Anca invests in renewable energy

Tool-grinding machine specialist Anca is one of the first businesses to team up with Australia’s fastest growing business-power retailer, Flow Power, to buy energy generated by renewable sources.

This renewable power, sourced from Ararat Wind Farm, can be used in real time to offset grid electricity consumption, potentially saving thousands of dollars in energy costs. Anca Group CEO Grant Anderson says: “We are always looking for opportunities to reduce our impact on the environment and, as a manufacturing plant, the partnership with Flow to access renewable power will bring us tremendous benefits.”
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Brandauer passes 1.5bn components

An independent stamping and presswork specialist is proving that the ‘best things in manufacturing come in small packages’.

Brandauer, which employs over 60 people at its factory in Birmingham, produced more than 1.5 billion components last year that were accurate to a tolerance of 20 µm – the best performance in its 156-year history. The firm has invested heavily in high-speed press technology, a wire EDM cell and the skills of its workforce to help it grow the number of small and technical parts it produces by over 10%; equating to more than £1m in sales.
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Record UK sales for Blum

Metrology specialist Blum-Novotest has seen sales pass the £500,000 mark for the first time since the UK subsidiary was launched in 2000. The target this year is for another 20% growth, with the company set to build on the early success of its Digilog touch-probe systems by launching LC50 – Blum’s latest laser-control technology. The company says that the system will deliver up to a 60% reduction in the time taken to check and measure parts on a CNC machine tool.

“We’re finding that a lot of our customers are increasingly looking to source measurement solutions that are quick, can perform on complex components and, importantly, can be fitted to a machine tool for real-time data and the best possible accuracy,” explains David Mold, managing director of Blum-Novotest Ltd. “This is exactly what we do with our range of products that start from a simple tool-setting probe and go right through to workpiece probes, roughness and bore gauges,
and the new Digilog touch probes.”
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Full seminar programme available

The seminar programme at this year’s MetalTech is said to stand apart from other manufacturing-related exhibitions by tackling the challenges and opportunities of Industry 4.0 head-on.

This new paradigm in industrial production integrates computers and automation in revolutionary ways, making use of the Internet of Things (IoT) to enable manufacturing processes that are immediately more efficient, accurate and adaptable to changing requirements.
The show will also stage its regular business matchmaking programme, which has already helped countless buyers and sellers meet suitable business partners from Southeast Asia and beyond. This service is available exclusively to those who pre-register their attendance, and will ensure that visitors arrive with a schedule of appointments already in hand, ready to make the most of their time at the show.
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EIA hosts UK pavilion at MetalTech

Machine tools and metalworking buyers will have even more opportunities to expand their international offerings with the introduction of a new UK pavilion hosted by Engineering Industries Association (EIA) at this year’s MetalTech.

In fact, the show will feature a total of five international pavilions, including South Korea, China, Singapore and Taiwan, set to showcase their manufacturing technology and innovations. Interested UK-based companies that would like to exhibit at the show can contact Karen Finegold from the EIA on
+44 (0)7815 867390, or for more details.
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