Bindatex secures funding

Bindatex, a provider of specialist process and cutting services, has secured an Innovate UK grant of almost £100,000 from the Sustainable Innovation Fund. The purpose of the grant is to support a critical six-month R&D project that will further develop and upscale its 1 mm wide slitting capability for next-generation composite parts manufacturing technology. Innovate UK funding will support the research, testing and development of bespoke technology to enable Bindatex to produce 1 mm wide thermoplastic UD slit tape in volumes that meet the future growth demands of lightweight aircraft and other key applications.

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The collaborative imperative

Mills CNC, the exclusive distributor of Doosan machine tools in the UK and Ireland, has entered into a collaborative research partnership with Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR), an independent, not-for-profit research and training organisation (RTO) based in Mullingar, County Westmeath. To support the organisation’s research programme in the Irish market, Mills supplied IMR with a new Doosan Puma 2600SY II lathe in August 2020.

The 10“ chuck box-guideway multi-tasking lathe features a 22 kW/4000 rpm spindle, a Y axis (±52.5 mm), a sub-spindle (15 kW/6000 rpm) and driven tooling capabilities (7.5 kW/5000 rpm). Furthermore, the model supplied to IMR featured a number of ancillary technology additions to increase its productivity and efficiency, including: a Hydrafeed servo-driven bar feeder; Filtermist oil/mist extraction unit; Renishaw optical workpiece inspection probe; LNS swarf conveyor system; FSE filtration system; and Hainbuch collet chucks.

The lathe also features an automatic door and a robot interface to facilitate automated workpiece loading/unloading in the future.

Although the Puma was only installed a few weeks ago it has already been involved in a number of customer-led projects. One of these involved exploiting the lathe’s multi-tasking capabilities – using the Puma lathe’s Y-axis, mill-drill and capabilities to significantly reduce the number of machining operations, cut cycle times and conduct in-process inspection to improve part quality.

The project has demonstrated that the Puma lathe’s on-board technologies (including its thermal compensation capabilities) can significantly reduce component processing times – from five down to just one operation – and increase part accuracies.

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Laser texturing investment

GF Machining Solutions has supplied Hersham-based Fimark Ltd, a laser engraving, cutting, marking and texturing subcontract specialist, with a new laser texturing machine. The machine – an AgieCharmilles Laser P 400U – arrived in July 2020 and is the second five-axis laser texturing machine from GFMS that Fimark has acquired in the past five years: the first being a Laser 1000 5AX machine installed in April 2015. Fimark’s new Laser P 400U can accommodate parts up to 600 x 400 x 250 mm. The dual laser head can incorporate both an ytterbium pulsed fibre laser and an ultra-short femtosecond pulsed laser.

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Tornos aids COVID-19 battle

For more than 70 years, the core competence of Gloor Brothers, an owner-managed family business based in Burgdorf, Switzerland has been the regulation of pressure and flow of technical gases. When the business earned its EN ISO: 13485 certification in 1994, this core competence was extended to medical technology.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for fittings in therapeutic oxygen delivery devices has risen sharply, resulting in a capacity bottleneck in the turning department at Gloor. Thanks to a long-standing collaboration between Gloor Medical and Tornos, both companies were able to react quickly and make valuable life-saving contributions.

In the 1990s, the management team at Gloor decided to purchase its first Tornos CNC machine, which is still in operation today for special fittings. Over time, five more Tornos single-spindle sliding-head lathes were added. These CNC machines play a major role in ensuring the manufacture of brass parts to the required quality.
Andreas Weyermann, head of manufacturing at Gloor

Brothers, is delighted with the recent arrival of a brand new Tornos EvoDECO 32, which was chosen for its precision and capabilities: “Our employees are trained at the Tornos Academy in Moutier. When they return from their courses, they have mastered the machine and its programs and can reach their full potential,” he says.

The Tornos machines run at full speed day and night.
“We still work in one shift, but the machines have a certain autonomy and run unattended for several hours overnight in the so-called ghost shift,” confirms Weyermann.

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EuroBlech postponed

Mack Brooks Exhibitions has postponed EuroBLECH, which was scheduled to take place at the Hanover Exhibition Grounds in Germany from 9 to 12 March 2021. The next EuroBLECH international sheet-metalworking technology exhibition will return to its normal event cycle and run on 25-28 October 2022. This decision was taken in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and following conversations with exhibitors and partners over the past weeks and months. Uncertainties around continued travel restrictions were also a contributing factor to the decision due to the international nature of EuroBLECH.

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