Geo Kingsbury targets Middle East

Geo Kingsbury is establishing a subsidiary in Dubai, Geo Kingsbury Middle East LLC, to service the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) region.

Until now, the agency agreements between Geo Kingsbury and its machine-tool principals covered the UK and Ireland. New contracts have been signed to allow the wholly-owned daughter company, which will be a separate legal entity, to carry out similar activities in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and Kuwait. The machines that will be marketed have been drawn from three divisions: Large Prismatic Machines, Milling Turning Grinding and Additive Manufacturing.
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Soraluce set for XXL series open house

For those tasked with the milling, boring and turning of large components, Soraluce will stage its XXL series open house on 6-9 March in Bergara, Spain.

The company will also be showcasing multi-tasking technology applied to heavy-duty components, whereby a single machine offers several cutting processes, including turning, milling, boring, drilling and tapping. Soraluce provides a range of multi-tasking capabilities thanks to its design of turning heads and mill-turn tables.
The company says that it has pioneered many of the technologies that drive the machine tool sector today, such as the patented DAS systems (Dynamics Active Stabiliser), modular quill and RAM balance systems. At the open house Soraluce will stage a series of live demonstrations involving heavy-duty milling and boring.
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Funding available for overseas trade shows

The EIA and MTA have received confirmation of government funding for UK engineering companies to exhibit at overseas trade shows.

Eligible UK SME companies could receive grants of between £1500 and £2500 towards the cost of exhibiting, depending on the location of the show. The 2018-19 programme covers engineering shows in China, Germany, India, Oman, Poland, Malaysia, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United States and Vietnam. Together, the EIA and MTA have also negotiated special rates for a UK group in India and Russia, and are working with the Genesis Initiative for a trade visit to Finland alongside a member of the Royal family to coincide with subcontracting show, Alihankinta.
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Sir Ben Ainslie to open MACH

The UK’s largest manufacturing and engineering exhibition, MACH 2018, which is set to take place in April at the NEC in Birmingham, will be officially opened (on 9 April) by the most successful sailor in Olympic history, Sir Ben Ainslie. Sir Ben won medals at five consecutive Olympics from 1996 onwards, including gold at the four Olympics held between 2000 and 2012.

Sir Ben has a keen interest in manufacturing and the technology behind it, with his British America’s Cup team, Land Rover BAR, employing the latest manufacturing processes in the creation of its
foiling race boat. “At Land Rover BAR we bring together huge resources of technical, design and engineering knowledge to create something truly British and unique. We invest in technology and innovative skills to find solutions to long-term issues in sustainability. I’m very much looking forward to opening MACH 2018 and seeing the latest innovations from the UK’s manufacturing technologies sector.”
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Davturn enters new turning arena

Davturn, a small family-owned precision subcontract machinist based in Bromsgrove, has found increasing its production capability by installing a Miyano BNE-51SY6 turn-mill centre has added fuel to the burning desire to expand the five-people business into larger premises. As a result, managing director Mark Birley maintains, such has been the impact of the new machine that moving premises will then allow further Miyano installations by Citizen Machinery UK to increase its operational capability.

“We installed the multi-axis 51 mm bar size Miyano BNE-51SY6 in June to join our existing Miyano BNA-42DHY, which had already proven to be a success for the business since its installation in 2012,” he says. “At that time, it enabled us to increase the size of bar we machine from our bank of five sliding-head machines, which limited our capacity to 32 mm. Now, with 51 mm capacity, this immediately brought in a host of new orders.”
Birley has been entrenched in turned-part machining since he left school, which led him to take his skill and set up Davturn 13 years ago, basing the business on his experience in cam autos. He bought his first CNC machine in 2007, which set the firm on its steady growth pattern, and in the same year was joined by his son Matthew. Matthew had decided he would rather have a longer skill-based future in machining than he would as an early-career footballer when he played for Birmingham City. Indeed, under his father’s training he progressed to become a director of Davturn, having learnt very quickly to become a skilled programmer and machine setter. The firm also has two apprentices who, like Matthew, are being taught how to competitively apply and use the technology involved in modern machining techniques.
Today Davturn has some 20 active, mostly Midlands-based customers, from sectors that include hydraulics and pneumatics, electrical, door-closure, fastener, construction, vehicle and rail, as well as control cabling. This means the company faces a broad brush of component types from batches of 1000 to almost continuous production of 500,000 with cycle times varying between 15 seconds and 5 minutes. Materials range from plastics to aluminium and high-grade steels.

Since its installation, the BNE-51SY6 has not stopped producing components, with the machine running seven days around-the-clock. During the night and at weekends, machine monitoring creates a call-out in the event of any stoppages to production.
Says Matthew Birley: “The capability of the machine to hold so many tools on the two 12-station, all-driven turrets means we can easily accommodate a suite of common tooling and rarely need to change a tool holder. As a result, resetting is generally prepared and quick; most operations take less than 40 minutes, which helps keep our utilisation of the machine very high.”
He then explains how he uses the latest Citizen Wizard programming aid for both Miyano machines: “This certainly enables new multi-featured parts, often involving difficult materials, to be efficiently programmed with good balance to the cycle between the two spindles.”
Matthew Birley follows on to describe one part produced in a batches of 2000 from 25 mm EN16T bar for use in truck suspensions: “We held 0.025 mm in the bore and 0.02 mm on the outside diameter, which has a 0.8 CLA surface finish without any interruptions for adjustment.”
The part involved all tools being able to be used in overlapping operations between the two spindles and two turrets: “With the power available and the inbuilt rigidity of the machine, it was very straightforward to achieve a balanced machining cycle between each spindle.”
The part involved turning, drilling and counter-boring, the rolling of an M10 internal thread, and the milling of an 18 mm hexagon, which were all completed in a 2 minute cycle.
The Miyano BNE-51SY6 has been developed for single-cycle machining with the ability to cut using three tools that simultaneously overlap when needed at both ends of a workpiece. This capability is supported by the high rigidity of the 7.8 tonne machine, which features box-way slides. The machine has a 15 kW main and 7.5 kW secondary spindle, both having maximum speeds of 5000 rpm, as well as 12-station all-driven turrets.
Having the flexibility of the new BNE has also helped win a contract involving 1000 windscreen wiper assemblies a month for the railway industry. Here a range of component sizes in 303 stainless steel benefitted from balanced machining cycles involving drilling, turning, boring and threading M26x1 each end with 45 mm lengths using both spindles.

“This capability was an important factor in establishing a competitive price to win and succeed in the contact,” says Birley. “Investing in the Miyano, and with the level of support from Citizen’s application team, means we are now riding high.”
He goes on to provide details of a further contract won following the machine installation. This involves a six part series of hydraulic valve sleeves complete with spools between 16 and 30 mm diameter in 440-C stainless steel.
“We are able to machine the largest of these in under 5 minutes, with the most complex having 11 grooves in the outside diameter and 50 holes pitch-drilled 5 mm diameter from the grooves into the bore, which has 0.05 mm tolerance,” he explains. “As we are able to simultaneously combination gang-drill the holes using both turrets and fully deburr in-cycle, we are utilising a totally different capability that we could never even have dreamt about before.”
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