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Manufacturing Machinery World May 2020

Machinery World was launched in 1982 to serve the machinery & production engineering market. Editorially Machinery World is a news and information source that gives direct contact with the provider of innovative services and equipment. Editorial is available both online and in hard copy. Machinery World carries news, views, projects, invites opinions and is a source of information readily available online and by smartphone.

Machinery World was launched in 1982 to serve the machinery & production engineering market.

Editorially Machinery World is a news and information source that gives direct contact with the provider of innovative services and equipment. Editorial is available both online and in hard copy.

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CONTENTS MAY 2020

CASE STUDY XYZ Machine Tools 22

Front Cover:

1st Machine Tool

Accessories

MANAGING DIRECTOR:

Carole Titmuss

NEWS EDITOR:

Pat Fairfax

FEATURES EDITOR:

Danielle Titmuss MSc

SALES:

Lorraine Compton

PRODUCTION:

Ian Purves,

James Kennett,

Jonathan Milburn

SUBSCRIPTIONS:

Kay Knight

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Carole Titmuss

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NEW PRODUCTS 14-18

SERVICES DIRECTORY 35-39

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The installation of an Ewag Laser Line

Precision laser-cutting insert machine at

MICTU has seen this specialist manufacturer

of eyewear, dental, aerospace and

automotive components halve production

times and improve cutting edge quality by a

factor of three on PCD and brazed tooling,

compared with ‘traditional’ CNC tool

production machines! Page 8.

Extraordinary times call for extraordinary

suppliers and luckily for Birmingham based

CNC Routing Ltd, the company has a longstanding

relationship with Industrial Tooling

Corporation (ITC) Ltd.

Page 28.

w w w . m a c h i n e r y . w o r l d

Manufacturing Machinery World, May 2020 3


COLCHESTER MASCOT 1600 Gap

Bed Centre Lathe Swing 433 mm

distance between 1.5m. C/w 3/4 jaw

chuck 4way tool-post

£POA

XYZ DPM 5000 cnc Bed Mill with AGE

3 Control, Table Size 1930 x 355 mm,

Travel 1524 mm, 40 iso Spindle.

£POA

SIMAT GUILLOTINE Capacity 3000 x

13mm, with power back gauge

£POA

KINGSLAND COMPACT 65 TON

STEEL WORKER with punches & dies

New 2015

£POA

LAPMASTER 36” LAPPING MACHINE

with rings

£POA

LAPMASTER 24” LAPPING MACHINE

with rings & weights

£POA

DYNAFLEX 40A Lapping machine with

pneumatic pressure pads, Copper

topped table

£POA

WALTON PYR 2500 /3 PRYAMID

ROLLS

Capacity 2500 x 3mm New 2004

£4,250

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4 Manufacturing Machinery World, May 2020


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to rotary work

• Robust construction

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Penico Gauges Ltd

Tel: 01274 511044

Fax: 01274 510770

Email:

penicogauges@yahoo.co.uk

Web: www.penico.com

Manufacturing Machinery World, May 2020 5



WIDE RANGE

OF SAWS

‘Always Excel’

Colliery Lane, Exhall, Coventry, United Kingdom . CV7 9NW

www.excelmachinetools.co.uk

sales@excelmachinetools.co.uk

Tel: +44 (0)24 7636 5255

/excelmachinetools

/AlwaysExcel

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LASER

EWAG BRINGS LASER PRECISION AND SPEED TO

INSERT PRODUCTION

The installation of an Ewag Laser Line

Precision laser-cutting insert machine at

MICTU has seen this specialist manufacturer

of eyewear, dental, aerospace and

automotive components halve production

times and improve cutting edge quality by a

factor of three on PCD and brazed tooling,

compared with ‘traditional’ CNC tool

production machines!

Founded in northern Italy in 1986 and

today with 14 employees, MICTU has

extensive knowledge in cutting tool

manufacture and it is now benefiting from

the speed and accuracy of the Laser Line

Precision mainly on form tools of 3 mm to 60

mm diameter – and especially on tooling

used to produce complex geometries, such as

concave profiles, for the machining of

eyewear workpieces.

In addition to shorter cycle times and

improved quality, the company is also

finding that laser technology enables very

short set-up times, with programming

carried out remotely and machining files

being quickly transferred to minimise

downtime. Small batches are therefore very

economic.

Indeed, its tools are programmed in just

10-20 minutes then machined in another 10-

20 minutes, thanks to the tooling being

specifically designed for lasering – tool body

designs have been adapted to provide

optimal laser beam accessibility to the cutting

edges.

This is where Ewag’s integrated LaserSoft

software is of particular advantage, being

used for automatic 3D model generation

based on a simple DXF curve of the tool -

without modelling axial or radial angles. “It’s

a big advantage to have such software which

allows multiple tests and the freedom of

shapes and forms,” says the company’s

Product Development Engineer, Andrea

Collavo.

One of Ewag’s comprehensive range of

tool production and regrinding, and insert

production machines – and available in the

UK from Walter Ewag UK, a member of the

United Grinding Group - the five-axis Laser

Line Precision is a cost-effective entry-level

machine for processing all commercially

available diamond cutting materials

including CBN, PKD and CVC-D.

The machine can accommodate

rotationally symmetrical tools of up to 200

mm diameter and up to 250 mm long, as well

as indexable inserts with inscribed diameters

from 3 mm and circumscribed diameters up

to 50 mm.

Laser Line Precision utilises modern

short-pulse fibre-laser technology in the

green wavelength range (532 nm) for highly

efficient and effective machining, with the

resulting vapourised material being

suctioned away to a suction/filter system.

Incorporating the innovative and

patented Laser Touch Machining process, the

result is excellent surface quality, even on

tools with complex or delicate geometries.

Indeed, any type of cutting contour,

clearance and three-dimensional chipbreaker

geometry can be produced in a single

clamping operation.

With a footprint of only 5 m2, the machine

is the most compact and cost-efficient laser

production centre available for super hard

tools. An optional six-axis robot offers the

highest levels of flexibility during minimally

manned, multi-shift operation.

MICTU founder Antonello Collavo (left)

and son Andrea, Product Development

Engineer, test a new tool on the Laser Line

Precision

Laser-processed tools for eyewear

industry workpieces – above: PCD tools of 4

mm to 8 mm diameter and, below, brazed

tools of 6 mm to 30 mm diameter

Tel: 01926 485047

neil.whittingham@waltermachines.de

www.walter-machines.com

8 Manufacturing Machinery World, May 2020


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Manufacturing Machinery World, May 2020 9


NEWS NEWS NEWS

CUSTOMER QUOTATION IMPROVEMENTS HELP TAKE

BEDFORD CNC TO THE NEXT LEVEL

For some small precision engineering

companies, improving the administration

that lies behind their production processes

and manufacturing capabilities is not always

necessarily the top priority. The main focus is

often to ensure that the performance of

machine tools is optimised and that parts

produced are of the highest quality. Andy

Soos of Bedford CNC, however, has taken an

approach that prioritises all of the above

areas and is consequently now in a strong

position to take the business to the next level.

This is all thanks to a number of wise

investments and business initiatives,

including the use of PSL Datatrack

production control software.

“Through video testimonials I became

aware of the many positive comments made

by other engineering companies about the

benefits of investing in PSL Datatrack,”

comments Andy. He decided to investigate

further, specifically looking to speed up his

method of generating customer quotations

and make them look more professional.

“Preparing quotes was an area I knew

needed addressing if we were to attract more

customers to Bedford CNC. They were

taking too long to produce manually because

gathering all the information and calculating

costs for each quote was time-consuming and

prone to error. We were then manually

typing up and sending the quotes to

potential customers via email. They looked

scruffy, had no visual identity of our brand

nor did they reflect Bedford CNC's core

values of quality and good service,” says

Andy.

Bedford CNC has an impressive

engineering production capacity including a

Haas CNC lathe, Bridgeport CNC machining

centres and a Citizen L20 sliding head lathe.

This is complimented by a CMM, together

enabling the company to produce high

quality finished components as well as

providing first offs and inspection reports for

companies within many different industries.

Today, the aerospace, automotive, defence,

electronics, general manufacturing and

materials handling sectors are all serviced as

well as specialist work, such as producing

parts for Spitfire restoration projects, further

underlining the company's precision

engineering capabilities.

“We called in PSL Datatrack as they

specialise in production control software for

the subcontract precision engineering sector

and would, in broad terms, understand in

advance our business administration

requirements. PSL visited on a number of

occasions, obtained a full picture of our

issues and what we wanted to achieve with

quotations. They took away company

letterheads, logos and other relevant

information before making us a customised

proposal based on investment in the PSL

Datatrack Quotations module,” comments

Andy.

The system was installed in August 2019,

leading to a dramatic improvement of the

quoting process and quotes can now be

raised much more efficiently and

professionally. Initially, all necessary

customer contact details were entered into

PSL Datatrack and can now be easily recalled

at any time in the future in the event of

requoting a customer.

From there, it takes just a few clicks of the

mouse to raise the quotation. A quote

number is allocated and descriptions and

drawing numbers defined, then information

on machining times and associated hourly

rates to produce the parts is entered. The cost

to the customer is automatically calculated

and information on expected delivery time is

included, subject to any variables such as

material or subcontract supplier lead times.

The system also ensures the correct drawing

is stored against the quotation, eliminating

the risk of human error. Multiple drawings

can be linked as required and quotes for

multiple parts for the same customer can be

amalgamated into one quotation letter.

“We can now prepare about nine

quotations in 20 minutes or less in total,

whereas previously it may have taken a

couple of hours or so. What's more, when the

quote is later converted into a firm order, we

are ready to go as all the required production

information is already in the system. I would

never go back to manual quotes,” says Andy.

Getting up and running with PSL

Datatrack was easy as Bedford CNC were

trained on using the software remotely, using

shared screens. After a couple of hours'

tuition Andy was ready to go live and

discover for himself some of the other

benefits of using the software. Any queries

were immediately resolved through PSL

Datatrack's telephone lines as part of ongoing

support.

Bedford CNC has now gained several

months' experience using PSL Datatrack and

when the time is right will look to invest in

additional modules such as Works Orders,

Deliveries and Invoicing. “That's the beauty

of the modularity of PSL Datatrack – you can

add more when you are ready and be

confident they will integrate seamlessly with

existing modules. I would recommend the

system to any engineering company similar

in size to us or indeed to those larger who are

involved in the production of multiple

products for many different customers and

want to cut right back on manual

administration,” concludes Andy.

Alongside other business initiatives such

as appointing new accountants, improving

social media presence, investing in high

quality machine tools and taking on a

business coach, investing in PSL Datatrack

has undoubtedly played a major role in

taking Bedford CNC to the next level.

Quotations are easier to generate and look

highly professional, resulting in more

business opportunities and, ultimately, more

customers.

Tel: +44 (0) 8456 345931

sales@psldatatrack.com

www.psldatatrack.com

10 Manufacturing Machinery World, May 2020


Tel : +44 (0) 161 330 4242

Fax + 44 (0) 161 343 1347

Email : hq@newcentury.co.uk

www.newcentury.co.uk

Unit 2 Riverside Industrial

Estate,

Margaret Street,

Ashton-under-lyme.

Lancashire. OL7 0QQ

Mikron HEM 500U / WPT1 5 axis

machining centre, New 2017,

Heidenhain TNC 530, speeds to

20000rpm, HSK40, 5 axis, X=500

Y=450 Z= 400 C= 360° B= -65/ +110

, WPT pallet changer £POA.

AgieCharmilles CUT E350 CNC wire

eroder, New 2015, AC Cut HMI CNC

control, 5 axis, Auto wire feed,

collision protection, 820 x 680 x

245mm max work piece £POA.

Hwacheon Cutex 200S CNC lathe,

Installed 2009, Fanuc OiT, tool setter,

speeds to 600rpm, tailstock, 56mm

spindle bore, 300mm max

dia,300mm max length £POA.

Mazak QT Nexus 200-IIM CNC lathe,

New 2010, GF Flex 100 Gantry

loader, C axis, live tools, 65mm bore,

Matrix CNC, speeds to 5000rpm, 380

x 541mm capacity £POA.

Huron VX12 vertical machining

centre, New 2012, Siemens 828

CNC, handwheel, through spindle

coolant, 1400 x 630mm table, X=

1220 Y= 600 Z=610mm, as new

£POA.

Doosan VC 500 vertical machining

centre, Fanuc 21i MB, BT40, speeds

to 8000rpm, through spindle coolant,

860 x 560mm table, X=760 Y=510 Z=

570mm capacity £POA.

Bystronic Edwards Pearson PR6 60

X 2550 CNC press brake, Cybelec

Modiva 12 CNC,6 axis, tooling,

Fiessler laser guards, crowning,

2050mm between frames, 60 tons x

2550mm capacity £POA.

Trumpf Trubend 3120 CNC press

brake, New 2009, Delem DA65 TW 6

axis CNC, 2690mm between frames,

347mm max stroke, crowning, 120

tons x 3100mm capacity £POA.

Haas ST30 diamond cut wheel CNC

lathe, First installed 2017, 500 hours,

cad cam package, will cut alloy

wheels upto 22in diameter £POA.

Harrison Alpha 1400U CNC lathe, Ex

MOD, little use, Fanuc 21iT, Parat tool

post, speeds to 2500rpm, 54mm

spindle bore, 400 x 1250mm capacity

£POA.

Mazak VTC 30C vertical machining

centre, Mazatrol M Plus, ISO 40,

speeds to 10000rpm, swarf conveyor,

2000 x 670mm table, X=1660 Y=760

Z=760mm capacity £POA.

Bridgeport 460/16 vertical machining

centre, Heidenhain 426, spindle

speeds to 10000rpm, BT40, 840 x

360mm table, X=490 Y=340

Z=480mm capacity, Superb

condition £POA.

Mori Seiki SL45B/1500 CNC lathe,

MSC 516 CNC, swarf conveyor,

speeds to 1500rpm, 12 station turret,

104mm bar capacity, 490 x 1530mm

capacity £POA.

Mechanicy FWA 41M Universal

milling machine, Pendant control,

horizontal attachment, tooling,

ISO40, speeds to 1300rpm, 2000 x

400mm table, DRO £POA.

Danobat CP420 AN Automatic

bandsaw, NC control, hydraulic

vices, coolant, 420mm max round,

420 x 420mm max rectangle cutting,

800mm table height £POA.

Biesse Klever 1530GT CNC routing

machine, New 2012, PC based

control, HSK tooling, toolchanger 8

stations, 24000rpm, X=3085mm Y=

1560mm Z=160mm capacity £POA.

Tel: +44 (0) 161 330 4242 Fax: +44 (0) 161 343 1347

Email: hq@newcentury .co.uk Website: www.newcentury.co.uk

TOP QUALITY MACHINERY

www.newcentury.co.uk

Manufacturing Machinery World, May 2020 11


NEW PRODUCTS – NEW PRODUCTS – NEW PRODUCTS

NEW 5-AXIS MACHINING CENTRE FROM TAIWAN

Taiwanese machine tool builder Leadwell CNC

Machines has introduced a new model, BC-600,

at the smaller capacity end of its of BC-series of

5-axis machining centres. On all four models, the

rotary axes are provided by a ±110-degree B-axis

spindle and an integrated C-axis rotary table,

both of which may be interpolated with X, Y and

Z to allow full 5-axis production.

The competitively priced, highly specified

machines, which are fitted with scales in the

linear and rotary axes as standard, are available

in the UK and Ireland through recently

appointed sole sales and service agent WH-Lead,

which is moving into its new Towcester facility

this month (April 2020). The first batch of

Leadwell machines for stock and demonstration

will start arriving from early May.

A notable feature of the 12-tonne BC-600 is its

generous working envelope for the nominal 4.7

by 3.8 metre footprint. Travels in X and Y are

1,100 mm and 610 mm respectively, while in the

Z-axis components 610 mm tall can be machined

with the spindle in the vertical orientation, rising

to 790 mm with the spindle horizontal. Cutting

feed rate is up to 10 m/min, while rapids are 36

m/min in X and Y, 30 m/min in Z for short idle

times and high productivity.

