Small-scale manufacturing, not least in the automotive sector, brings its own specific set of technological challenges. This is especially the case when the vehicle is being designed and built to go beyond the boundaries of existing achievement in terms of speed.
Since the beginning of 2011, production efficiency has increased significantly at the hot coiling facility of Hanson Springs in Mellor Street, Rochdale, following the installation of a 25-metre-high storage tower from Kasto to house the bar from which the springs are made. They are used globally for flow control applications in the oil and gas, petrochemical and power generation sectors, all of which are currently buoyant and demanding more springs in faster delivery times.
The new Easy Check software for Helicheck CNC tool measurement and inspection machines from WALTER Machines UK of Honiley near Kenilworth is not only designed to eliminate hand-operated profile projectors, but the results will also enable tool manufacturers and regrinders to reduce production scrap rates and therefore achieve cost savings.
Korea’s largest independent manufacturer of CNC machine tools, Hwacheon Machine Tool Company, is launching several new machines at EMO 2011 not previously seen in Europe. A total of 10 machines will be demonstrated under power in Hall 26, Stand D41.
TRUMPF UK is delighted to confirm the appointment of Scott Simpson to the post of Managing Director. Formerly the company’s Technical Director, Scott has taken over from Hartmut Pannen who returns to TRUMPF Japan to spearhead customer support in the wake of the country’s devastating earthquake and tsunami.
TRUMPF presents its laser tools at EMO with a compelling mix of exciting novelties and hard facts“Our message to EMO visitors is that the laser is a tool that offers solutions to many of the megatrends affecting society today,” says Dr.-Ing. E.h. Peter Leibinger, president of TRUMPF’s Laser Technology and Electronics Division, summarizing the focus of the exhibits at the company’s stand in Hall 12.
First Star slider still holds microns after working 24/7 for 18 years Heated hand tool producer, Oglesby & Butler, installed its first Star SR-20 sliding-head lathe at its Carlow factory in the Republic of Ireland in 1993. Apart from over a few days every Christmas, the machine has worked continuously ever since, yet it is still holds ± 10 microns on gas-tight seals for vapourisers.
Until the middle of 2010, first-tier subcontract machinist, JJ Churchill, could produce turbine blades only if they had their fir-tree root-forms preground elsewhere, or if they were subsequently added by another subcontractor. No longer is this the case.
In April 2010, the UK's largest independent steel stockist, Barrett Steel Group, decided to break into the oil and gas sector by introducing nickel alloys to its product range, as well as some stainless and low alloy steels. A separate processing and distribution facility was opened in Rotherham under the name Barrett Nickel Alloys, which offers both stock and bespoke, near-net-shape products for customers around the world to forge or machine into finished components.