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Ricoh and BASF in additive manufacturing materials, processing and application development 03/12/2017

Leading Germany-headquartered chemical company BASF and plastic powder 3D sintering expert Ricoh of Japan are to develop their additive manufacturing (AM) capabilities through a development partnership that takes in materials, processing and application development.   Read More

Standardised, modular automation solutions drive by DMG Mori joint venture 02/12/2017

German-Japanese machine tool firm DMG Mori has upped its automation game by founding a new joint venture company with German company Heitec AG, DMG Mori Heitec GmbH, with this representing an extension to two companies’ collaboration over recent years.  Read More

3D-printed spare parts research in Finland 24/11/2017

The manufacture of spare parts via 3D printing has been investigated in a two-year project led by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Aalto University as part of the Nordic country’s publicly-funded research.  Read More

Okuma front-loaded, side-by-side twin-spindle 2SP-2500H CNC lathe is 20% faster than predecessor 07/11/2017

The Okuma has added the front-loaded, side-by-side twin-spindle 2SP-2500H CNC lathe to its line of a smart machines, targeting greater reliability in mass production, especially for automotive parts. It is 20% faster than previous models.  Read More

ANCA EDGe gets LaserPlus technology upgrade to boost accuracy credentials 06/11/2017

ANCA has added its LaserPlus system to its EDGe PCD cutting tool erosion machine, boosting accuracy and consistency of output.  Read More

BLM LT-Free offers 5-axis laser processes of tubes 24/7, supported by new Artcut software 06/11/2017

BLM Group’s LT-Free is a 5-axis laser cutting system that offers maximum operating flexibility and ease of use in the laser cutting of bent tubes, flat and moulded sheet metal, hydroformed components and welded assemblies. Fibre laser source of 1 and 3 kW are available, with four levels of sophistication offered.  Read More

Stäubli Robotics HelMo innovative mobile robotic system 06/11/2017

Stäubli Robotics’s HelMo is an innovative mobile robotic system that can navigate through its workplace independently. It continuously monitors its environment by means of three integrated laser scanners. The robotic system can ensure that tasks are completed in a fully automated way and at high speed, and, if needed, it can also work alongside human employees  Read More

BLM's 4-Runner H1 coil-fed tube bender is for 12.7 mm tube 06/11/2017

The 4-Runner H1 is dedicated to complex working of tube (from coil) having diameters up to 12.7 mm; it joins the 4-Runner H3 system capable of processing tubes up to 22 mm.  Read More

ESAB launches Cloud Services to integrate ESAB WeldCloud and ESAB CutCloud 02/11/2017

ESAB Welding and Cutting Products has launched ESAB Cloud Services, featuring ESAB WeldCloud and ESAB CutCloud online data management systems for welding and automation.  Read More

Trumpf’s Highspeed and Highspeed Eco profiling processes make nitrogen fusion cutting fast and cost-effective 01/11/2017

Higher laser cutting speed are possible with Trumpf’s Highspeed and Highspeed Eco cutting processes. A newly designed nozzle boosts the feed rate by up to 100% for solid-state laser machines that employ fusion cutting with nitrogen, without increasing laser power.   Read More

Roemheld die-changing cart for 1,000 kg loads 31/10/2017

Roemheld now offers a transport cart for dies weighing up to 1,000 kg that sees dies moved either manually or by auxiliary electric drive. (Other models accommodate weights of up to 500 kg and up to 1,600 kg, the latter being electrically driven.)   Read More

Rollfeed turning strategy breakthrough slashes cycle times 30/10/2017

German cutting tool specialist Vandurit unveiled its Rollfeed turning strategy at the recent EMO exhibition in Germany, a process that offers to slash cycle times for external and internal, rotationally symmetrical features.  Read More

Mollart Engineering-supplied back counterboring unit slashes lead times 28/09/2017

Mollart Engineering has eliminated a separate operation at a precision subcontractor, following the introduction of the Steiner Autofacer back counterboring tool  Read More

FANUC wire-cut EDMs now come with enhanced speed and precision for mould-making and parts machining 04/09/2017

Since 1975, FANUC has been manufacturing high precision wire-cut electric discharge machines to provide unprecedented levels of continuous automation.   Read More

Festo and Huawei in 5G Cloud Robotics move 31/08/2017

Cloud-controlled robotics are the target of a partnership between China’s mobile phone technology firm Huawei and automation technology expert Festo.   Read More

DMG Mori Robo2Go mobile robotic cell automates company's CNC turning centres 30/08/2017

Machine tool manufacturer DMG Mori has introduced a mobile robotic cell to automate its CNC turning centres. Called Robo2Go, it loads raw billets from a tray and unloads machined components automatically. The unit can be relocated easily by pallet truck to serve up to four different lathes sequentially on a shopfloor.  Read More

Bosch Rexroth Operator Guidance System keeps manual assembly on track 23/08/2017

Designed to simplify manual production processes, the new Operator Guidance System (OGS) helps optimise quality and traceability, while simplifying the task for users.  Read More

Schunk unveils first intelligent collaborative gripper, the Co-act Gripper JL1 22/08/2017

Schunk has launched its first intelligent collaborative gripper, the Co-act (collaborative actuator) Gripper JL1.Part of the company’s HRC (human-robot collaboration) series, it joins the SVH 5-finger hand, which is certified and approved for collaborative operation by the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) organisation, but the JL1 incorporates more capabilities to keep humans safe, such as visual recognition and various sensors.  Read More

Rockwell Automation apps support fast problem solving 11/08/2017

Rockwell Automation’s FactoryTalk Analytics for Devices appliance and a FactoryTalk TeamONE Standard Edition app help people solve common maintenance problems faster, keeping unplanned downtime at a minimum.  Read More

Flow Corporation heralds Mach 500 as "a new industry standard" 01/08/2017

The Mach 500 from Flow International Corporation is an entirely new waterjet system, marking "the arrival of a new industry standard".  Read More

AFRC forges new path for UK manufacturing 01/08/2017

The Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) at the University of Strathclyde has made a £2.3 million investment in new kit.  Read More

Trumpf reveals the full picture 31/07/2017

The UK market and Brexit, service reorganisation, new technology developments, first-in-the-UK installations. Andrew Allcock has this update from sheet metalworking expert Trumpf  Read More

Lighting a new path - Mazak’s direct diode laser profiling breakthrough 27/07/2017

Yamazaki Mazak is claiming a world first with the introduction of its Optiplex 3015 DDL 4 kW laser 2D profiling machine. Andrew Allcock spoke to the company’s general manager for UK laser sales, Ian White, to learn more  Read More

Erowa Robot Dynamic 150L can be tailored to customers' needs 25/07/2017

The concept behind Erowa’s Robot Dynamic 150L is the ability to tailor it customers’ needs. The maximum transfer weight is 150 kg, with part size up to 400 by 400 by 400 mm. See video for full details.  Read More

Otec Präzisionsfinish stream finishing machines for cutting tool surface finishing 24/07/2017

A new generation of Otec Präzisionsfinish stream finishing machines for cutting tool applications is available in the UK from engineered metal parts surface finishing expert Fintek Systems.   Read More

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