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Floyd partnerships generate results at MACH

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As the industry authority on cutting tools and solutions for sliding head turning and small part manufacturing, Floyd Automatic Tooling once again demonstrated at MACH 2024 why it has an unsurpassed reputation in this arena.

The Baldock-based company presented innovations from a multitude of technical partners at MACH 2024, many of these partners had technical experts on hand to demonstrate the finite elements of their innovations to show visitors.

Commenting upon the overall success of MACH, Floyd Automatic managing director, Richard Floyd said: “MACH was once again a major success for our business with enquiries on par with MACH 2022. The pleasing aspect about this year's event is that more than 40% of visitors to our stand were new names to us.

"With a huge uplift in new enquiries, our engineers have plenty to work on after the show. For us, there was a trend with more high-quality enquiries from the medical and aerospace sectors with the general subcontract market also investigating ways to enhance their machining performance with our product lines.”

The longstanding partnerships that Floyd has with leading machine tool manufacturers like Star and Citizen allowed engineers to see the latest cutting tools undertaking live demonstrations. Many show visitors made their way from the sliding head lathe stands to Floyd to gather further information on specialist products. 

Floyd Automatic also has exceptional relationships with the leading cutting tool brands for this niche segment with MASA Microconics, Mikron Tool, Madaula, Schaublin, Ifanger, Schwanog, Applitec, Alesa and many others having a presence on the stand at MACH.

One prominent brand was Mikron Tool, a company that had technical expert Ivano Bernasconi on the stand throughout the week with an extensive range of Mikron products on display.

Alluding to the technical support from principals, Richard continues: “Mikron Tool identifies the UK as a major growth market, so having their team on the stand to present the benefits of their product range worked exceptionally well. In fact, the Mikron team have been invited to discuss some major projects as a result of their MACH presence.

"Likewise, the MASA Microconic workholding systems were also a ‘honeypot’ for show visitors. There genuinely isn’t anything else remotely like the MASA collet-type chuck that is an overclamping system for small parts – this really won plaudits from show visitors. We also had a representative on our stand from Madaula to present the company’s driven tools for sliding head machines.

"The mechanical spindle speeder provides machines with higher torque and spindle speeds up to 24,000rpm was perfect for engineers at MACH in the micro-machining arena.”

“We also had a presence from Applitec and their new line of external turning tools was particularly interesting to a lot of show visitors. The new TOP-Line range of PCD inserts has been developed for the machining of non-ferrous materials like lead-free brass and aluminium where longer tool life, more consistent results and improved surface finishes can be realised.

"The strong enquiries we received through the week are a credit to our niche solutions and the excellent technical support we received at MACH from our partners.”