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Lighting a new path - Mazak’s direct diode laser profiling breakthrough 27/07/2017

Yamazaki Mazak is claiming a world first with the introduction of its Optiplex 3015 DDL 4 kW laser 2D profiling machine. Andrew Allcock spoke to the company’s general manager for UK laser sales, Ian White, to learn more  Read More

Established, different, affordable - XYZ's Challenger 5-axis machining centre 05/07/2017

No stranger to 5-axis machining, having offered 3-axis vertical machining centres fitted with 2-axis tables for some time, XYZ Machine Tools has introduced an as-built simultaneous 5-axis machining centre. But the company’s applications manager, Mike Corbett, is at pains to underline the new addition’s differentiating strengths  Read More

FANUC UK - House warming 03/07/2017

FANUC UK has consolidated all its activities into a single, massive new home in Coventry. Andrew Allcock was at the official opening ceremony and has this report, including exclusive details from FANUC’s top man of future technology developments   Read More

Solid efforts 29/06/2017

A 2,000 m2 forming scale-up centre for industry and academia scheduled to open in August is just the latest development of a Brunel University London institute that wants to change the UK’s industrial supply chain through improved light metal solidification. Will Dalrymple visited  Read More

Large titanium part casting at AMRC Castings 26/06/2017

Following recent investment at AMRC Castings, the UK has gained a unique resource for research into the manufacture of large structural titanium castings for the aerospace sector. The realisation of a commercial facility somewhere in the UK is the ultimate target, however, as Andrew Allcock discovered when he called by to learn more  Read More

UK R&D effort - Magnesium aircraft parts offer weight-saving advantage 01/06/2017

In a collaborative R&D project, Magnesium Elektron demonstrated the manufacture of aircraft seat supports that, on a finished part comparison, were 19% lighter than aluminium AW2024. The company is developing a supply chain and has big plans for growth, as Will Dalrymple learned  Read More

Citizen Machinery UK - Change of leadership 24/04/2017

After some 42 years’ involvement with Citizen CNC sliding-head machine tool sales, and around six with Miyano, Geoff Bryant is stepping down as managing director of Citizen Machinery UK. A new team is already in place. Andrew Allcock reports   Read More

Progress on CAM for AM 03/04/2017

CAM software for subtractive machining is well developed and integrated with the CAD process. It is not the same for additive manufacturing (AM) or combined AM and subtractive processes, but there are new developments here, as Andrew Allcock discovers.  Read More

Back to basics: DMG Mori Open House review 31/03/2017

Customer service, machine rigidity, software and Industry 4.0 were the key product themes of the company’s annual Open House in Pfronten, Germany; but behind-the-scenes changes were also evident. Will Dalrymple was there and has this report  Read More

Smart protocol: machine tool communication in a connected world 24/03/2017

The OPC UA protocol does not have much visibility in the UK, so what is it, what are its origins and who’s signed up to its use or application? Andrew Allcock went in search of answers  Read More

Increasingly smart 22/03/2017

Switzerland-headquartered Studer had both machine technology and smart factory news for those attending its annual gathering. Andrew Allcock was there and has the detail  Read More

Blue sky thinking 17/03/2017

Aerospace supplier MEP has had a bumpy flight on its journey toward successful automation of a manual production process   Read More

‘If I had a hammer’: BMW underpins training with Emco 15/03/2017

Car giant BMW performs the same form of training at each of its German works locations. Called TaLEnt, Talent-orientated LEarning and development, it is supported by machines supplied by Emco  Read More

Totally automatic 10/03/2017

Andrew Allcock reviews automation in general, looks at the leading edge of artificial intelligence and Industry 4.0, plus more traditional machine tool-focused examples  Read More

Aero challenge - extended feature 06/03/2017

Kyocera SGS Precision Tools Europe hosted one of its first UK events since being bought by the Japanese industrial conglomerate Kyocera last year. Key themes were technical collaboration and superalloys, Will Dalrymple reports   Read More

This month 25 years ago: March 1992 02/03/2017

Machinery Awards, a familiar name; PC-based CNC, we’re still waiting; big export order for UK machine tool builder; the launch of a UK-developed-and-made CNC system; in-depth training update, plus more  Read More

Southern comfort: Southern Manufacturing exhibition preview 20/02/2017

After years of suffering the best attempts by winter weather to dismantle Southern Manufacturing’s coated fabric tent pavilion at Farnborough, including high winds and large quantities of water too, the organisers have pushed the event back a few weeks, to the end of March, in hopes of finding a clement interval  Read More

Straight and narrow 15/02/2017

Too long for machining centres, too thick for sheet metal profiling machines and requiring cutting that is too complex for bandsaws, the unusual qualities of extruded profiles of aluminium, steel and PVC have spurred the development of their own type of specialised milling machine. Will Dalrymple reports  Read More

Additive manufacturing - a sustainable production solution 10/02/2017

Consumer and industrial products benefit from additive manufacturing, involving both plastics and metals, with huge product innovation on offer in a sustainable manner. But software has yet to catch up with hardware developments, Autodesk said as it set out a vision at last year’s Additive Manufacturing conference in Chicago. Andrew Allcock reports (extended version)  Read More

Automated Okuma turning cell installed at Sandvik Coromant 09/02/2017

At its Gima, Sweden, factory, Sandvik Coromant has installed an advanced automated Okuma turning cell to support on-demand flexible manufacturing of boring bars in varying quantities  Read More

Electric thinking 07/02/2017

The Blue Arc electro-erosion process will drastically reduce roughing times in hard-to-machine alloys such as aero-engine parts, says inventor and developer GE. An adapted Mitsui Seiki machine tool has been delivered to GE’s aerospace global research centre near Detroit for customer trials. Will Dalrymple explains  Read More

Mazak new machines and industry 4.0 news 30/01/2017

The traditional Open House event at Yamazaki Mazak’s European Technology Centre in Worcester in November 2016 launched two new machines among more than 20 displayed, and revealed several software-related developments for tooling, process monitoring and Industry 4.0.  Read More

Makino EDM marque returns 19/01/2017

There is a new marque of wire and die-sink EDM machine in the UK: top-tier Japanese machine tool supplier Makino. Although UK dealer NCMT has previously sold them sporadically, its new sales initiative is a self-consciously long-term effort. Will Dalrymple reports  Read More

Sheet metal masters: more EuroBLECH 2016 news 13/01/2017

Novelties from the EuroBLECH October 2016 sheet metal exhibition in Hanover were revealed in our preview ( Here we provide additional detail and information on developments unveiled at the show   Read More

Tewkesbury showroom for LS Starrett 10/01/2017

A new showroom in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, means that customers in southern England needn’t travel to the Scottish borders to see a Starrett bandsaw in action. Low-cost models are a highlight of the display. Will Dalrymple visited to learn more  Read More

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