Best practice

There will be over 12 machining demonstrations taking place at the ‘Inspiration through Innovation’ best-practice manufacturing event taking place at Seco Tools’ UK facility in Alcester on 10-11 October. One special demonstration will be a collaborative venture between Seco and its technical partners – Autodesk, Romi Machine Tools and Roemheld – highlighting the productivity and performance benefits of additive/subtractive machining using a three-axis Romi Hybrid machining centre (with laser deposition additive manufacturing capability).

The demonstration will also feature workholding from Roemheld, Seco cutting tools and PowerMill machining software from Autodesk to repair a forging die used to manufacture golf club heads.
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Unison appoints new head of sales

Unison, a UK manufacturer of CNC all-electric tube-bending systems, has appointed a new head of sales and support to meet the company’s continued global growth, including the opening of a new production and support facility in the USA (around 65% of Unison’s machines are exported to the US).

Stuart Calvert, who has more than 15 years’ experience working in sales and export roles with global industrial manufacturers, joins the company in this new post, which sees a dedicated customer service department created to drive further expansion and support global customers.
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Energy-saving guide for mould shops

ExxonMobil has launched its free ‘Energy Saving Guide for Injection Moulding Companies’, in partnership with research consultancy, Applied Market Information. Developed by industry expert Dr Robin Kent, the handbook contains practical guidance and insights to help plastics processors cut their energy consumption.

The guide offers best-practice guidance on almost every aspect of an injection-moulding plant, from how to create an ‘energy fingerprint’ to using high-performance hydraulic oils. The guide also details the different types of likely savings that are available.
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Filtermist moves into new market

Industrial air-filtration specialist Filtermist International, part of the Swedish Absolent Group, has acquired dust-removal expert Dustcheck Ltd in a deal worth £2.3m. Dustcheck manufactures industrial dust collectors and industrial air-filtration systems at its premises in Stoke. The acquisition by Filtermist is designed to strengthen the company’s service offering in the UK’s dust-extraction market as part of growth plans.

Filtermist’s managing director James Stansfield says: “Filtermist is the UK market leader for oil-mist extraction and began expanding its service proposition to include dust, fume and smoke when it became part of the Absolent Group in 2010. The company’s capabilities increased again with the acquisition of Filtertech Ltd and Multi Fan Systems last year; the deal with Dustcheck will further strengthen our dust extraction offering – particularly in large, centralised extraction systems.”
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AP&T wins Enlighten Award 2017

AP&T has been awarded first prize in the 2017 Altair Enlighten Award competition in the Enabling Technology category. AP&T was recognised for its innovative hot-forming production method involving high-strength aluminium. The results of the competition were presented at the CAR Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, Michigan, USA.

AP&T’s technology enables flexibility in the forming of high-strength car body components with complex shapes, and enables weight savings of between 30% and 50%. “The multi-purpose production line we have developed enables outstanding flexibility in the forming of high-strength aluminium components, as well as additional freedom of design, making function and part integration possible in new ways,” says AP&T CTO, technology development, Christian Koroschetz.
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