The flush, 600 mm diameter rotary table

accepts workpieces weighing up to 400 kg, but

the full 1,280 x 610 mm fixed table is able to

accommodate 1,400 kg components for 3- or 4-

axis machining. The C-axis uses a direct drive

FRT GmbH introduced the MicroProf® DI to

the market in March. At the production site in

Bergisch Gladbach, the tool is developed to

solve high-precision optical surface metrology

and inspection tasks for semiconductor

applications. With the MicroProf® DI, FRT

GmbH offers a defect inspection tool with

singleshot module, step camera and highprecision

microscope station, as well as

comprehensive multi-sensor metrology with

different topography and layer thickness

sensors. The determination of defects down to

sub-μm range can be performed fast and

reliable.

The optical inspection tool MicroProf® DI

enables to inspect structured and unstructured

wafers during the entire manufacturing

process. By combining 2D inspection and

metrology, the MicroProf® DI provides

measurement solutions for a variety of

applications, including defect inspection and

wafer-level metrology.

MicroProf® DI provides the following

advantages:

• reliable platform, including highly flexible

software

• development and qualification of new

customer processes

• modules that can be flexibly combined on

the same tool platform

• covering all wafer surfaces at high

throughput for efficient process control

motor to provide high torque and rigidity and to

avoid the backlash normally associated with

worm gear drives. Maximum standard rotational

speed of the C-axis table is 120 rpm but there is

an optional 800 rpm version to provide turning

capability.

The tilting spindle, which can be positioned

to within 20 seconds of arc, is driven at up to

15,000 rpm (optionally 10,000 or 12,000 rpm) by

an 18.5 kW motor. It is replenished automatically

with 40-taper or HSK-T63 cutters from a 40-

station tool magazine. The spindle's rigidity,

coupled with the wide machine column and base

and the use of linear roller guideways in the

orthogonal axes with dual-nut, 40 mm diameter

ballscrews in X and Y, result in the ability to

undertake rigorous metalcutting.

A broad spectrum of cuts can therefore be

taken, from roughing of tough superalloys to

fine finishing of any material, ensuring that

single set-up production, which is the rationale

for 5-axis machining, can be realised.

Controls available are Heidenhain TNC640

FULLY AUTOMATED WAFER INSPECTION

The tool provides high throughput and

perfectly fits in any HVM wafer fab. The core

component is the worldwide established multisensor

tool MicroProf® 300. It allows both the

measurement of wafers at different process

steps and – by using hybrid metrology to

enhance the precision of measurements on

samples where a single sensor or measuring

principle is just not enough.

Our defect inspection software provides

effective visualization, versatile processing and

fast generation of wafer maps as well as precise

quantification and comprehensible

documentation of defects.

The unique MicroProf® DI combines

metrology and inspection in one flexible tool.

Tel: +49 2204 84 3205

info@frt-gmbh.com

www.frtmetrology.com

with 21 GB of programme storage, a DCM

function to minimise the risk of a collision during

5-axis cycles and KinematicsOpt geometry error

compensation; or Siemens 840D with either full

5-axis or 4 +1 interpolation; or Fanuc 0MiF,

which is available only with 4 + 1 capability.

The BC range is completed by models BC-

700, -800 and -960, the largest of which has an

installed weight of 18.6 tonnes, an 800 mm

diameter table and a working envelope of 2,040

mm by 1,000 mm by 820 (min) / 948 mm (max)

in Z.

Tel: +44 (0)7785 261601

mikeh@wh-lead.co.uk

www.wh-lead.co.uk

igus e-skin energy

chain SYSTEMS

RECEIVE ISO CLASS 1

The e-skin energy chain system provides

cleanroom equipment with data, power and

media without unwanted particles contaminating

the air, as proven by the Fraunhofer Institute IPA.

All three e-skin energy chain types, with and

without cables, have ISO Class 1 certification,

which is the ‘cleanest’ classification.

In the test conducted by the Fraunhofer

Institute IPA, following ISO14644-14, the

inspectors mounted each of the e-skin energy

chain systems on a test rig. There they were in

motion for over 100 minutes. The particles that are

shed from the plastic energy chains were

measured at three different measuring points. All

three types of energy chains performed with ISO

Class 1, both with and without cables. Class 1

stands for a particle load that should not exceed

two particles with a size of ≥0.2μm per cubic

metre of air.

The "classic" e-skin is an enclosed corrugated

tube, which is easily openable and fillable using a

zipper system due to a modular structure. The e-

skin soft can be used in small installation spaces

on short unsupported lengths. For very flat

installation spaces and very demanding

cleanroom applications, igus offers a solution with

a chamber design: the e-skin flat – it is available in

an enclosed version or with individually openable

chambers, which can be joined side-by-side to

increase capacity.

igus e-skin energy chains are available readyharnessed

with highly flexible chainflex cables;

igus gives a unique guarantee of 36 months for all

its cables.

Tel: 01604 677240

www.igus.co.uk/info/cleanroomenergy-chains-e-skin

12 Manufacturing Machinery World, May 2020


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Web Site: www.wgchallenor.co.uk

Accuracy enhancement – Is usually achieved by Software Error Correction,

and our in house software generates data from the calibration results for the

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correction is updated automatically, reducing the timescale and possible human

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Reports and Certification – results can be analysed to various international

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Minimum Downtime – Guaranteed by application of our Automated

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error compensated and calibrated in approximately 7 hours.

C. D. Measurements Ltd., Chomlea House,

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Tel. 01457 852929

Email: sales@cdmeasurements.com Web: www.cdmeasurements.com

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Manufacturing Machinery World, May 2020 13


NEW PRODUCTS – NEW PRODUCTS – NEW PRODUCTS

igus INTRODUCES TWO NEW HYBRID ROLLER

BEARINGS FOR EASY ADJUSTMENT IN LATERAL

POSITIONING SYSTEMS

Linear systems are extensively used to move

doors, monitors or even panels laterally, or

side-to-side. If a low driving force is

required, especially for manual adjustments,

rollers are often used in the bearing element

to reduce friction. However, to absorb the

lateral forces, the position of these rollers is

crucial. As a solution, igus has introduced

two new hybrid roller bearings, which offer

smooth adjustment with low drive forces and

maximum support.

The WJRM-41-10 has two offset polymer

rollers with optimised alignment for better

force absorption and easier rolling. The

hybrid roller bearing WJRM-31-10 with

single roller is in turn the matching,

supporting bearing on the opposite side. By

using the two roller bearings together, the

coefficient of friction can be halved while

increasing the service life of the application.

In both bearings, in addition to the rollers,

there are sliding elements made of the lowfriction

tribo-polymer iglidur J. The

lubrication-free and maintenance-free

material is characterised primarily by its low

coefficient of friction. Both bearings can be

positioned at the desired bearing clearance.

Using a top plate, the two new roller

bearings can be added to a linear guide. To

ensure that the bearings can also be used on

The new Fronius welding torches for manual

Tungsten Inert Gas welding (TIG) can be

customized to suit the welder’s personal

preferences as well as the welding task at

hand. Their modular design offers a range of

sustainable and cost-effective options.

Large or small handle? One control to set

the amperage or an additional JobMaster

display that can be used to access the preprogrammed

settings? Different gas nozzles,

different torch angles. “The perfect” TIG

welding torch varies from application to

application and every welder has their own

preference. The modular design of the new

TIG welding torches from Fronius allows

you to cover all of these requirements

without having to replace the entire torch.

The hosepack for manual TIG devices fits

every torch body, which can likewise be

individually adapted as well. There are

different torch body lengths and angles to

handle anything the application demands.

Changing the torch body is easy and no tools

are required with the Multilock System: the

torch body is loosened from the hosepack by

the matching guide, igus has developed a

low-profile hybrid roller rail. This has a

special geometry optimised for the hybrid

roller bearings. The rail has a simple design

without visible holes and is able to attach

from the back with sliding blocks. This

pressing and turning, and is secured by

attaching and turning. For both gas-cooled

and water-cooled systems with the torch

empty function, it is even possible to safely

change the torch body whilst the hosepack is

still connected.

The ergonomic handles of the new TIG

welding torches are available with three

different interchangeable control elements:

an Up-Down rocker switch, JobMaster

display or rotatable potentiometer. When

makes the new rail in combination with the

hybrid roller bearings ideal for lateral

installations.

01604 677240

www.igus.co.uk

THE NEW MODULAR GENERATION OF TIG WELDING

TORCHES FROM FRONIUS

developing the new torches, a large amount

of importance was also placed on ease of use:

the handle is non-slip and contains soft

components to take as much strain out of

your work as possible. A ball joint between

the hose and torch body ensures flexible

handling. The torch body can also be turned

endlessly. A further improvement for the

welder is an LED light on the torch which

illuminates the welding location before and

after welding. Furthermore, depending on

their preference, the user can choose between

a standard and a smaller, size-optimized

handle. This compact version is also

available with different control options.

The modular design of the new TIG

welding torches from Fronius is a sustainable

solution: the welding torch does not have to

be thrown away if requirements change or

parts break. Instead, the individual modules

are changed with ease. Changing

components can take place directly on site

and without the help of a service technician,

saving resources, time and costs.

www.fronius.co.uk

14 Manufacturing Machinery World, May 2020


SUPPLIERS OF QUALITY USED MACHINE TOOLS

CINCINNATI V 750 VMC C/W

FANUC

MAZAK NEXUS 510 C

C/W 4TH AXIS

HAAS TM 3P CNC MILL

C/W 4TH AXIS

BRIDGEPORT VMC 800 30

COLCHESTER TRIUMPH 2000

LATHE C/W DRO SYSTEM

XYZ SMX 3500 CNC MILL

A 2017 M/C

HARDINGE VMC 600

C/W FANUC CONTROL

JONES & SHIPMAN 540 GRINDERS

( 5 )

AJAX 330 BM BANDSAW

DOOSAN 220C LYNX CNC LATHE

WITH FANUC

JONES & SHIPMAN 1300 COLCHESTER TRIUMPH 2000

REFURBISHED LATHE

WANTED SURPLUS MACHINES

HAAS MINIMILL 2012 MACHINE

KELLENBERGER KEL-VARIA RS

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C/W HEIDENHAIN CONTROL

HARDINGE TALENT 6/45 CNC

LATHE C/W FANUC CONTROL

JAKOBSEN 1832 SURFACE

GRINDER


NEW PRODUCTS – NEW PRODUCTS – NEW PRODUCTS

igus ADDS TWO NEW SIZES TO ITS

TWISTERBAND HD RANGE FOR

COMPACT INSTALLATION SPACES

THREADING

INSERTS WITH

ENHANCED

CHIPBREAKING

Horn has extended its 108 and 114 Mini

tooling systems by adding new inserts with

GM threading geometry suitable for turning

ISO metric internal threads. Availability in

the UK and Ireland is through the German

manufacturer’s UK subsidiary Horn Cutting

Tools, Ringwood.

The chipbreaking geometry generates

short lengths of swarf, even when processing

what are normally long-chipping materials

and those that are difficult to machine. The

swarf is easier to handle, the risk of chip

build-up is reduced and birds nesting around

the tool and component is avoided, reducing

lathe stoppage time and increasing

productivity.

The 108 system can produce metric

internal threads from M10 with pitches of 0.5

to 1.25 mm, while the 114 system is suitable

for pitches up to 2.5 mm. The inserts are

available in partial and full profile design.

Standard, low-vibration, carbide turning

toolholders from the Mini system may be

used, enabling the production of excellent

surface finishes, even on deep threads, and

ensuring high process reliability.

Mini type inserts screwed onto the face of

the holder are among Horn`s core products

for turning and milling applications. The

precision tools are especially well suited to

internal profiling and internal grooving. The

extensive Mini system range offers inserts

with different geometries, substrates and

CBN or diamond coatings in a variety of

sizes for various internal diameters.

A video comparing internal threading with

and without Horn’s new GM chipbreaking

geometry may be viewed at:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBTBrhgqNHQ

Tel: +44 (0)1425 48188

mikegreen@phorn.co.uk

www.phorn.co.uk

igus has now added two new sizes to its

twisterband HD range with inner heights of

11mm and 18mm. The key advantage over

slip ring systems is that it guides electrical,

fibre optic and pneumatic cables all together.

Target applications include rotary tables and

robots.

twisterband HD energy chains are

already being used successfully in

woodworking machines as well as in

workpiece positioners in the automotive

industry. They enable rotary movements of

up to 7,000 degrees in horizontal installations

and 3,000 degrees when mounted vertically,

even at speeds of up to 180 degrees per

second.

Instead of integral hinges, the twisterband

HD has a strong pin and hook connection

between each of its links. This results in a

defined bending radius and simultaneously

ensures greater strength. For a longer service

life, it is made of maintenance-free tribopolymers.

Its modular structure allows it to be

lengthened or shortened as required. The

links are easy to open and quick to fill –

power, data and media, such as air and fluid,

are guided securely in one system, which is

not possible when using a traditional slip

ring.

www.igus.co.uk/twisterbandHD

Tel: 01604 677240

NEXT-GENERATION CHUCKS

ARE TWICE AS ACCURATE

Designed to reduce set-up times on lathes,

the new BR-series of 3-jaw chucks from

Japanese firm Kitagawa are capable of a

gripping accuracy of 0.01 mm TIR (total

indicator reading) or less when using

optional T-Nuts Plus jaws. Repeatability of

jaw exchange is within the same tolerance,

even on the largest chuck. They are

manufactured in 6-, 8-, 10- and 12-inch

versions and are available in the UK and

Ireland through sole agent 1st Machine Tool

Accessories (www.1mta.com/product/brseries).

BR chucks are now Kitagawa's standard

offering and are interchangeable with its B-

series and the large through-hole BB-series,

which are both superseded. Their TIR could

only be guaranteed within 0.02 mm.

Due to a new base jaw design and lower

jaw lift, gripping forces at the maximum

rotational speed of the chucks have been

increased by 10 to 15 per cent to enable better

metal removal rates. High spindle speeds

have been maintained throughout the range

to enhance the surface finish of turned

components.

On twin-spindle chuckers, which are

becoming ever more prevalent in turning

shops, the better rotational accuracy of the

workpiece allows more precise synchronous

transfer from the main to the counter spindle

for second-operation machining. Gripping

force is up to 153 kN for the 12-inch chuck

while maximum rotational speed, attainable

on the 6-inch model, is 6,000 rpm.

Every chuck includes a QR code on the

side to allow data on the product to be

downloaded.

A video summarising the advantages of

Kitagawa's new BR-series is available at:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlV_cn4c6tA

Tel: 01725 512517

enquiries@1mta.com

www.1mta.co

16 Manufacturing Machinery World, May 2020


METROL

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Email: offices@cncsystemsltd.co.uk

Web: www.cncsystemsltd.co.uk

SubconDrillingLtd

Gundrilling - Honing - CNC Machining - Superfinishing

Subcon Drilling Limited is a highly professional

company whose entire experience and

energy is focused solely on Gun Drilling, Deep

Hole Drilling, Honing, CNC Machining and

Superfinishing.

With the knowledge and extensive experience

of over 30 years, Subcon Drilling continually

provides a professional and personal

approach with total dedication to quality to a

list of long serving clients.

Our BS EN ISO9001:2015 Quality Management

System is an integral part of our business.

Focused on quality, Subcon Drilling is

recognised as the leading Gun drilling and

specialist machining provider in the U.K., continually

meeting and exceeding our

customer’s demands.

Subcon Drilling Ltd

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Tel: 01442 205960 Fax: 01442 205961

www.subcondrilling.co.uk Email: dean@subcondrilling.co.uk

Manufacturing Machinery World, May 2020 17


NEW PRODUCTS – NEW PRODUCTS – NEW PRODUCTS

MAPAL NETWORKS DELIVERY CHAIN

The complete delivery chain can now be

networked using the open cloud c-Com

platform from MAPAL. Data can now be

accessed to all involved employees with data

on tools and machines in production

automatically reaching the cloud via RFID

chips and DNC servers.

