AgieCharmilles CUT P wire EDMs

AgieCharmilles CUT P 350/550/800/1250 machines from GF Machining Solutions are said to house efficient digital power generators, robust designs and intuitive HMIs, as well as several automation options for lights-out and unattended operations.

Featuring proprietary Intelligent Power Generator (IPG) technology, the EDMs deliver surface finishes to Ra 0.10 µm and boost cutting speeds by up to 20% over previous models. Several of the company’s ‘Expert’ systems further optimise the cutting performance of the generators, especially in challenging applications.
The Power-Expert software module, for instance, monitors and changes power levels when the machine is cutting parts with variable heights. Power-Expert thus protects components from unstable conditions while the machine maintains high cutting speeds. Simultaneously, this system controls the spark parameters during finishing operations to provide high-quality surface finishes on variable-height parts.
Regardless of workpiece height, the Wire-Expert system dynamically controls wire wear to achieve continuous and consistent geometrical accuracy from all directions, says the company. For part profile accuracy, Profil-Expert automatically adapts the machining parameters and cut path for rough and skim passes to provide control of fine details, and ensure positioning and contour accuracies of ±2 µm.
Taper-Expert technology cuts angles from 0 to 30° (45° as an option) to maximum Z heights. The system corrects shifts of the Z-reference position in real time, even when the taper angle is changing. In addition, the taper angle is held to within 10 seconds on average, providing taper accuracy and geometry reference accuracy throughout the taper cut.
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SIC buys Zaniboni

SIC Marking has purchased Zaniboni Srl of Turin, Italy, which has subsequently been renamed SIC Zaniboni.

Formed in 1977, Zaniboni specialises in the design, manufacture and sale of customised marking and laser traceability solutions for the automotive and mechanical engineering sectors. As early as 1994, Zaniboni began introducing lasers into its marking and traceability solutions, becoming a pioneer in the integration of this technology. In over 40 years, Zaniboni has succeeded not only in becoming a reference in Italy and internationally, but in establishing strategic partnerships with international OEMs such as SKF.
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UK-built planes

Britten-Norman has two new BN2B-26 Islanders on its production line for the Falkland Islands Government Aviation Service (FIGAS), bringing the service’s fleet to a total of six Islanders by the time the second aircraft is delivered.

The investment, approved by the Falkland’s Government, will be used to meet the islands’ increasing popularity as a tourist destination. Britten-Norman says the first of the aircraft will be delivered this summer, with the second scheduled for early 2020. FIGAS has operated Islanders since October 1979.
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Erodex set to hit £20m turnover

Erodex UK, a supplier of EDM graphite and tooling to the aerospace market, has reported record levels of turnover, with the company set to hit the £20m mark for the first time in its history.

Overall turnover increased by £2m to £19.3m during the last financial year, spurred by strong growth from the company’s machining/EDM sundries division, and a 46% rise in turnover within the tooling division, Erodex Tooling Solutions. Following a strong start to 2019, the company is now set to surpass total sales of £20m.
According to Erodex, it has continued to benefit from a strong and growing reputation within the global aerospace industry. Notably, a large proportion of new business has been won outside of the EU, in countries such as Israel, the US and Mexico.
Says director Steve Rolinson: “We operate in a mature industry, so achieving the level of growth that we continue to achieve is testament to our people, the expertise that we have within the group and our constant efforts to innovate. Export sales have increased significantly; our
US operation continues to grow year-on-year and we have secured a further three customers in Mexico for tooling and EDM electrode work.”
Erodex has made investments totalling £1.2m in the past 12 months and surpassed a total head count of 100 staff members.
Rolinson says: “Around £900,000 of the £1.2m was spent on upgrading plant, IT infrastructure and machinery, including machining centres, grinding machines and Mitutoyo metrology equipment. Such investments go hand in hand with our focus on employing and investing in the best people, as part of our long-term growth strategy.”
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Over 130 at shipbuilding event

Taking place on 11-12 June, the Modern Shipbuilding Summit 2019, organised by Pemamek, was aimed at shipbuilders looking to modernise their existing production or planning to invest in a new shipyard.

In total, the event in Finland was attended by over 130 maritime influencers from 56 companies in 20 countries. The event included presentations from major shipyards such as MV Werften (Germany) and Ingalls Shipbuilding (USA), as well as welding, cutting and production technology providers like Pemamek, Lincoln Electric, Davi, HGG, Hexagon and Microstep.
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