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    Power from plastics


    James Bakewell speaks to thermoset plastics specialists Pieter Vanderstraeten and Hendrik De Keyser about the increasing scope for composite powertrain components While the use of advanced composites in structural applications has hogged the limelight in recent years, these lightweight materials also have many advantages for the manufacture of components for ...

  • Yasa production facility, Oxford

    Academic circles


    Mike Farish visits Oxford-based start-up YASA, a special electric motor company sprung from academia that’s now attracting the attention of premium OEMs Early this year a bland-looking industrial estate a few miles to the north of Oxford officially became the manufacturing site for what one of its residents believes to ...

  • Heller 5-axis, horizontal-spindle machining centre

    New 5-axis horizontal machining centre


    The HF 3500 is a new model to Heller’s 5-axis, horizontal-spindle machining centre range. The company says this machine is intended for 5-sided or simultaneous 5-axis dynamic machining of medium to large batches of complex prismatic parts, ranging from small workpieces to heavier components up to the 550kg maximum table ...

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    Drones take off at Ford Dagenham


    UK – Maintenance teams at Ford 's Dagenham Engine Plant are now using camera drones to inspect the hard-to-reach parts of the facility. Previously, access to areas such as high-rise gantries, pipework and roof areas required automated extendable platforms and scaffolding to assess the 40-metre-long gantries that support the plant’s ...

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    How to outrun the competition


    Precision engineering and manufacturing technology specialist Renishaw is poised to support North American customers in tackling a new breed of production challenges Shorter product lifecycles and growing product mix require flexible machining and measurement solutions, which is why Renishaw’s technologies are increasingly being applied to support productive automotive ...

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    Pacific standard


    Responding to the boom in SUV and crossover markets, the OEMs of Japan and Korea continue to invest in manufacturing operations across their long-established North American networks. Ian Henry reports Cross-border Corolla After a period of not investing in North America, Toyota is once again expanding in the region. It ...

  • Fanuc automated vertical machining technology

    Vertical machining centre


    Fanuc says the a-DiB5 series is its latest automated vertical machining technology for milling, drilling and tapping applications, incorporating network interface, preventative maintenance and machine learning capabilities. The company says this series includes six re-designed models in small, medium and large sizes, with standard or advanced functionality available. The series ...

  • Sandvik Coromant CoroCut QF tooling

    Face grooving tooling system


    Sandvik Coromant claims its CoroCut QF tooling has been developed specifically for machining deep and narrow face grooves. The company notes that the insert is tilted for extra stability, while a slit design ensures the correct clamping force is applied. Special rails at the top, bottom and back of the ...

  • Machine setter Darren Evans maintains the wiper action created using the tool with Citizen’s LFV technology creates a superior surface finish

    The problem with plastic


    With automotive manufacturers looking at ever increasing levels of plastic-based materials content, Steed Webzell examines the challenges for machine shops Recent research suggests that by 2020 the average car will incorporate 350kg of plastic-based materials. As a result, the need for efficient and economic machining methods for plastics ...

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    Motoring on


    Mike Farish reports on the development and manufacture of an innovative electric motorThe rise of electric vehicles and the need for new, efficient powertrain technologies has provided smaller companies with the opportunity to establish themselves as major players – particularly as component or sub-system suppliers – if they can offer ...

  • Garant MasterTap

    Universal tap


    The Garant MasterTap is a new universal tap from Hoffman. The company says this tool is suitable for use with a wide range of materials including steel, stainless steel, aluminium, brass and cast iron. The company claims the tap features a new geometry as well as optimised flutes, which it’s ...

  • Tornos SwissDeco machining centres

    New versions for machining centre range


    Its SwissDeco machines are now available for different bar diameters says Tornos. The SwissDeco 26 has been designed for a maximum bar diameter of 25.4mm while the 36 model has a maximum bar capacity of 36mm. The company says that while both machines have the same machine base, each spindle ...

  • Mapal New cutting materials for boring

    ISO indexable inserts


    Mapal says it is presenting a new series of cutting materials for ISO indexable inserts, as well as “press-to-size” inserts for the boring of steel, stainless steel and heat-resistant cast steel. The company claims it has developed optimum coatings on its in-house coating line and also optimised the carbide substrate ...

  • Mazak VTC-760C (SIEMENS control)

    Standardised CNC control


    Mazak says its latest machine to feature a Siemens CNC is its VTC-760C vertical travelling column machining centre, which is controlled by the new Siemens 828D control. The company says the VTC-760C is powered by a 12,000rpm spindle and offers rapid traverse rates of 42m/min in the X-, Y- and ...

  • Heller has adopted the name Heller4Industry for the suite of Industry 4.0 modules it offers

    Heading for the clouds


    Steed Webzell scrutinises the technologies currently available to assist those wanting to digitise their machining processes Major machine tool OEMs are upping their game when it comes to digitalisation. “Industry 4.0 (I4.0) is not just a gimmick, as some would have you believe, but a cornerstone of advanced manufacturing,” states ...

  • Ford Otosan Inonu Powertrain crop

    Jack of all trades


    Ford Otosan’s Inönü plant houses an unusual production mix, and is taking on more projects. Michael Nash investigates Inönü is a small, sleepy town in north-west Turkey. The nearest city, Eskisehir, is a 40-minute drive away and is populated by young students who attend its two universities. Aside from an ...

  • DMG Mori Gantry-type machining centre

    Gantry-type machining centre


    The DMU 340 Gantry has a one-piece, thermo-symmetrical EN-GJS-600 cast iron machine bed featuring cooling for rigidity and accuracy, claims DMG Mori. Working volume is 3,400 x 2,800 x 1,250mm, expandable to 6,000mm in the X-axis and 1,500mm in Z. The company claims the standard machine version with 4,400 x ...

  • Mercedes-Benz six-cylinder engine production at Mannheim

    Mercedes makes 1m heavy-duty engines


    Germany - The company's plants in Mannheim, Germany and Detroit, Michigan have reached a joint milestone, producing 1m engines for heavy-duty vehicles. These have all been based on Daimler's heavy-duty truck engine platform that was introduced back in 2007. "Global Powertrain stands not only for integrated drivetrains, but also for ...

  • Hyundai Santa Fe production Alabama

    Hyundai starts making new Santa Fe


    US - Production of the 2019 Santa Fe has started at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA). The OEM expects to make over 84,000 units of the model before year end as demand for SUVs continues to rise. "As we launch the new Santa Fe, [we will] take pride in every ...

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    Mazda hits 50m production milestone


    Japan - The company has recently announced that it has made over 50m units in the country, 86 years after it produced its first three-wheeled truck in October 1931. "Even making 1m cars a year, it would take 50 years to reach this milestone, showing just how long Mazda’s history ...