Seco event

For the first time, the annual Inspiration through Innovation (ITI) event hosted by Seco Tools and industry partners, will focus on precision manufacturing in the medical industry. Taking place on 21-22 April, Seco Tools will run the five-hour programme three times over two days to reach different time zones in Europe, the Americas and the Asia-Pacific region. Content will be available in English, French, German, Mandarin and Spanish. Attendees are set to learn from a collaborative approach to machining orthopaedic components such as tibial trays, femoral knees, bone plates, hip cups, hip stems and rasps, and spinal cages.

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MTA urges action

The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) has urged the Chancellor of the Exchequer to consider bolstering the country’s manufacturing sector as it looks to make a speedy recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Writing to Rishi Sunak, MTA CEO James Selka said failing to support such a vital sector of the economy threatened to stall progress on key national interest projects such as decarbonisation, high-speed rail (including HS2 and the Northern Powerhouse) and the new Tempest fighter aircraft.

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Larger capacity five-axis mill-turn

Manufacturers wishing to carry out prismatic and rotational metal cutting in one hit within a 300 x 440 x 305 mm working volume can now take advantage of a new high-productivity Brother 30-taper, five-axis mill-turn centre.

The machine follows Brother’s introduction of the Speedio M300X3, which joins the smaller M200X3 that offers 200 mm of X-axis travel. Sole agent for sales and service in the UK and Ireland is Whitehouse Machine Tools.

Both multi-tasking machines are characterised by an 18.9 kW/40 Nm tool carousel deploying 22 cutters at up to 10,000 rpm, or 16,000 rpm with the Big Plus dual-contact spindle option. Below the carousel is an A-axis trunnion carrying a high output, direct-drive, C-axis turning table. Rated at 4.6 kW/1500 rpm in the new machine, it is over 25% more powerful than the table in the smaller model and generates up to 102 Nm of turning torque. When milling, a 30 m/min cutting feed rate maintains a high level of productivity while 400 Nm of C-axis clamping force ensures accuracy is maintained.

A-axis rotation from +120 to -30° allows the machining of features at the rear of components and facilitates the loading and unloading of parts at the front of the machine. The axis is tilted by a backlash-free roller drive to promote accurate metal cutting. A holding force of 500 Nm, without the need for mechanical clamping, delivers high-speed indexing combined with rigidity when milling parts at an angle or turning them in the horizontal plane.

Non-productive time is minimised by repositioning the X, Y, Z, A and C axes simultaneously during tool change, which takes place in 1.5 seconds chip-to-chip. Linear rapids are 50 m/min and the A and C axes move at up to 50 and 200 rpm respectively.

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Bystronic takes over Weber Laserservice

Bystronic Benelux BV has completed a 100% takeover its long-standing service partner Weber Laserservice BV. The integration of Weber Laserservice will enable Bystronic to provide its customers with even more efficient service, while strengthening its market position and boosting its second-hand machine market.

“With the acquisition of Weber Laserservice, which has a 15-year track record of success in the Benelux and German markets and specialises in Bystronic machines, we are achieving several goals at once,” says Marco de Jong, managing director of Bystronic Benelux: “This move will make us the largest and most potent service and support organisation in this increasingly dynamic market. A highly experienced and trained team of technicians can now provide even more effective and prompt support for customers of every size, and for every generation of Bystronic machine.”
Patrick van den Berg and Martin van de Weg, former owners of Weber Laserservice BV, add: “The pooling of the strengths of these two companies will lead to significant additional synergies, which will translate into a considerable added value for customers.”
Weber Laserservice specialises in the maintenance, training, installation and sales of Bystronic laser-cutting machines, and plays an important role in the second-hand market for laser-cutting systems. The company has been a Bystronic-certified partner for many years and has, in the past, been awarded the title of ‘Best Service Partner’ of Bystronic Benelux.
“There will be no staff layoffs because customer support is of the utmost importance to Bystronic, both now and in the future,” says de Jong. “With the integration of Weber Laserservice into Bystronic Benelux, we today cover all categories.”
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Mazak increases UK production

Yamazaki Mazak has increased the number of production shifts at its European Manufacturing Plant in Worcester following the easing of UK lockdown restrictions.

The company will be focusing on the manufacture of a core group of machines, including its new CV5-500 simultaneous five-axis machining centre, as well as models from its VCN and VTC vertical machining centre range, and QT series of CNC turning centres.
Mazak has been able to safely increase production levels following the implementation of a series of stringent new factory systems and processes. These new measures ensure compliance with government guidance on social distancing and workplace safety. A 31-page document, which is available on the Mazak website, provides in-depth details of the factory changes, alongside a full risk assessment for all production and administration areas of the site. Also included is a breakdown of all potential risks to staff and customers, as well as proposed control measures.
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