Production Engineering, Tooling & Machinery

Introducing Automation

Andover-based aluminium diecasting company MRT Castings uses robotic systems in its foundry, but until now automation has not featured in the company’s machine shop.

That situation is due to change following an order placed by MRT’s managing director Phil Rawnson at the Southern Manufacturing show in February for a Brother Speedio M140X2 mill-turn centre, plus a Feedio robotic component handling system to supply raw material automatically to the machine and return finished components. The cell, which will be the first 5-axis machining capacity on site, is due to be operational by May 2019.

Special Tooling for critical aerospace application

Established in 2004 by Matt Fazekas with little more than a three-axis vertical machining centre and a laptop for CADCAM software, Promach 3D has grown into a 12-employee business turning over in excess of £1 million per annum.

The company has created a strong niche by focusing on bespoke projects for high-end markets, the principal one being aerospace. Typically, the parts, tooling and assemblies manufactured by Promach 3D are complex in design, with high tolerance and surface finish demands.

Investment based on Trust

Tru-Tech Precision Engineering has established a reputation for quality and reliability within the high-tech industry sectors it supports.
As well as the skills and expertise of its staff, the business stakes its longstanding reputation on the manufacturing equipment it relies upon. Here, an Excetek CNC wire EDM machine supplied by exclusive agent, Warwick Machine Tools, is meeting the demands set by the company.

Next generation ProtoTRAK

The ProtoTRAK control system available on mills and lathes from XYZ Machine Tools has led the way in terms ease-of-use and functionality when it comes to machine tool control.

The latest generation of ProtoTRAK, the RX, has retained all the features that made the control system popular with 1000s of customers but with a host of new features and benefits. Central to the new ProtoTRAK control is its 15.6” touchscreen that puts all of ProtoTRAK’s advantages at the users’ fingertips.

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