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600 UK fully committed to Engineering in Education at MACH 2016

As part of their ever increasing support to engineering training, 600 UK are investing heavily in MACH 2016 to profile their class leading products. These world famous brands, primarily manufactured in the UK, are supplied to education worldwide.

"Engineering in Education", - training
“Engineering in Education”, – training

Not only will 600 UK exhibit benchmark Colchester and Harrison lathes in Hall 5 and Pratt Burnerd Chucks in Hall 4, but they have also invested heavily in the MACH Learning and Development: Apprentices at Work Zone.

Within this zone, 600 UK will exhibit the world’s number one manual education lathe, the Colchester Student, alongside the exciting new Harrison EziTurn electronic lathe. The EziTurn has been designed specifically for education and training, effectively bridging the gap between manual and CNC turning, which for some students, can be a daunting leap.

Further increasing their presence, 600 UK will also promote the Clausing range of milling, drilling, sawing and grinding machines. This, new to the UK, range of machine tools has already enjoyed huge success in North America, the Middle East and Australasia. The Clausing brand of non-turning machines means that 600 UK can further meet the ever increasing turnkey requirements demanded by colleges and universities for the highest quality machine tools required to meet the needs of the engineering curriculum.

“Colchester and Harrison have always focussed on education and training when developing their lathe ranges, where they have always been considered the benchmark. However, it is imperative that they are manufactured robustly to also meet the demanding standards required within an industrial setting.” says 600 UK Managing Director, Mike Berry.

“MACH has always had a great worldwide reputation for industrial and educational oriented products which continues to grow apace. We firmly believe that 600 UK, as manufacturers of some of the best educational engineering products in the world, should be there to support the MTA and the MACH exhibition”.

MTA CEO James Selka DL, said “We are grateful to 600 UK for throwing their support behind MACH 2016. Education and training is integral to the continued growth of our industry and having high quality equipment that is specifically designed as teaching aids working on site will further demonstrate that advanced engineering is an accessible career choice.”

A trio of innovators: Springmann, Heimerle + Meule and Cooksongold are exhibiting at EPHJ

Springmann has been supplying industry with manufacturing machinery and peripheral equipment since 1920. This renowned supplier has been an exhibitor since the very start of EPHJ, so it’s no surprise that it’s back again this year. Together with the long-established Pforzheim company Heimerle + Maule and its subsidiary Cooksongold from Birmingham, Springmann promises to deliver one of the highlights of the exhibition on its stand: DMLS technology for precious metals in action!

H-M Electroplating job shop and CNC technology
H-M Electroplating job shop and CNC technology

This innovative technology has been specially developed for the jewellery and watch industry and breaks new ground compared with conventional processes. Precious metal alloys can be turned into fantastic one-off pieces or mass-produced products – live in front of the exhibition audience. With the aid of CAD data, this new technique can easily create “impossible” shapes using a special laser sintering process. This means that expensively produced models and lost-wax casting are now a thing of the past. Cooksongold gives jewellery and watch designers with DMLS a new level of creative freedom to come up with designs that would previously have been wholly unimaginable.

Springmann is highly regarded in the watch and jewellery industry. The company represents reputable European producers and acts as an area-wide organization offering consultancy as well as sales and customer service support in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. It will be presenting a variety of products at the exhibition including ZOLLER tools, measuring instruments and presetting devices and OTEC polishing and deburring machines. Alongside DISKUS double-surface grinding machines and GEIBEL & HOTZ and LIPEMEC flat grinding machines, Springmann will also be exhibiting INDEX and TRAUB lathes and turn-mill centres.

As a renowned supplier of a full range of precious metal processing and refining products, Germany’s oldest gold and silver refinery Heimerle + Meule is also showcasing some interesting innovations at EPHJ, including PVD processes that have recently been added to its portfolio. The eco-friendly coating technology offers an ideal complement or alternative to conventional galvanic coating processes.

Heimerle + Meule also specializes in separating materials and valuable substances containing precious metals. Moreover, this leading producer of precious metal products offers a range of high-quality materials and semi-finished products for the jewellery, watch and wedding ring industry. The company carries out galvanic surface finishing on almost all types of materials and for a wide range of industries. The innovations developed by the team of experts in Pforzheim also include investment products and new developments in galvanic chemistry and the galvanic equipment sector.

600 UK walks away with silver at prestigious national manufacturing awards

600 UK, a Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire based machine tools and precision-engineered components manufacturer, has been named a British manufacturing champion after scooping a prestigious national business award. 600 UK, which employs 85 staff, manufacturing Colchester and Harrison manual and CNC lathes, Pratt Burnerd International Workholding and Gamet Bearings, walked away with silver at the EEF/Aldermore Future Manufacturing Awards, held in London last week. The company was runner-up for the Business Efficiency Award, which celebrates the achievements of manufacturers that have successfully designed and delivered new operating practices to boost productivity and business performance.

600 UK - National Runner-up, Business Efficiency Award (L-R) Mike Williams from headline sponsor, Aldermore, and Mike Berry, Managing Director of 600 UK
600 UK – National Runner-up, Business Efficiency Award (L-R) Mike Williams from headline sponsor, Aldermore, and Mike Berry, Managing Director of 600 UK

600 UK was selected by a panel of judges drawn from business leaders, industry experts and academics and was up against tough competition from a range of dynamic businesses, small and large, from across the UK, making its success even more impressive.
The judges were won over by the company’s dedication, determination and drive to boost efficiency. It had learned some very difficult lessons from outsourcing and by moving back to the UK it achieved many benefits not just in terms of profitability, but also apprenticeships, training and sustainability. The shortened supply chain created by reshoring manufacturing gave 600 UK agility and flexibility to respond to customers’ needs.

