Digital readout systems as well as linear and rotary encoders from HEIDENHAIN (GB) will be demonstrating their powerful yet easy-to-use functionality at WorldSkills 2011, the world’s largest international skills competition featuring 1,000 competitors from over 53 countries.
The tube bending machinery specialist Unison is helping the Angelic Bulldog Project – an attempt on the world motorcycle land speed record – by creating the roll cage for the streamliner bike. Unison's work included the manufacture of custom tooling to accommodate the unique shape of the bike, together with the bending of various tube sections on a precision all-electric bending machine.
The Laser Cutting Company of Sheffield, a subcontractor specialising largely in tubular fabrication, has taken delivery of the UK’s first TruLaser Tube 7000 tube laser cutting machine. Although the fourth tube laser on site, it is the first from TRUMPF.
In 2005, Midland Aerospace installed its first 5-axis machining centre from DMG, a DMU 70 eVo. The Sutton-in-Ashfield subcontractor now operates six machines from the same supplier for fully interpolative, 5-axis prismatic metalcutting, as well as a CNC lathe.