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At full stretch - stretchforming of wing leading edges 10/01/2018

Nottingham-based Aero Fabrications has made a multi-million-pound investment in setting up a new stretchforming operation. It is a one-of-a-kind UK facility that employs leading-edge technology to produce wing leading edges, as Andrew Allcock discovered   Read More

Sound thinking - ultrasonic inspection of 3D-printed parts 02/01/2018

The University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) at Glasgow is involved in investigating the use of ultrasonic sound as a solution to the internal measurement of additively manufactured metal parts. Andrew Allcock learned more  Read More

Engine component machining investment at JCB 09/11/2017

JCB started assembling a range of own-design diesel engines to power its vehicles in 2004. Volumes have since ramped up and now the company has, following a £10 million investment, brought in house related machining work. Andrew Allcock made a return visit to the facility to catch up with latest developments  Read More

Established; connected 24/10/2017

RK International Machine Tools is a well-established supplier of machine tools sourced from Europe and Taiwan, as well as a second-hand machine dealer of significance. Andrew Allcock called by to catch up on latest news and developments  Read More

Mollart Engineering-supplied back counterboring unit slashes lead times 28/09/2017

Mollart Engineering has eliminated a separate operation at a precision subcontractor, following the introduction of the Steiner Autofacer back counterboring tool  Read More

The future for titanium airframe parts 22/08/2017

After three years of research into how to save material and reduce machining costs when producing titanium airframe parts, Steed Webzell heard about a project’s successful outcome and of a bright future for linear friction welding  Read More

EMO 2017 - Europe's technology showcase - Hanover 18-23 September 17/08/2017

Next month sees Europe’s most important biennial manufacturing technology exhibition. Machinery has this run-down of new products that have been revealed as being on view at EMO 2017. Alpha order listed by UK representative organisation, related exhibitors (where their name differs from the UK organisation) are below these (italicised), as are the relevant stand numbers and exhibit details  Read More

EMO 2017 - Industry 4.0 gains momentum 02/08/2017

This year’s edition of biennial show EMO returns to Europe’s manufacturing technology heartland, Germany, with the six-day event kicking off on 18 September at its usual home, the Hanover show ground. Andrew Allcock offers this early preview, focusing on Industry 4.0  Read More

Trumpf reveals the full picture 31/07/2017

The UK market and Brexit, service reorganisation, new technology developments, first-in-the-UK installations. Andrew Allcock has this update from sheet metalworking expert Trumpf  Read More

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

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