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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

Innovation to die for 07/05/2013

Tool, die and mouldmaking operations require a skill set that is virtually unique in the machine shop segment. And, as Steed Webzell discovers, the technology is remarkably impressive, too  Read More

Unusual measurements 29/03/2013

Andrew Allcock gets the measure of latest news in the application and development of metrology technology, discovering some surprising applications in this area  Read More

Mould making and mould manufacturing technology 09/11/2012

A rapid moulding prototyping service is favourite for Eaton Electric, while Delcam software supports a multitude of processes at a Belarus tyre mould-making facility. Plus product and news updates  Read More

Micro-manufacturing under the magnifier 02/11/2012

The fifth edition of the micro-manufacturing exhibition MM Live will take place at the NEC in Birmingham from 25-26 September. Steed Webzell sets the scene  Read More

The many sides of Hexagon 03/08/2012

Andrew Allcock travelled to Telford, to Hexagon Metrology's UK Precision Centre, to catch up on metrology and company news. Portable measurement technology is particularly active, he finds, while industry metrology knowledge has taken a slide (extended online feature)  Read More

Making perfect parts 09/03/2012

How can you be sure, when you press the cycle start button, that you will machine a perfect part? Metrology Software Products (MSP) has developed a suite of software that can make that possible. Andrew Allcock reports (extended article)  Read More

Autosport manufacturing made easy 05/01/2012

Complex parts, tight tolerances, difficult materials? Nothing a trip to Autosport 2012 won't resolve. Steed Webzell previews the main attractions  Read More

X-ray vision and more 02/01/2012

The application of computer tomography is still limited in engineering, but one German mould maker is benefiting. Elsewhere, probing is paying dividends. Andrew Allcock reports (includes links to product information and videos)  Read More

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