Fresh from its successful participation at the recent EMO exhibition in Hanover, Industrial Tooling Corporation (ITC) is already in advanced negotiations regarding distribution agreements with a number of cutting-tool distributors based in mainland Europe.
ITC has in fact been working with a number of technical distribution partners around mainland Europe for a number of years. However, company expansion in 2016 and continuous investment in advanced production equipment has laid the platform to strengthen its position on the continent.
For further information www.itc-ltd.co.uk
Experts from Sharing in Growth (SiG) have selected Independent Forgings & Alloys (IFA), a rapidly growing Sheffield forging firm, to join its business transformation programme.
IFA, which operates from a 250,000 sq ft facility, now plans to increase its annual sales turnover from £23m in 2018, to almost £42m by 2024. Last year, the company received an £8.5m capital investment from BGF and will now work with SiG to focus on leadership, culture and operational capability.
IFA CEO Andy McGuinness says: “Our growth plans mean we must secure higher volume, long-term agreements in aerospace. This is an extremely price-sensitive market, so we require significant investment in capital equipment, and we need SiG’s specialist expertise to help raise our competitiveness. Otherwise, those long-term contracts will go to multi-national competitors with greater resources and financial backing.”
For further information www.sig-uk.org
On 30 August, Prosaw received an email from Rusty Road 2 Recovery, a not-for-profit community interest company in Bridgwater, Somerset. The company requested assistance with obtaining a much needed bandsaw and wondered whether Prosaw would be generous enough to donate the equipment.
Rusty Road 2 Recovery is a social enterprise and non-profit organisation that provides recovery-based services for people of all ages and sexes who suffer from mental health problems. Its purpose is to have a positive impact on the lives of 75 local people a week, including older citizens who suffer from isolation and loneliness, and younger people who have been rejected, or require guidance and opportunities to achieve qualifications which have not been possible for them to gain through normal educational services.
So, why the donation of a bandsaw? Well, participants work together as groups to take classic vehicles – including motorcycles, tractors and cars that are often viewed by many as scrap or beyond repair – and restore them to their former glory. This work encourages individuals to take pride in themselves and their achievements, while discovering that there is always hope. A bandsaw is vital piece of machinery for such a workshop.
Prosaw’s managing director Phil Crick says: “The idea just struck a chord with us and we soon delivered a Waytrain manual bandsaw, at no cost, to help with their mission.”
For further information www.prosaw.co.uk
To save time, weight and costs when producing metal aircraft components, Airbus Helicopters in Donauwörth, Bavaria, part of the Airbus Group, recently turned to additive manufacturing. The company not only develops and produces a range of helicopter models such as the H135 and H145, but specialises in the manufacture of more than 4000 doors for passenger and cargo aircraft every year.
To separate the titanium parts from their 400 x 400 mm titanium base plates rapidly, economically and without damage after they have been 3D printed, Airbus Helicopters recently purchased an automatic KASTOwin AMC bandsaw from Kasto. The base plate with 3D printed shafts weighing up to 40 kg is transported from the 3D printer by forklift truck to the saw and bolted securely to a clamping mechanism.
After the machine door closes, the mechanism rotates through 180° so that sawing of the components to remove them from the base plate is performed upside down. This design offers considerable advantages in additive manufacturing as, after being cut, the parts cannot topple over or buckle, preventing the risk of damage that could lead to time-intensive reworking or even expensive scrap.
As the plate is ground flat after each build so it can be repeatedly reused, it becomes progressively thinner. With this thought in mind, before sawing begins, an employee has to measure its thickness when clamped and enter the figure into the job wizard of the AdvancedControl CNC. The bandsaw blade, actuated by a precision ballscrew drive, then moves precisely to the programmed height. When cutting is complete, the shafts fall into a padded container to prevent damage and are removed through a flap.
For further information www.kasto.com
Vision Engineering, a manufacturer of visual inspection and measurement technologies, has been awarded the Productronica Innovation Award, for its 3D visualisation product: the DRV-Z1.
The DRV-Z1 was chosen by a panel of experts as the winner of the Inspection & Quality Cluster award, for demonstrating significant technical development and cutting-edge technical integration, efficiency and design. Vision’s Deep Reality Viewer (DRV) is a world-first technology which produces high-resolution 3D stereo images without the need for a monitor, headset or glasses.
For further information www.visioneng.com