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The financial impact of machine down-time on UK industry

The financial impact of machine down-time on UK industry
Machine down-time is a major issue for businesses across the UK. If not prepared for, interruptions to appliances can have a significant detrimental impact on the productivity and profit margin of a company. According to a study commissioned by Oneserve, a field service management firm, and carried out in collaboration with UK manufacturers; machine downtime costs the UK approximately £18bn a year.
12th February 2019

Range of holding options for automated to manual clamping

Range of holding options for automated to manual clamping
The HDL CarvLock Towers from Kurt HDL decrease cycle time by maximising the machine work envelope with eight stations to 12 stations within each tower. This provides a high-density workholding platform for ganging dozens of parts depending on size. Eight station tower configurations can be selected from Kurt’s standard four inch and six inch base models.
7th February 2019

CNC combination lathe gives components more flexibility

CNC combination lathe gives components more flexibility
Cheshire Seals and Components Limited (Cheshire Seals), based in Warrington have recently extended their workshop capacity with a new Harrison Alpha 1550XS manual/CNC lathe from Colchester Machine Tool Solutions, allowing them to offer customers larger machining capability.
29th January 2019


Extracting the benefits of customised chain solutions

Extracting the benefits of customised chain solutions
Many machines are completely reliant upon chains for their operation, so it makes sense to use the best chain possible and to get specialist advice when specifying a new or replacement chain. Here, Derek Mack, UK Sales Director for Tsubaki explains how a custom solution will often provide the best fit and deliver total cost of ownership savings.
28th January 2019

Gas-tight blowers for additive manufacturing methods

Gas-tight blowers for additive manufacturing methods
In selective laser melting (SLM) a stable inert gas atmosphere must be ensured within the built chamber of the machine. A specified temperature range is also essential. Only under these conditions can high quality components be produced. It is further necessary to remove metal splash and smoke developing during the melting process.
25th January 2019

Safely operating machinery in winter weather

Safely operating machinery in winter weather
  Poor weather during winter months can have a negative impact on the ability to safely operate machinery and work outside. Precautions and safety measures should be clearly set out and undertaken to protect both the workers and machinery on site during inclement weather.
8th January 2019

Incorporating machinist friendly design features to expedite machining

Incorporating machinist friendly design features to expedite machining
To achieve closer positioning of multiple vises with no need for space consuming toe clamps, the DX6 CrossOver Vise features strategically located holes for through the body mounting. The vise also uses sine keys which can be inserted quickly into pre-drilled dowel holes in the vise base for positioning onto t-slots, machine tables, grid plates, sub-plates, fixture plates and tombstones.
20th November 2018

Sixth generation of ultra-precision lathes

Sixth generation of ultra-precision lathes
The sixth generation of ultra-high-precision turning centres from Spinner, Germany, which started manufacturing them in the 1950s, was presented on the manufacturer's stand at AMB 2018. Available in the UK and Ireland through Whitehouse Machine Tools, the new Microturn lathe is built in two sizes and is capable of producing components to well within five microns dimensional tolerance in series production.
20th November 2018

High level of accuracy with side milling cutter

High level of accuracy with side milling cutter
A new, tangential milling system was launched by Horn at the AMB exhibition in Stuttgart, with a side mill to deploy six effective cutting inserts. The patented system offers positive cutting and axial rake angles for a particularly soft cut. The precision-ground, indexable inserts ensure a high level of accuracy and surface quality.
19th November 2018

Wireless spindle positioning system speeds accurate machine set up

Wireless spindle positioning system speeds accurate machine set up
Elesa have introduced a wireless spindle positioning system, which enables faster and more reliable machine set up by use of a wireless connected profile controller, and displays the initial set up values on each of up to 36 electronic position indicators. The operator can simply choose the appropriate menu then quickly re-set each spindle to its correct start position and the machine is ‘good to go.’ This saves time and takes out much of the possibility of human error.
13th November 2018


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Hannover Fair 2019
1st April 2019
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