PRODUCTION ENGINEERING FOR PROFESSIONALS

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Production Engineering, Tooling & Machinery

Expanded and Digitalised

DMG Mori in October, unveiled extensive improvements to its Famot machining centre and CNC lathe factory in Pleszew, Poland, one of the largest production facilities in the group with around 700 staff.

A total of 60 million euros has been invested, partly to extend the factory to 50,000 m² including 14,000 m² of production area and 7,000 m² devoted to assembly, which together receive more than 140,000 parts a day from store. In the production hall alone, 50 machine tools mainly from DMG Mori operate around the clock. New also are a castings store, logistics hall and inductive hardening facility.

ByFlex Value-add for pre-processing

Bystronic recently showcased new solutions that in the near future will enable the Swiss company’s automated Production Line for end-to-end manufacture of sheet metal parts to be expanded with value-adding modules for pre-processing components.

Prior to laser cutting the parts, the new ByFlex system is able to drill holes as well as deburr, thread cut and countersink them. The integration of these functions allows users to incorporate extra machining operations within the production line for added efficiency. In addition, a labelling function marks the parts with a code that can be scanned at downstream stations for reliable identification.

Maverick looks to the future

Having worked for several years at two of Scotland’s leading manufacturers of Bagpipes, Geordie Hunter decided in 2014 that the time was right for him to become his own boss.

Epitomising the ‘one man in a shed’ approach, Geordie started his business, Maverick, in a small industrial unit with a manual lathe producing practice chanters, an essential accessory for any budding or experienced bagpipe player. While little known by those outside of the Bagpipe fraternity, the manufacture of practice Chanters is a very competitive market, so Geordie knew he had to be better and different to succeed.

The only way is up

“Kasto is passionate about engineering and manufacturing,” says Ernst Wagner, managing director of the German firm’s UK and Ireland subsidiary based in Milton Keynes.

In his view, in the markets into which he sells, the only way is up for automation of the two initial steps in manufacturing, namely storage of raw material and cutting it prior to the first production process. It is essential in order to stay competitive in world markets, yet Britain and Ireland lag behind most developed nations in their adoption of all types of mechanisation.

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