When a machinist with extensive motorsport expertise had ambitions of starting his own business, the first step was a five-axis machining centre, high-end CAM software and cutting tools from Industrial Tooling Corporation (ITC).
“When I started the business I recalled how the technical expertise of ITC aided previous employers with special tools,” says managing director Allan Carabine. “ITC also gave advice on maximising tool life and performance while reducing costs and consumption. When we started, I trialled ITC’s 6 mm diameter 3081 series on aluminium parts. It blew the previous tools out of the water.
“We then had a family of three aluminium parts that were required in a quantity of 500 for each component,” he continues. “The parts were set on a jig that could machine four components in a single set-up with a cycle time of 25 minutes. Only a few days into the new project, the previous cutting tools generated inconsistent tool life and poor surface finishes. Engineers from ITC recommended an ITC 16 mm diameter 3081 series solid carbide end mill. It completed the whole project of 1500 parts with minimal tool wear, exceptional surface finishes and was 30% cheaper than the previous cutting tool.”
Following the success of ITC’s aluminium end mills, MK Precision trialled the Widia VariMill 4777 series of four-flute solid carbide end mills on titanium components. A specific project of 90 components required a 50 by 50 mm pocket at a depth of 6 mm on each part. Here, the Widia VariMill 4777 Series immediately cut the
cycle time from 15 to 10 minutes per part.
For further information www.itc-ltd.co.uk
IUVO, a spin-off company of the BioRobotics Institute (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna) in the field of wearable technologies, has recently received a joint investment from Comau and Össur. The objective of IUVO is to create wearable, intelligent and active tools for a better quality of life. Here, the first concrete examples are robotic exoskeletons capable of aiding and improving the quality of life for workers in the industrial and service fields, and for medical patients in need of improved mobility.
A fundamental aspect of the venture is the joint desire to progress and evolve human-machine collaboration within diverse sectors, including biomedical, manufacturing and consumer. With headquarters inside the Comau HUMANufacturing Innovation Centre in Pisa, and a group of engineers and researches, IUVO is leveraging the shared competencies of the extended team to develop and commercialise wearable technologies.
For further information www.comau.com
A package of free manufacturing training has been unveiled to help northeast enterprises and people at risk of redundancy improve their skills and open-up new job opportunities.
Go>Grow is a regional skills and enterprise programme, which has been launched in partnership with 30 local training providers and comes on the back of £15m of funding secured by Gateshead College from the European Social Fund through the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). The training is structured around a programme of courses for start-ups or small businesses looking to widen their skills base, or employers who want to upskill or strengthen their workforce.
For further information www.gogrow.org.uk
In line with its strategy to digitalise the company’s offering, GF Machining Solutions has agreed to purchase 100% of the shares of Symmedia GmbH, Bielefeld, Germany. The privately owned company has been specialising in software for machine connectivity solutions for the past 20 years.
Symmedia today employs 60 people, while more than 15,000 machines in various industries worldwide have been equipped with its software. The company will continue to support and develop connectivity solutions for all types and all brands of machines and factory equipment, and continue to operate under current management from its Bielefeld base.
For further information www.symmedia.de
Renishaw recently hosted two work experience weeks, with 95 students taking part in the company’s ‘Engineering Work Experience’ programme and 14 students attending the ‘Software Work Experience’ programme.
As well as participating in projects, the students were given tours of Renishaw’s Innovation Centre and a careers talk to open their eyes to the opportunities available in engineering and software, and where a career in these sectors could take them. Renishaw offered week long placements at its Wotton-under-Edge headquarters to students aged 15 to 17 from over 40 local schools.
For further information www.renishaw.com/careers