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Taking the Risk out of Buying a Machine Tool

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.

Hexagon Metrology presents Efficient Measuring Solutions at EuroMold

Hexagon Metrology and some of its versatile measuring solutions will be on show at EuroMold 2011, the World Fair for Mould Making and Tooling, Design and Application Development.

Sawing of Hard Metals is Three Times Faster

One of the UK's leading suppliers of engineering steel bar and tube, Staniforth-HKB Steel Ltd, Rotherham, has taken delivery of a Kasto Performance Cutting (KPC) derivative of the German manufacturer's TEC A5 bandsaw. According to the stockholder's operations manager, Dean Dainty, the machine cuts hard materials in one-third of the time it used to take on a larger TEC A7 bandsaw, installed in 2005.

New Indexable-Insert Chamfering Tools include Universal Model

When the Japanese tooling manufacturer, BIG Daishowa, first introduced its purpose-designed C-Cutters for high precision plunge-chamfering of holes, it used a standard chamfer angle of 45 degrees. Now the company has introduced two additional fixed-angle cutters for chamfering at 30 and 60 degrees respectively, as well as a universal type on which the angle can be set anywhere between five and 85 degrees.

Di-Spark’s values stand the test of time

Now entering its fourth decade of business, Horndean-based precision engineer, Di-Spark puts its success down to the founding values of the business, in particular partnerships and using the best available technology.


Following the installation of a Mazak VTC-300C-II travelling column vertical machining centre, Chartham near Canterbury-based Inca Geometric has been able to secure its first aerospace contract of 30 initial components with a totally new customer.

Uprated conversational control cuts cycle times by a third

Two Hurco VMX30t vertical machining centres (VMCs) have been added to the subcontract machine shop of Schivo Group in Waterford, on the south coast of Ireland. Compared with a VMX42 installed in 2004, the latest machines are 50 per cent more productive, due entirely to the increased functionality of Hurco's conversational programming software, WinMax, incorporated into the control systems.

Low-cost high-speed VMCs with extra power

The Engineering Technology Group has launched a high-power, high-speed BT40/SK40 vertical machining centre range from Feeler UK that gives class-leading performance from just £85,000.

Delcam offers virtual tour of Birmingham headquarters

Delcam has added a virtual tour of its Birmingham headquarters to its online video channel. The video can be viewed at


The tip of a ball point pen provided the inspiration for the new TRUMPF Foil Slitting Tool. Light in weight and movable in all directions, it glides over the surface of the sheet metal and scores all kinds of foils without damaging the metal itself. Even intricate shapes can be easily separated from protective foil after the slitting process.