of Hurco driven-tool CNC lathes, represented by the TM8Mi with 12 axially-driven VDI 30 DIN1809 tool locations and a new servo-drive that offers high performance milling. Coupled with Hurco’s control with renowned conversational programming, these turning centres make production of one-offs and small volumes an attractive prospect.
The following rules will be in force to maintain compliance with the UK government’s latest safety guidelines. Attendance is strictly by appointment only and a maximum of six people per company may attend, including one sales engineer and one applications engineer. Visitors from no more than three companies will be allowed in the showroom at a time and a one-way system will be in force. Barriers will be in place two metres distant from the machines being demonstrated. There will be hand sanitising stations available for use and every visitor will be given a Hurco-branded facemask and an individually packed lunch.
All machines on show will be available for purchase at special ex-demonstration prices and will be eligible for free delivery to customers throughout the whole of Britain and Ireland. If manufacturers are unable to travel to the Open House, Hurco will organise remote demonstrations via Microsoft Teams or TeamViewer.
Discover how automation can improve your productivity
FANUC to focus on delivering productivity through automation at inaugural Open House
In order to answer some of the burgeoning questions on automation in UK manufacturing, FANUC is hosting its first ever Manufacturing, Automation, and Digital Transformation Open House.
Taking place at its state-of-the-art UK headquarters from 29thto 31stOctober 2019, the event is open to UK industry to understand how automation can improve productivity across manufacturing. Including a number of demonstrations, as well as hosting industry debate, manufacturers can sign up to attend the event via the FANUC website.
Recent figures suggest that UK automation is currently falling behind other leading manufacturing nations, which is having an impact on its ability to keep pace in terms of productivity. To illustrate the point, there are just 71 industrial robots per 10,000 workers in the UK, positioning it behind 14 other European countries. In contrast, Germany has 309 units, contributing to a production rate which is 30 percent higher per hour than that of the UK.
FANUC UK managing director,Tom Bouchier comments: “Many in UK manufacturing remain suspicious of automation, with a common misconception being that it equates to a high up-front cost. However, automation solutions are accessible to everyone, from family run subcontracting businesses, through to multi-national organisations.
“FANUC’s inaugural Open House will showcase a range of technologies, seeking to address misunderstanding within UK industry and highlight how turning to automation can drive significant and tangible productivity.”
One area of automation which will be demonstrated is collaborative robotics (cobots). With built-in sensors and vision systems, cobots are capable of working alongside human operators in a variety of different operations. Cobots are already in use in a range of processes in the UK, across a range of industries. Three distinct models will be exhibited at the Open House including the CR-35iA, which is the only cobot in the world with a 35 kg payload.
FANUC’s production equipment series: the ROBODRILL, ROBOSHOT and ROBOCUT, will also be displayed, offering visitors the chance to see these state-of-the-art machines in action. There will be live demonstrations throughout the event, illuminating the power of automation in the manufacturing process.
The ROBODRILL, a compact yet powerful 5-axis drilling machine, will be represented by the α-D21MiA with Mechatronic iTend machine-tending solution, alongside the α-D21LiB5 complete with DDR Tl-iB additional axis control.
To highlight how automating injection moulding can drive further productivity gains, FANUC will be displaying its α-S50iA injection moulding ROBOSHOT as part of a hi-tech automation pick-and-place-to-conveyor application.
The ROBOCUT wire-cutting machine exhibits will feature an aerospace application for precision machining on the C-400. The C -600 and C -800 will also be showcased.
FANUC’s software offering will also be exhibited, including its ROBOGUIDE software, Zero Downtime (ZDT) technology and the newly launched FIELD (FANUC Intelligent Edge Link & Drive) system. There will be a team of experts on hand to talk visitors through how these various pieces of technology can improve factory productivity, highlighting how the manufacturing process can be optimised.
Tom Bouchier concludes: “We’re thrilled to be able to highlight the wide range of possibilities in automation. It’s crucial that UK manufacturing maintains its position as a world leader and the adoption of automated solutions is key to this.”
Permanent display at new centre of excellence
Floyd demonstrates sliding head expertise at Citizen
After supporting users of Citizen sliding head turning centres for almost 30 years, Floyd Automatic Tooling now has a permanent presence at the new Citizen Machinery UK facility in Brierley Hill. The company recently hosted its first Open House event at its new Midlands turning centre of excellence.
