May 2019


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


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


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


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 [...]

ROEMHELD: Variety of Carrying Consoles for Quick Die Exchange on Presses / Reduced Delivery Terms for Driven and Undriven Consoles / All-in-One Solutions for the Forming Industry

By | February 19th, 2019|Uncategorised|

ROEMHELD: Variety of Carrying Consoles for Quick Die Exchange on Presses Reduced Delivery Terms for Driven and Undriven Consoles All-in-One Solutions for the Forming Industry Hilchenbach, 19 February 2019. If large and heavy dies have to be exchanged on presses, carrying consoles are useful and comfortable handling aids. With a comprehensive range and reduced delivery times, ROEMHELD initiates a product campaign. Production process optimisation allowed the Group to reduce the manufacturing time to four weeks. Suspended, displaceable carrying consoles The carrying consoles facilitate the positioning of dies placed [...]

AP&T’s experts: “Our solution for hot forming of car body parts in high-strength aluminum can result in weight savings of up to 40 percent ”

By | February 11th, 2019|Uncategorised|

What were the results when AP&T developed its revolutionary and award-winning production line for hot forming of aluminum? And what are the most important advantages? Read what the experts have to say here: To meet increasingly strict government requirements regarding CO2emissions, the automotive industry has, for many years, been working to reduce fuel consumption and the climate impact of newly manufactured vehicles by taking various measures to reduce weight. New materials, new design and manufacturing methods have made possible lighter parts and components, resulting in reduced vehicle weight. In this, [...]

January 2019


By | January 30th, 2019|Uncategorised|

Rhodes Interform, the Group Rhodes business which specialises in bespoke composite and metal forming machinery, has expanded its team with the appointment of three new service engineers to enhance its services to customers. New starters include Gary Lymm, Nigel Hartley and Paul Lowden who are all highly experienced in either mechanical, hydraulic or electrical engineering, servicing and repair. Steve Jackson, Technical Sales Manager for Rhodes Interform, explains: “There has been growing demand over the past 12 months for our repair and maintenance services from the metal press industries, including aerospace, [...]

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