Completely eliminating the manual

transmission of data, this new MAPAL

concept is the ideal scenario for networked

production. Complete networking involves a

major infrastructure investment, making it

rarely a scenario in reality. However, any

business that wants to start its digitalization

journey without high costs, MAPAL now has

the ‘c-Connect’ module including the box of

the same name that has been developed by c-

Com.

The usage of c-Connect pays-off for

customers several times over. On one hand,

c-Connect makes it possible to transmit tool

data digitally from the setting fixture to the

machine – and this includes the registration

of the inventory movements. It is also

possible to monitor the machine status using

the c-Connect Box by means of various

sensors. For this purpose, a c-Connect Box

can be mounted on each machine tool and

connected to the machine using a USB port –

quick and easy. By doing this, production

facilities with entirely different machine tools

can be networked quickly and without

complications. c-Connect is independent of

the machine controller and therefore offers a

low-cost entry model for digitalization. No

channels are closed with c-Connect; the

digitalization can be expanded gradually.

For instance, all advantages offered by other

c-Com modules can be integrated.

In large-scale series manufacture, RFID

chips and DNC servers are normally used. In

smaller businesses, relevant measured data is

often transferred from the setting fixture to

the machine tool by means of manual entry.

This is time-consuming and susceptible to

errors. Such manual errors during data

transfer are completely eliminated using c-

Connect. The setting fixture measures the

tool and the data is then transferred

automatically to the c-Com platform. The

tool is scanned at the machine, the c-Connect

Box retrieves the measured data from c-Com

and transmits the data to the machine tool at

the press of a button. Not only are errors

eliminated, unnecessary non-productive

time is saved. In addition, the inventory

movements are registered in the platform.

Furthermore, on the removal of the tool, it is

possible to add tool data such as tool life.

This feature makes it possible to digitalise the

tool card.

With the c-Connect Box it is also possible

to monitor all values that can be acquired

using sensors. In this way, the c-Connect Box

checks and measures parameters such as

temperature, atmospheric humidity or the

status of the machine signal lamp. If a

defined value is exceeded, a push message is

sent immediately to the operator or the

person responsible in the form of an SMS,

Twitter message or e-mail. The same applies

if there are malfunctions.

Phone: +44 (0) 1788 574700

Email: sales@uk.mapal.com

Web: www.mapal.com

ITC PUBLISHES

LATEST

PRODUCT

CATALOGUE

Industrial Tooling Corporation (ITC) has

now published the latest edition of its annual

product catalogue. Now publishing its 15th

edition, the new publication is crammed with

new product developments from the

Tamworth based cutting tool manufacturer.

As a UK manufacturer of innovative

cutting tools, the much-anticipated Issue 15

catalogue is packed with high quality

technically advanced cutting tools that

include ingenious new milling, drilling,

threading and specialist milling lines. The

latest edition of the catalogue incorporates

ITC’s updated pricing structure for 2020 as

well as having an enhanced aluminium

milling section. There is also information on

new square and ball nosed steel and exotic

milling lines as well as the arrival of ITC’s

new conical barrel end mills.

Commenting upon the latest edition of

the catalogue, ITC’s newly appointed

Director, Georgia Graves says: “We are

always attentive to the demands of the

marketplace; and in this latest edition of our

product catalogue, we have expanded our

already industry leading aluminium milling

product lines. We have also expanded a

number of product lines to either offer

greater reach for difficult-to-access surfaces

or to provide increased stability with more

stub-length tools that will enhance the

already exceptional performance parameters

our range provides.”

To view and download a copy of the latest

ITC Issue 15 product catalogue, please visit:

www.itc-ltd.co.uk/products

01827 304500

18 Manufacturing Machinery World, May 2020


NEWS NEWS NEWS

SWANSEA COMPANY HELPS NHS BATTLE COVID-19

WITH AID FROM ITC

As a family-owned business that has

specialised in small and large-format

printing, sign-making, engraving, exhibition

and display hardware, the Valley Group

couldn’t have envisioned itself working ‘nonstop’

to support the NHS – but that was

before the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

pandemic gripped the country.

The switch from sign-making to

producing face masks for the NHS arrived

when Mr Richard Dawson, a director of the

Swansea based company received a

telephone call from a lifelong friend in need

of desperate help. That friend was a wellrespected

doctor and clinical lead at the

Hywel Dda University Health Board.

Unfortunately for the West Wales health

board, its existing supplier of face masks had

naturally exhausted their capacity, leaving

10,000+ staff at the Hywel Dda University

Health Board in desperate need of protection.

The 13 employee Swansea valley company

spent four days developing a prototype,

sourcing materials and manufacturing

sample masks. Following an expedited

testing period by the University Health

Board’s infectious control department, full

production has now commenced.

With face masks urgently required, the

Valley Group had to give due diligence to its

material selection, production methods, the

subsequent assembly process and any

medical regulatory conformance - all whilst

factoring in high-level production demands.

One critical factor was the cutting of the

0.5mm thick PETG face visors that had to be

free from burrs and sharp edges, as this

could pose a different health risk to medical

staff. Luckily, the Valley Group has been a

customer of Industrial Tooling Corporation

(ITC) Ltd for more than a decade, so when it

came to cut thin plastic sheets on its Biesse

Klever routing machine, the Tamworth based

cutting tool manufacturer stepped in with

advice.

Commenting on this, Mr Dawson recalls:

“The PETG visor is the most critical part of

the facemask assembly, as we knew that the

masks had to be burr-free. With high

production volumes and rapid turnaround

times, we couldn’t afford to be hand

finishing the masks. I called Sally Hunt at

ITC, as her technical advice and support

down the years has been invaluable. Sally

considered the working parameters of our

Biesse machine as well as the material and

thickness, she subsequently recommended

the Clearcut 180 Series of solid carbide single

flute downcut routing tools.”

“In little more than a weekend, we have

produced over 1000 masks for the Hywel

Dda Health Board and we now have a firm

order from Bridgend County Council for

another 5000 masks for its care workers.

Additionally, we are currently awaiting

testing and certificates required by NHS

Wales to supply all Wales’ health boards.

With demand rapidly rising, we are aiming

to start a second shift so we can increase

production from 700 to 1400 masks per day.”

The facemask consists of a 0.5 mm PETG

visor, an elasticated strap that is pre-cut to

length and foam padding that is applied to

the visor to create an element of comfort for

the healthcare user. “The PETG sheets are

2050 by 1250mm and we can produce 20 face

visors from each sheet. It takes 10 minutes to

print 20 mask designs on our large format

flatbed printer and simultaneously another

20 masks will be cut out on our Biesse

routing machine. We are running this

machine at 24,000rpm with a feed rate of

10m/min.”

“Simultaneously, we will cut the foam

protectors and then fix these to the masks.

Despite being in production, we are already

developing a new version. This is because the

foam guarding is only considered as ‘singleuse’

in areas of potential contamination. We

are creating a double-sided adhesive design,

so medical staff can dispose of the foam

guarding and replace it with a new foam

guard, as often as is required.”

Concerning the cutting tools from ITC, Mr

Dawson says: “We initially ordered one 6mm

diameter solid carbide 180 Clearcut Series

routing tool and with a high number of

facemask orders, we also ordered an

additional 6 tools. However, we have

produced over 1000 visors and the first

cutting tool hasn’t even started to wear. The

edge finish on the visor is still of the utmost

quality with no sign of the plastic burring or

creating rough edges. The reason we buy

cutting tools from ITC is for their imperious

quality and the technical support and advice

we get from their engineering team. With the

facemasks for the numerous Welsh health

boards and councils, we really were in a race

against the clock to produce the goods. In

such instances, you do need the best

technical partners and solution providers

around you and we certainly have this with

ITC. Even during a national crisis, it is

reassuring to know that technical solution

providers like ITC are still manufacturing

quality cutting tool solutions here in the UK

to support British manufacturers - in

particular the hundreds of companies like us

that are meeting critical infrastructure and

healthcare provisions.”

Tel: 01827 304500

Email: sales@itc-ltd.co.uk

Web: www.itc-ltd.co.uk

Manufacturing Machinery World, May 2020 19


NEWS NEWS NEWS

GEWEFA’S

SPINDLE

MONITORING

SOLUTION

In the context of a manufacturing

environment, machine tools represent a

weighty investment with the business end –

the spindle assembly, toolholding and

cutting tools - being a constant focus for

maintaining precision, surface finish,

repeatability and productivity.

However, if a spindle remains unmonitored

between routine service

programmes, in the course of a full-on period

of manufacture, the opportunities for

gradual fall off in spindle performance can

have a significant detrimental effect.

Within the spindle, components

vulnerable to failure or degradation are the

spring stack, grippers, the rotary coolant

mechanism and seals.

Reduced clamping force between the

spindle jaws and the toolholder can have a

long-term impact on poor surface quality due

to vibrations, while increased tool wear and

shorter insert life spans with possible spindle

taper corrosion can result from micromovements

and seal failure.

More dramatically there is the possibility

of tool breakage, expensive waste due to

poor cutting performance, machine

downtime if the spindle needs repair or

refurbishing and always with a risk of injury

to the machine operator.

Sound rather dramatic? It could be. Now,

Gewefa offers a prevention option.

One of the leading suppliers of pull force

gauges, test bars and alignment kits Corsham

based Gewefa UK is a specialist on all things

toolholding. As their managing director

Keith Warner explains, they call upon their

own manufacturing resources as well of

those of one of their UK partners to create a

spindle monitoring ‘kit of parts’ for use by

manufacturers themselves or by mobile

service engineers.

“We have worked very closely with OTT-

Jakob in Germany for a number of years and

one of their products – the Power Check pull

force gauge – has found favour with many

involved with machine tool operation and

maintenance,” he explains.

“Many service engineers working for

leading name machine tool builders and

suppliers now carry a Power Check as a

portable service tool, he adds. Likewise,

Gewefa’s factory in Burladingen, Germany is

dedicated to high precision toolholder and

accessory manufacture so all the test bars and

alignment components manufactured there

are totally under our control and meet our

demanding quality standards,” he adds.

Use of a manual pull force gauge either on

a regular basis by the machine operator or, in

more automated (high volume) production

environments by maintaining a gauge

permanently in the toolholder carousel, can

produce regular streams of data that can very

quickly highlight any fall off in spindle

performance.

For a more complete picture it is also

worth considering test bars in the monitoring

process which are used to check the spindle

run out and can be supplied with a flange or

in plain format. The bars are precision

ground for a combination of precise surface

finish and concentricity and are supplied

with test certificates.

The third component is the ‘ATC’

alignment kit used for accurately aligning the

tool change arm to the spindle. Comprising

four elements – taper/flange/shaft and bush

– the components are usually supplied in a

bespoke tool case for safe storage and

transportation.

There are also levels of sophistication for

the Power Check that appeal to the high

volume manufacturers. A fall off in tolerance

can have dramatic consequences here, so

many are finding the remote monitoring

version an essential tool.

It can be permanently located (exactly as a

toolholder) in the carousel to supply

continuous data on spindle condition. The

connection to the hand held data collector is

wireless so an operator can monitor data

collected at the spindle from up to eight

different machine locations. Over 8,000

readings can be stored on the handset with

these easily downloaded to a USB for transfer

to a lap top or network computer system.

The Gewefa test bars are available in a

range of spindle formats and all Gewefa test

bars are precision ground for a combination

of precise surface finish.

Concluding, Keith Warner adds; “A

spindle re-build could quite easily incur

labour charges of £4-5000 and that is before

the cost of replacing components. By having

awareness of any faults that might have a

slow but damaging effect, service personnel

can undertake specific remedial work early

in the process and at a fraction of the cost.

Not forgetting of course the disruption to

production with a machine down, even if

fitting a spare spindle is the option. Time is

money, after all.”

www.gewefa.co.uk/index.php

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CASE STUDY

A MACHINING NEED IS TURNED INTO BUSINESS

OPPORTUNITY AT TECHGRAVE

While a relative newcomer, in terms of

business, having been founded in 2016,

Techgrave has carved out a market-leading

position thanks to its combination of

machine tool technology and the decades of

experience held by its founders Pete Adams

and Dillon Evitts and their dedicated team.

Techgrave provides bespoke industrial

engraving and toolmaking to a diverse range

of customers, but with particular focus on the

manufacture of dies and punches for the

production of collectable coins for mints

around the world and military medals both

new and reworking existing dies for long

established awards such as the OBE, the

jewellery sector is also a prominent user of

Techgrave’s services. In order to deliver to

the highest standards, it has invested heavily

in CNC engraving, laser, reverse

engineering, CAD/CAM and, most recently,

its toolroom capabilities.

This latest investment saw the arrival of

an XYZ MiniMill 560 HD vertical machining

centre, an XYZ SLX355 ProTurn lathe, an

XYZ KMX 1500 turret mill and an XYZ

surface grinder from XYZ Machine Tools.

This combination of machines provides a

complete toolroom solution for Techgrave

and, greater control over quality and

delivery. “When we first started our initial

investment went solely on engraving

equipment and software, with any toolroom

requirement being sub-contracted,” says

Dillon Evitts. “As we got busier, we started

to find delays and quality issues with

outsourcing, so took the decision to bring

toolmaking in-house. The XYZ machines

give us total control over manufacture of die

and press tool blanks, collars and die holders

and the knowledge that we can guarantee

100 per cent conformity across our entire

manufacturing process.”

While the initial requirement for the XYZ

machines was to meet Techgrave’s in-house

machining requirement in order to

streamline its own manufacturing and

enhance service to customers, their arrival

quickly turned into a business opportunity.

“When we budgeted for the machines, we

were happy that producing our own work

would cover their costs, so had no desire to

fill any spare capacity, we were just happy

that we had the capability to meet the

demands of our customers. One day we

might be making a die for a coin, the next

might be a mould for a running shoe, it’s that

varied. However, as word got out that we

had this capability we began to receive

inquiries from existing customers for

toolroom work,” says Pete Adams. “We look

on this work as a bonus but remain adamant

that it will not impact on our own

production, whether that is work for

established customers in the minting sector

or one-off commissions for jewellery and

even vintage cars and motorcycles.”

One of Techgrave’s biggest issues is the

variety of work it undertakes not only for its

own production, but for that of customers

asking for sub-contract machining capacity.

It is here that the versatility of the XYZ

machines is highlighted, particularly the

control systems. The ease of use of the

ProtoTRAK and Siemens controls makes

them ideal for the quick turnround of one-off

and low-volume production, with all

programs for the lathe quickly and easily

created at the ProtoTRAK control, while a

combination of at-machine programming

and offline programming is used for the

Siemens controlled MiniMill 560. “It is here

that the XYZ machines come into their own

as we don’t know what is coming in from

day to day,” says Dillon Evitts.

This additional work has also come about

thanks to the relationship developed

between Techgrave and XYZ Machine Tools,

with the Birmingham-based company happy

for potential XYZ customers to visit and see

the machines in action. This openness leads

to the potential of new work, which may only

be short-term while a customer places an

order for a new XYZ machine. That situation

suits Dillon and Pete down to the ground.

“Our philosophy with toolroom work that

we take in for customers is that it may be a

one-off or irregular work, but we are

building relationships, this has proved a

route to growth as customers respond

positively to our service and attitude.”

nigel.atherton@xyzmachinetools.com

www.xyzmachinetools.com

22 Manufacturing Machinery World, May 2020



NEWS NEWS NEWS

WHEN FAILURE IS

NOT AN OPTION

The manufacture of Intelligence, Surveillance, & Reconnaissance (ISR)

optics requires a rigorous analysis of the capabilities and methods of an

optical component design/manufacturing partner. Not all

design/manufacturing partners are the same, and it is important that

integrators elect to work in a collaborative way with companies that

have the expertise, pedigree and capabilities to scale up production of

components in an accurate and repeatable way.

Joe Salemi, OEM Sales Manager

Optical Components Group, ZYGO Corporation

In today’s fast-moving world, real time need for

— and spending on — defense readiness and

Intelligence, Surveillance, & Reconnaissance

(ISR) capabilities is ever increasing.

For the fiscal year 2020 alone, estimates are

that defense ISR spending will be at least $500

million.1 Whether it is tracking enemy troop

movements, missiles being moved to a launch

pad, an IED being planted, or real time support

for a special forces maneuver, the ISR component

to a mission couldn’t be more critical.