The new facility welcomed over 300 visitors over the three days and Floyd Automatic Tooling is naturally delighted to support this major manufacturer of sliding head turning centres on a more permanent basis beyond events. Like many Open House events, the Citizen Machinery UK was supported by no fewer than 20 equipment suppliers, but Floyd Automatic is one of just four companies to unusually have a permanent display booth presence adjacent to the new showroom.
Floyd Automatic Tooling’s managing director Richard Floyd says: “We have a long-standing relationship that dates back 30 years and down the years, our innovative tooling solutions have extensively supported the Citizen customer base. Moreover, the expansive range of collets, guide bushes, grippers and machine accessories are continually expanding into specialist solutions that can solve issues for sliding head turned part producers that no other UK company can supply.
“Our ability to provide industry leading tooling packages along with ‘problem solving’ solutions have been acknowledged by Citizen with this permanent booth. We probably have the most comprehensive range of tooling and accessories for sliding head machines in the UK and the ever closer partnership will provide opportunities in the future to combine the resources of Floyd Automatic Tooling and Citizen Machinery product presentations, machining trials and project support and assistance with special applications.”
As well as having a ‘partnership booth’ provided by Citizen, Floyd Automatic was also present in the main showroom during the recent Open House event, where Citizen presented four product launches with an additional 11 machines conducting live machining demonstrations. The 300 visitors were deeply engrossed in the machining technology and there was a huge level of interest in the new compact EVOCUT line parting-off program from Applitec. With the work envelope of sliding head centres becoming increasingly compact and machine kinematics seeing tools clamped ever closer to the workpiece, the improved accessibility of the EVOCUT parting-off program offers simplified and faster insert changes for end users. The range also offers part-off up to Ø44 mm and through coolant supply.
With event visitors clearly focused on reducing non-machining times, the HEB Mini-Plug quick change adaptors for High Pressure coolant also proved a point of interest among the show visitors. The extended HEB Mini-Plug quick change adaptors now include the new Type 1 & Type 2 hose designation that supports hose diameters of just 5 mm, making them perfect for small machine tools. In addition to the need to reduce non-cutting times, event visitors placed an increasing focus on precision. Floyd Automatic recognised this with a high level of interest in the MASA Microconic™ sub-spindle ultra-precision collet system. This revolutionary Microconic system improves precision component machining when holding workpieces from 0.15 to 10 mm diameter in most popular sliding head machines using a sub-spindle dead length collet like the F20, F25 and F37.
The system consists of two major components: the Microconic cartridge, which fits into the sub-spindle collet sleeve, and the Microconic collet that fits into the cartridge. No modifications to the machine are required. The Microconic system has unsurpassed concentricity, produced with a manufacturing tolerance of 3 µm with cartridges guaranteed to be within 5 µm. Over-gripping collets that are so often an issue for standard collets, are also available.
Visitors from throughout the UK and Ireland, as well as Europe were welcomed to the event, taking in the opportunity to see the latest Citizen machines working in tandem with tooling, collets and adaptors from Floyd Automatic Tooling. For further details on how Floyd Automatic can boost your productivity, contact:
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.
Mazak European Technology Centre celebrates 10 years of success
Yamazaki Mazak is celebrating 10 years of success for its European Technology Centre in 2019
Yamazaki Mazak will celebrate a decade of success for its European Technology Centre (ETC) in 2019.
The state-of-the-art facility, which is located at its European Manufacturing Plant in Worcester, first opened its doors in 2009 and has seen in excess of 33,000 visitors walk through its doors in that time.
The 2,900 m2 facility is home to a regularly-changing line-up of CNC machine tools and laser processing machines from Mazak’s extensive portfolio. It is often the first place in the UK customers can see the company’s new models once they have been launched. As well as a 97-seat auditorium and demonstration area, the ETC also includes Mazak’s ‘Solutions Gallery’, which displays a snapshot of finished components that would have been processed on a Mazak machine tool or laser machine at some stage of their production process. All parts on display were produced by Mazak customers.
Over the years, the ETC has played host to a number of Open Houses, notably in the aftermath of major European events such as EMO and EuroBLECH. The Open Houses give those UK customers unable to attend the exhibitions a chance to see many of the models in live-cutting action.
The ETC has also hosted a number of broader UK manufacturing events, as well as many educational visits from local schools and colleges. Its constant use emphasises its importance not just to Mazak but to both the sector as a whole as well as the Worcestershire community.
Richard Smith, European group managing director, comments: “The ETC is one of the biggest assets Mazak has here in the UK, and it has played a significant role in growing both our UK and European customer base over the last decade.
