Star GB to demonstrate latest sliding-head technology at MACH

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Sliding-head lathe supplier, Star GB, will use MACH 2020 (Birmingham NEC, 20-24 April) to showcase its latest SX-38 model, first shown in the UK at the company’s annual open house in October 2019. In addition, an array of Star GB’s most popular machines, including the ST-38, SR-38 Type B, SR-32JII Type B, SR-20JII Type B, SR-20RIV Type B, SB-20R Type G and SW-12RII, will be on show at Stand 330 in Hall 19. In addition, an SR-32JII Type A machine will be present on partner company Floyd Automatic Tooling’s stand (Stand 472, Hall 20).

Each machine will be equipped with Star’s High Frequency Turning (HFT) swarf-control software, developed to increase machine efficiency on difficult-to-chip materials. HFT works on any linear axis on any channel, and is the only chip-breaking software of its kind which is capable of being fitted to both new and older Star models dating back to 1996.

On the stand throughout the week will be Star’s applications, service, sales and marketing teams to share their technical knowledge. The team will be available to give visitors an introduction to Star machinery and offer advice on getting the best out of the technology on show. Star’s engineers will also be demonstrating how quickly CNC programs can be generated via the company’s NC Assist and PU-JR programming editors, each offering simple conversational interfaces with a range of pre-installed templates.

Displaying the latest technology in the rapidly expanding automation market, a FANUC pick-and-place robotic cell, developed in conjunction with Renishaw's post-process Equator gauging system, will also be on show. The cell will be demonstrating how components can be machined and inspected with minimal operator intervention, while automatically adjusting tool offset data to ensure maximum accuracy.

Stephen Totty, managing director of Star GB, says: “MACH is a key event as it allows visitors an opportunity to see our technology in action and get to know our team, which is important as customer service is what sets us apart. Demand for more complex applications and improved process efficiency continues to increase, and MACH gives us the ideal platform to demonstrate the production capabilities that are possible with sliding-head machines.

“This year we have the added bonus of being situated among some of our core partners,” he continues. “As a result, we are not only able to demonstrate Star technology on our stand, but can show visitors how to further increase automation, lights-out running and process control via our partners.”