Five VMCs meet choice of environments

Dugard review_tmbFive vertical machining centres (VMCs) from Dugard’s  popular XP range were highlighted at Southern 2018.

The mid-range VMCs range from 762 to 2060mm x axis travel. They feature bigger ballscrews and bigger guideways for a more robust working environment. There are also machine options like fourth axis units, Renishaw probing and toolsetting as well as Fanuc, Siemens or Heidenhain control options, designed to meet a variety of machining environments.

The smallest is the 760XP, which has a 762/435/520mm x/y/z axis travel, a powerful 16.5kW, 12,000rpm spindle and 28-station, side-mounted toolchanger. It has a compact footprint of just 2696 x 2200mm. Next is the 1000XP. This one metre machining centre has 1050/540/560mm x/y/z axis travel, 12,000rpm spindle, 44m/min rapids in x and y and 25m/min rapids in z, 36-station BT40 toolchanger and swarf auger as standard. The other models, the 1350XP, 1600XP and 2000XP are suitable for larger component manufacture. Standard features are 36 tools, BT40 and 12,000rpm spindle.

As part of a core range, models are always in stock, says the company, for quick delivery.

Find out more at http://www.dugard.com

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Thermal imager camera is compact

Optris ReviewClaimed to be one of the most compact thermal imaging cameras available, the Optris PI 640 has an optical resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. The company claims the VGA infra red camera delivers pin-sharp radiometric pictures and videos in real time.

The body measures just 45 x 56 x 90mm (1.77 x 2.20 x 3.54 inches) and weighs only 320g (11.3 oz), including the lens.

Operating temperature range is -20 to +900°C or -4 to 1652°F, which can be extended to +1500 °C (2732°F). The spectral range is 7.5 to 13µm and the frame rate is up to 125Hz.

The camera can be delivered with industrial thermal imager equipment and it comes with an extensive license-free thermography software package.

Find out more at http://www.optris.com

Support helps gain ISO certification

IMSM Logo 2017Organisations around the world are supported by IMSM in gaining ISO certification and new business opportunities.

An ISO certification is a recognised mark of quality through producing consistent standards of quality to meet customer’s requirements. By streamlining internal processes and adopting a strong customer focus, it will improve competitiveness.

The company’s experienced assessors offer a flexible approach, delivering design, documentation, and internal audit training, fitting around a business’ requirements and schedule to ensure the steps to ISO certification are achievable and hassle-free.

Find out more at http://www.imsm.com

Advocating induction heating

brazing-thumbAt Southern Manufacturing 2018, representatives from Ambrell were on hand to advise and discuss with visitors how induction heating can enhance manufacturing processes.

The company manufactures induction heating systems from 1.0 to 500kW, and believes it can help manufacturers whether they need to braze a small tube or hot head a large rod.

Over the last 30 years, the company has installed more than 12,000 systems in over 50 countries.

Find out more at www.ambrell.com

Tube bending machine suits prototype volumes

Unison review_tmbTube bending custom products, tailored to specific customer requirements, account for a significant proportion of the Unison business, for aerospace, automotive, marine, oil and gas, energy and bespoke products.

Showcased at this year’s show was the EB1000, high precision, CNC controlled manually operated bending machine, suitable for bending tubes up to 16mm. It is suitable for low volume production and prototypes in demanding applications.

The tube bending machine specialist claims to offer the most extensive range of all-electric tube bending machines in the market. The standard range accommodates tube diameters from 16 to 180mm. A custom machine is capable of bending 10-inch schedule pipe with an outside diameter of 273mm.

Advanced software tools provide an end-to-end tube bending service, and feature Opt2Sim, 3D simulation which allows users to analyse, optimise and validate programs without needing access to the physical machine.

TubeWorks tube bending CAD/CAM software package enables users to automatically extract manufacturing information such as bend angles and rotations from a native SolidWorks model or a common CAD file format to reduce the time required to develop programs for CNC tube bending dramatically, from hours to just minutes.

Sister company, Ingenium Integration, provides automation solutions and a design consultancy service from robotic cells to integrated production lines. Turnkey automated systems are designed to save customers time and money.