“To have welcomed over 33,000 visitors since opening is a feat Mazak is incredibly proud of. We always take great pleasure in taking visitors, be they a seasoned Mazak customer or a primary school pupil, around the ETC and allowing them to witness a snapshot of our extensive product portfolio in live-cutting action.
“However, with two more Open Houses and several other events already in the pipeline, there will no let-up in 2019. We are very excited to see what the future holds for this fantastic facility.”
Fronius UK to host fourth Open House
Fronius UK promises an informative day brimming with fun as it hosts performance inspired Open House at its Technology Centre in Milton Keynes
The date for your diary is Wednesday 15th May. This is when Fronius UK will be opening its doors for visitors wanting to find out how they can fast-track to a higher performance. The day will cover the latest cutting-edge welding technology and processes from the world leaders in the field. Not your average Open House, this free event offers guests the chance to do a lap of the company’s technology centre, test their speed, accuracy and motor skills in various challenges throughout the day and enjoy a fun-filled day packed with interesting seminars and demonstrations. And with the theme of the day being performance, the day’s entertainment would not be complete without one or two performances that are sure to captivate.
When operating in a fast-paced environment with technology constantly evolving, the expectation to perform is high and the capacity to keep up can seem overwhelming, if not a little out of reach at times. When it comes to welding, Fronius is committed to providing the technology and ongoing support you need to you meet your performance goals. If there was ever a time to review your welding processes, or just find out what’s new, it’s now, and Fronius has just the event for you.
The technology day will be filled with product demonstrations featuring the very latest state-of-the-art systems. These include the highly flexible TPS/i welding system integrated with the legendary CMT process for manual and robotic welding applications, data analysis capabilities using the Fronius WeldCube, the newest, faster TIG welding process, ArcTig, which requires no prep on materials up to 10mm, Wire+Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM), the new generation of lightweight, portable and cordless welding systems and much more.
The day would not be complete without topical seminars from both Fronius and many external industry experts and gurus, providing visitors an informative day of product, process and industry knowledge. Subjects range from industry related products and associations right through to using social media to enhance your business’ performance and EV topics. A full list of speakers is available on the registration site. Fronius is also active in the fields of battery charging and solar energy so attendees will have plenty to feast their eyes over as this event caters for all three divisions.
“The Open House is an ideal opportunity to visit our facility and gain insight into the latest trends and solutions available in today’s market”, comments Sheldon Brear, director of welding for Fronius UK. “We look forward to welcoming all those interested in welding, to understand their welding challenges and to work with them on improving their welding processes.”
The Fronius UK Open House will take place on Wednesday 15th May, from 9.00 am to 16.00 pm with a hot lunch and refreshments being served throughout the day in the Fronius Biergarten. For more information about the Open House, demonstrations, exhibitors and seminars, and to register to attend, visit www.froniusopenhouse.co.uk
Bystronic smart factory comes to the UK
Visitors to the Bystronic stand at EuroBLECH 2018, where the company presented its vision for the smart sheet metalworking factory of the future
At its Open House in Coventry from 19thto 21stMarch, Bystronic UK will repeat its Swiss parent company’s presentation on world class manufacturing entitled “The Networked World of Sheet Metal Processing”, which featured at last year’s EuroBLECH exhibition. Visitors will learn where integrated automation and new software solutions are heading in the fields of laser cutting and bending.
Dan Thombs, managing director of the UK subsidiary says: “Bystronic accompanies its customers step by step on the path to the smart factory. This is what we will be emphasising during our Open House. We will explain how our comprehensive range of new products and services are helping customers achieve greater efficiency through integrated production.”
In this way, manufacturers can achieve a high degree of flexibility and transparency in their production, both being important prerequisites for manufacturing products more quickly, cost-effectively and intelligently. In the future, thanks to new software solutions, users will be able to create quotes faster, plan production processes efficiently and make the best use of their resources. Live monitoring systems provide real-time information about processes, helping to optimise costs, which leads to sustainable growth and competitive success.
Dan Thombs continues: “Until recently, automation and integrated systems development has been focused on OEM’s and mass production. Increasingly, with our automated flexible solutions and software, users will be able to produce small series items as economically as standardised, high-volume series.
“We will explain how Bystronic Solutions make this possible by coordinating adaptive planning with material ordering and supply, controlled production and predictive maintenance, leading to reduced lead-times and increased profitability for our customers.”
