Ventilators get the F1 treatment

UK-based Formula 1 teams, together with engine manufacturers and their respective technology arms, are evaluating support for the manufacture of respiratory devices in response to the Government’s call for assistance.

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – JULY 31: General detail showing wheel nut guns in the pits during previews to the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix at the Hungaroring on July 31, 2008, in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

All of the teams have expert design, technology and production capabilities, and specialise in rapid prototyping and high-value manufacturing, which it is hoped can be applied to the critical needs set out by government.
Working with Innovate UK, the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, UCL and University College London Hospitals, the teams are evaluating a number of routes in conjunction with existing manufacturers and organisations from the aerospace and automotive sectors. It is anticipated this work, which is being rapidly progressed, will produce a tangible outcome in the next few days.
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LC-Vision software from Blum

Over £150,000 has been invested by Blum Novotest in bringing its LC-Vision software to market. The software will help firms get the most out of their LC50 Digilog laser-measurement system, which visualises measurement results covering 3D tool control, spindle control and grinding control.

As a result, users from automotive, aerospace,
medical and renewables will know sooner about wear and defects on the tool’s cutting edges, will visualise spindle wear to improve preventative maintenance and see detailed representations of issues with the grinding wheel.
“By utilising a ‘best-fit’ feature, tools can be modified so parts are machined more accurately than before, so every component coming off should be good,” says David Mold, managing director. “Scrapping or reworking should be a thing of the past with this software.”
Blum Novotest’s plan is to include LC-Vision software on machines fitted with its Digilog LC50 laser-measurement system, free of charge. Every application will be shown on the software, but only those purchased will be active, with customers able to purchase additional features as part of a licensing agreement. The company’s engineers will be available to deliver full training.
Further development will eventually cover the rest of the Digilog range, including probe, roughness gauge probe and the bore gauge system.
Says Mold: “LC50 evaluates the analogue signal rather than the digital one, meaning we can take thousands of measuring values of all cutting edges per second, resulting in highly dynamic measurement of tool parameters. In essence, this technology is 60% quicker than conventional in-machine measuring.”
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Machine loans from XYZ

XYZ Machine Tools is making available, on loan, any machine from its stock of ProtoTRAK controlled mills and lathes, machining centres and turning centres, to boost any company involved in the production of parts for emergency medical equipment.

“Let’s ensure that everything is done to limit the impact of this devastating situation, and if by loaning machines we can help manufacturers in that fight, we are happy to do so,” says Nigel Atherton, managing director of XYZ Machine Tools.
To take advantage of this offer contact XYZ Machine Tools at Those making contact will get a call back to discuss specific needs and match the right machine to the work. Once this has been done, and some basic criteria have been met, XYZ Machine Tools will deliver, install and provide training, completely free of charge.
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HANNOVER MESSE cannot take place this year due to the increasingly critical situation surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic. The Hannover region has issued a decree that prohibits the staging of the world’s leading tradeshow for industrial technology. From now until the next HANNOVER MESSE in April 2021, a digital information and networking offer will provide exhibitors and visitors with the opportunity for economic policy orientation and technological exchange.

The world of industry will not be able to meet in Hannover this year. Comprehensive travel restrictions, bans on group gatherings and a prohibition decree in the Hannover region make it impossible to stage HANNOVER MESSE. At the same time, the corona crisis is affecting the economy, and the manufacturing industry – HANNOVER MESSE’s core clientele – is already struggling with serious consequences of the pandemic. Demand and sales in German industry are declining, resulting in supply bottlenecks, production stops and reduced working hours for employees.

“Given the dynamic development around Covid-19 and the extensive restrictions on public and economic life, HANNOVER MESSE cannot take place this year,” says Dr. Jochen Köckler, Chairman of the Board of Management, Deutsche Messe AG. “Our exhibitors, partners and our entire team did everything they could to make it happen, but today we have to accept that in 2020 it will not be possible to host the world’s most important industrial event.”

It is the first time in HANNOVER MESSE’s 73-year history that the event will not take place. However, the organizers will not let the show completely vanish. “The need for orientation and exchange is particularly important in times of crisis,” says Köckler. “That is why we are currently working intensely on a digital information and networking plattform for HANNOVER MESSE that we will open to our customers shortly.”

Various web-based formats will enable HANNOVER MESSE exhibitors and visitors to exchange information about upcoming economic policy challenges and technological solutions. Live streams will transport interactive expert interviews, panel discussions and best-case presentations all over the world. The online exhibitor and product search is also being enhanced, for example with a function that enables visitors and exhibitors to contact each other directly.

“We firmly believe that nothing can replace direct, person-to-person contact and we are already looking forward to the time after Corona,” says Köckler. “But especially in times of crisis, we must be flexible and act pragmatically. As organizers of the world’s most important industrial trade fair, we want to offer orientation and sustain economic life during the crisis. We are doing that with our new digital offering.”

Thilo Brodtmann, executive director of Germany’s Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA), said, “The cancellation of HANNOVER MESSE 2020 is an unfortunate decision, but it is the only correct one. The mechanical engineering industry must now concentrate on minimizing the consequences of the pandemic in its own operations so that it can start up again. In April 2021, the engineers will be back in Hannover in full force.”

Wolfgang Weber, Chairman of the ZVEI Management Board: “The fact that Hannover Messe 2020 cannot be hosted is a bitter loss, but it is the right decision. For the electrical industry, the fair is the showcase to the world, which unfortunately remains closed this year. So our companies will use the time until 2021 to manage the considerable consequences of Corona. Next year, they will then present themselves with the latest products and solutions for Industry 4.0 and the energy system of the future.”

HANNOVER MESSE 2021 will be held from 12 to 16 April 2021.

Affordable fibre laser cutters

Haco, a manufacturer of machinery for processing sheet-metal components, is launching a range of affordable fibre laser cutting machines.

Complementing the company’s existing series of fully automated fibre-laser systems, the move ends a 30-year period of offering CO2 laser cutters. Availability in the UK is via subsidiary and Haco group member, Kingsland Engineering.
The HFL series is aimed at small and medium-sized companies looking to enter the fibre laser era. HFL machines offer a fully enclosed fibre laser cutting system, based on a rigid frame, with low-inertia moving parts to enable high acceleration and increased production output. A dual pallet exchange table further helps to maximise productivity, supported by short cycle times.
Haco’s HFL series offers a choice of fibre power from 2 to 12 kW, Precitech cutting heads and Beckhoff control systems. Cutting table dimensions are offered from 3000 x 1500 mm, to 8000 x 2500 mm.
The application of proven technology ensures a reliable and efficient investment, with performance levels to suit current and future production.
“The new Haco fibre lasers are a testament to our vision in offering innovative and high-quality products with the best price-to-quality ratio,” says Frank Havegeer, CEO of Haco Group.
According to the company, the HFL series is pitched as an ideal stepping stone for companies looking to expand their capabilities with a moderately priced, yet high performance, laser cutting machine.
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