The Openhouse event held last month at 600 Europe’s Heckmondwike site has been heralded as a great success for the Group. Over the three day event distributors from around the globe, customers, and editors from the trade press, were talked through the group’s recent restructuring and were given a detailed tour of the newly integrated site and demonstrations of the Colchester-Harrison flagship Tornado TT6 Twin Turret / Twin Spindle CNC turning centre, alongside established favourites such as the Alpha range of combination CNC lathes, Fanuc Wirecut and Robocut machines. Also showcased were PBI chucks, Crawford Collets, Electrox Laser marking and Gamet Bearings.
During the recent opening event at Mazak’s superb new 2500 m2 European Technology Centre in Worcester, over 800 visitors witnessed how value, innovation and performance can be used to improve productivity and profitability using the latest manufacturing technology.
New 5-axis machining centre launched Representing a broad range of industries, 25 companies from the UK and Ireland attended the Hurco Europe open house, held at the company’s High Wycombe showroom and technical centre from 8th to 10th December 2009. Fourteen machines valued at £750,000 were sold at or immediately following the event.
Following the success of rotary optical encoders supplied by Heidenhain company, Renco, in the development by Zytek Electric Vehicles of an electric motor-gearbox to replace the engine and drivetrain in a conventional fuel-powered vehicle, Renco has received a substantial order for rotary encoders for pre-production manufacturing scheduled in 2010.
Sheffield based CNC machine tool specialists Ward Hi-Tech Limited are continuing to take a large share of the UK’s vertical lathe market. Recent orders for HNK CNC vertical turning machines have included a model VTC 14/16 VTL with driven tools and having a turning diameter of 1600mm, which will be installed early 2010 by an established manufacturer of large valves used in the sugar refining industry and a NT12/16 2 axis VTL with 1250mm table size recently delivered to a northern based specialist manufacturer of pipe flanges for the petrochemical industry.
The latest Roemheld interactive catalogue (RIC) DVD makes it easier to incorporate components accurately into engineering design as it contains an extended library of components and a sliding pressure and force scale that simplifies operating calculations.
Sonatest, the acknowledged market leader in non-destructive testing systems, has selected a FaroArm as a key component in its revolutionary new RapidScan3D inspection system. This tool employs multi-component ultrasonic technology, allowing rapid inspection of 3D structures with total precision in the context of varied applications.
Tooling giant Walter has announced its Silver Tiger as the first in a series of new generation CVD-coated indexable inserts that promise 50-100 per cent improvements in cutting performance in milling, turning and drilling applications.
Having secured a major order to supply its new high voltage Centaur cleats for a large cable infrastructure project in the North of England, Ellis Patents invested £70,000 in a Hurco vertical machining centre to speed production.
Manufacture of mill-turned components has become much more profitable at Staffordshire Precision Engineering (SPE), Newcastle-under-Lyme, since the subcontractor invested in a Star SR-20J sliding-head CNC lathe in February 2009.