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Southern comfort 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

Emco aims for production 04/01/2017

Austria-headquartered Emco has had a UK presence since the 1970s, varying between direct, indirect and combined representation. But this August, sole direct UK coverage returned to Emco Education and the company has production applications in its sights, as Andrew Allcock heard  Read More

Science non-fiction 03/01/2017

The Advanced Forming Research Centre could reasonably be accused of hiding its light under a bushel. But it is now revealing more of its work and future direction, which is taking in more metalcutting, but with a particular focus, as Andrew Allcock learned during his visit  Read More

Walking the walk: suppliers are implementing Industry 4.0 technologies in their own operations 27/12/2016

The connection of manufacturing technology to people via mobile apps or the cloud is an increasing theme from technology suppliers.   Read More

Industry 4.0, starting from zero 23/12/2016

At the MACH 2016 exhibition in April, Machinery bumped into exhibition organiser the Manufacturing Technologies Association’s recently-appointed Industry 4.0 champion, and we revealed what he had to say in July (see link below).  Read More

Eastern promise kept: profile of Germany’s Kasto and customers since reunification 19/12/2016

Three manufacturing companies located in the former East Germany, including elements of saw and storage equipment manufacturer Kasto, trace their roots back to the chaotic days of East and West Germany’s reunification in the early 1990s. Will Dalrymple reports  Read More

Goodbye stringy swarf: Citizen Machinery UK’s new turning technology 12/12/2016

Citizen Machinery UK’s October Open House brought the company’s latest technology sliding-head developments, Low Frequency Vibration (LFV) and on-machine laser cutting, to a UK audience. Andrew Allcock travelled to Watford to learn more  Read More

A step up: the new home of Star Micronics GB 09/12/2016

In August, Star Micronics GB made the jump to new headquarters in Derby – a couple of doors away from Rolls-Royce. Will Dalrymple visited to learn more about the company’s new set-up and plans  Read More

Future vehicles: spaceframe with AM elements 07/12/2016

A consortium of four engineering firms have developed an automotive spaceframe partly produced by additive manufacturing to highlight a new way of making bodywork. They are: German companies EDAG Engineering, Laser Zentrum Nord and Concept Laser (ES Technology, 01865 821818), plus Italy’s BLM Group.   Read More

MACH 2018 – same place, new location, better facilities 02/12/2016

With post-MACH 2016 discussions and orders still playing out, exhibition organiser the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) has already moved on to organising MACH 2018 (9-13 April at the NEC - and is highlighting what’s different. There’s plenty, as Andrew Allcock heard  Read More

Roughing it: metals supplier invests in Handtmann centre for part-machining aero components 01/12/2016

A metals supplier and manufacturer of semi-finished aerospace parts buys big to pull away from the competition  Read More

Bigger and better: profile of contractor Dynamatic-Oldland Aerospace 24/11/2016

In the seven years since it was bought, Oldland has more than doubled in size. It has recently installed an automated five-unit aerostructure machining cell and a large-scale portal milling machine  Read More

DMG Mori to close Dixi factory and plans to sell off Tobler and energy solutions businesses 22/11/2016

Following the integration of its German operation into the Japanese parent, global machine tool manufacturer DMG Mori has announced a reorganisation of the business that sees it shutting three subsidiary factories, selling off several peripheral businesses, and refocusing its energies on direct sales and the electronics aspects of its products, the company announced in investor documents posted on the internet in November. Will Dalrymple reports  Read More

Sales updraft: turbine blade drilling specialist celebrates success 21/11/2016

Lifted up by orders, TEK4 has doubled the size of its Leicester shopfloor to over 5,000 ft². In late September, it celebrated with an Open House  Read More

On good form: Formnext, Frankfurt preview 10/11/2016

A surprise hit in its debut last year, the Formnext show, primarily about additive manufacturing (AM) but also covering toolmaking and mould-making technologies (from which it takes its name), returns 15-18 November with strong support from machine manufacturers  Read More

Controlled developments: international 5-axis machining R&D project 07/11/2016

Better 5-axis machining processes, in terms of both finish and form, will result from EU research programme Twin-Control. The UK’s University of Sheffield is leading on the metalcutting process control element  Read More

A new angle on turning: sliding-head B-axis capability explained 03/11/2016

Sliding-head machines with B-axis capability have been appearing over recent years. Citizen Cincom, Star and Tornos brand machines offer this, but what are the advantages? Citizen Machinery provided some answers  Read More

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