Servo press line at Mini

Schuler is supplying a servo press line that will form body parts for the BMW Mini at its production site in Swindon.

In front of the line, there is a blank loader, which feeds individual sheet metal blanks. After subsequent centring, the main forming of the blank takes place in the drawing station – a 2500 tonne servo press. In the five subsequent stations, different cutting and forming processes are used to create up to four high-precision parts at the same time, step by step.
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Mach Machine Tools recruits CNC guru

Mike Corbett has been appointed by Mach Machine Tools, part of the Vigilance Group, as its CNC divisional manager.

This newly created senior management position will see Corbett take responsibility for planning, co-ordinating and implementing the company’s new product design and development business strategies, including launches and upgrades.
Among the primary areas of focus for Corbett, certainly in the immediate to medium term, will involve working collaboratively with the company’s internationally-based machine tool build and control partners, helping to develop new, and refine existing products – including control technologies and software systems – for the European market. In addition to his duties and responsibilities at Mach Machine Tools, Corbett will also take on a technical consultancy role with Machine Tool Sales Online.
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Optimised titanium and Inconel machining

An audience of around 60 aerospace production specialists were treated to a font of advanced manufacturing knowledge at the University of Sheffield’s AMRC near Sheffield, when machining solutions specialist Starrag UK joined forces with tooling expert Kennametal to present their ‘Optimised Titanium and Inconel Machining’ event – with the added bonus of an insight into some of Rolls-Royce’s activities.

The event not only included technical presentations – on the benefits of Starrag machining centres and a number of new Kennametal developments – but there were also demonstrations of best-practice Inconel and titanium machining on the AMRC’s Starrag STC 1250 machining centre, as well as a keynote speech on ‘High Performance Manufacturing’ by Rolls-Royce’s technology partnership manager Dr Jamie McGourlay. Starrag has eight machines in-situ at the AMRC and the accompanying Nuclear AMRC.
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Firms unaware of AIA increase

The MTA and Close Brothers Asset Finance have published a new survey which reveals that many manufacturing and engineering firms are not planning to take advantage of the increase in the Annual Investment Allowance (AIA).

In fact, only 42% of manufacturing and engineering companies were aware that the Government had made an increase to the AIA. From 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2020 a temporary increase in the AIA has been introduced. The idea is to enable faster tax relief for plant and machinery investments between £200,000 and £1m.
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APT invests

AS9100 and ISO9001 accredited APT Leicester, a subcontract machining specialist, has invested in a Keyence dimension measurement system.

The Keyence IM-7030T has increased productivity by speeding up the inspection of components, says the company. APT’s new machine has the ability to measure multiple parts in seconds, enabling the company to spend more time on the production process itself. This strategy ensures that APT customers are consistently and rapidly provided with quality products.
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