For programs this important, integrators

need an optical component manufacturing

partner who they can trust, a partner who not

only understands the high stakes involved in any

defense project, but one which also has a heritage

and legacy that can be relied upon.

When selecting an optical component

manufacturer, working with an expert that

precisely understands the end-use application

and all the steps needed to complete the program

is invaluable. For example, if you have a partner

that doesn’t understand the importance of

crystal orientation, your Sapphire window

program may be doomed for failure.

Optical system manufacturers need to be

vertically integrated and have expertise in the

fabrication of a range of components such as

plano optics, aspheres, spheres, and freeforms.

Assembly is also important. Expertise in world

class electro optical assembly gives companies a

perspective on the final telescope assembly and

the needs or otherwise, for example, for

athermalization and ruggedization.

When you choose the right partner, you can

significantly de-risk the program. Customers

who elect to work with ZYGO, for example, have

at their disposal industry leading experts in

metrology, optical design, optical assembly,

plano, asphere, spherical, and freeform polishing

as well as thin film coating.

When failure is not an option, integrators

need to select partners with a strong pedigree in

the area of optical component manufacture and

assembly. For example, ZYGO has a 40+ year

space heritage working with such high-profile

programs as Voyager, Skylab, ISS Cupola

Windows, the Space Shuttle Hatch Window, and

the Hubble Telescope Corrector Lens. Other

world class programs include work with LIGO

optics, Lawrence Livermore NIF, French Atomic

Energy Commission (CEA), Rutherford

Appleton Laboratory (RAL), and University of

Rochester LLE. ZYGO’s electro-optical design,

manufacture, and production segment has more

optical assemblies in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) than

any other company globally.

The crunch point for optical component

manufacturing often comes when production

needs to ramp up. Manufacturers may be able to

find vendors to produce a prototype for low

volumes, but they need the confidence to know

that during full rate production chosen vendors

can meet and exceed delivery dates while not

compromising precision. The vendor’s precision

capabilities must be scalable. To give an example,

ZYGO can produce a quantity of 80 meter class

laser grade optics a month. To be able to achieve

this level of throughput, vendors need to have

the equipment, metrology suites, and overall

supply chain in place while not sacrificing the

attention to detail these optics require.

Unfortunately, if manufacturers select vendors

without this capacity it can prove catastrophic

for optical component manufacturing programs.

When companies need to scale up the size of

their windows and mirrors while sticking to the

most exacting of optical specifications, the

competence of a chosen partner is put under

even more pressure. Literally, with a large

window there is significant pressure from the

airframe on the window [edges}; it is critical your

partner understands how to analyze a window

for flexural strength and edge strength to avoid

catastrophic failure during the mission. A larger

window can support a larger aperture imaging

system or multiple imaging systems plus LIDAR

or other electromagnetic systems. Handling,

mounting, and measuring all gets more

challenging as the size of the optic increases.

Accounting for deformation and gravity sag at

“use” orientation can also prove to be a

stumbling block for an inexperienced team.

Manufacturers need to select a vendor that

has the experience and confidence to meet

bleeding-edge optical tolerances not just once,

but repeatably in a full rate production

workflow. Equally important is to work with a

vendor that has the metrology expertise that can

validate the quality of their work with reliable

data. ZYGO’s manufacturing capability includes

proprietary deterministic finishing that routinely

achieves sub-nanometer global surface figure

error, exceeding what most manufacturers are

even capable of measuring.

When consulting with an optical

manufacturer it’s important to know if

customers are being steered in a direction

because a particular vendor happens to

synthesize a certain material, instead of

recommending the material which is optimal for

the prescribed application. ZYGO works with all

leading material synthesizers on their latest

developments to ensure we are ready to select

the best material to meet the needs of the

customer’s application. ZYGO collaborates with

its customers and gives them the best advice for

their specific application, and works with the

industry’s standard materials such as Sapphire

(a-plane & c-plane), Multi-Spectral ZnS, ZnSe,

Silicon Carbide, Fused Silica, Silicon, Zerodur,

ClearCeram ULE, Germanium, CaF2, MgF2,

Spinel, ALON, Cordierite, BK-7 and more.

Selecting a vendor that specializes in

manufacturing large optics is challenging, but if

you need those optics coated, many vendors do

not have chambers that can handle large optics.

ZYGO is fully integrated offering thin film

coatings capability with chambers as large as

72”. The company’s coating capability ranges

from the DUV 248nm-MWIR 5um. Capabilities

include antireflective (AR) and highly reflective

(HR) metallic coatings, conductive, beam splitter

coatings, and high laser damage capability.

Coating techniques include Magnetron

sputtering, ion assisted E-beam, and fluoride

deposition.

ISR is used to make key decisions which may,

or may not, put the warfighter at risk. ZYGO

offers the knowledge, precision and quality to

ensure the data which is gathered in an ISR

system is of the highest possible quality.

www.zygo.com

24 Manufacturing Machinery World, May 2020


NEWS NEWS NEWS

KINGSBURY EXPANDS ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

PORTFOLIO INTO LARGER COMPONENT PRODUCTION

Already the sole sales and service agent in

the UK, Ireland and the Gulf for two metal

additive manufacturing (AM) machine

producers in France, Kingsbury

(www.kingsburyuk.com) has been

appointed to represent German WAAM

(wire arc additive manufacturing) equipment

builder GEFERTEC GmbH in the same

markets with immediate effect

(www.gefertec.de/en/start-2).

Richard Kingsbury, managing director of

the Gosport-based machine tool distributor

commented, "GEFERTEC's metal AM

technology fits perfectly with our existing

French agency lines of AddUp powder-bed

laser fusion machines and production lines,

and direct energy deposition equipment

from its BeAM subsidiary.

“There are tremendous advantages with

WAAM. Chief amongst these is that standard

MIG/MAG welding wire is used as the raw

feedstock to create parts rapidly within a

large build envelope. Such wire is relatively

inexpensive and readily available in a wide

range of metals.

"GEFERTEC's proprietary 3DMP

technology, which is a CAD to layer-by-layer

arc welding process on a machine platform

controlled by the familiar Siemens 840D

CNC, transforms our offering to customers.”

Tobias Röhrich, CEO of GEFERTEC

responded, "With more than 60 years of

experience in the relevant markets and

industries, Kingsbury is a perfect partner for

us.

"We share with them the same vision of a

long-term cooperation and of offering our

customers more than just hardware but

efficient production solutions for quantities

down to a batch size of one.

"With Kingsbury’s expertise and passion

for manufacturing, we will make the benefits

of our award-winning 3DMP technology a

success for customers in the UK, Ireland and

the Gulf."

The manufacturing process involves

taking a CAD model of the metal part to be

produced, which can be up to three cubic

metres in size and up to three tonnes in

weight, creating a layer-by-layer AM

program in 3DMP CAM software, and 3D

printing the near-net-shape component by

bead-on-bead melting and deposition of

welding wire using heat generated by the

electric arc. The component profile is checked

using a scanner mounted in the machine,

after which the surfaces are 3- or 5-axis

milled or turned to achieve the required

shape, surface finish and accuracy.

WAAM is applicable to an extensive

range of metals, provided that they are in

wire form. The list includes stainless, mild

and tool steels as well as alloys of nickel,

titanium, copper and aluminium; indeed,

any metal that can be welded. Multiple

materials can be combined in a single

structure, internal voids may be produced as

with other types of AM, and there is very

little material wastage.

Parts produced have high density and

strong mechanical properties comparable to

those manufactured by traditional

subtractive methods. The technique is also

suited to repair of worn parts, application of

wear coatings and reverse engineering of

legacy components.

Target industries are aerospace, especially

for producing high quality titanium and

nickel alloy parts, tool and mould making,

the rail sector and job shops with their small

batch sizes. Compared with traditional

subtractive machining, cost savings of up to

70 per cent have been reported when

processing difficult-to-machine alloys and up

to 50 per cent when dealing with other

metals.

Tel: +44 (0) 23 9258 0371

solutions@kingsburyuk.com

www.kingsburyuk.com

Manufacturing Machinery World, May 2020 25


NEWS NEWS NEWS

ROCKWOOD COMPOSITES & LEONARDO 10 YEAR

PARTNERSHIP PRODUCES 10,000 BLADES FOR

TOWED RADAR DECOYS

Rockwood Composites and Leonardo1 today

(6 April 2020) marked the 10th anniversary of

their partnership with delivery of the

10,000th blade for the towed decoy on the

Eurofighter Typhoon for Leonardo, the

global high-tech aerospace, defence and

security specialist.

All parts are fully CNC machined and

supplied paint ready on a just in time basis.

Rockwood has also supplied Leonardo with

connector plates for the wing of the

Eurofighter Typhoon.

Holly Jones, senior sub-contract buyer at

Leonardo in the UK, said: “Our 10-year

partnership with Rockwood is testament to

their ability to deliver quality composite

components consistently when we need

them.”

Rockwood Composites managing

director, Mark Crouchen, added: “I

remember when we set up the company and

were pleased to have the confidence of a

company of the calibre of Leonardo. Working

with this OEM over the past decade has

helped Rockwood become what it is today,

innovating and supplying some of the most

pioneering advanced manufacturing

companies.

“Compression and bladder moulding,

which is now being used in a wide range of

industries, from aerospace to medical

devices, with our products helping our

clients withstand from the highest

temperatures in the solar system (100

million0C) to a couple of degrees above

absolute zero.”

Rockwood designs and manufactures

composite components using out-ofautoclave

techniques, compression and

bladder moulding of pre-preg composite

material in metal tooling. They deliver cost

effective solutions to technically demanding

problems, showcasing first class quality

components, promptly delivered into a wide

range of sectors.

The team at Rockwood has been

supplying aerospace, defence and nuclear

industries and has a proven track record of

delivering complex structures.

www.rockwoodcomposites.com

26 Manufacturing Machinery World, May 2020


NEWS NEWS NEWS

GOODFELLOW

DONATES

ESSENTIAL

MATERIALS TO

COMPANIES

SUPPORTING

FRONTLINE

WORKERS

Leading research materials supplier,

Goodfellow, is showing support to several

initiatives in the fight against COVID-19,

supplying materials that are being used to

make protective equipment for frontline

workers.

Their latest donation has seen the

company donate 130 kilos of polypropylene

coil to Stamford School in Lincolnshire, UK,

where Design Technology teachers are

voluntarily manufacturing 1,000 protective

face masks a day. The school is contributing

to the national effort to increase the

availability of PPE for frontline NHS (UK

National Health Service) staff.

Goodfellow has also donated to a

number of other companies that are

supplying protective equipment to

hospitals, such as supplying PET sheet to

Plastic Jesus Fabrication, an LA artist who

has adapted his studio to make medical PPE

to donate to local hospitals. Other

companies receiving donations include

Royal Mint, Brammer, TJ Morgan and

Safran Aero Boosters.

Stephen Aldersley, CEO at Goodfellow

commented on the donations: “It’s incredibly

important that we come together to support

ESAB SHAPES THE FUTURE

By connecting people, product and technology, we evolve.

Together, we shape the future of welding and cutting.

each other in times like these, both industry

and individuals alike.

“It just so happens that in this instance,

Goodfellow has the ability to help frontline

workers with the specialist materials used to

make PPE – so it was a clear opportunity for

us to start contributing on a local level to this

global crisis. We’d actively encourage other

companies to do the same where possible.

“We know how hard our partners are

working to make a positive difference amid

this pandemic and we were particularly

impressed with the efforts made by the

teachers at Stamford School, who are

showing solidarity and commitment in such

uncertain times.”

Teachers at the Stamford Endowed

Schools originally trialled using the Schools’

3D printers to manufacture visors for NHS

staff, but the process was too slow to meet

demand. Instead, staff worked over a

weekend to prototype and refine a design for

creating face masks using laser cutters. This

was then used to create the first delivery of

100 masks, manufactured in just six hours,

which was sent to the ICU team at

Peterborough City Hospital.

Mr Newton, Head of Design Technology

at Stamford School, added: “We are

extremely fortunate to have the equipment

and skill set to make a real difference to

members of our NHS. We will keep

manufacturing as long as we have materials,

which Goodfellow are supporting us with,

and a demand for the product - we're just

glad we are able to help our amazing NHS

workers."

info@goodfellow.com

www.goodfellow.com

The new magazine, LAUNCH, from ESAB, one of the world’s

leading authority on all things welding, includes an inspirational

message for every part of the industry, and supporting industries,

and reinforces the company’s position in this progressive market.

Here are snippets from the first issue, but you can order your own

free copy.

As fabricators and fabricators’ friends, they do some pretty epic

work. And none of it would be possible without each and every one

of – the welders, the distributors, the engineers; the tools of the trade.

The worldwide company is committed to, and driven by, shaping

the future of the industry. It’s what the Group has always done;

taking pride in combining extensive knowledge and experience, with

high performing high quality products, with a hunger to innovate

and improve.

Their goal is to make their customers great. Every day, they aim

to deliver solutions that not only improve customers’ productivity

but also brings peace of mind with results that can be trusted in all

situations. If their customers run into problems, they know that ESAB

always has their back. This is a journey, not an end state. As the

industry moves into the next day of age they are ready for the

challenge wherever it will take.

ESAB Welding & Cutting is one of the leaders in the welding and

cutting industry. From time-honoured processes in welding and

cutting to revolutionary technologies in mechanised cutting and

automation, ESAB’s filler metals, equipment, and accessories bring

solutions to customers around the globe.

Tel: 0208 543 3866

Email: media@tayloralden.co.uk

www.esab.co.uk/gb/en/news/launch-magazine.cfm

Manufacturing Machinery World, May 2020 27


NEWS NEWS NEWS

ITC ANSWERS THE COVID-19 ‘CALL TO ACTION’

Extraordinary times call for extraordinary

suppliers and luckily for Birmingham based

CNC Routing Ltd, the company has a longstanding

relationship with Industrial Tooling

Corporation (ITC) Ltd. With the Coronavirus

(Covid-19) pandemic taking a firm grip on the

nation, UK manufacturers like CNC Routing

Ltd are stepping up to support the NHS and

critical infrastructure projects with the help of

Tamworth-based cutting tool specialists ITC.

Founded in 2005, the West Midlands

company has a well-established position

serving the automotive, retail, healthcare and

industrial sectors with its design, routing,

finishing, fabrication, installation and building

services. The company has three AXYZ rotating

machines, each having a twin-head facility. So,

when one of its customers became overrun with

the production of critical ‘sneeze screens’ for

supermarkets during the Covid-19 pandemic,

the 26-employee business immediately and

proudly stepped-up to help the cause.

Discussing the ‘sneeze screen’ project, Head

of Design & Technical at CNC Routing Ltd, Mr

Chris Noble says: “Just a week ago we were

commissioned to manufacture 8000 acrylic,

PETG and polycarbonate ‘sneeze screens’ for

supermarket checkouts. Machined from 3050 x

2050mm sheets, the screens are manufactured

in two sizes of 600mm wide by 750mm high and

also 750mm wide by 1m high with panel

thicknesses ranging from 3 to 6mm. With the

screens being supplied to more than a dozen

supermarket chains, each with various till and

checkout dimensions, the different sized

screens require both hole position and

dimensional variations. This has resulted in our

company producing more than 12 different

screen variants.”

ITC Delivering When it Counts

As soon as the order arrived on the Friday, the

company placed an order with ITC and tools

were subsequently delivered on the Saturday

morning. Discussing why the company turned

to cutting tools from ITC, Chris continues: “We

have been successfully working with ITC for

over 12 years and they supply all the cutting

tools for machining our plastic components.

The service, support and technical advice is

only surpassed by the quality of their cutting

tools.”

Elaborating on this, Chris says: “The ability

to supply 60 cutting tools on a Saturday

morning as a next day delivery service during

the Coronavirus pandemic speaks volumes for

ITC and its service. But from a technical

perspective, we were having issues some years

ago with our cutting tools gripping parts and

lifting thin sheets from the vacuum bed of the

AXYZ machines during processing. ITC’s Sally

Hunt provided first class technical support by

investigating our existing tools, materials and

cutting parameters, and subsequently

supplying new tools and machining strategies

that resolved our issues. Since then, we’ve had

every confidence in Sally and the tools from

ITC.”

