Five-axis machining centre rewrites standard offerings

XYZ-preview edit_tmbAccording to XYZ Machine Tools, the level of technology included as standard with the XYZ UMC-5X is making existing users of five-axis machining centres review their position and introducing a new group of potential customers to the benefits of simultaneous five-axis machining.

On show at Southern Manufacturing 2018, it comes with technology such as Traori / Kinematic functions for five-axis simultaneous machining, as well as integrated smart machining technology (SMT) and thermal growth compensation. The standard control system is the Siemens 840DSL ShopMill control, and there is the option of specifying the iTNC 640 HSCI Heidenhain system. Both controls ensure a machine capable of high precision, high speed, simultaneous five-axis machining, confirms the company.

Other key features are the front loading 600mm diameter trunnion rotary table, with a direct drive, high torque motor providing 90 revs/min rotation of the table. The tilting axes are servo worm driven (torque motor option) that provides ±120° of movement and just 2.5 seconds for full rotation with a maximum table load of 600kg. The table configuration and machine design mean that when the table is tilted 90° towards the rear (component facing forward), there remains 500mm of y-axis travel forward of the table surface. This is much greater than many competitor machines, says the company, including those that quote the same axis travels as the UMC-5X, allowing larger workpieces to be machined.

Additional specifications include in-line spindles with 12,000 / 15,000 revs/min or, a high speed 18,000 / 24,000rpm motorised built-in spindle, high pressure through spindle coolant, side-mounted 24, 32, 48 or 60 tools ATC for quick tool changing, linear scales on the x, y and z axes with high precision encoders on A and C axis pivot centres.

Find out more on the XYZ Machine Tools stand E190 or visit


Sign and labelling on demand

SMS-R1-15x10cm-RGB_tmbThe results of five years’ development and 40 years’ experience, the SMS R1 delivers a new dimension in productivity and performance in sign and labelling, claims Rebo Systems.

The ‘colour and cut’ sign and label machine, which will be demonstrated at Southern Manufacturing 2018, is suitable for low- to mid-range volume production. It can produce customised label shapes and sizes with up to nine colours on-demand and in-house.

No need to have rolls of die-cut labels, or expensive custom-made labels on a shelf, just make them when you need them, says the company.

For technical and electrical labelling, it offers cost savings and delivers any quantity, and will even mix varieties of labels in one run.

Ribbon saving, networking capabilities, on-board colour touchscreen, fully enclosed operation for dust-free production and a distinctive print driver are highlights of the systems which can be driven from the supplied Nice Label Pro or any of the popular design software available today.

Whether cable wraps, prototype labels, control panel labels and in sizes as small as 5.0mm, the machine will produce single labels and continuous sheets of labels all in multiple colours. The range of materials available includes 10 year outdoor vinyl, high performance polyester, high strength adhesives, high temperature, removable and replaceable materials.

Meet Rebo Systems on stand D230 or find out more at

Lathes and printers educate next-gen engineers

emco preview edit_tmbManual and CNC mills and lathes, routers, 3D printers from Stratasys and laser cutting/marking machines are among the machines highlighted by supplied by Emco UK at Southern 2018. The firm supplies to both the education and industrial sectors, offering machines for a wide range of applications. All are backed up with UK after-sales service and technical support.

At this year’s show, the company will be showcasing the Emcoturn E25 high precision lathe with C axis, running Siemens controls, the Maxxmill 350, a compact five-side milling centre running Siemens Operate, and the Emcoturn S65, a 65mm bar capacity lathe with Fanuc control.

Meet Emco on stand F240 or visit for more information

Alternative connectors have short lead times

Leotronics preview edit_tmbIndustry-standard electronic connectors and custom-built cable assemblies are among the solutions highlighted by Leotronics at Southern 2018. The firm supplies to businesses around the globe. Based in the UK, it works with teams of designers and buyers to design, develop and deliver specific customer needs.

It recently achieved ISO 9001:2015 certification. Working with select, trusted manufacturers worldwide, the company says it offers customers high quality alternatives at competitive prices with short lead times, including same day sample delivery.

From simple, individually-crimped wires to more complex custom-moulded cable assemblies and industry-compatible electronic connectors, providing form fit and function interconnection, all of its products can be tailored to meet exacting requirements.

Meet Leotronics on stand A115 or find out more at

Cabinet adds to Industry 4.0 environment

Wilson Tool preview edit_tmbAmong the product launches from Wilson Tool at Southern 2018 will be the Smart-X Storage 4.0, an addition to its Xtra Accessories range. The cabinet is an addition to an efficient Industry 4.0 manufacturing environment, says the company. Integrated tool management software enables the user to manage as well as store a tool inventory. Tools are stored securely with passcode entry, and can be ordered automatically from the tool management system.

Also to be launched at this year’s show is the QuickTap tapping tool for thick turret punching machines. Claimed to be the fastest and most reliable tapping tool on the market, it taps up to 200 holes per minute, and is made and serviced by the company. It can eliminate secondary threading applications and create fast and accurate threads.

The stand will also host the UK launch of Express Rail 2000 and Express Air press brake clamping systems. These can help to reduce set-up times and increase productivity with quick tool locking and automatic tool alignment.

