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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 - www.machexhibition.com) and is highlighting what’s different. There’s plenty, as Andrew Allcock heard  Read More

Accuracy in a box: third-party CMM recalibration 18/11/2016

Inbuilt 3D error maps are commonly employed to correct for repeatable errors in coordinate measuring machines (CMMs). CMM recalibration often requires that these maps be updated, but they are typically only accessible by the supplying OEM. A new ‘open’ solution has arrived, as Andrew Allcock explains  Read More

Rewriting the story: Hexagon's vision of quality driving productivity 13/11/2016

The annual Hexagon Live meeting took place earlier this year. Ola Rollén, Hexagon AB president and CEO, explained Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence’s business approach, offering ‘a rewriting of the manufacturing story’. Andrew Allcock saw his presentation and explains  Read More

This month 25 years ago: November 1991 02/11/2016

Manufacturing’s image; Cincinnati Milacron – another low-cost VMC, eyes growing market share; Yamazaki Machinery UK one of the 10 best in the world; Renishaw easy accuracy check; modular fixturing; gang-tooled lathes; Nissan, plus more   Read More

Toolroom case file: Alumat buys in to on-machine probing 24/10/2016

Processing speed has proven a vital competitive advantage for Italian firm Alumat, a designer and manufacturer of steel dies for aluminium extrusions, and has been achieved not through its choice of cutting machine, but instead via auxiliary equipment.  Read More

Metrology case file: checking composites 06/09/2016

At composites part specialist Reverie, a Baty R14 profile projector is used for non-contact measurement and inspection of autoclaved carbon fibre composite parts, and also as a method of checking CNC cutting tool dimensions and wear.  Read More

Metrology case file: one arm for all at Panasonic Manufacturing UK 05/09/2016

At Cardiff-based home appliance maker Panasonic Manufacturing UK, a Faro Edge ScanArm (02476 973000) that employs laser technology is being used to replace the need for a range of relatively dedicated measuring instruments, while also satisfying the need for portability and catering to both contact and non-contact measuring capabilities.   Read More

Metrology case file: expanding the quality control department 02/09/2016

Pioneering photo-chemical etching specialist Precision Micro has added another Mitutoyo optical coordinate measuring machine (CMM) to its fleet of Mitutoyo metrology equipment (01264 353123).  Read More

Machining centres case file: Production streamlined by 5-axis machine tool at Scottish subcontractor 23/08/2016

In Glasgow, precision engineering firm Euroscot is using a Quaser MV184 VMC (1,020 and 610 mm; X,Y) equipped with a Nikken 5AX201 4+1 tilting rotary table (01709 366306), both driven by a Heidenhain ITNC530 control (01444 247711), with the package supplied by the Engineering Technology Group (01926 818418).   Read More

Metrology case file: Performance confirmed 19/08/2016

Xtreme CMM trial user Jamestan Engineering was so impressed that it ended up buying the unit  Read More

Minding the gap: training the next generation 17/08/2016

Ford Engineering Group’s pre-apprenticeship training programme is being refreshed with a new provider and new teaching facilities that may also double up as a training facility for Haas Automation in the future. Will Dalrymple paid a visit to the South Shields, Tyneside, business to hear more  Read More

Thinking local: Faro opens UK metrology service centre 19/07/2016

From June, the 1,800 Faro Technologies products installed in the UK can be serviced in Rugby. The service and calibration centre offers repairs, recalibration and recertification of Faro arms, Vantage laser trackers and laser scanners, and in future the company’s new Cobalt light scanner, plus a training room, spares stockholding and offices  Read More

Supporting innovation: Manufacturing & Engineering North East returns to Newcastle 6-7 July 30/06/2016

The award-winning Manufacturing & Engineering North East show sees a return to the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, from July 6-7, aiming once again to support industrial innovation within the region  Read More

First step to precision: back to basics on tool presetting 13/06/2016

With a broad range of functions, from providing tooling data for CNC programs to tool inspection and even tool management, tool presetters help support and sustain efficient machining. Will Dalrymple reports  Read More

Showmanship: MACH 2016 review 16/05/2016

The biennial MACH exhibition is the UK’s number one manufacturing technology showcase. Machinery tracked down new launches for its June ‘Launched at MACH’ supplement, but offers these early observations on the event as a whole  Read More

National standard 29/02/2016

Metrology expert Mitutoyo has been running its City & Guilds metrology training course for just over one year. Andrew Allcock visited to hear about the early success of the qualification and subsequent activity  Read More

Innovation destination 20/10/2015

Andrew Allcock visited Renishaw’s new Innovation Centre at its Wotton-under-Edge headquarters. An impressive and pivotal expansion, it is but one of a number for the successful global firm, he discovers  Read More

Turn on and tune in 16/10/2015

Today, sensors sprinkled around a factory watching process variables – temperature, runtime, vibration – can be strung together in a data network. The right computer hardware and software can weave those streams together into a rich tapestry of information. This is the picture of Industry 4.0, reports Will Dalrymple  Read More

Scanning confidence 23/07/2015

NPL Huddersfield laboratories has undertaken research to help companies more reliably and repeatably employ non-contact laser scanning on a CMM. Andrew Allcock heard more at a recent Nikon Metrology Open Day event  Read More

Training that measures up 03/03/2015

Three new initiatives, from Mitutoyo UK, NPL and Hexagon Metrology, aim to give metrology training a long-overdue leg-up, reports Will Dalrymple [Article updated 5 March 2015]  Read More

Machinery briefing - ISO 9001 update imminent 25/07/2014

Global quality management system ISO 9001, first published in 1987, will see a major revision published next year – ISO 9001:2015. Standards organisation BSI's lead programme manager, governance & resilience Sally Swingewood (pictured) explains all to Andrew Allcock  Read More

MACH 2014 preview - in positive mood and with perfect timing 07/04/2014

Andrew Allcock previews this year's MACH manufacturing show, highlighting the positive news surrounding economic conditions and the show's increasing breadth of coverage and attraction   Read More

XYZ Machine Tools - Inaugural Manufacturing South West Exhibition at expanded premises 11/11/2013

Steed Webzell reports, following his visit to the inaugural Manufacturing South West event, hosted by XYZ Machine Tools in Devon last month - online feature only  Read More

Roaring forties - Renishaw gets into its stride 03/09/2013

Renishaw hit 40 earlier this year. Since 2000, it has been steadily growing its UK and international footprint, getting badly buffeted along the way, but is now in expansionist mood, as Andrew Allcock reports   Read More

Control 2013 preview 14/05/2013

Andrew Allcock previews the annual Control show, held at Stuttgart Exhibition Centre, highlighting just a few of the developments that will be unveiled  Read More

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