Manufacturing During A Crisis

Observing UK government and WHO safe

working guidelines, CNC Routing Ltd has

moved many of its office-based staff to

homeworking whilst the huge influx of work

has now seen the business change from a two

shift to a three-shift pattern. “As a business we

are conscious of the health and safety of our

staff, and all employees are provided with

suitable PPE. By moving to 24-hour production

with three shifts, our shop floor staff levels are

naturally reduced. Furthermore, each of our

three AXYZ routing machines are 3m apart, so

our factory floor automatically exercises ‘social

distancing’.”

From a production perspective, the

company has one AXYZ router with bed

dimensions of 4880mm by 2635mm, and two

further machines having a slightly smaller bed.

This allows CNC Routing to place four 8 by 4’

sheets on the machine bed at any one time. “The

large machine beds allow us to set up four parts

at a time. Additionally, each machine

incorporates a twin cutting head, which we can

set at different widths. For the ‘sneeze sheets’,

we have spaced the cutting heads at a distance

of 1230mm apart, so we can cut two sheets

simultaneously. With three twin-spindle

routers running 24 hours a day, the

performance and reliability of the ITC solid

carbide routing tools is essential.”

ITC – Performance You Can Trust

Initially, CNC Routing Ltd placed an order for

sixty 180-2362-10-E 6mm Clearcut Series single

flute routers from ITC. Commenting upon the

tools, Chris continues: “From experience, we

know that these tools perform really well, have

exceptional tool life and with the upward spiral

flute geometry they are perfect for machining

thin sheets without lifting from the vacuum

bed. This confidence in the 180 Clearcut Series

has been confirmed, as we have run the tools at

24,000rpm up to the full 6mm depth of cut at

cutting speeds of 7m/min. These machining

parameters are beyond the recommended

cutting conditions, but extraordinary times call

for extraordinary measures. Luckily, the quality

of the ITC Clearcut Series can handle the

increased speeds and feeds with ease.”

“Despite running at significantly increased

machining parameters, the 6mm diameter tools

can comfortably process more than 50 sheets

before we have to change the tool. After cutting

50 sheets, the cutting performance and edge

finishes are as good as they are on the very first

sheet that we cut with a new tool. The only

reason we change the tools after machining 50

sheets is because the protective film over the

acrylic, PETG and polycarbonate ‘sneeze

screen’ sheets begins to fray slightly and ‘fluff

up’.

Looking to the future…

Nobody has a crystal ball to look into the future,

especially during a pandemic that is likely to

change the face of UK manufacturing.

However, CNC Routing Ltd is in a somewhat

envious position compared to most

manufacturers. The company has already

manufactured 8000 ‘sneeze screens’ in a week

and the company has another 8000 to produce

imminently.

Commenting on this, Chris says: “We are

currently in the process of machining ‘sneeze

screens’ for supermarkets, and as the longevity

of this situation continues and ‘non-essential’

retail companies re-open their doors for

business; we expect to be making these sheets

for everything from pharmacies and hardware

stores to pet stores and other retail outlets.

Added to this, we also have a healthy order

book with the healthcare sector for furniture

and storage units and lockers that has to be

fulfilled imminently. As a business, we are very

lucky that we can give all of our routing

capacity to these essential services. We can do

this as our regular retail work is naturally ‘onpause’.

But regardless of whether we are

making sneeze screens, furniture or storage

units for the health service, we know that we

can rely on specialist cutting tools from ITC,

even during a crisis.”

www.itc-ltd.co.uk

www.cncroutingltd.co.uk

28 Manufacturing Machinery World, May 2020


NEWS NEWS NEWS

GROWING DEMAND FOR CERATIZIT TOOLING AND

KNOWLEDGE IN SUPPORT OF VENTILATOR PRODUCTION

Ceratizit UK & Ireland is happy to report a

tremendous uptake of its offer for free test

tools, heavily discounted production tools

and, technical support for those companies

involved in the manufacture of ventilator

and other related diagnostic equipment for

the National Health Service during the

current Covid-19 pandemic.

Customers ranging from leading Formula

One teams right through the supply chain

have approached Ceratizit UK & Ireland to

request support for their production, with

over 20 customers so far benefitting from the

cutting tool discount of 70 per cent and,

whatever technical support they need to

maximise the potential of those tools. “The

number of customers that we are able to help

is increasing day-by-day,” says Tony

Pennington, Managing Director, Ceratizit

UK & Ireland. “It is testament to the

versatility and ingenuity of the UK

manufacturing base that they are able to

quickly switch from machining parts for

racing cars and aircraft to components that

are going to help save lives. For many it

means working with materials that they may

not be familiar with, which is where we can

add our experience to the mix through our

technical sales engineering team.”

Technical support is being provided

remotely by Ceratizit UK & Ireland’s

applications and technical sales engineers,

with over 30 engineers available to answer

customer questions relating to cutting tool

data and application. For example, Ceratizit’s

Industry Solutions Engineer Michael May

and Technical Sales Engineer Bob Thompson,

have been combining their knowledge to

support one customer from the motorsport

sector, which is working as part of the UK

Government’s Ventilator Challenge UK

project. “Initially, the request was for high

performance drills to produce holes up to

16xD in aluminium and steel. We were then

asked to develop our support through the

provision of AluLine end mills and PCR-

ALU plunge milling cutters,” says Michael

May.

The offer from Ceratizit UK & Ireland is

open to any company manufacturing parts

for ventilator or associated diagnostic

equipment. “We are happy to do whatever

we can to assist in this challenge to support

the frontline staff within the NHS and, by

working together we can help to reduce the

impact it is having,” Tony Pennington,

Managing Director, Ceratizit UK & Ireland.

“As an industry we are well placed to help

lead that fight, so our offer of help for any

manufacturing company involved in the

production of ventilator and associated

diagnostic equipment will remain in place

for as long as it is needed. If you need our

help it is there for you.”

Offer details:

1. Full technical support with additional

support from Projects team and

Applications team

2. Free test tools for cutting trials on

ventilator projects

3. Priority handling of orders

4. Free delivery no matter what the value of

order is

5. 70% Discount on tools used in the

manufacture of ventilators until 31st

August 2020.

6. 180 days for returns instead of the usual

30 days to allow for freedom of ordering

different tools.

The support and speed of response

offered by Ceratizit UK & Ireland is helping

UK manufacturers keep up with demand for

ventilators for the National Health Service

and beyond.

Tel: 0800 073 2073

tony.pennington@ceratizit.com

www.ceratizit.com

Manufacturing Machinery World, May 2020 29


NEWS NEWS NEWS

RENISHAW RAMPS UP PRODUCTION OF

VENTILATOR COMPONENTS

Global engineering company, Renishaw, has

started mass-producing critical components

for medical ventilators, as part of a

nationwide effort to support the NHS in the

fight against Covid-19. The company has

dedicated a significant part of its

manufacturing sites in Gloucestershire and

South Wales to produce precision-machined

components for two different ventilators

manufactured by the VentilatorChallengeUK

consortium, with production at the sites now

running seven days a week. This follows a

huge effort from the project, manufacturing

engineering and production teams over the

last two weeks.

Like many companies across the UK,

Renishaw reacted to the UK government’s

call to radically increase ventilator

production to treat coronavirus patients

suffering with respiratory complications.

Tens of thousands of these complex

machines are needed in just a few weeks.

Marc Saunders, Director of Group

Strategic Development, who is leading

Renishaw’s response, explains, “When the

government called, we scrambled to

respond, and immediately realised the

daunting scale of the challenge. Ventilators

are sophisticated medical devices and we felt

that our capabilities would be best applied to

helping scale up the production of designs

with existing technologies. We soon realised

that many other industrial companies were

thinking the same way and that we would

need our combined capacity and capabilities

to achieve this enormous endeavour.”

Within a few days, Renishaw joined with

leading companies in the aerospace,

automotive, medical devices and motorsport

sectors to form the VentilatorChallengeUK

consortium, under the leadership of Dick

Elsy, CEO of the High Value Manufacturing

Catapult. This diverse team is working nonstop

to boost production of two proven

ventilators, selected by the NHS and

manufactured in the UK by Penlon and

Smiths Medical.

Dick Elsy explains, “Penlon and Smiths

ordinarily have combined capacity of

between 50 and 60 ventilators per week.

However, thanks to the scale and resources

of the wider consortium, we are targeting

production of at least 1,500 units a week of

the Penlon and Smiths models combined

within a matter of weeks. Ventilators are

intricate and highly complex pieces of

medical equipment and it is vital that we

balance the twin imperatives of speed of

delivery with the absolute adherence to

regulatory standards that is needed to ensure

patient safety.”

Within this context, Renishaw’s

manufacturing activities form part of a

complex network of suppliers that the

consortium is coordinating, many of whom,

like Renishaw, are making ventilator

components for the first time. Massproduction

of ventilators, each of which

comprises hundreds of diverse components,

requires millions of parts to come together

for assembly, a huge logistical operation.

“To prepare for the important work that

we are undertaking, both for the ventilator

project and our global customers in critical

supply chains, we temporarily closed our UK

manufacturing facilities last week to

introduce additional measures to protect the

welfare of our employees”, explains Gareth

Hankins, Director of Group Manufacturing

Services at Renishaw.

He continues, “We have reorganised our

factories to increase spacing, as well as

zoning areas to restrict movement around

the sites. Hygiene regimes have also been

enhanced to minimise the potential risk of

the spread of infection. Our staff have

responded magnificently to this challenging

situation and it is wonderful to see the

factories back up and running and for us to

be playing our part in the national Ventilator

Challenge.”

Marc Saunders reflects, “It has been an

extraordinary few weeks, with so many

companies from different fields aligning on a

single goal and pulling together so effectively

and so quickly. The VentilatorChallengeUK

consortium is working together with

incredible determination and energy to scale

up production of much-needed ventilators

and combat a virus that is affecting people

around the world.”

He concludes, “The consortium’s key

message is that ‘Every ventilator produced is

a life saved’ and Renishaw is proud to be

playing its part in this vital endeavour.”

www.renishaw.com

30 Manufacturing Machinery World, May 2020


NEWS NEWS NEWS

WIRE MANUFACTURER STEPS FORWARD

TO HELP IN VENTILATOR PRODUCTION

Wire manufactured in the West Midlands is

helping support the UK’s unprecedented

drive to build more ventilators.

Alloy Wire International has been

commissioned to produce more than 5

kilometers of material that will be used to

produce crucial parts for use in life-saving

equipment destined for the groundbreaking

Nightingale Hospital in London.

The company, which holds more than 200

tonnes of EU/DFARS compliant stock at any

one time, put its Emergency Manufacturing

Service (EMS) into action to meet the urgent

requirements of a spring maker that is

supplying into the VentilatorChallengeUK

Consortium to assist in the ramp-up of

Smiths and Penlon Rapidly Manufactured

Ventilator Systems.

Interest has also come from North

America and South Korea, with AWI

supplying urgent quantities of custom-made

Inconel spring wire and 316v Stainless Steel

to a spring maker in Wisconsin and a major

medical centre in Seoul respectively.

“We work with over 5000 customers

every year and we knew a lot of them

supplied into critical sectors that deliver

essential services,” explained Mark Venables,

Managing Director of Alloy Wire

International.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has brought this

sharply into view and, over the last week, we

have been busy manufacturing a range of

wire for companies that are playing a crucial

role in supporting the frontline, often

meeting extremely demanding timelines in

the process.”

He continued: “This has included

supplying a customer that had to remake

springs destined for ventilator production

due to an untimely power cut, whilst

another client made a 280-mile round trip to

collect its order from us. In both cases, we

did our bit by making the wire in just 2

days.”

Alloy Wire International is one of the

UK’s leading manufacturers of round, flat

and profile wire, with its 60-strong range

featuring a number of medical suitable

materials including Phynox, MP35N,

Stainless 316LVM, Nickel 200&201 and

Inconels.

The company’s workforce is working

around the clock to meet the requirements of

existing and new customers, with material

available from 0.025mm (.001”) to 21mm

(.827”) in small batches or medium/large

volumes.

In addition to the projects it is completing

for ventilator production, AWI is also

providing wire that goes into electric heating

elements used for medical plastic forming and

for the critical sterilisation of vital equipment.

Other customers still placing orders are

involved in the detection of gases for hospital

incubators, dental products and power

generation.

Angus Hogath, Sales Director at AWI,

concluded: “We are very proud of the heroic

actions of frontline NHS and social care staff

and this is our own small way of supporting

them to help save lives.

“Our staff have been fantastic and really

embraced our role as a key manufacturer,

adopting the Government’s social distancing

policies whilst still delivering wire that is

going to be used in increasing the number of

ventilators in the UK and supporting other

crucial medical equipment.

“AWI is ‘at the source’ of many first steps

in creating life-saving equipment and we are

committed to maintaining this supply

throughout the pandemic.”

www.alloywire.com

Manufacturing Machinery World, May 2020 31


NEWS NEWS NEWS

AUTOMATION IS

ESSENTIAL -

DMG MORI

Dr.-Ing. Masahiko Mori, President of DMG

MORI CO. LTD says, “DMG MORI currently

offers its customers 150 different machine

models in 42 product lines. We are now also

in a position to automate almost all of our

machines thanks to our 52 automation

solutions for workpiece and pallet handling.”

Robo2Go is supported on the CLX, CTX

and NLX machines. This innovative solution

offers a flexible automation layout with free

access to the machine and an intelligent

safety concept for human-machine

collaboration where, with Robo2Go Vision,

teach-in takes less than 10 minutes.

PH Cell automation has a footprint of 10.7

m². This space-saving automation solution

enables autonomous manufacturing even in

tight production areas. The pallet system is

based on a modular design and offers a high

degree of flexibility. The concept behind the

flexible PH CELL is that numerous

machining centres can be connected,

optimally supporting DMG MORI’s

automation strategy.

The WH3 automation system is ideal for

the MILLTAP 700 and the DMP 70 vertical

high-speed machining centres. The WH

Series of automation supports different

technologies, e.g. lathes and milling machine

and workpiece size up to 500 ×500 ×500mm.

A combination of robots, grippers and shelf

units is tailored to your requirements and

can easily be retrofitted to your machine.

The RPS21 rotary pallet system is

designed to automate the NHX 4000 3rd

Generation, NHX 5000 3rd Generation and

the NHX 5500 2nd Generation. The system

has up to 21 pallet stations on three levels

and one workpiece setup station. Rotary

pallet storage has outstanding space saving

and setup capabilities and, can hold more

pallets per unit area than any other pallet

pool system. making RPS the best solution

for customers who have never thought of

automation due to space restrictions.

Steve Finn, Managing Director of DMG

MORI UK says, “Automation is a key part of

any installation to get the best possible return

on investment and the highest OEE levels.

The above are just some of the solutions we

can offer for both new and existing

installations.”

www.dmgmori.com

BLACKMAN & WHITE TO CUT THROUGH COVID-19

PPE SHORTAGE WITH NEW VISOR

An Essex-based manufacturer is using its expertise in cutting systems

to design and make vital equipment to support frontline staff in the

fight against Covid-19.

Blackman & White has responded to the national call for urgent

PPE by getting its CAD engineers to create a visor that is made from

polycarbonate or acetate to make the most of its in-house machine

capabilities.

The firm are looking to utilise spare capacity in its demo room at its

facility on the Street Industrial Estate in Maldon, where Orion and

Genesis V machines can use dual motion control, state-of-the-art

routers and laser capabilities to produce 300 units every day.

Bosses are now appealing for other businesses to support their

efforts by helping to source material that is currently hard to find or

not of the right quality, assistance with product specifications and

identifying healthcare facilities in need of this vital safety equipment.

Eiko White, Director at Blackman & White, commented: “We have

all seen the terrible stories of our heroic doctors, nurses and care

workers fighting the Covid-19 virus without the right PPE.

“It’s heartbreaking and we wanted to try to do what we can to help

in some small way. Our team looked at the machines available to us

and which products we could design and manufacture from scratch,

starting with a visor but with the possibility to follow-up with other

much-needed PPE.”

