Production engineers familiar with running a sliding-head machine will know that difficult-to-machine aerospace alloys like titanium can 'pick-up' or 'snag' in the bore of the guide bush during production. This is particularly common on longer parts.

Floyd Automatic’s solution is the range of VLF guide bushes. These are coated with a tungsten-based layer that reduces friction, eliminates sticking or bar pick-up and dissipates heat. Not only will customers benefit from improved machine utilisation, but surface marking is reduced, while scrappage rates from marking are eliminated, says Floyd. The coating can be applied to any guide bush, and can be reapplied if required.