June 2020

AP&T joins with NPA Plast to manufacture protective aprons for healthcare professionals

By | June 30th, 2020|Member News|

In the wake of Covid-19, one of the presses at the AP&T test centre in Ulricehamn, Sweden, is running two shifts, but rather than cutting steel, it's cutting plastics to make protective aprons for healthcare professionals. “A while back, NPA Plast in Ljungby, Sweden contacted us asking for help with increasing their production of plastic protective aprons. Up until this time, they mainly cut their plastic manually. Naturally, we wanted to help, as of the end of May, production at our Ulricehamn facility,” Patrik Haglund of AP&T  Bundles of plastic [...]

Raybould Machine Tools is now the UK Distributor for mechanical and hydraulic power presses from Pressix

By | June 24th, 2020|Member News|

Raybould Machine Tools Ltd is a worldwide dealer and supplier of new and pre-owned machinery, it predominantly works with companies within the metal pressing and forming industry. It is delighted to announce the agreement to act as the Official UK Distributor for the range of mechanical and hydraulic power presses, manufactured by Pressix® of Italy. Pressix® manufactures a wide range of high quality, open-fronted gap frame, adjustable-stroke and mechanical power presses, with capacity ranges from 25 to 250 tonnes. Straight-sided presses, with one or two connecting rods, offer a choice [...]

Rapid-clamping system continuously monitors clamping point and production process

By | June 18th, 2020|Member News|

R0emheld's new rapid-clamping system for presses and punches meets with lively customer interest. "Many press operators like the fact that their systems can be digitized and networked with little effort," says Andreas Reich, Product Area Manager for Die and Mould Clamping Technology. The innovation is easy to operate, inexpensive to purchase and easy to retrofit. “The benefits of technology can thus be easily experienced.”: adds Reich.  Flexline I 4.0-ready, clamps the upper-die on the press ram. It is designed for use in automated clamping systems and industrial 4.0 applications. It [...]

May 2020

UK Reshoring Programme: MMMA urge Members to ‘Get on board’

By | May 12th, 2020|Member News|

Over the past two years, the MMMA has supported the UK Reshoring programme initiated by the GTMA. During this time, many hours have been spent putting together a strategy, website design and a UK manufacturing network. The Covid-19 pandemic is exposing the frailties of many UK supply chains, underlining just how reliant they are on the overseas supply for critical items. There should be more impetus put on re-establishing UK production of these parts to protect SME manufacturing. Twenty-two leading industrial engineering associations are behind the growing Reshoring UK initiative. [...]

Increase production productivity with KALLER speed control gas springs

By | May 6th, 2020|Member News|

The KALLER Speed Control Gas Springs have been designed to reduce or eliminate blank holder bounce. Speed Control Gas Springs work by slowing down the speed at which the blank holder travels, just before it reaches the start position. This is achieved by damping the Speed Control’s piston rod, returning speed to 0.4 m/s during the last 30 mm of piston rod travel. Are you interested in solutions that can increase your production productivity? Speed, safety and reliability in production tools are critical factors for vehicle manufacturers. Production stopped due [...]

April 2020

The global pandemic: Business continues at KALLER UK

By | April 20th, 2020|Member News|

KALLER UK are still working during the global pandemic. They are able to supply next day when required. Added to this, over the last 4 weeks they have had spare capacity within KALLER production, so have taken advantage and increased the stocks at Evesham further. Kaller are pleased to advise that Customer orders are still being taken. Kaller will hold customer orders until needed and will be packed in preparation. Once customers have returned to restart their production they will will ship on a next day basis. This will ensure [...]

February 2020

Metal Bashers Ball 2021

By | February 16th, 2020|Events|

Metal Bashers Ball 2021 Running Order: 6.30pm  Welcome drink on arrival 7.30pm  Three course meal with coffee and mints 8.30pm  After dinner speaker ’Eddie the Eagle Edwards’ 9.30pm  Fantastic band ‘Solid Groove Foundation’ Midnight Finish Tickets: £65 each Further information: ISME Members & Guests please contact: Adrian Nicklin T. 07774 260126 E. adriannicklin@btinternet.com MMMA Members & Guests please contact: Bill Neal T. 07725 277590 E. billneal@mmma.org.uk

Metal Bashers Ball 2021

By | February 16th, 2020|Uncategorised|

Metal Bashers Ball 2021 Friday 14th May Running Order: 6.30pm  Welcome drink on arrival 7.30pm  Three course meal with coffee and mints 8.30pm  After dinner speaker ’Eddie the Eagle Edwards’ 9.30pm  Fantastic band ‘Solid Groove Foundation’ Midnight Finish Tickets: £65 each Further information: ISME Members & Guests please contact: Adrian Nicklin T. 07774 260126 E. adriannicklin@btinternet.com MMMA Members & Guests please contact: Bill Neal T. 07725 277590 E. billneal@mmma.org.uk

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MACH 2021 Preview Information: Roemheld UK

By | February 13th, 2020|Member News|

ROBOTIC HANDLING CELLS AUTOMATE MACHINE TOOL OPERATION (NEW) Best known as a supplier of high quality manual, hydraulic, electro-mechanical and magnetic workholding equipment manufactured in Germany and Austria, including those marketed under the Hilma, Stark and Rivi brand names, Hitchin-based Roemheld UK will announce at MACH 2021 a significant diversification to its handling product range. Alongside workpiece manipulators, the company will launch from stand 430 in hall 7 a new suite of cells designed to automate machine tool tending and add extra processes beyond just workpiece handling and storage. The [...]

Production of complex-shaped car body components: AP&T demonstrates capabilities in tooling for hot forming of high-strength Aluminum

By | February 12th, 2020|Member News|

With AP&T’s production technology for hot forming of aluminum, body components which traditionally consist of several joined parts can be formed in a single step. This technology enables net shape forming and thus also reduced production time and costs for car manufacturers. To demonstrate the possibilities, AP&T conducted a development project in order to design and manufacture a new tool for complex hot forming. The outcome of the project is a concrete example of what AP&T can offer the automotive industry in terms of efficiently building lighter and safer cars [...]