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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

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

Six on a bed: bogie roughing 02/12/2016

Nikken was approached by Safran Landing Systems (previously known as Messier-Bugatti-Dowty) in 2007 to work with it on a project to optimise semi-finish machining of six 583 kg Airbus A350 titanium bogie beam forgings.   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

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

A fresh start: Okuma machine fleet installed at Polish chuck factory 15/08/2016

Chuck manufacturer Bison-Bial has almost completely renewed its manufacturing plant in Bialystok, Poland, investing €70 billion in a new factory stocked with Okuma machine tools   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: Bespoke fixtures at Cosworth engine factory 22/06/2016

Tamworth-based workholding specialist Brown & Holmes (01827 63591) has recently supplied 59 fixtures for the high performance engine manufacturer Cosworth’s flagship Advanced Manufacturing Centre. This was one of the largest single orders it had ever received.  Read More

Case file: Magnetic workholding keeps tight grip at TRP 21/06/2016

At TRP Sealing Systems, Eclipse Magnetics has supplied a bespoke Power Matrix heavy duty workholding system to aid the company in its new venture of manufacturing and refurbishing mould tools in house.  Read More

Case file: BNL toolroom benefits from Chick quick-acting vices 20/06/2016

A pair of Chick One-Lok CNC vices from sole UK agent 1st Machine Tool Accessories (01725 512517) has reduced machining operation times in the prototyping department and toolroom at BNL (UK).  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

Bespoke expertise: profile of Hyfore Engineering 09/06/2016

Hyfore Engineering focuses on a particular area of workholding, has distinctive technology, claims advantages for its in-house manufacturing approach and is developing skilled individuals to maintain all of this, as Andrew Allcock heard during his recent visit  Read More

Workholding as standard: profile of ETG Workholding 06/06/2016

Boasting a Harding Inc heritage, ETG Workholding provides access to more than 100,000 workholding products and accessories. Andrew Allcock explains the background and outlines what’s on offer and what’s to come  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

Zero error, almost 23/06/2015

The ability to set up workpieces offline and easily and quickly load them into machines, without then having to establish datum position, are reasons to consider zero-point workholding systems  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

600 Group - A sense of direction 01/11/2013

Following its abortive attempt to partner with China's Dalian and the recent pulling of the plug on its subsequent Polish manufacturing venture, The 600 Group has reassessed its business and is now focused on what it can do best. Andrew Allcock explains (First published August 2013)   Read More

Collet knowledge 07/08/2012

Hardinge is the world's largest manufacturer of spindle tooling, offering a 100% in-house manufacturing service – from bar stock to finished collet or feed finger. It also claims an unrivalled specials service, as Machinery explains  Read More

Chick vices support efficient machining at Hepco Slide Systems 02/07/2012

A pair of One-Lok vices from the US manufacturer Chick (1st MTA) is boosting productivity at the Tiverton factory of Hepco Slide Systems, a leading manufacturer of linear motion systems. The company is currently using the vices to speed set-ups for production runs on a Hurco vertical machining centre. The workholding units are, however, easily transferrable to any machine on the shopfloor.  Read More

Norbar Torque Tools sees benefits with Roemheld Star Zero Point investment 30/06/2012

Norbar Torque Tools, the world's leading torque specialist, chose a Stark Zero Point system from Roemheld to achieve the desired improvements in quality and repeatability, while also reducing set-up times at its Banbury plant.  Read More

Set-up time slashed 70-80% with Chick 04/02/2012

DMM Engineering's has calculated that its Chick Workholding fast-acting vices have cut set-up times by 70-80% making its vertical machining centres (VMCs) 30-40% more productive. Machinery reports  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

Southern Manufacturing 2012 preview 02/01/2012

Steed Webzell previews Southern Manufacturing 2012, which has grown to become the UK's largest regional manufacturing technology and subcontracting exhibition (with video links)  Read More

Feel the force 06/03/2011

Workholding is an essential element in any manufacturing process. Andrew Allcock catches up with latest product developments and applications, discovering that energy-saving is one development driver  Read More

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