Pinxton-based Nasmyth Bulwell, which specialises in the manufacture of precision parts, kits, airframe assemblies and sub-assemblies for the global aerospace and allied industries, has installed an Xtreme CNC CMM from Aberlink.
“Having evaluated several shop-floor CMMs against our list of requirements, a demonstration of Aberlink’s Xtreme CNC CMM, together with Aberlink’s market reputation, convinced me that the Xtreme was the ideal machine for our needs,” says quality manager Jonathan Walsh. “The accuracy, CNC nature and speed of our new Aberlink CMM means that it is able to perform comprehensive inspection routines on manufactured components within the cycle time of the machine tool it is located next to. Now, rather than our skilled machine operators taking a first-off part to our busy inspection department and experiencing delays waiting for a CMM to complete its current task, they are able to quickly confirm component dimensions before commencing full production.
“In the cell, as a machined part is now fully inspected before the next component is produced, the speed of feedback achieved through in-cycle measurement allows adjustments to be made quickly when a feature is drifting from its nominal size,” he adds. “Our new inspection method has increased efficiency and further reduced our already low scrap rates.
“In addition to taking the strain off our busy inspection department, the efficiencies we have realised through the use of our new shop-floor CMM mean that we plan to purchase further Aberlink Xtreme models in the future.”
For further information www.aberlink.com
Master Abrasives has been appointed as the UK and Ireland representive for the complete range of grinding machines manufactured in India by Alex Machine Tools.
Over the past 30 years, Alex has developed a range of surface grinding machines, including a reciprocating hydraulically-operated machine, a rotary surface grinder, creep-feed machines and a range of double-disk grinders. The announcement comes hot on the heels of a successful MACH exhibition for Master Abrasives, where among the reported sales was a Micromatic Eco 200 grinding machine to Border Ballistics Technologies.
For further information www.master-abrasives.co.uk
In its 50th anniversary year, Hurco took 34 machine tool orders valued at £2.5m during the recent MACH 2018 exhibition in Birmingham.
In total, 11 machines were demonstrated on the company’s stand, including five different five-axis machining centre configurations. Managing director David Waghorn says: “We are delighted with the level of orders, which was undoubtedly helped by having 30% more visitors to our stand compared with two years ago. This is particularly pleasing as the organiser reported a visitor increase to the show of only 5%.”
For further information www.hurco.co.uk
In the first quarter of 2018, order bookings in the German machine tool industry rose by 22% compared with the preceding year’s equivalent period.
Domestic orders were up by 39%, while orders from abroad increased by 15%. “Based on a sizeable increase in orders last year, which is set to continue, we see for 2018 the potential of higher growth in production output than was still being anticipated in February, and are subsequently raising our production output forecast from 5% to 7% growth,” says Dr Wilfried Schäfer, executive director of the VDW (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association).
For further information www.vdw.de
After a lifetime working in the machine tool industry, area sales manager Chris Smith has retired from Heller Machine Tools.
In the mid-60s, Smith entered a five-year technical apprenticeship at British Motor Corporation’s Austin plant in Longbridge. Subsequently a project engineer with Land Rover and then Rover, he started in machine tool sales at Kearney Trecker Marwin (KTM), Brighton, in 1984. In the late 80s and early 90s, Smith started selling agency lines of machine tools, first for a firm in the Midlands before heading up his own company in the southwest, AMS Technology. He joined Heller Machine Tools, a wholly owned subsidiary of the German machine tool builder in June 1994.
For further information www.heller.biz