Free training during disruption

XYZ Machine Tools is making use of the current quieter period to provide as much support to customers as possible, especially if they find themselves having to redeploy staff to cope with instances of self-isolation.

The offer includes free training, subject to the availability of XYZ’s applications team. XYZ customers can contact the company on 01823 674200 to discuss any additional training requirements or programming assistance, on either the ProtoTRAK or Siemens control system.
“We are living through extraordinary circumstances but, in time, some level of normality will return and the team at XYZ Machine Tools will be in place to help customers ramp up production,” says Nigel Atherton, managing director. “At that time, we will be here with machines in stock ready to help. Until then, we will endeavour to support our customers in other ways.”
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Dyson wins ventilator order

Dyson has secured an order from the Government to manufacture 10,000 ventilators as the UK steps up its fight against COVID-19.

In a statement to staff seen by Reuters, James Dyson said that since receiving a call from Boris Johnson, the company had refocused resources, working with Cambridge-based TTP (The Technology Partnership), to design an entirely new ventilator, the CoVent (photo: Dyson). The race is now on to get it into production.
“We have received an initial order of 10,000 units from the Government, which we will supply on an open-book basis. This is clearly a time of grave international crisis, I will therefore donate 5000 units to the international effort, 1000 of which will go to the UK.” He added that Dyson and TTP will be working with the MHRA and the Government to ensure that the product and manufacturing process is approved.
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Streamlining AM simulation

Additive manufacturing (AM) expert Renishaw is collaborating with Simufact to enhance the success of laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) builds through accurate simulation and streamlined AM preparation.

The collaboration includes the integration of Renishaw’s QuantAM build preparation software into Simufact Additive 2020. Also, the two companies are working together on improving the simulation of complex material metallurgies found in the process to enable the successful prediction and compensation of stress and distortion during printing operations.
Included within Simufact Additive 2020 is an integrated Renishaw QuantAM API for build job preparation and export, which provides the user with an error-free data transmission from Simufact Additive directly to Renishaw systems. This functionality also improves productivity because the entire work process, from design to printed part, is possible within the software. QuantAM API now enables multi-laser build file preparation for Renishaw’s RenAM 500Q quad-laser machine.
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MACH postponed until January 25-28

The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA), which owns and runs the MACH exhibition, has taken the decision to reschedule the show from April 2020 to January 2021.

Given the spread of Coronavirus, the MTA has decided that, in order to minimise the risks to visitors and exhibitors, the event will now take place on 25-28 January 2021. The show will still be held in the same halls at the NEC. All exhibitors that had booked for MACH in April will be offered the same stand space at the event held on the new dates.
James Selka, MTA CEO, says: “We believe that this decision, which has not been taken lightly, is in the best interests of the industry and those who work in it. Our first priority is, of course, the health and safety of the 30,000+ people who will visit and work at MACH. In addition, we believe that by moving MACH to January 2021 we are going to be able to offer a better experience for our visitors, and better value for our exhibitors, than by holding it in April under the conditions likely to be in place at that time.”
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Momentum builds for MACH 2020

Showcasing live, digital production systems in one space, under one roof, hundreds of millions of pounds worth of business is set to be discussed, secured and completed at MACH 2020 (Birmingham NEC, 20-24 April).

Attracting 25,000 visitors and in excess of 600 exhibitors, MACH is the platform to connect UK manufacturing engineers, decision makers, buyers and specifiers with suppliers of new technology, equipment, services and processes.
MACH is owned and organised by the Manufacturing Technologies Association, which says the show is not just a five-day exhibition, but rather creates a large pipeline of high-quality leads and opportunities that will keep sales team busy for a long time after the event has ended. Exhibitors attending the last MACH in 2018 report that their expectations were exceeded, and the show was a resounding success, raising their profile, creating tender opportunities and generating in-market sales leads.
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