At the recent World Human Powered Speed Challenge in Nevada, a UK team broke world records for both male and female arm-powered speed on a bike created with the support and expertise of Renishaw.
As part of the ARION4 project, Renishaw additively manufactured the central titanium support (CTS), a vital component of the bike that attaches to the head-tube to hold the layshaft and front wheel in place. The component is the backbone of the ARION4 transmission system, allowing riders to put in as much power as possible without worrying about structural integrity at the front of the bike.
For further information www.renishaw.com
Investing in the future of its business in terms of skills and capacity, BG Engineering is actively recruiting apprentices and has just invested £75,000 with XYZ Machine Tools to create a machining cell that will help apprentices to hone their skills.
The cell comprises an XYZ SMX 5000 bed mill and an XYZ SLX 355 ProTurn lathe. Both are controlled by XYZ’s ProtoTrak control system, which offers simple-to-program capability that makes apprentice training and the machining of one-off and small batch parts straightforward.
“The XYZ machines are unlike anything else we have on the shop floor,” says Chris Brown, director of Cooper Brown Enterprises, which bought a strategic stake in BG Engineering last year. “They provide the perfect introduction to CNC machining and, our apprentices are making full use of the ProtoTrak control’s features, such as TRAKing, as well as learning manual machining skills. The apprentices can gain experience of the ‘feel’ you only get by winding handles to produce parts – thanks to the XYZ machine’s ability to operate
in full CNC or manual mode.”
For further information www.xyzmachinetools.com
Turnkey production solutions provider Geo Kingsbury Machine Tools Ltd, which until recently was best known as Geo Kingsbury, will with immediate effect trade under the name Kingsbury.
The company is sole agent in the UK and Ireland, and more recently in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, for a range of German machining centre and lathe builders, as well as a French additive manufacturing machine producer. Managing director Richard Kingsbury says: “We wanted uniformity in the way we are perceived by industry throughout the country’s into which we sell.”
For further information www.kingsburyuk.com
The Advanced Engineering show, which takes place at the NEC at the end of this month, has published its league table of top 20 high-value manufacturing hotspots in the UK.
The table places Sheffield at the top of the pile, narrowly beating last year’s winner – Bristol – by just two points. The highest new entry this year is Cambridge, which comes in at number 4. Other new entrants are Northampton, Poole, Telford, Swindon, Banbury and Chesterfield. The biggest improvers in the table since last year are Milton Keynes, which moves from 10th to 3rd, and Nottingham, which moves from 8th to 5th.
For further information www.advancedengineeringuk.com
AddUp, a specialist in the manufacture of 3D metal printing machines and systems, a joint-venture between Fives Group and Michelin, has announced a project to acquire a majority stake in the French company Poly-Shape.
Created in 2007 by Stéphane Abed, Poly-Shape offers design services and the production of parts via the 3D metal printing process. The company has managed to develop an expertise recognised throughout Europe in fields such as tooling, aerospace, medical and energy, and more specifically the motorsport sector, working notably with a large number of Formula One teams.
For further information www.addupsolutions.com