She continued: “We can easily make 300 per day, but we are

struggling to source the right quality material - this is where we need

help. 1mm polycarbonate or 1mm acetate are the big stumbling blocks.

“Our customers, who have been quick to come forward and offer

their assistance, have been making do with alternatives, but supplies

are drying up and, inherently, the costs are climbing. If we can get

access to the right material, we can hopefully do our bit to protect NHS

and care workers on the frontline.

Blackman & White, which employs 28 people, is the UK’s only

manufacturer of cutting systems, with all machines designed and

manufactured from start to finish at their UK factory.

It celebrated 55 years in business in 2018 and has developed a

hugely successful range of high-quality machinery that boasts

longevity and the flexibility of holding multiple combinations of knife,

laser and marking tools.

A surge of orders from UK and overseas customers has seen it build

an enviable reputation in the aerospace, automotive, graphics, marine

and print sectors.

Eiko concluded: “If we can get the material supply right the only

other barrier is getting our design signed off by the healthcare sector.

Although the CE restrictions have been relaxed, it would be great to

know that our visor is safe and going to perform the job it has been

designed to do - save lives.”

www.blackmanandwhite.com

32 Manufacturing Machinery World, May 2020


NEWS NEWS NEWS

DIGITIZATION AND PARTNERSHIPS

MAKE A HOLISTIC APPROACH FOR DMG MORI

DMG MORI understands that its role in the

customer / supplier relationship is changing

from a traditional product and service

provider to an excellence and solution

partner for future oriented technology,

automation solutions and digitization, now

that customers are evaluating investment

decisions and functionality on a holistic level,

according to Christian Thönes, CEO of DMG

MORI AG,

DMG MORI is emphasising its role as an

excellence and solution partner through,

digital solutions with myDMGMORI and

Tulip and ease of ownership with DMG

MORI Finance, to add to its 52 automation

options to go with its 150 different machine

models, advanced additive manufacture

technology and its DMQP partnership

program.

The myDMGMORI customer portal has

exceeded the DMG MORI’s wildest

expectations with over 4000 customers

signing up within four months of launch and

an anticipated 20,000 registering by the end

of 2020.

The free online portal for interactive

cooperation between DMG MORI and its

customers enables service requests with the

option of attaching photos or videos at the

press of a button at a time convenient to the

customer. Transparency thanks to the track &

trace function allows you to follow the status

of your service request and there is also the

ability to store all commercial and technical

documents related to your machinery. With

this capability, customers are put in the

request fast lane with information passed

directly to the correct DMG MORI service

expert.

TULIP is designed to make it much easier

for companies to get started in digital

manufacturing. Rather than forcing

employees on the shop floor into a strict set

of guidelines from the “top down,” TULIP

provides them with creative and simple

digital tools via a no-code platform. They can

use it to write their own personal

digitalization script – without the need for

any IT or programming skills. Every

individual scene of a process can be

described and visualized on the TULIP

platform using existing or self-created APPs.

DMG MORI Finance is in a unique

position to understand the needs of

manufacturing businesses together with the

technical benefits that can be generated

through investing in DMG MORI advanced

technology, resulting in increased revenue

and profits.

DMG MORI Finance and its intrinsic

knowledge and understanding of the

industry has enabled it to take a future

related view on machine tool investment.

Instead of concentrating almost exclusively

on historic financials, DMG MORI Finance

can place priority on the intended outcome of

the investment as it is funded by DMG MORI

itself and, can offer multiple solutions to

make investment easier. Steve Finn,

Managing Director of DMG MORI UK says,

“DMG MORI Finance is a pivotal tool in the

process of our business, many companies

value the opportunity to have us work on the

entire life cycle of their enquiry, creating a

truly one stop shop. Furthermore, because

we understand the real value of our

products, the customer’s monthly payments

for our products are often less than our

competitors who may be offering a cheaper

headline price for their products.”

Tel: +44 2476 516137

www.dmgmori.com

Manufacturing Machinery World, May 2020 33


DUBLIN 2021

CITYWEST, DUBLIN, 27 TH & 28 TH JANUARY 2021

Join us at the 2021 National Manufacturing Conference & Exhibition on the 27th & 28th of January

2021 to hear from an impressive line-up of manufacturing leaders, academics and government

agencies who will engage in a stimulating blend of key note addresses and debates.

www.manufacturingevent.com

Contact Keith O’Brien at keith@prempub.ie or on +353 1 6120880 for more information

BELFAST 2021

NORTHERN IRELAND

Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast, 25th Feb 2021

Join us at the 2021 Northern Ireland Manufacturing & Supply Chain Expo in the Titanic Exhibition Centre,

Belfast on 25th of February to hear from an impressive line-up of manufacturing leaders, academics and

government agencies who will engage in a stimulating blend of key note addresses and debates.

www.northernirelandmanufacturing.co.uk

Contact Darren McHugh at darren@prempub.ie or on +44 28 9099 4919 for more information


S E R V I C E S D I R E C T O R Y

ASSOCIATIONS

THE MANUFACTURING TECHOLOGIES ASSOCIATION

62 Bayswater Road, London WS 3PS

Tel: 0207 7298 6400 Web: www.mta-org.uk

AUCTIONEERS

APEX AUCTIONS LIMITED - ONLINE MACHINE TOOL AUCTIONS.

PO Box 329, Brighton BN1 1TQ, United Kingdom.

Tel: UK Office: +44 (0) 1273 224466 US Office: +1 630 718 9804

Email: info@apexauctions.com Web: www.apexauctions.com

AMS (UK) LTD

Unit 5, Church Farm Business Centre, Church Road, Leckhampton, Cheltenham,

Glos GL53 0QJ

Tel: +44(0) 1242 241111 Fax: +44(0)1242 527777

Email: info@amsauctions.co.uk Web: www.amsauctions.co.uk

PEAKER PATTINSON AUCTIONEERS Ltd.

The Grange Offices, Aunby, Stamford, Lincs PE9 4EE, England

Tel: 01778 590111 Fax: 01778 590730

Email: info@ppauctions.com Web: www.ppauctions.com

London Office: Tel: 0208 944 1898 Fax: 0208 879 7269

Email: london@ppauctions.com

AUCTIONS & VALUATIONS

LAMBERT SMITH HAMPTON

Email: plantsales@lsh.co.uk Web: www.lshmachinerysales.co.uk

Bristol Office:

Tower Wharf, Cheese Lane, Bristol BS2 0JJ. Tel: 0117 926 666

Birmingham Office:

Interchange Place, Edmund Street, Birmingham B3 2TA. Tel: 0121 236 2066

Exeter Office:

Sterling Court, 16 Dix’s Field, Exeter EX1 1QA. Tel: 01392 880180

Leeds Office:

9 Bond Court, Leeds LS1 2JZ. Tel: 0113 245 9393

Southampton Office:

3rd Floor, Enterprise House, Ocean Way, Southampton, Hampshire SO14 3XB.

Tel: 023 8033 0041

London Office:

UK House, 180 Oxford Street, London W1D 1NN. Tel: 0207 198 2000

Manchester Office:

6th Floor, 3 Hardman Street, Manchester M3 3HF. Tel: 0161 228 6411

Nottingham Office:

First Floor, City Gate East, Tollhouse Hill, Nottingham NG1 5FS. Tel: 0115 950 1414

Newcastle Office:

41-51 Grey Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 6EE. Tel: 0191 232 6291

Auction Office:

1st Floor, 2 Manor Court, Barnes Wallis Road, Fareham PO15 5TH. Tel: 0203 461643

LIQUIDITY SERVICES UK

LONDON – United Kingdom Head Office.

1st Floor, 1 Alie Street, London, E1 8DE, United Kingdom.

Tel: +44 20 7098 3700 Fax: +44 20 7098 3795

Email: CustomerService@liquidityservices.com

BIRMINGHAM – 7th Floor, Livery Place, 35 Livery Street, Birmingham B3 2PB, United

Kingdom. Tel: +44 121 236 2880 Fax: +44 121 236 2890

Email: CustomerService@liquidityservices.com

BRISTOL – 1 Friary, Temple Quay, Bristol BS1 6EA, United Kingdom.

Tel: +44 117 922 0790 Fax: +44 117 344 5150

Email: CustomerService@liquidityservices.com

LEEDS – 31/32 Park Row, Leeds LS1 5JD. United Kingdom

Tel: +44 113 246 5570 Fax: +44 113 246 5590

Email: CustomerService@go-dove.com

Email: sales@liquidityservices.com Web: www.go-dove.com

BARRELLING/SUPER FINISHING

SHARMIC ENGINEERING LIMITED

Vibratory/shotblast finishing. New & Used vibratory machines, repairs &

consumables

Baldwin Road, Stourport-on-Severn, Worcs.

Tel: 01299 878123 Fax: 01299 879409

Email: info@sharmic.co.uk Website: www.sharmic.co.uk

BROACHING AND KEY WAY CUTTING

ALCESTER BROACH & TOOL CO. LTD.

Comprehensive sub-contracting broaching facilities, including own tooling. Broach

manufacturing and re-grind & repair services. The total broaching service.

Pipers Road, Park Farm South, Redditch, Worcs B98 OHU

Tel: 01527 523107 Fax: 01527 526137

Email: sales@alcesterbroach.com www.alcesterbroach.com

B & H GEARS LTD

Spur, helical, bevel. racks and pinions, sprockets, timing pulleys, worms and

wormwheels, gear crowning/barrelling/tapering, splining, serration, broaching,

internal and external gears.

Star Ironworks, Greenacres Road, Oldham, Lancs. OL4 2BT

Tel: 0161 627 4610 Fax: 0161 628 3141

Email: sales@bandhgears.co.uk Web: www.bandhgears.co.uk

CNC CRT MONITOR SCREEN REPAIRS AND

REPLACEMENTS

PENNINE AUTOMATION SPARES

NEW replacement CRT and TFT Moniitors for Fanuc, Siemens, Mazak, Mitsubishi,

Okuma, Heidenhain and KME Large stock 12 to 24 month warranty.

Tel: +44 (0)1422 370109 Fax: +44 (0)1422 371338 Web: www.pennineuk.com

CNC GRINDING

AARON MANUFACTURING LTD

ISO 9001:2015 registered. 7 CNC Grinders, cylindrical and fully universal internal /

external, Int Process gauging, modern manufacturing facility.

Unit K, L & M, 25-27 Willis Way, Poole, Dorset BH15 3TD

Tel: 01202 670071 Fax: 01202 682952

Email: aaron@aaroncnc.co.uk Web: aaronmanufacturing.co.uk

CENTRAL GRINDING SERVICES LTD

Precision Internal & External C.N.C. Grinding, 50 offs up to large qtys, all materials

including Exotics, Carbide & Coatings. ISO 9001-2000.

3A Pomery Drive, Oadby Industrial Estate, Oadby, Leicester LE2 5NE.

Tel: 0116 271 8188 Fax: 0116 271 8199

Email: info@centralgrinding.co.uk Web: www.centralgrindingservices.co.uk

CNC MACHINE TOOLS SPARES AND

SERVICE, REPAIRS

CNC MACHINE TOOLS LTD

The leading provider of service, breakdown support and PUWER assessments to

all types of machinery throughout the UK.

Unit 8s, Chalk Lane, Snetterton, Norfolk NR16 2JZ

Tel: 01953 888058

Email: sales@cncmachinetools.co.uk Web: www.cncmachinetools.co.uk

CNC SYSTEMS LTD

Fanuc Systems & Fuji AC and DC drive repairs, supply of spares and installation.

40 Redwoods, Addlestone, Surrey KT15 1JN Tel: 07740 187341 Tel: 01932 830492

Email: offices@cncsystemsltd.co.uk Web: www.cncsystemsltd.co.uk

PENNINE AUTOMATION SPARES

The largest stock in the UK of CNC spares, drives, motors, controls, boards,

encoders all makes Fanuc, Siemens, Allan, Bradley, Contraves, Gettys and more.

Check out our web site www.pennineuk.com for part of our stock.

Tel: +44(0) 1422 370109 Fax: +44(0) 1422 371338

Email: spares@pennineuk.com

CNC PROGRAMMING & TRAINING

GARDNER CNC

For Training: Programming: CAD/CAM Systems: Technical Assistance and more.

Help is just a phone call away.

1 Green Hill Farm, Bishop Itchington, Warwickshire CV4 72SS

Tel: 01926 614882 Fax: 01926 614884 Email: info@gardner-cnc.co.uk

CNC RETROFITTING

INDUSTRIAL MACHINE TOOL SERVICES LTD

Grinding machine specialists. Increase productivity, higher specification machine

Unit 11, Castleview Business Centre,Gas House Road, Rochester,

Kent ME1 1PB

Charles Thurston, Tel: 01634 844477 Fax: 01634 844599

Email: info@imtsgrinding.com Web: www.imtsgrinding.com

MACHINERY PLANT SERVICES LTD

Specialists in Retrofitting all types of Press Brakes and Guillotines - App. UK Agent

for CYBELEC Controls

38a Doddington Road, Earls Barton, Northampton NN6 0NF

Tel: 01604 811634 Fax: 01604 811123

Web: www.cybelec.co.uk Email: info@machinery-plant-servs.com

CNC TURNING / MILLING

B & H GEARS LTD

Spur, helical, bevel. racks and pinions, sprockets, timing pulleys, worms and

wormwheels, gear crowning/barrelling/tapering, splining, serration, broaching,

internal and external gears.

Star Ironworks, Greenacres Road, Oldham, Lancs. OL4 2BT

Tel: 0161 627 4610 Fax: 0161 628 3141

Email: sales@bandhgears.co.uk Web: www.bandhgears.co.uk

CNC VERTICAL BORING

N.A.B. PRECISION TOOLING LTD

Up to 2 metres Diameter CNC Turning.

Knowl Piece, Wilbury Way, Hitchin, Herts SG4 0TY

Tel: 01462 456565 Fax: 01462 420039

Email: nab_sales@btconnect.com Web: www.nabprecisiontooling.com

S E R V I C E P R O V I D E R S - I n c r e a s e y o u r c u s t o m e r b a s e f o r l e s s t h a n £ 2 a w e e k

Manufacturing Machinery World, May 2020 35


S E R V I C E S D I R E C T O R Y

COIL PROCESSING EQUIPMENT

BULLDOG INDUSTRIAL HOLDINGS

Rollforming machinery, Decoilers, Straighteners, Pressfeeds, CNC folding,

Shearing, Fully automated production lines, Cut to length, Slitting and all coil

process machinery.

Carrrington Road, Stockport SK1 2JT.

Tel: 0161 477 0775 Email: sales@bulldog-uk.com Web: www.bulldog-uk.com

DEEP HOLE BORING

HONE-ALL PRECISION LTD

Capacity Available – Call us today!

AS9100D, ISO 9001:2015 & Rolls Royce approved supplier for: Deep Hole Boring,

Deep Hole Drilling, CNC Honing & CNC Turning, ø2.5mm – 220mm internal diameter

x over 3 metres long. Prototype to production batch, aluminium to aermet, for the

highest levels of quality and service, contact us for a quote today!

Cherrycourt Way, Leighton Buzzard, Beds. LU7 4UH.

Tel: 0845 555 5111 / 01525 370666 Fax: 0845 555 5222

Email: sales@hone-all.co.uk Web: www.hone-all.co.uk

SUBCON DRILLING LTD

ISO 9001 : 2000 Quality Assured Company. The UK Leader in Ejector Drilling, Gun

Drilling & Honing, fast response and turnaround.

Subcon Drilling, Unit 6, The Heron Business Park, Eastman Way,

Hemel Hempstead HP2 7FW. Tel: 01442 205960 Fax: 01442 205961

Email: dean@subcondrilling.co.uk Web: www.subcondrilling.co.uk

DEEP HOLE DRILLING

HONE-ALL PRECISION LTD

Capacity Available – Call us today!

AS9100D, ISO 9001:2015 & Rolls Royce approved supplier for: Deep Hole Boring,

Deep Hole Drilling, CNC Honing & CNC Turning, ø2.5mm – 220mm internal diameter

x over 3 metres long. Prototype to production batch, aluminium to aermet, for the

highest levels of quality and service, contact us for a quote today!

