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Ceratizit UK & Ireland held a Technology Day in December at its Technical Centre on the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Sheffield. Machinery editor Justin Burns went along to find out about the latest tooling innovations and to hear how business is

Cutting tool technology moves at a fast rate and one manufacturer at the forefront of innovations is Ceratizit – which continues to roll-out new tools and solutions – that are helping machine shops of all sizes to improve their machining, grow their businesses and add value.

Ceratizit UK & Ireland’s Technology Day on 12 December at its modern Technical Centre – only opened just over two years ago, is located on the ever-growing Advanced Manufacturing Park in Sheffield, where new big players in manufacturing take residence all the time.

The event in Yorkshire was packed out and more than 150 attended with new and existing customers keen to see the latest innovations from Ceratizit, while excellent hospitality was also provided with festive food and drink.

Machine tools under power and being demonstrated included simultaneous 5-axis machining capability with the UMC-5X machining centre from XYZ Machine Tools, a Yamazaki Mazak Integrex i-250H multi-tasking machine and, sliding head technology in the shape of a SD-26 type E from Star Micronics GB, while there was also a variety of other XYZ vertical machining and turning centres, mills and lathes.

In a day dedicated to the latest advancements in cutting tool technology, Ceratizit UK & Ireland demonstrated the latest machining techniques, displayed highlight products and showcased their technology.

As well as numerous machining demonstrations running constantly throughout the day, there were interactive workholding displays and vending machine presentations.

The engineers at the Technical Centre – Robert Thornton, Stephen Pennington, Tony Gale and Joshua Goodison – ran live machine demonstrations, highlighting Ceratizit tooling on the Mazak Integrex I-250H, XYZ’s 800HD, XYZ’s TC 320 LTY and XYZ’s UMC 5X.

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