Integrated automation of production steps is another key factor for success. To achieve this in the field of laser cutting, Bystronic uses modular automation systems for material handling that grow with the customer’s requirements and with increasing laser output. As regards bending, Bystronic is driving forward the development of flexible automation modules that enable rapid transition between automated and manual operation.
Service, support and training will be at the heart of Bystronic development to ensure customers realise all the benefits of a networked production environment. Networked solutions present a range of opportunities for Bystronic to improve the speed of response and resolution time for issues, increasing reliability and efficiency in customer’s facilities.
Remote access, intuitive interfaces and condition-based monitoring present Bystronic engineers with new tools for troubleshooting and to make improvements without the time delay inherent in visiting a facility. New service structures, systems and capabilities support these developments.
Manufacturers will learn more by visiting Bystronic UK during its Open House from 19th to 21st March 2019. The venue is 6 Wayside Business Park, Wilsons Lane, Coventry, CV6 6NY. Register online at www.bystronic.co.uk
INDEX Open House 2019
Expert knowledge and innovations in the field of turning
From March 26th to 29th, INDEX Group is again inviting all existing and potential customers to its plant in Reichenbach, where it will be presenting a wide range of innovations on subject of turning at the Open House 2019.
Visitors will experience the new, digital INDEX world “iXworld”, which extends beyond technical functions into the service and organisation field and promises swift economic benefits. More than 20 state-of-the-art turning machines can be seen in action demonstrating their strengths and INDEX experts will use talks and one-on-one discussions to show how modern machining technologies can be deployed profitably.
Digitisation is advancing in all areas. At the Open House, INDEX is bringing the latest developments in its Cloud-based iXworld platform to life. It comprises the iXplore, iXshop, iXservices and iX4.0 modules, which can be used to access digital support for the entire process chain, from obtaining information during the purchase of a machine, on the operation and status of the machine, and all the way to service and spare parts procurement.
Advancing digitisation and automation can also be experienced in the more than 20 machines on display, which represent the state-of-the-art and open up new perspectives for the future. The INDEX C200 shows just how far the automation offering has progressed. The automatic production lathe, in a new, user-friendly design, will be shown with the iXcenter robot cell including vertical pallet storage, which, like other automation equipment, can optionally be integrated in various INDEX and TRAUB production machines.
Universal turning at the highest level
One of the highlights at the Open House 2019 is the INDEX B400 universal lathe, designed for precise and powerful machining of customised flange and shaft parts. It is now also available with a counter spindle, for even more flexibility and high-precision machining.
The TRAUB TNA400 universal lathe, which is largely identical in design to the INDEX B400, will be presented to all users and potential customers of TRAUB machines fitted with Mitsubishi controls. It, too, ensures powerful cutting and comprehensive machining options.
The other exhibits reflect the well-known diversity of INDEX and TRAUB solutions, including multi-spindle automatic lathes that guarantee high productivity at low unit costs, bush-type lathes for precision machining of complex workpieces, and the new generation of INDEX G-series turn-mill centres for maximum flexibility and demanding machining tasks.
The accompanying exhibition of just under 30 partner companies also features some of the latest innovations. In addition, machining experts will speak every day on fascinating topics such as dynamics in the machining process, iX4.0 production, the iXshop, procurement 4.0, the INDEX CAD-CAM-CNC process chain and both automation solutions and process integration.
Further INDEX experts will be on hand at the get-together in the Technology Lounge to discuss topics such as high-speed whirling, gearing technologies, in-process grinding, and polygon turning. Plant tours and an evening event on Thursday 28thwill round off the event.
Registration for the INDEX Group Open House event in Reichenbach and further information can be found at www.index-werke.de/openhouse.
Citizen success at Open House brings immediate sales of 15 machines worth over £2.7 million
Citizen Machinery UK’s (CMUK) highly successful, recent 3-day Open House immediately added a further 15 machines, worth over £2.7 million, to its existing order book of record sales involving some 100 Cincom sliding head and Miyano fixed-head turn-mill centres stretching into 2019.
Darren Wilkins, deputy managing director, said: “Over 350 people came through our doors over the three days with several bringing important future projects for us to investigate. This influx of interest was from both OEM and the subcontract sectors and in particular involved oil and gas, aerospace and automotive companies.”
He followed on to confirm that following demonstrations and the ability for visitors to talk face-to-face with applications, service support and finance teams, the area sales engineers have a host of follow-ups and customer visits scheduled which will doubtless create future business well into the next year.
