IMechE bestows award on AMTC

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) has presented the MTC’s Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre (AMTC) with an award.

AMTC, which is supported by Lloyds Bank, has been awarded IMechE’s ‘Advanced Apprenticeship Provider of the Year’ accolade. The award was presented at a special ceremony at the IMechE headquarters in Westminster.
Chiefly, the award recognises the role that employers and educators play in encouraging young people into engineering apprenticeships, and supporting them throughout their training. The AMTC willl be taking on a further 200 apprentices in the 2020 intake, who will be trained in a variety of manufacturing disciplines, from basic engineering to using some of the most advanced manufacturing technologies in existence.
For further information

Renishaw apprentice heads overseas

Renishaw apprentice Ryan Harris recently participated in a two-week Erasmus programme in Germany, funded by the EU.

The programme gives Welsh college students first-hand experience of engineering in another country and broadens their knowledge of the industry by showing them different approaches. As part of the Erasmus programme, four students from Coleg Y Cymoedd were selected for work experience at Stadler Anglenbau GmbH, including an all-expenses paid trip to the company’s facility in Altshausen, Baden-Württemberg. Stadler Anglenbau designs and manufactures waste sorting plants and components. Says Harris. “The scheme enabled me to learn from and work with peers who have come through a different education system. I’m really glad that I got to take part in the programme because it opened my eyes to a new industry, a new country and a new approach.”
For further information

Big success for ITC at EMO exhibition

Those visiting the ITC stand at last month’s EMO 2019 exhibition in Hanover, Germany, were impressed enough with the innovations on show to place significant enquiry and order numbers. ITC was making its first ever appearance at EMO.

Although already boasting an extensive European footprint with distributors on the continent, ITC used the show as a launch pad to grow its pan-European distributor base, a goal that was achieved with a high number of reputable agents and distributors keen to have the UK brand as part of their portfolios.
The company’s latest trochoidal milling innovations proved popular among those from the aerospace, motorsport, mould and die, and general engineering industries.
Notable was the company’s Cupro-coated, harmonic-flute geometry 5021 series of five-flute end mills, as well as the newly developed 5031 series stub-length, square-end tools. From the six-flute trochoidal milling stable, ITC demonstrated its latest 6051 series of square-end or multiple corner radii tools, which were supported by the 6011-F, 6021-F and 6031-F.
Indeed, the milling tools on display included square, ball-nose and radius tools, with a wide array of dimension, geometry and coating choices. Additionally, the variety of chamfering, countersinking, thread milling, drilling and reaming products provided a balanced solution for all industry sectors.
For further information

ProtoTRAK generates large time savings

Ensuring the performance and accuracy of packaging machinery, particularly bottling plants, is a speciality of Belgium-based Macovak, which manufactures precision parts used to manoeuvre and position bottles during the filling process.

“The format parts in bottling plants ensure extremely accurate positioning of the bottle during filling, labelling and closing of the container,” explains managing director Didier Gillain. “Given the speed at which these machines operate – more than 60,000 bottles per hour – then the importance of accuracy is clear. At these volumes, even the smallest discrepancy in tolerance can deliver a huge price tag in lost production.”
Helping Macovak to achieve its manufacturing needs, the company has invested in machines that provide the cost-effective production of low-volume parts. The most recent machine to arrive is an XYZ Proturn SLX 425 lathe supplied by Crispyn Machines, XYZ Machine Tools’ distributor in Belgium. With just one day of training on the ProtoTRAK control, Macovak’s operators were fully in tune with its operation and had the machine on production work within hours.
“That’s the beauty and simplicity of the ProtoTrak control, and as our business revolves around problem solving for customers, we need to be able to react quickly, but in the knowledge that the parts we machine are right first time to the correct dimensions,” says Gillain.
“I wanted a machine and control that would allow our technicians the opportunity to quickly and easily program the workpieces themselves or, finish them manually on the machine. With the ProtoTRAK control, you don’t need knowledge of G or M codes to be able to create beautiful and complex parts quickly and easily.”
With a wink Didier Gillain confesses, “even I could do it”.
For further information

Europa eturn lathes released in UK

The Europa eturn VS series of gap-bed centre lathes is being released into the UK market by RK International Machine Tools. Featuring eturn Energy Management Technology (EEMT), eturn VS lathes help to reduce energy consumption, particularly when the machine is stood idle.

The system constantly monitors the machine and, if a period of inaction is detected, puts the lathe into sleep mode, switching off all unnecessary power consumption. A simple push of a button brings the lathe back to full operational activity.
Along with its environmental advantages, the Europa eturn range also offers a high specification, with an electronic variable-speed spindle featuring Schneider frequency inverter. Transmission is via a Norton-type gearbox that delivers constant power and torque. Each machine in the range is also equipped with a Newall NMS300 two-axis digital readout for ease-of-use, while Bison has been selected as the work-holding partner, allowing a three-jaw scroll and four-jaw independent chuck to be supplied as standard equipment.
There are eight machines in the range, starting with the compact Europa eturn VS330 with a 330 mm swing over bed (510 mm in the gap), and either 750 or 1000 mm between centres. Spindle speed is totally variable between 40 and 2500 rpm, with two gear ranges to allow constant torque. Longitudinal feed rates are between 0.02 and 1.04 mm/rev.
The other machines in the Europe eturn range are the VS360, VS390, VS460, VS510, VS560, VS660 and VS760, with the number designating the swing over bed.
The larger machines in the range feature a three-range gearbox with maximum spindle speeds from 2500 rpm down to 1400 rpm on the largest model. Between-centre distances across the series are from 750 mm through to 6000 mm.
For further information