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July 2019

RHODES INTERFORM TO DEMONSTRATE COMPOSITE & METALFORMING EXPERTISE AT ADVANCED ENGINEERING SHOW

By | July 18th, 2019|Uncategorised|

Rhodes Interform, a specialist in bespoke composite and metal forming machinery, will be showcasing its expertise in ­superplastic forming and diffusion bonding at the Advanced Engineering Show (NEC, Birmingham 30-31 Oct 2019, Hall 3A - L50.) SPFDB Press at BAE SYSTEMS MAI Samlesbury The company designs, manufactures and installs titanium and aluminium forming cells for leading aerospace and automotive manufacturers worldwide.  This recently included designing and manufacturing a world class composite forming facility at the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (ARMC). The composite forming press is [...]

NEW BLOCK CYLINDER RANGE FROM ROEMHELD

By | July 9th, 2019|Uncategorised|

Suitable for operating pressures up to 500 bar and temperatures to 200°C (optionally 250°C), a new range of compact hydraulic cylinders with block-type body and high load capacity has been introduced by Roemheld for use in punching and forming applications. The new Block Cylinder S (strong) is a further development of the manufacturer's proven cylinder range. Hydraulically double-acting, it is ideal for linear movements with demanding force requirements, as it is able to withstand high loads, including side loads which are absorbed by piston and rod guide rings. These also [...]

The MMMA sits down with Worcester Presses

By | July 2nd, 2019|Uncategorised|

Welcome to our first special member feature! Each quarter we will be speaking to a member company to delve into their business and learn some new and exciting facts. First up we have our longstanding member Worcester Presses... Can you tell us about the history of Worcester Presses? Worcester Presses was founded in 1932 as a division of Jones and Attwood.  The Company was originally set up to manufacture 2 ton to 50 ton mechanical power presses, but as the years progressed, it expanded into other areas.  In 1990, we [...]

May 2019

THE 2019 MMMA & ISME METAL BASHERS BALL REVIEW

By | May 24th, 2019|Uncategorised|

Last Friday saw the second annual Metal Bashers Ball dinner dance, hosted jointly by the MMMA and the ISME at the Copthorne hotel, which saw over 160 guests from over 25 member companies join together and celebrate contributions to UK Manufacturing. To ensure this event was a success takes a lot of careful organisation to ensure everything from the venue, food, drinks etc are all up to scratch. Many thanks to those involved in the organisation, Adrian Haller Chairman of the MMMA & Bill Neal also of the MMMA, and Bill Pinfold, Adrian [...]

Expertise, experience and innovative technology decisive in selection of press hardening partner

By | May 16th, 2019|Uncategorised|

MA’s headquarters are in Rivoli, Turin, Italy, and the company has been a large manufacturer of cold-formed sheet metal parts for the global automotive industry since the 1970s. A few years ago the company decided to begin manufacturing press hardened components as well, which thank The press hardening line, which was deployed in spring 2018 at MA Polska’s facility in Poland, was the hundredth press hardening line that AP&T has installed over time. From left, Sergio Costamagna, MA Polska, Lennart Johansson, AP&T, Alessandro Salvi, MA, and Sławomir Grabowski, AP&T. [...]

AP&T launching TemperBox®: a new cycle time neutral production solution that enables tailored properties in press hardened components

By | May 7th, 2019|Uncategorised|

AP&T is introducing a patented solution for partial press hardening of structural parts for passenger cars. TemperBox® allows hard and soft zones to be combined in a single part, paving the way for innovative body designs and cost-efficient production. TemperBox® can be integrated with AP&T's new and existing Multi-Layer Furnaces as well as with any other type of heat treatment equipment. With over 100 press hardening line installations for customers all over the world, AP&T is now taking an important step in the development of its press hardening technology. The [...]

Decade Monitoring Solutions Product Recording Software

By | May 7th, 2019|Uncategorised|

Decades MARS (Machine Activity Recording System) software helps give you live production data from the shop floor. Giving you a live OEE dashboard with back end reports to drive improvements and efficiency. We can monitor presses, slitting lines, plating lines, welding cells, assembly machines and many more production processes. With the recent addition of temperature logging you can also gather machine data (pressures, energy, load etc). Contact us discuss your OEE and data collection requirements.

April 2019

MORE GOOD NEWS STORIES FOR UK MANUFACTURING

By | April 16th, 2019|Uncategorised|

DESPITE THE ON-GOING POLITICAL ISSUES SURROUNDING BREXIT, THE UK MANUFACTURING FRATERNITY IS SEEING CONTINUED MASSIVE INVESTMENT. IN TIMES OF DOOM AND GLOOM, THESE ARE THE THINGS WE NEED TO BE SHOUTING ABOUT AND MAINTAINING THE MESSAGE GREAT BRITAIN, OPEN FOR BUSINESS AS USUAL! Demand for UK goods and services is growing across the world, according to the latest figures released by the ONS. The figures show the export of goods and services to non-EU trading partners in 2018 reached a high of £345.1 billion, demonstrating the growing appetite for British produce [...]

March 2019

GOOD NEWS STORIES FOR UK MANUFACTURING

By | March 6th, 2019|Uncategorised|

We have all no doubt seen masses of media coverage about the brexit situation and obvious speculation about the end result. However, we strongly feel that good news stories deserver as much, if not more coverage to show what the state of manufacturing is in the uk. Here are some good news stories so far from 2019. - Space industry manufacturing in the UK up 27% annually. The UK’s space industry has seen significant growth in income, exports and employment with total income now standing at £14.8 billion, Science Minister [...]

February 2019

ATKIN AUTOMATION CELEBRATES TENTH ANNIVERSARY AS DISTRIBUTOR FOR SHUNG-DAR

By | February 21st, 2019|Uncategorised|

Atkin Automation, part of Group Rhodes based in Wakefield, UK, is celebrating its 10 year anniversary as the UK and Ireland distributor for Taiwanese company Shung-Dar Industrial Co. For the past decade Atkin Automation has been a distributor for Shung-Dar’s growing range of coil stamping and processing equipment for carbon steel, stainless steel and aluminium processing plants.  Today, the full product portfolio includes automatic slitting lines, cut-to-length lines, combined lines and multi-blanking lines. Shawn Yang of Shung-Dar, Pete Anderton, Director of Atkin Automation parent co. Group Rhodes, Mark Ridgway [...]

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