See Wilson Tool on stand G130 or visit

Hurco debuts versatile machining solutions at Southern 2018

Hurco 1185-1_tmbHurco will be exhibiting two of its most popular and compact, entry-level machines at the show, on stand G200. The VM5i 3-axis machining centre will make its Southern Manufacturing and Electronics debut. The specification provides full machining centre performance, despite the machine being able to fit into a space that is less than 2 metres in height, depth and width. 8,000 rpm and 7.5 kW of power from the spindle plus a 16-station automatic toolchanger are provided. Additionally, the latest, updated XP version of the TM8i lathe will be shown. Already a Hurco best-seller, this new model boasts a more compact footprint and bigger spindle bore plus some innovative control system enhancements.

Hurco says its machine tool range is designed specifically to match the varied needs of today’s engineering subcontractors. The same Max5 control is fitted to the simplest 3-axis machining centre, the high specification 5-axis machines and the firm’s entire lathe range. Conversational prompts guide the user through the programming process, there are canned cycles for all of the usual routines, calc-assist to find intersection points and clear graphical representation of toolpath and component on the 9-inch colour LCD screen. Hurco says its customers gain the benefit of getting new operators up to speed quickly. They have no problems in producing one-offs or small volumes and tend to make less programming mistakes. The result, says the firm, is a first-off completed part with a minimum of fuss and effort.

See Hurco on stand G200 or visit for more information

Connectors meet harsh environment challenges

Binder preview edit_tmbAmong the range of industrial connectors and sensor connectors on show by binder UK at Southern Manufacturing 2018, will be a key addition to its Harsh Environment connector portfolio.

To meet the growing demand for connectors capable of withstanding high levels of UV, fluctuating temperatures, acid rain, salt spray, ozone and other pollutants, the company has developed a range of HEC (harsh environment connectors). The UL-approved series 696 is designed specifically for outdoor use. It is waterproof and dustproof to IP68 / IP69k making it suitable for high-pressure washing. The newest addition is a five-pole power cable and panel mount connector that can handle up to 32A at a rated voltage of 600V, making it suitable for high power applications in demanding environments.

The connectors are manufactured from a tough UL 94V-0 rated polyamide and incorporate a three-point bayonet locking system for quick and secure fastening. A robust and safe coding mechanism prevents incorrect orientation and the connector is suitable for over 1000 mating cycles. The use of a variety of crimp contacts ensures a secure, vibration-proof termination.

The connector is suitable for harsh environments including agricultural and construction equipment, traffic and signalling systems, process engineering plants and water purification and recycling equipment.

Meet binder UK on stand C110 or visit

Switches and components meet marine and rail HMI needs

rjsSupplying industries as diverse as sound and lighting, marine, automotive, rail, fire and security, RJS Electronics supplies switches and components for HMI.

Amongst its range to be showcased at Southern 2018 are popular products such as brushed steel or anodised aluminium metal IP-rated switches (IP67 up to IP68). For PCBs, there are PCB side, small RGB LED tact switches, large RGB switches, single pole, double pole, momentary or latching versions.

Customisation of switch ranges can be adding 100mm to 20m cable to the terminals, or adding an illuminated symbol. For those who want to go the extra mile, the company offers a bespoke option to design custom switch caps (subject to MOQs).

Meet RJS Electronics on stand C150 or visit for more information.

Latest moulding area caters for demanding procedures

simon Plastics preview edit_tmbAt Southern 2018 to promoting its new controlled environment moulding area, Simon Plastics, now operates 23 moulding machines in a high specification ‘white room’ which has filtered, temperature controlled pressurised air supply, air locked doors and full gowning and cleaning procedures.

There is also another area in which three machines operate in an environment that uses HEPA filtered air supply for more demanding applications.

Machine sizes range from five tonne micro moulding up to 300 tonne 750g shot weight machines.

A large proportion of the moulding and assembly work is for medical and biopharma customers, but other markets, such as electronics, fibre optics and precision engineering are now demanding the additional controls possible in controlled environments.

The company also provides full project management, tooling design and manufacture, manufacturing operations including ultrasonic welding, printing and packaging as well as a full medical validation capability.

Meet Simon Plastics on stand C250 or find out more at

Keyboards are dishwasher-safe

Diamond Electronics prevew edit_tmbDishwasher-safe, antimicrobial coated, easy to clean keyboards can be found at the Diamond Electronics stand at Southern Manufacturing 2018

The keyboards and accessories are for use with clean industrial applications including food processing, semiconductor manufacturing, laboratories, PoS systems, public area data input and control and clinical and home use medical systems.

The iMTC sealed keyboards are waterproof to IP68, easy to clean and may be washed in a dishwasher. The keyboards meet medical approval EN60601-1-2 and can be supplied with an approved antimicrobial coating, nano silver or ionic silver antibacterial technology.

Options include full qwerty keyboards with either number pad or tracker pad, small footprint keyboards with integral pointing device, number pad keyboards with pointing device and a mouse with touch-scroll. Optional adjustable backlighting, and keyboard on/off switch are available and the devices may be connected to host systems via USB cable or wireless link.

The company’s range of electromechanical and HMI solutions include switches, panel PCs keyboards, keypads and displays and will also be on display.

See what Diamond Electronics has to offer on stand H115 or visit