Seco partners with Fusion

In an effort to become more sustainable in its machining practices, Seco Tools is partnering with Fusion Coolant Systems, which offers an environmentally-friendly coolant technology that can lower carbon footprint yet increase overall performance. Both companies have a goal to make machining easier and more effective for manufacturing leaders and engineers, while maintaining environmental awareness. The collaboration will be among the showcase innovations at Seco’s virtual Medical Inspiration through Innovation event taking place this week (21-22 April).

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All-electric aircraft by 2026

Rolls-Royce and airframe specialist Tecnam are joining forces with Widerøe – the largest regional airline in Scandinavia – to deliver an all-electric passenger aircraft for the commuter market that will be ready for revenue service in 2026. Due to its topography, Norway makes extensive use of aviation for regional connectivity and has an ambition for all domestic flights to be zero emissions by 2040. Rolls-Royce will bring its expertise in propulsion and power systems, while Tecnam will provide aircraft design, manufacturing and certification capabilities.

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Metal-forming strength at EMO Milano

The Metal Forming Committee of UCIMU-Sistemi per Produrre, the Italian machine tool, robots, automation systems and ancillary products manufacturers’ association, has expressed its unanimous decision to take part in the next EMO Milano 2021, which takes place on Fieramilano on 4-9 October 2021.

Filippo Gasparini, vice-president of UCIMU, says: “After almost two years of absence from exhibitions due to the pandemic, we have chosen EMO Milano 2021 as the first stage to present our product offering to the public. In doing that, we are convinced that this event will offer us interesting business opportunities and, at the same time, contribute to strengthening the role of Italy in the sector.”

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Trumpf buys Lantek

Trumpf has acquired sheet-metal software specialist Lantek, enriching its smart factory solution portfolio and taking another step toward efficient and connected sheet-metal production. Lantek has been trading since 1986 and has its headquarters in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. The company operates worldwide with 20 locations in 14 countries. More than 220 employees create software for sheet metal and metalworking with any cutting technologies. This suite includes CAD, CAM, MES and ERP solutions. Lantek will continue to operate under its current name as there are no plans for integration with the Trumpf brand.

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FANUC adds digital services

FANUC is adding FANUC Assisted Reality (FAR) to its service offering in Europe. With this new digital service, the company wants to support customers as fully as possible, even in times of travel restrictions and social distancing. FANUC has more than 1600 employees in Europe, over 40% of whom work in service in order to provide “lifetime maintenance” or unlimited service on any FANUC product as long as customers want to use it. With the help of FAR, two or more participants in a conversation can exchange images and videos via a secure data connection.

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