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TDM Sytems - Online digital tool service 20/04/2017

Cloud-hosted toolholder/tool 3D models for CAM system use are already available from services such as Machining Cloud and Tools United, but tool management expert TDM Systems has thrown its hat into the ring, as Andrew Allcock details   Read More

The web tutor 05/04/2017

Sandvik Coromant's metalcutting e-learning programme provides an introduction to production engineering.  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

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

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

Solid v. indexable tooling 12/01/2017

A back to basics look at the relative merits of single-piece solid and insert-based rotary cutting tools, and their materials, by Dormer Pramet (www.dormerpramet.com) product managers Ricky Payling and Lukas Pavlis. Plus: new products   Read More

Tool vending systems provide production intelligence 11/01/2017

Tool vending machines are more than just bonded stores on a workshop floor. When set up correctly, their sophisticated monitoring functions can provide insight into what actually happens during production; this can help reduce costs and improve productivity  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 - www.machexhibition.com) and is highlighting what’s different. There’s plenty, as Andrew Allcock heard  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

Tooling case file: Looking at the detail 10/10/2016

At Seco Tools UK, the applications support offering has been taken a step farther than most UK tooling providers, being developed into two formal services: documented cost reduction (DCR) and productivity and cost analysis (PCA).   Read More

Tooling case file: tough material help 07/10/2016

Neath, Wales subcontractor Formagrind was recently tasked with a difficult-to-cut order that included processing of molybdenum, tantalum, titanium and Inconel.   Read More

Tooling case file: successful scaling up 06/10/2016

In Sheffield, the North Machine Shop of heavy engineering manufacturer Sheffield Forgemasters International (SFI) has a strong relationship with Walter GB, specifically with its sales engineer Phil Broddle, that has proved key in meeting a component machining challenge relating not to materials, but rather the sheer scale of the parts involved.   Read More

Tooling case file: Going the extra mile 05/10/2016

Applications engineering support and technical advice from UK tooling providers such as WNT (UK) are perhaps under-appreciated aspects of the service they offer to the UK manufacturing industry   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

Machining centres case file: reshoring bicycle components with help from a fourth axis 22/08/2016

Superstar Components has reshored bicycle component production from Taiwan with the help of a Fanuc Robodrill D21MiA5 machining centre (500, 400, 330 mm; X,Y,Z) fitted with a Fanuc direct-drive fourth-axis and a Fanuc M-10iA 10M robot loading system.  Read More

Sandvik Coromant’s CoroMill 390 size 07 insert size end-mill is versatile 12/07/2016

Sandvik Coromant’s CoroMill 390 size 07 insert end-mill has been designed to provide reliable cutting across a wide range of materials and operations, as Machinery explains in more detail  Read More

Case file: Overnight express 11/07/2016

A subcontractor has standardised on WNT tools, benefitting from the tooling supplier’s application expertise, while also adopting particular operating procedures to underpin secure unmanned overnight rough milling.   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

Case file: Hockley Pattern improves drilling confidence thanks to PowerMILL 29/06/2016

A new machine prompted new CADCAM software for Neil and Gareth Williams, joint managing directors of Halesowen-based Hockley Pattern.  Read More

Case file: Sumitomo saves SMP time when cutting Inconel 718 forgings 16/06/2016

A tooling solution provided by Sumitomo Electric Hardmetal has allowed Special Machined Products (SMP) to reduce its consumable milling costs on a long-standing contract by a massive 44%.   Read More

Case file: Cutting a bicycle head tube in four operations 14/06/2016

Cutting tool specialist WNT (UK) has again helped UK bicycle maker Empire Cycles in the development of a product, this time for the VX8 (Vertical Cross 8-in travel), a dedicated downhill racer.  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

Walter's way 22/04/2016

Innovation is a major business focus of the Germany-based cutting tool maker that strives to match the tool to the process context: doing so takes into account both cutting strategies and machine tool parameters  Read More

Cloud cover 23/03/2016

Cloud-connected tooling data has been with us for about three years. Machinery reviewed developments as they appeared, but looks again at this area as yet another initiative is announced. Andrew Allcock journeys through the landscape, making sense of it all  Read More

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