Citizen’s patented Low Frequency Vibration (LFV) programmable chip size machining technology was a major focus of attention adding to the ratio of seven out of every eight orders currently featuring its inclusion. This ratio was confirmed with the interest following the launch of the larger 38 mm capacity bar size of the Cincom L32-VIIILFV sliding head and the Miyano BNA-42GTYLFV moving headstock machines at the event.
From the demonstrations, visitors were able to appreciate how Citizen’s patented development of LFV is a fundamental in the design of the machine. Its ability to control chip size cannot reliably be achieved through simply adding a macro to the programming, an area Citizen revealed it had already investigated and rejected over a decade ago.
To maintain machining integrity the machine structure has to be upgraded for its overall rigidity, vibration damping and drive system performance in order to absorb the rapid oscillation of the cutting tool. As part of the cycle, the tool movement creates, in effect, tens of micron sized air gaps, in synchronisation with the rotation of the spindle.
Darren Wilkins added: “Both new and existing customers were also showing considerable interest in the Cincom ‘Superimposition’ operating control software which enables the simultaneous cutting with up to three tools on fixed head, two spindle, twin-turret, turn-mill centres. From the demonstrations, it could be seen how the added flexibility to remove material from both ends of a component at the same time was able to significantly lower cycle times.
CMUK is also responsible for Citizen and Miyano product ranges in Africa, France, Italy, Middle East, Portugal and Spain which contribute to the current order book of over 100 machines. Indeed, Citizen’s overall European deliveries in 2018 will exceed 1,200 units establishing the company as market leader for Swiss-type sliding head machines as well as the leading brand for providing bar turning solutions. As a result, Europe significantly contributed to Citizen’s worldwide production output of 6,500 machines this year.
Automotive technology focused Open House event at MCMT
The automotive segment is one of the key areas of business for CERATIZIT UK & Ireland, so its involvement as a technical partner of the In-Comm Training & Manufacturing Group will see it, through its WNT competence brand, supporting the ITMG’s forthcoming Automotive Technologies Open House on the 13th December at the Marches Centre of Manufacturing and Technology in Bridgenorth.
The event will be open to anyone with an interest in the automotive manufacturing sector and provides an ideal opportunity to discuss the latest developments in fields such as cutting tools, metal cutting machine tools, EDM and metrology. Visitors will be able to discuss specific requirements with technical experts from all of the Group’s Technical partners, who in addition to CERATIZIT UK & Ireland include Blum; Engineering Technologies Group; Hexagon; Mitsubishi EDM; Hyfore; and Guhring.
Adrian Fitts, CERATIZIT UK & Ireland’s business development manager, says: “The Open House will be a fantastic opportunity to highlight the developments in our cutting tool technologies relating to the automotive sector, where productivity improvements remain vital to the ongoing success of the UK supply chain to this growing market segment. WNT is just one of four competence brands within the CERATIZIT Group that complement each other, with customers able to source solutions from any one of Cutting Solutions by CERATIZIT, Komet, Klenk and WNT from a single point of contact.
‘’Having these like-minded suppliers as technology partners is a perfect strategy by ITMG to develop skills and productivity in the UK through the adoption of world-class equipment and engineering technology.
Anyone wishing to attend the ITMG Automotive Technologies open house can register by clicking the following link:
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.
£3 million sales confirmed
The projection that TRUMPF UK sales will close at the end of this current financial year at more than £52 million was certainly enhanced by orders the company received at its Open House event that ran from 12th–14th June. TRUMPF UK welcomed more than 200 visitors from 130 manufacturing companies and several were sufficiently impressed by what they saw to make an investment, confirming this event to be among the highlights of the sheet metalworking calendar in UK.
TRUMPF UK reports confirmed orders across its product ranges including the TruBend, TruPunch, TruMark and TruLaser including a TruLaser tube cutting machine. In total the order value was around £3 million.
All TRUMPF technologies were featured at the show, but the focus was on Industry 4.0, automation and the connected factory at every stage of implementation. Early feedback has confirmed that many visitors benefited significantly from the guidance of TRUMPF experts in this field who came from Austria, Germany and the USA.
Machine highlights included the TruLaser 3030 6kW and TruLaser 5030 8kW machines, both with BrightLine fiber, the TruPunch 5000 with SheetMaster, the TruBend 5130 with various productivity features and the TruTool power tools including the new 18V range.
The Open House also proved the excellent launch platform for the new TruLaser 2030 4kW BrightLine fiber machine in the UK, an entry level product for flat sheet laser cutting which sparked much interest.
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.”
Different focus – Different strategy – Different structure
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