Parts for instrumentation used in space observation, both terrestrial and satellite-based, are machined to tight tolerances on two Hurco vertical machining centres (VMCs) at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL), near Didcot.
Mountaineering and outdoor products manufacturer, DMM Engineering, is reaping huge productivity rewards as a result of installing Chick workholding systems from 1st Machine Tool Accessories Ltd (1st MTA), Salisbury.
It is no secret that toolmaking in the UK has undergone some tough times of late. However, there are certain companies that defy the doom and gloom and continue to be successful through a combination of determination and investment. BK Tooling is one of these.
The next generation twin-spindle, twin-turret turning centre from Nakamura-Tome, the WT-150 II, brings faster cycle times and an innovative easy-to-use control to one of the market’s best respected multi-tasking machines.
Delcam for SolidWorks, Delcam’s integrated CAM system for SolidWorks, has helped Stamps Engineering Services to program and machine hundreds of components for a 12-rotor Wankel engine in just five weeks. The new engine will provide around 3,000 horsepower to power offshore powerboat racing catamarans at speeds above 200 mph.
By automating the washing and degreasing of aluminium chair components at its Feltham factory in Greater London, hotel and conference furniture manufacturer, Burgess Furniture, has increased the speed of its cleaning cycles by 50 per cent. It follows the purchase in March 2011 of a Durr Ecoclean multi-tank aqueous system that washes and rinses the parts in plain, cold water, ie at 18ºC, to save energy. The German-built machine was supplied by UK agent, Geo Kingsbury Machine Tools.
Turning Technologies UK is offering buyers of new Nakamura-Tome turning centres an extensive support package, including a 36-month, unlimited hours, parts and labour guarantee, which is aimed at minimising the risk of buying a new machine.