Cherrycourt Way, Leighton Buzzard, Beds. LU7 4UH.

Tel: 0845 555 5111 / 01525 370666 Fax: 0845 555 5222

Email: sales@hone-all.co.uk Web: www.hone-all.co.uk

DIGITAL READOUT EQUIPMENT

machine dro

DRO supplier of all major brands including M-DRO, Newall, Acu-rite, Mitutoyo.

Linear and rotary encoders specialist. Install, repairs and spares.

Machine DRO Dept, Pindar Road, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, EN11 0BZ, UK.

Tel: +44 (0)1992 455921 Email: sales@machine-dro.co.uk Web: www.machine-dro.co.uk

WARREN MEASUREMENT SYSTEMS

Independent DRO company offering sales & service on all makes of DRO.

9 Woodford Road, Burton, Latimer, Northants, NN15 5UX

Tel: 01536 722712 Fax: 01536 609025

Email heather@warrenmeasurement.co.uk

FINANCE FOR MACHINERY

CITY AND EUROPEAN ASSET FINANCE LIMITED

Independent finance broker funding machinery of all types, new or used on Hire

Purchase or Lease.

Bay Tree House, Ricksons Lane, West Horsley, Surrey, KT24 6HU

Tel: 01483 280111 Fax: 01483 280117

Email: dmcphillips@leasingfinance.com Web: www.cityandeuropean.co.uk

Contact Name: Duncan McPhillips.City and European Asset Finance Ltd is authorised

and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

FULLY AUTOMATED PRODUCTION

BULLDOG INDUSTRIAL HOLDINGS

Rollforming machinery, Decoilers, Straighteners, Pressfeeds, CNC folding,

Shearing, Fully automated production lines, Cut to length, Slitting and all coil

process machinery.

Carrrington Road, Stockport SK1 2JT.

Tel: 0161 477 0775 Email: sales@bulldog-uk.com Web: www.bulldog-uk.com

City and European Asset Finance Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial

Conduct Authority.

GEAR CUTTING

B & H GEARS LTD

Spur, helical, bevel. racks and pinions, sprockets, timing pulleys, worms and

wormwheels, gear crowning/barrelling/tapering, splining, serration, broaching,

internal and external gears.

Star Ironworks, Greenacres Road, Oldham, Lancs. OL4 2BT

Tel: 0161 627 4610 Fax: 0161 628 3141

Email: sales@bandhgears.co.uk Web: www.bandhgears.co.uk

GRINDING

CENTRAL GRINDING SERVICES LTD.

Precision grinding, 1 offs - batchwork, all materials, universal, surface, centreless

and thread grinding universal up to 2 metres long

3 Pomeroy Drive, Oadby Industrial Estate, Oadby, Leiceester, LE2 5NE

Tel: 0116 2718188 Fax: 0116 2718199 Email:info@centralgrinding.co.uk

Website: www.centralgrindingservices.co.uk

GRINDING CONSULTANTS

IMTS GRINDING TECHNOLOGY LTD

(IMTS Consultancy can offer assistance in, grinding techniques, machine design,

software design, dressing requirements, product devlopment, the grinding of

bearings, turbine blades, fuel injection systems, hydraulic spooles, knives,

punches, cams, tungsten and PCD. Hands on site visits).

Castleview Business Centre, Gas House Road, Rochester, Kent ME1 5QH

Tel: 01634 844477 Fax: 01634 844599

Email: info@imtsgrinding.com Website: www.imtsgrinding.com

GUARDING

CRESCENT MACHINERY

PUWER Inspections, all types of machinery guarding. Mechanical barriers or infrared

guarding, full perimeter interlock guarding.

Group Rhodes Limited, Unit 21, Calder Vale Road, Wakefield WF1 9RD.

Email: information@grouprhodes.co.uk Tel: +44 (0) 1924 371161

GUILLOTINE BLADES

CRESCENT MACHINERY

Regrinding + Turning Service, same day regrinding if pre-booked.

New blades any size or make of machine.

To cut all materials. Onsite service all makes of Guillotines.

Group Rhodes Limited, Unit 21, Calder Vale Road, Wakefield WF1 9RD.

Email: information@grouprhodes.co.uk Tel:+44 (0) 1924 371161

GUN DRILLING

HONE-ALL PRECISION LTD

Capacity Available – Call us today!

AS9100D, ISO 9001:2015 & Rolls Royce approved supplier for: Deep Hole Boring,

Deep Hole Drilling, CNC Honing & CNC Turning, ø2.5mm – 220mm internal diameter

x over 3 metres long. Prototype to production batch, aluminium to aermet, for the

highest levels of quality and service, contact us for a quote today!

Cherrycourt Way, Leighton Buzzard, Beds. LU7 4UH.

Tel: 0845 555 5111 / 01525 370666 Fax: 0845 555 5222

Email: sales@hone-all.co.uk Web: www.hone-all.co.uk

SUBCON DRILLING LTD

ISO 9001 : 2000 Quality Assured Company. The UK Leader in Ejector Drilling,

Gundrilling & Honing, fast response and turnaround.

Subcon Drilling, Unit 6, The Heron Business Park, Eastmman Way, Hemel Hempstead.

Tel: 01442 205960 Fax: 01442 205960

Email: subcondrilling@aol.com Web: www.subcondrilling.co.uk

HONING

APPERLEY HONING LTD

Honing capacity available from 3.00mm to 750.00mm diameter and lengths up to

15metres. ISO 9002

Contact: Charles Sanders,

Malmesbury Road, Kingsditch Trading Estate, Cheltenham GL51 9PL

Tel: 01242 525868 Fax: 01242 224738

Email: admin@apperleyhoning.co.uk Web: www.apperleyhoning.co.uk

DELAPENA GROUP

World leaders in honing. Supporting every aspect of improving the surface finish,

machines and tooling designed and manufactured in the UK.

Facility includes Application Centre, State of the Art Sintering Department, Tooling

refurbishment Centre.

First class service & support. Distributors across the globe.

Request a quotation today.

The Delapena Group

The Runnings, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. GL51 9NJ

Email: sales@delapena.co.uk Tel: 01242 516341

HONE-ALL PRECISION LTD

Capacity Available – Call us today!

AS9100D, ISO 9001:2015 & Rolls Royce approved supplier for: Deep Hole Boring,

Deep Hole Drilling, CNC Honing & CNC Turning, ø2.5mm – 220mm internal diameter

x over 3 metres long. Prototype to production batch, aluminium to aermet, for the

highest levels of quality and service, contact us for a quote today!

Cherrycourt Way, Leighton Buzzard, Beds. LU7 4UH.

Tel: 0845 555 5111 / 01525 370666 Fax: 0845 555 5222

Email: sales@hone-all.co.uk Web: www.hone-all.co.uk

SUBCON DRILLING LTD

ISO 9001 : 2000 Quality Assured Company. The UK Leader in Ejector Drilling, Gun

Drilling & Honing, fast response and turnaround.

Subcon Drilling, Unit 6, The Heron Business Park, Eastmman Way, Hemel Hempstead.

Tel: 01442 205960 Fax: 01442 205960

Email: subcondriling@aol.com Web: www.subcondrilling.com

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S E R V I C E S D I R E C T O R Y

INSPECTION EQUIPMENT

MIDLAND METROLOGY LTD

Profile projectors, vision systems, hardness testers, granite plates/tables/squares –

used inspection equipment, calibration laboratory.

Unit G3, Little Heath Industrial Estate, Old Church Road, Coventry CV6 7ND

Tel: +44 (0) 2476 638280 Fax: +44 (0)2476 638772 Email: sales@midland-metrology.co.uk

LAPPING

KEMET INTERNATIONAL LTD

70 years experience in Lapping and Polishing Systems and Consumables, fast and

efficient contract Lapping service.

Cuxton Road, Maidstone, Kent ME15 9NJ

Tel: 01622 755287 Fax: 01622 670915

Email: sales@kemet.co.uk Web: www.kemet-lapping.co.uk

PRECISION LAPPING LTD.

16 Marine Way, Hogwood Lane Industrial Estate, Finchampstead, Berks RG40 4RF

Tel: 0118 973 5989 Fax: 0118 973 7241

Web: www.precision-lappping.co.uk

LASER CALIBRATION

C.D. MEASUREMENTS LTD

Specialists in laser calibration of machine tools & measuring equipment. UKAS

accredited. No. 0344 for on site calibration.

Chomlea House, Hadfield Road, Hadfield, Glossop, Derbys. SK13 2ER

Tel: 01457 852929 Fax: 01457 860619 www.cdmeasurements.com

MACHINE TOOL REBUILD

BLUE DIAMOND MACHINE TOOLS LTD

Suppliers of new and used machine tools, rebuilding and repairs, suppliers of new

tooling and sub-contract slideway grinding, CNC retrofitting.

Unit 6B, Hackworth Park Industrial Estate, Shildon,

County Durham DL4 1HG

Tel: 01388 776052 Fax: 01388 774770

Email: sales@bdmtools.co.uk Website: www.bluediamond-machinetools.co.uk

METROL

CNC SYSTEMS LTD

High accuracy sensors. Used on CNC Lathes, Machining Centres and Grinders.

40 Redwoods, Addlestone, Surrey KT15 1JN

Tel: 01932 830492 Mob: 07740 187341

Email: offices@cncsystemsltd.co.uk Web: www.cncsystemsltd.co.uK

PRECISION ENGINEERS / WORK HOLDING

BRM PRECISION ENGINEERS & TOOLMAKERS LTD

Machined Precision Parts, Jigs, Fixtures, Work Holders, Small Fabrications, Press

Tooling.

Unit 3, Brook Street Business Park, Brook Street, Colchester, CO1 2UZ

Tel: 01206 794617 Fax: 01206 793839 Email: bob.rayner@btconnnect.com

PRESS SERVICING MAINTENANCE

CRESCENT MACHINERY

Spares, Repairs, Rebuilding & Onsite Maintenance. All makes of Machines:

Kinghorn, HME, Bentley etc.

Group Rhodes Limited, Unit 21, Calder Vale Road, Wakefield WF1 9RD.

Email: information@grouprhodes.co.uk Tel: +44 (0) 1924 371161

PRESS TECHNIQUES LTD

Rebuild - Refurbishment - Rewire - Upgrade - Service

Press Techniques Ltd, Units 4 & 5, 38 Commercial Street, Wakefield, WF1 5RN

Tel: 01924 291463 Fax: 01924 373133

T.M.A. ENGINEERING LTD

Power Press Specialists, Service, Spares, Repairs, Insurance Inspections,

Maintenance, Guards.

95-111 Tyburn Road, Erdington, Birmingham B24 8NQ

Tel: 0121 328 1908 Fax: 0121 322 2017

Email: sales@TMAeng.co.uk Web: www.TMAeng.co.uk

PRESSBRAKE TOOLING

PK TOOLING

New & Used Pressbrake Tooling supplier for most makes of machines

282 Newton Road, Rushden, Northants, NN10 0SY.

Tel: 01933 355726

Email: sales@pktooling.com Web: www.pktooling.com

PRODUCTION CONTROL SOFTWARE

PSL DATATRACK

Production control software for sub-contractors and precision engineers.

Quotations, Sales & Works Orders, Process Layouts, Stock Control, Purchasing,

Scheduling, Shop Floor Data Collection, Quality & Tooling, Traceability, Financial,

CRM.

Lily Hill House, Lily Hill Road, Bracknell, Berkshire RG12 2SJ

Tel: 01344 827312 or 08456 345931

Email: machworld@psldatatrack.com Web: www.psldatatrack.com

ROLLFORMERS

FORMIT LIMITED

Design & supply of cold Rollform Equipment & Tooling, Press Feeding & Coil

Processing Equipment. New & Used Machinery For Sale

Unit 3, City Estate, Corngreaves Road, Cradley Heath, West Midlands B64 7EP.

Tel: 01384 895150 Fax: 01384 895303

Email: sales@formit.co.uk Web: www.formit.co.uk

ROLLING MILLS

DURSTON ROLLING MILLS

Rolling mills for all applications

Progress House, Hospital Hill, Waterside, Chesham, Bucks, HP5 1PJ

Tel: 01494 535388 Fax: 01494 792966

Email: sales@durston.co.uk Web: www.durston.com

ROTARY TABLES

1st MACHINE TOOL ACCESSORIES

4th & 5th Axis tables and custom-buillt solutions.

1 The Headlands, Downton, Salisbury, Wilts SP5 3JJ

Tel: 01725 514000 Email: enquiries@kitagawaeurope.com

SAWING

ADDISON SAWS LTD

(Sawing machine and consumables specialists. Est. 55 years)

Attwood Street, Lye, Stourbridge, West Midlands DY9 8RU

Tel: 01384 264950 Fax: 01384 264955

Email: sales@addisonsaws.co.uk Web: www.addisonsaws.co.uk

BEHRINGER LTD

(SAWING MACHINE SUPPLIER ESTABLISHED OVER 100 YEARS )

Subsidiary of the parent company Behringer GmbH, in Germany. Behringer, Behringer

Eisele and Vernet Behringer products

Complete range of billet cutting and mitre cutting, band saws and circular cold saws and

plate saws including Vernet Behringer structural fabrication processing equipment.

Handling equipment to suit specific requirements

After sales and service and support across the UK with next day delivery.

Demonstrations available at our service centre

Tel 01296 668259. Web: www.behringerltd.co.uk

E mail info@behringerltd.co.uk

ADS PRECISION LTD

For all your metal cutting needs. Suppliers of new & used metal sawing bandsaws

& circular saws (from manual to automatic CNC), Bahco bi-metal & carbide

bandsaw blades, spare parts for a wide range of saws, breakdown, repairs &

servicing, lubricants and in house subcontract cutting/sawing, CNC milling, turning

and machining.

710a-716 Penistone Road, Hillsborough, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S6 2DF

Tel: 0114 2347352 Fax: 0114 2347362

Email: sales@adsprecision.com Web: www.adsprecision.com

JHP MACHINE SALES LTD

UK agents for BEWO and RUSCH Sawing Machinery, Manual to Automatic and

CNC Bandsaws, Automatic Tube Saws, Circular Saws, Blades, Breakdowns,

Spares, Service and Repairs to a wide range of machinery.

EchoENG: A wide range of Machine Tools i.e., Press Brakes, Guillotines, Machining

Centers. Lathes, Mills and much much more.

UK agents for DYNOBEND Bending and Tube end forming Machines.

Unit 2 Phoenix Park Ind Est, Chickenhall Lane, Eastleigh SO50 6PQ

Tel: 02381 942827 Email: sales@jhpengineeringservices.co.uk

PROSAW LTD.

Sawing specialists for 40 years. Complete range of metal sawing machines,

manual, mitre, semi/fully automatic, special application systems. Hydraulic

steelworkers also available 35 - 165 ton capacity.

First class service & support throughout the UK. Spares & consumables available

on a nex day delivery. Demonstrations at Prosaw or at your own premises.

Tel 01536 410999 Fax 01536 410080

Web: www.prosaw.co.uk Email: sales@prosaw.co.uk

SAWS (UK) LTD

Leading bandsaw specialist and metal saw, bandsaw blade supplier.

For advice, spare parts, new bandsaws, aluminium saws, chopsaws, circular saws,

blades or service.

Wealden Industrial Estate, Farningham Road, Crowborough, East Sussex TN6 2TR.

Tel: 08448 804511 Fax: 01435 862205 Web: www.sawsuk.com

SCRAP METAL RECYCLING

H. A. MASON (METALS) LTD

Buyers of all non-ferrous scrap metals

Two Woods Lane, off Mill Street, Brierley Hill, West Midlands DY5 1TA

Tel: 01384 79841 Fax: 01384 76414

Email: info@masonmetals.co.uk Web: www.masonmetals.co.uk

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S E R V I C E S D I R E C T O R Y

SERVO MOTOR & DRIVE REPAIRS

EUROSERV LIMITED

Specialist Repairs to all Manufactures of Servomotors, Spindle Motors and Drives +

Associated Equipment.

