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Alignment checking sometimes turns into starting again

Alignment checking sometimes turns into starting again
Recently, a Fixturlaser NXA Pro training class performed an alignment check of a winch driven by an 80HP, 1800RPM, DC electric motor with a gear style coupling. The initial results revealed a misaligned machine, with a vertical angularity over 13 times the tolerance of 0.7mils/1” (1.0mil=0.001”), vertical offset six times tolerance of 4.0 mils. The horizontal angularity was almost four times tolerance; the horizontal offset was close ‘but not quite.’
28th March 2017

Supporting stable operation of machinery and maintenance

Supporting stable operation of machinery and maintenance
  It has been announced that Hitachi Power Solutions, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi is adding new ‘Failure cause estimation’ and ‘Predictive services’ to its operated services using the original predictive diagnostics system.
27th March 2017

Steckel mill stand provides 1.3 million tonnes a year

Steckel mill stand provides 1.3 million tonnes a year
An order has been placed with SMS group by Shandong Iron & Steel Group Rizhao (Shandong Rizhao), for the suppky of a Steckel/plate mill. The new plant, to be built in Rizhao in the Chinese province of Shandong, is scheduled to go on stream in 2019. The order comprises the complete engineering package, mechanical key equipment, all electrical and automation systems as well as process know-how.
23rd March 2017


Manufacturing cell set up for Engineering organisation

Manufacturing cell set up for Engineering organisation
A new manufacturing cell has been installed by Peterborough subcontractor Westcombe Engineering to produce increased quantities of a family of aluminium engine components for Perkins Engines. It comprises a Haas ST-30 CNC lathe with short bar feeder, a Blast Wash top-loading washing machine and a vibratory bowl finishing machine from PDJ Vibro, the second to be installed in the factory.
22nd March 2017

Enlight Centre redefines machine condition monitoring

Enlight Centre redefines machine condition monitoring
A next-generation Internet-enabled condition-based maintenance (CBM) and condition monitoring (CM) system has been launched by SKF, the Enlight Centre, which is designed for the global marine industry. SKF Enlight Centre is a first-of-its-kind, asset based (as opposed to measurement focused) machine health monitoring system, featuring a radically simplified user interface, designed for use by engineers and managers throughout the marine sector.
21st March 2017

Precision honing offered on vertical machining centres

Precision honing offered on vertical machining centres
Partnering up and working together, honing specialists Bates Technologies and machine tool manufacturer Hurco have developed a high precision honing process that can be carried out on standard machining centres. Benefits include cost reductions compared with purchasing and operating a dedicated honing machine; and the ability to combine general machining with honing on the same platform, eliminating a separate setup.
20th March 2017

Soldering machine presented at IPC increases offering

Soldering machine presented at IPC increases offering
Updating its portfolio, Altus Group has added the latest innovation from Rehm to its range, and it was all presented at the recent IPC Apex Expo in the USA. Rehm unveiled their latest convection soldering machine with vacuum, the VisionXP+ Vac, to visitors of the Expo. The new vacuum unit allows void-free convection soldering in a single process. The system has had a number of new updates including environmental and energy efficiency developments.
17th March 2017

Larger parts given small footprints

Larger parts given small footprints
Less than five square metres of space on a shop floor is occupied by the the new CLX350 CNC lathe from DMG Mori, but the machine is nevertheless capable of turning components from bar up to 51mm diameter (65mm optional) and has a maximum turning diameter of 320mm.
16th March 2017

New nanoparticle deagglomeration technology introduced

New nanoparticle deagglomeration technology introduced
Some nanoparticles have the tendency to agglomerate or cluster into denser masses which can lead to homogeneity and performance issues in their subsequent use. Existing methodologies to de-agglomerate them do not always produce uniform results, or can be invasive and wasteful.
16th March 2017

Fibre laser cutting keeps cycle parts manufacturer in pace

Fibre laser cutting keeps cycle parts manufacturer in pace
Bicycle aftermarket component manufacturer, Hope Technology was based on a quest to make mountain biking safer by developing an alternative to cantilever brakes. To meet demand, the Barnoldswick factory in Lancashire operates around the clock. Even so, by mid-2015 one of the 70 CNC machine tools on the shop floor, a BySprint CO2 laser cutting machine from Bystronic UK, was struggling to keep up. 
16th March 2017


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MACH 2018
9th April 2018
United Kingdom NEC, Birmingham