PP Profiles installs colossal cutting machine

PP Profiles (West Yorkshire) Ltd has bought a plasma and flame cutting machine from Kerf Developments that measures 39 m in length.

To get a scale of the workload at the Batley-based heavy engineering business, it is processing an average of 400 to 500 tonnes of steel every month, and almost 40% of this material is run through the new Kerf RUR4500. It is this reliance on the Kerf plasma and flame cutting machine that justified its acquisition. The level of investment at PP Profiles (West Yorkshire) Ltd now stands at more than £2m in the past two years.
The reason behind the investment in the colossal Kerf RUR4500 was due to two older 12 x 2.5 m flame cutting machines – and a 6 m plasma machine – proving unreliable, creating an inefficient workflow.
Commercial director Daniel Morley says: “We specified the Kerf RUR4500 with a single high definition 400 A plasma cutting head on a 12 x 4 m bed and a two-machine 24 x 4 m bed that consists of both a six-head and a four-head flame cutting gantry – all in a single 39 x 4 m cell. This allows us to load much larger jobs and has opened us up to new markets, as parts over 12 m long are not uncommon.”
The arrival of the Kerf RUR4500 machine made the previous two flame and one plasma machine surplus to requirements, reducing the required floor area and improving efficiency and workflow.
“Now, we have four people running the three machines within the Kerf RUR4500 cell,” says Morley. “This workflow configuration has reduced our processing times by at least 50%.”
For further information www.kerfdevelopments.com

Hurco open house success

Machining centre and lathe manufacturer Hurco Europe has reported its second-best annual turnover ever, only slightly below that of the company’s record year in 2018.

The announcement comes following Hurco Europe’s latest open house in December, which was attended by representatives from 53 manufacturers. Held at the company’s recently opened 26,000 sq ft headquarters, showroom and technical centre in High Wycombe, the open house attracted 88 visitors from the UK, Ireland and Sweden.
The event saw three orders placed for machining centres, including a double-column model. David Waghorn, managing director of Hurco Europe, says: “We were pleased to preview a cobot [collaborative robot] following our group’s purchase earlier this year of Pittsburgh manufacturer, ProCobot. It was automatically feeding one of our VMX30UHSi five-axis machining centres with aluminium billets from a table, and returning finish-machined components.”
For further information www.hurco.co.uk

Get set for Expo Manufactura

Expo Manufactura 2020 will take place on 11-13 February in Monterrey, Mexico.

The show is set to host a plethora of industry solutions and innovations, as exhibited by national and international companies. In fact, more than 350 exhibitors are expected to fill 17,246 sq m of floor space. Additionally, over 13,350 visitors are set to attend Expo Manufactura, which will also play host to a comprehensive conference programme.
In the three days of the show, over 500 machines will be working in real time, providing live demonstrations, with more than 160 of these machines weighing in excess of 300 kg. Among the machine types on display will be those for milling, turning, waterjet cutting, laser cutting, plasma cutting, welding and additive processes.
For further information www.expomanufactura.com.mx

Airborne UK becomes NCC tier-two member

Airborne UK has become a member of the National Composites Centre (NCC), presenting further opportunities for the two companies to work together on automation and collaborative digital projects with the goal of reducing the cost of manufacturing composite structures.

In addition to the development of automation and digitalisation, Airborne continues to provide engineering, design for manufacture, prototyping and part manufacturing solutions. As a tier-two member, the company will be able to access the NCC’s facilities and capabilities, as well as the expertise needed to support its ventures.
For further information www.nccuk.com

Robots hit 300,000 mark in Korea

IFR (International Federation of Robotics) has released its latest World Robotics report, which shows a new record of about 300,000 operational industrial robots in the Republic of Korea in 2018 (+10%).

Based on this figure, the country has doubled its number of industrial robots in the past five years. Following Japan and China, the country ranked third in 2018. With 774 industrial robots per 10,000 employees, the Republic of Korea has more than twice the number of Germany (third with 338 units) and Japan (fourth with 327 units).
For further information https://ifr.org/