Find out more at http://www.unisonltd.com

Cables and services add value

LEMO review_tmbElectrical, electronic and fibre optic interconnect solutions were displayed by Lemo at Southern Electronics 2018. The company highlighted its range of products, including the B and T series connectors (pictured) and value-added cabling services.

Servicing a range of end markets, from auto-sport, military, oil and gas, test and measurement, broadcast and medical, Lemo UK has an experienced team of industry specialists to offer customers advice.

The company has further invested in its UK operation, based in Worthing, now offering extended engineering services to support the development of high-reliability electrical and fibre optic cable assembly, as well as a rapid turn-around bespoke connector service.

The company’s premium range of electrical and fibre optic interconnect solutions are for use in demanding environments. They are designed and manufactured in Switzerland, with all components manufactured in automated factories to exacting standards.

http://www.lemo.com

Abrasive range covers metal and plastics finishing

MICROMESH-MX-90Salisbury-based Moleroda Finishing Systems has been trading since 1981. It has invested in its own production factory to allow it to offer great control quality.

The factory team designs bespoke products. The abrasive range stretches from industry roughing / grinding to 0.25µm finishing and polishing grades.

The company is the UK agent for Micro-Mesh, manufactured in the United States. Various forms are available to suit finishing/deburring or polishing needs, whether aluminium, stainless steels or precious metals, and the grades to finish plastic, acrylics, glass and corian to a showroom finish.

The Micro-Mesh kits have been approved by Boeing and McDonell Douglas and also have UK military approvals.

The company says its Eneska 600 micro motor machine replaces the noisy, heavy Dremel-style polish/deburr machines. Compared to handheld devices, this is powerful, quiet, precise and reliable. The company supplies consumables to Tier One companies within aerospace, F1, defence and other high reliability industries.

http://www.moleroda.com

Metal 3D printing system prepares prototypes and samples

studio-printer_r1_c1The first UK reseller to exhibit the Studio Printer metal 3D printing system from Desktop Metal outside of the USA, the eagerly-awaited unit, ideal for prototyping and creating sample parts, was the highlight of Laser Line’s presence at the show.

The company is a leading supplier of 3D printers, 3D scanners and laser equipment. The company has over 25 years’ experience in the 3D printing and scanning sector, and is often the first point of call for customers who want to find out more about the realities of installing a system for manufacturing, rapid prototyping or reverse engineering.

The Desktop Metal Studio system has a build area of 300 x 200 x 200mm and it can print at 16cm3/hr using a variety of metal alloys. Including copper, stainless steels, aluminium, titanium and inconnel.

The Studio system has been designed for simple installation and with fast material changes, web-based software and the hand removal of supports. Every stage is automated and managed by software for a simple transition from CAD to part without needing third party software.

Find out more at http://www.laserlines.co.uk

Coil winding designs includes prototyping service

Chokes-6-300x168One of the UK’s largest coil winding companies, North Devon Electronics, manufactures quality customised components at competitive prices. It is approved to ISO9001:2008 and TS16949:2009 standards.

The company supplies diverse markets such as aeronautical, automotive, military, and medical and provides design assistance, prototyping, coil winding and electro-mechanical assembly.

This year at Southern Electronics, the company exhibited example of transformers, toroids, chokes, inductors, solenoids and custom manufactured products. It can supply a one-off batch or a full, ongoing production run.

Find out more at www.nde.co.uk

Machine tool range meets subcontractors’ demands

Hurco reviewToday’s subcontract engineering businesses must focus on the immediate order book, but at the same time has to keep an eye on the future, says Hurco. It is essential to be as flexible as possible and to be able to advance seamlessly to the next level of technology.

The company’s machine tool range is designed specifically to meet this demand. The same Max5 control is fitted to the simplest three-axis machining centre, the high specification five-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 nine-inch colour LCD screen.

Operators can be up to speed quickly, producing one-offs or small volumes and less programming mistakes, claims the company.

Two of its most popular and compact, entry-level machines were at the show. The VM5i, three-axis machining centre provides full machining centre performance, despite the machine being able to fit into a space that is less than 2m in height, depth and width. It provides 8,000 rpm and 7.5kW of power from the spindle and has a 16-station automatic toolchanger.

There was also the updated XP version of the TM8i lathe. This model boasts a more compact footprint and bigger spindle bore, with some innovative control system enhancements.

Find out more at www.hurco.co.uk