Unit 16 & 17, Whitworth Road, Armstrong Industrial Estate, Washington, Tyne & Wear

NE37 1PP. Tel: +44 (0)1915 193344 Fax: +44 (0)1915 368707

Email: enquiries@euroservltd.net Web: www.euroservltd.net

SERVICE & REPAIR

INDUSTRIAL MACHINE TOOL SERVICES LTD

Highly skilled engineers will respond quickly. specialists in Grinding Machines.

Unit 11, Castleview Business Centre,Gas House Road, Rochester,

Kent ME1 1PB Charles Thurston, Tel: 01634 844477 Fax: 01634 844599

Email: info@imtsgrinding.com www.imtsgrinding.com

TPH MACHINE TOOLS

Offer Service & Repair on most Metalworking & Fab Machines,

both Electrical & Mechanical

Tel: +44 (0)1708 523916 Email: miket@tphmachinetools.co.uk

Web: www.tphmachinetools.co.uk

Established 1923

SHOT BLAST MACHINE ENGINEERS

DOUG BOOTH & SONS (SHOTBLAST) LTD.

The largest UK stocks of new and re-conditioned shotblast machines of all types.

Olympia Works, Church Street, Ossett, Wakefield, West Yorks WF5 9DG

Tel: 01924 274887 Fax: 01924 262219

Email: paul@dougbooth.co.uk Web: www.dougbooth.co.uk

MNB PRECISION

MNB offer precison services including CNC Milling and Turning, Jig Boring, Spark-

Erosion, Wire-Erosion, Grinding and Shot Peening up 8M long.

Units 3-5 Binns Close, Torrington Avenue, Coventry, CV4 9TB

Tel: +44 (0) 2476 695 959 Fax: 08721116698

Email: info@mnbprecision.com Web: www.mnbprecision.com

SLIDEWAY GRINDING

BLUE DIAMOND MACHINE TOOLS LTD

Suppliers of new and used machine tools, rebuilding and repairs, suppliers of new

tooling and sub-contract slideway grinding, CNC retrofitting.

Unit 6, Hackworth Park Industrial Estate, Sheldon, County Durham.

Tel: 01388 776052 Fax: 01388 774770

Email: sales@bdmtools.co.uk Web: www.bluediamond-machinetools.co.uk

ODIN ENGINEERING LTD

Slideway Grinding up to 1.7 metres x 4.2 metres on WALDRICH COBURG

MACHINES

Unit 4, Fullwood Close, Aldermans Green Ind. Est., Coventry, England, CV2 2SS

Contact: Sam Tel: +44 (0)2476 602622

SPARK EROSION

SES (GLOS) LTD

Suppliers of new and used Spark Erosion Machines, Fast Hole Drills,

Refurbishment, Training, Servicing and all EDM consumables. Specialists in

Glevum, Sparcatron and Hurco equipment.

Unit 19A Lower Road Trading Estate, Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8 2DJ

Tel: 01531637206 Email: service@sparcerosion.biz

SPINDLE BUILD & REPAIR

ROTATECH

Specialising in all types of machine tool spindles, both mechanical &

electromechanical. Complete removal and re-installation service offered.

20 Cavans Way, Binley Industrial state, Binley, Coventry CN3 2SF

Tel: 02476 452600 Fax: 02476 452645

Email: sales@rotatech.com Web: www.rotatech.com

SUB-CONTRACTING - GRINDING

CENTRAL GRINDING SERVICES LTD

Precision Internal & External C.N.C. Grinding, 50 offs up to large qtys, all materials

including Exotics, Carbide & Coatings. ISO 9001-2000.

3A Pomery Drive, Oadby Industrial Estate, Oadby, Leicester LE2 5NE.

Tel: 0116 271 8188 Fax: 0116 271 8199

Email: carl@centralgrinding.co.uk Web:www.centralgrindingservices.co.uk

SUBCONTRACTING – HONING

deLaPena GroUP

Delapena subcontract honing facility provides fast, efficient and cost effective

superior honing service.

With our comprehensive suite of delapena honing machines we are known for

precise, controllable and repeatable honing.

Request a quotation today.

The Delapena GroupThe Runnings, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. GL51 9NJ

EmIl: t.elliott@delapena.co.uk Tel: 01242 516341

SUB-CONTRACTING - MACHINING

N.A.B. PRECISION TOOLING LTD

Up to 2 metres Diameter CNC Turning.

Knowl Piece, Wilbury Way, Hitchin, Herts SG4 0TY

Tel: 01462 456565 Fax: 01462 420039

Email: nab_sales@btconnect.com Web: www.nabprecisiontooling.com

SUB-CONTRACTING - SAWING, MACHINING,

MILLING, TURNING & LATHE SERVICES

ADS PRECISION LTD

For all your metal cutting needs. Suppliers of new & used metal sawing bandsaws

& circular saws (from manual to automatic CNC), Bahco bi-metal & carbide

bandsaw blades, spare parts for a wide range of saws, breakdown, repairs &

servicing, lubricants and in house subcontract cutting/sawing, CNC milling, turning

and machining.

710a-716 Penistone Road, Hillsborough, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S6 2DF

Tel: 0114 2347352 Fax: 0114 2347362

Email: sales@adsprecision.com Web: www.adsprecision.com

THREAD CUTTING

KINGSTON ENGINEERING Co (HULL) LTD

Specialist manufacturers and producers of bespoke Power Screws. We offer a

variety of specialised engineering services and based on using materials and

specifications to suit customer's exact needs, we produce complimentary nuts and

fittings.

Pennington Street, Hull, HU8 7LD

Tel: 01482 325676 Fax: 01482 216438 Mobile: 07901 857045 www.kingstonengineering.co.uk

Email : paul@kingston-engineering.co.uk

TOOL MAKERS

BRM PRECISION ENGINEERS & TOOLMAKERS LTD

Specialist at Tooling for Aluminium and Plastic Collapsable Tubes for

Toothpaste/Packaging.

Unit 3, Brook Street Business Park, Brook Street, Colchester, CO1 2UZ

Tel: 01206 794617 Fax: 01206 793839 Email: bob.rayner@btconnnect.com

JCP SERVICES LIMITED

Tooling For Tin Box & Bakewake Plus Precision Engineers. We specialise in the

manufacture of tin box, bake ware and progressive tooling. Press work also

undertaken. We also offer a large variety of precision engineering CNC machinery.

Unit 50, Wakefield Commercial Park, Engine Lane, Bridge Road, Horbury Junction,

Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF4 5NW. Tel: 01924 278585

Email: johnpenn50@btconnect.com Web: www.jcpservices.org.com

TUBE MANIPULATION

HLP TUBE FORMERS LTD

Specialists in CNC Bending, Cutting, Welding & Fabrication

Unit 17 Pant Glas Industrial Estate, Bedwas, Caerphilly, CF83 8DR

Tel: 029 2086 2122 Fax: 029 2086 0823

Email: info@hlptube.co.uk Web: www.hlptube.co.uk

VALUATION PLANT & MACHINERY

MARRIOTT & CO.

Professional and Independent Valuers and Auctioneers of Plant/Machinery.

19 East Street, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7SD.

Tel: 01252 712083 Fax: 01252 737613

68 Lombard Street, London EC3V 9LJ. Tel: 020 7868 1716

Email: mail@marriottco.co.uk Web: www.marriottco.co.uk

VERTICAL BORING

N.A.B. Precision tooling ltd

Up to 2 metres Diameter CNC Turning.

Knowl Piece, Wilbury Way, Hitchin, Herts SG4 0TY

Tel: 01462 456565 Fax: 01462 420039

Email: nab_sales@btconnect.com

Web: www.nabprecisiontooling.com

WATERJET CUTTING

CROSS ENGINEERING SWANSEA LTD

Specialists in Waterjet cutting. 2 number twin head Flow machines 4mtr x 2mtr

capacity, any material upto 200mm thickness also sub contract machining and

fabrication capacity

Garngoch Industrial Estate, Gorseinon, Swansea, SA4 9GE

Web: www.crosswaterservices.co.uk www.crossengineering.co.uk

Tel: 01792 893491

WORKHOLDING

1st MACHINE TOOL ACCESSORIES

High quality work holding, fixturing, clamping, chucks & collets available from

stock.

1 The Headlands, Downton, Salisbury, Wilts SP5 3JJ

Tel: 0800 783 0510 Email: enquiries@1stmta.com

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NEWS NEWS NEWS

MOTIVATIONAL TIME HAS UNITED

MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY

In the opinion of Citizen Machinery UK’s

managing director Edward James, the Covid-19

pandemic has united the whole of the

manufacturing sector to an extent never seen

before in terms of the levels of selfless application

by huge numbers of people to boost production

of much-needed medical equipment. In this

article he describes how the company he runs, a

turning solution provider, is contributing in the

battle to deliver more ventilators to the front line

in hospitals.

Citizen became involved early on when it was

contacted by the UK government’s consortium

for ventilator production, which became known

as Ventilator Challenge UK. The committee

included representatives from the AMRC

(Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre) and

Renishaw, who identified Citizen as the largest

supplier of bar automatics in the UK and Ireland.

This type of machine tool, especially the slidinghead

variety with turn-milling capability, is

critical to the rapid, efficient manufacture of

components in very high volumes for making the

extra ventilators needed by the NHS, 30,000 being

the current target.

Accordingly, Citizen was given critical

supplier status for the medical as well as the

aerospace and defence sectors, although priority

is being given to medical applications and is the

only one being serviced at the moment.

Mr James commented, “At the outset, the

government was considering building a factory to

make ventilators parts and assemble them.

However, we and others advising them

suggested that the best route would be to enlist

the help of the existing pool of first-class

manufacturers and their supply chains already

using our lathes and production equipment from

other leading machine tool suppliers.

“I gave them a list of about 50 companies that

use Citizen turning centres, choosing firms that

operate sufficient numbers of machines, hold ISO

accreditation and have the right level of expertise

and metrology capability. We knew many of

them already make ventilator parts as well as

similar types of medical and non-medical parts

out of both normal materials and special alloys.

“We had told all of our customers via social

media that Citizen Machinery UK was still open

for business and continuing to operate under

government guidelines to support customers and

prioritise any request for help in producing

medical components.”

Nearly all of the recommended contacts were

approached by multinational firms, including

Rolls-Royce, GKN and BAe, appointed by

Ventilator Challenge UK to oversee supply chain

management from purchasing through to

ventilator assembly. The manufacturers were

asked to change over their production to

machining medical components and they

immediately agreed to do so. As many of the

firms recognised that additional capacity would

be needed, it triggered multiple orders for new

Citizen bar automatics from several companies

and from additional manufacturers that became

involved in the initiative through word-of-mouth

recommendation.

In just over three weeks to mid-April 2020, 17

machines were prepared and delivered from

stock, all of which are devoted to the production

of medical parts. Transport is provided by

Citizen’s dedicated team, J Parrish & Son, and for

the rest of April sliding-head lathe deliveries are

running at one per day. Extraordinarily, each is

commissioned and operating on a customer’s

shop floor in approximately 36 hours from receipt

of the order, such is the urgency. Overlaid on this

already hectic workload is a significant amount of

re-purposing of existing turn-mill centres in the

field to manufacture medical equipment.

There are examples of Citizen lathes having

been reconfigured for making metal parts that are

normally produced from stampings, forgings and

castings. By far the largest proportion of resetting,

however, has involved writing programs and

providing tooling packages for turn-milling large

quantities of plastic components from bar that are

normally injection moulded, such as tubing

connectors for ventilators. Often they are

supplied from overseas, including China, but

deliveries may have either stopped or the

numbers available are insufficient.

Mr James added, “The six-week lead-time to

produce a new injection mould tool is too long -

the parts are needed much faster than that. Our

multi-axis sliding-head bar autos are ideal for

turning such components at both ends and

milling and drilling them in the same cycle so

they come off complete, without the need for

special fixturing and with minimal material

wastage.

“It is actually a lot of work to identify parts

that can be re-engineered in this way and then repurpose

a lathe to make them. A significant

amount of CAD effort is required, plus complex

CAM programming and post-processing.

“Our applications department has been doing

a lot of this in-house and at our customers’

factories, outsourcing what it cannot handle. One

of our applications engineers has been working

pro bono at a customer’s site for three weeks to

help out with re-engineering medical

components due to staff shortage.”

There are several reasons for Citizen

fortunately finding itself in a good position to

ship such a large number of lathes at short notice.

One was the opening last year of a new turning

centre of excellence in Brierley Hill with a

showroom containing many demonstration

machines. These together with those on show at

the Bushey headquarters are available on short

delivery.

The company in any case has a policy of

supplying its machines and accessories from UK

stock and more were available than usual, as

extra had been brought in due to the possibility of

a hard Brexit. Additional machines were in the

UK, including some of the very latest models,

ready to be shown at the now-postponed MACH

exhibition.

Moreover, a bull run of sales had led to a

backorder book of about eight weeks, with

turning centres that were nearly ready for

delivery able to be re-purposed at short notice

and diverted urgently to medical component

Edward James,

Managing Director, Citizen Machinery UK Ltd.

manufacturers. The original machine packages

are being replaced from stock.

Naturally, these activities are only possible

with healthy Citizen staff to implement them.

Seeing the speed with which Covid-19 was

spreading, Mr James had pre-empted

government advice by putting on hold in

February all overseas travel, isolating the Bushey

and Brierley Hill centres to avoid movement

between them, and instigating working from

home where feasible. The result is that of the 56

members of staff, 20 are furloughed but the other

36 are able to work, including all of the

applications engineers, half of the service staff

and many back office support personnel.

Mr James concluded, “I am told that most of

the turned parts have already been manufactured

for the 30,000 extra ventilators, which is testament

to the effort put in by us, other lathe suppliers

and an army of willing and capable

manufacturers in Britain and Ireland.

“I would like to offer a big thank you to all our

staff and suppliers who are helping to make this

happen. Everyone is volunteering to work

tirelessly around the clock, at weekends and even

through their holidays.”

He added that when the country finally comes

through the pandemic, Citizen Machinery UK

will find itself in a stronger position than

previously as he predicts that demand for new

machines will grow. It will be due to companies

that are acquiring modern sliding-head turn-mill

centres now, where in normal circumstances they

would not have done so for several years,

recognising earlier the benefits of the tighter

tolerances and better surface finishes achievable

compared with using their older lathes.

Additionally, most of the new turning centres

currently being supplied have Citizen’s

proprietary LFV programmable chipbreaking

software built into the control’s operating system.

Manufacturers are seeing the productivity

benefits of this technology when machining

traditionally long-chipping materials such as

plastics, stainless steel and titanium.

Tel: +44 (0)1923 691500.

sales@citizenmachinery.co.uk

www.citizenmachinery.co.uk

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MILTON KEYNES

2020

ARENA MK, MILTON KEYNES, 24 TH NOV 2020

Join us at the 2020 Manufacturing Conference & Exhibition on the 1st July 2020 to hear from an

impressive line-up of manufacturing leaders, academics and government agencies who will engage in a

stimulating blend of key note addresses and debates.

www.manufacturingevent.co.uk

Contact Garreth Thompson at garreth@prempubevents.com or on +44 207 183 7959 for more information

GLASGOW 2020

SEC, GLASGOW, 15 TH OCTOBER 2020

Join us at the 2020 Manufacturing & Supply Chain Expo in the SEC, Glasgow on 15th of October to hear

from an impressive line-up of manufacturing leaders, academics and government agencies who will

engage in a stimulating blend of key note addresses and debates.

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1st Machine Tool Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . .Front Cover

ADVERTISERS INDEX

Manufacturing & Supply Chain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34, 40

Accurate Laser Cutting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9

Amada UK Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5

Ashmores . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17

Bearings Warehouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9

Blue Diamond Machine Tools Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15

CD Measurement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13

CNC Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17

Eurospark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9

Excel Machine Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6-7

Mantech Manufacturing Technology .Outside Back Cover

MTA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23

New Century . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11

Penico Gauges Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5

Phil Geesin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4

SEC Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21

Services Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35-39

Subcon Drilling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17

Technova Precision . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13

Indysoft Europe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13

WC Challenor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13

Kerf Developments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4

Westermans International Ltd . . . . .inside Front Cover

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