Bentley deal for Frank Dudley

Securing a prestigious order for Bentley has provided one of Birmingham’s fastest growing manufacturers with the perfect 70th birthday present. Frank Dudley Ltd (FDL), which employs 64 people at its Wiggin Street factory, beat off significant competition to win a contract for the supply of bumper finishes that will be used on the Continental model. The company has already invested heavily in setting up a dedicated clean room and cell for the job. The Bentley deal is the latest in a long line of ‘wins’ for the metal pressings and deep-drawn component specialist, which has seen sales rise 20% to £6m over the past 12 months.
For further information www.frankdudley.com

Range of machines at Mazak open house

Yamazaki Mazak’s traditional November open house will boast a star-studded cast of machines, guest speakers, tours and live machining demonstrations. The event, which will take place on 20-22 November at Mazak’s European Technology Centre in Worcester, revolves around the theme of manufacturing excellence and aims to give attendees a comprehensive overview of the latest machining technologies, including laser, additive manufacturing, machine connectivity and sector specialisation.

Of the 20 machines on display, the stand-out is likely to be the Integrex i-400S machining centre, which is equipped with Mazak’s SmoothX CNC. The latest function on the i-400S is Smooth Gear Cutting software, which combines multi-task machining and Mazak’s latest developments in gear manufacturing processes, including Smooth Gear Skiving, Smooth Gear Milling and Smooth Gear Hobbing. The software allows the operator to develop complex gear machining programs by entering the gear data via a user-friendly dialogue on the CNC, thus reducing set-up times.
For further information www.mazakeu.co.uk

Holroyd opens US plant

Holroyd Precision Rotors, the specialist helical screw and rotor manufacturing division of Precision Technologies Group (PTG), has opened a new production facility in South Carolina, USA. Located at Spartanburg, the facility has been created to supply North American producers of industrial air, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment with compressor screw rotors. The result of a $12m investment, the plant has been equipped with rotor milling and grinding technologies from PTG’s machine tool business, Holroyd Precision Ltd.
Some 30 staff are employed at the new facility.
For further information www.holroyd.com

Accolade for professor

Dame Xiangqian Jiang, a professor of precision metrology at the University of Huddersfield’s Centre for Precision Technologies has recently been appointed as one of 12 strategic advisors to the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The advisors will form the EPSRC’s Strategic Advisory Network (SAN). Their role is to provide the EPSRC Executive with advice to assist in the development, implementation and modification of plans, and to make appropriate recommendations to its council. Professor Jiang is one of the university’s most celebrated engineers.
For further information www.hud.ac.uk

Range of machines at Mazak open house

Yamazaki Mazak’s traditional November open house will boast a star-studded cast of machines, guest speakers, tours and live machining demonstrations. The event, which will take place on 20-22 November at Mazak’s European Technology Centre in Worcester, revolves around the theme of manufacturing excellence and aims to give attendees a comprehensive overview of the latest machining technologies, including laser, additive manufacturing, machine connectivity and sector specialisation.

Of the 20 machines on display, the stand-out is likely to be the Integrex i-400S machining centre, which is equipped with Mazak’s SmoothX CNC. The latest function on the i-400S is Smooth Gear Cutting software, which combines multi-task machining and Mazak’s latest developments in gear manufacturing processes, including Smooth Gear Skiving, Smooth Gear Milling and Smooth Gear Hobbing. The software allows the operator to develop complex gear machining programs by entering the gear data via a user-friendly dialogue on the CNC, thus reducing set-up times.
For further information www.mazakeu.co.uk