Mike Berry, Managing Director at 600 UK says: “There are so many fantastic manufacturers in the UK – to be runner-up for this national award is a massive compliment and a huge achievement for our staff. Manufacturing is a thriving industry that drives jobs, growth and prosperity and we hope our success will encourage other manufacturers to step forward and share their achievements. It’s clear that our value is being increasingly recognised. We’re all delighted and feel that our hard work and dedication has paid off.”

Mark Stephens, Deputy CEO of Aldermore, says: “Despite its value to the UK economy, manufacturing is an unsung hero. These awards go some way towards shining a light on the dedication, commitment and innovation going on each and every day in this dynamic and exciting sector.

“The constant quest for better and more effective ways of doing things plays a critical part in success. 600 UK has to be applauded for taking great strides in improving efficiency and in being named runner-up for this national award.”

The hunt for next year’s Future Manufacturing Awards winners has already started and other manufacturers are being encouraged to follow in 600 UK’s footsteps.

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3D-Micromac’s microDICETM OTF system enables high-performance solar cell cutting into half cells. Improved average module power yield by use of Thermal-Laser-Separation (TLS)

3D-Micromac AG, the industry leader in laser micromachining, is going to introduce the brand-new microDICETM OTF system at SNEC 2015. The system uses Thermal-Laser-Separation for cutting of cells into half cells. By using half cell technology the average module power yield can be increased significantly.


Cell separation has become industrial relevant due to the introduction of half-cell modules concepts, which allow a substantial power gain. The standard industrial process of p-type cells is based on a laser scribing and subsequently mechanical cleaving. The disadvantages of this process are the reduction of the cell efficiency, the reduced mechanical strength and the expensive handling due to the combination of a laser process with a subsequent cleaving.
3D-Micromac has overcome these weaknesses with the brand-new microDICETM OTF using Thermal-Laser-Separation for splitting PV cells into half cells. The separated cells show a significantly higher mechanical strength, better edge quality as well as a lower power reduction compared to laser scribing and cleaving approaches.
The highly-productive system microDICETM OTF achieves a throughput of 3,600 cells per hour of incoming full cells. The optical set-up relies on the industry-proven on-the-fly technology successfully used at 3D-Micromac’s laser structuring tools for processing of PERC cells. It guarantees highest productivity and an outstanding price-performance ratio. The laser processing is realized during the continuous transport of the cells under the laser source, whereby the relative motion of the cells is automatically compensated for. Stops for the positioning of the individual cells are completely eliminated. The continual movement of the conveyor belt results in an almost 100-percent capacity utilization of the laser source. The microDICETM OTF is a fully automatic 24/7 production solution and can be offered as stand-alone or inline system.
Background information on Thermal-Laser-Separation
Thermal-Laser-Separation (TLS) is used in the semiconductor industry’s back-end to separate semiconductor wafer in components. The process is based on thermal induced mechanical stress, generated by a well-adjusted combination of a laser heating and cooling.
The method is suitable for most brittle materials in the semiconductor industry, including Si, SiC, Ge and GaAs wafers. Compared to traditional separation technologies, TLS impresses with clean, micro-crack-free edges and greater resulting bending strength. The complete cleaving is a one pass process with a speed of up to 300 mm/s. The relatively low temperature (no material is ablated or melted) in combination with the high cleaving speed are the reason that the electrical properties are not influenced by the separation step. Furthermore, the high throughput and wear-free processing offer great potential for reducing production costs and cost of ownership.
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About 3D-Micromac AG
3D-Micromac AG is the industry leader in laser micromachining. We develop processes, machines and turnkey solutions at the highest technical and technological level. Our aim is to provide superb customer satisfaction even for the most complex projects.
3D-Micromac delivers powerful, user-friendly and leading edge processes with superior production efficiency. These proprietary technology innovations are now readily available on a worldwide scale.

PTG heavy industries achieves new heights in friction stir welding exotic alloys

Ever since the launch of its Crawford Swift ‘Powerstir’ CNC Friction Stir Welding (FSW) machines in 2000, PTG Heavy Industries has been acknowledged as a global leader in this innovative means of jointing metals.

Crawford Swift Powerstir Friction Stir Welding, from PTG Heavy Industries.

Exotic steel and titanium for aerospace
Recent research and development activities at PTG Heavy Industries’ UK-based HQ, however, have taken the capabilities of the welding specialist’s FSW machines further than ever before – to include the successful jointing of exotic steel and titanium alloys that are particularly suited to the uncompromising requirements of space and aerospace applications.

Aerospace-grade titanium of 3mm – 8mm in thickness
“We have successfully welded both aerospace-grade steel alloy and aerospace-grade titanium in thicknesses of 3mm and 8mm, using our proprietary PTG fixed pin tooling techniques,” comments PTG Heavy Industries’ Sales Manager, Chris Cheetham.

“Although each presented distinct challenges, including the potential for workpiece distortion and ensuring sufficient heat transfer when blending thicker materials, these issues were overcome.”
Comprehensive research programme
As part of its research activities, PTG Heavy Industries also achieved excellent results when working with various exotic aluminium alloys ranging from 2mm to 35mm in a number of challenging configurations.

Impressive results with exotic alloys of 40mm in depth
Our successes have been such that we now look forward to applying our findings, approach and technologies to robust testing on other bespoke alloys that are used across the avionics sector,” adds Chris Cheetham. “For example, we have also achieved good results working with exotic alloys of as much as 40mm in depth.

Superior welding for planes and high-speed trains
Since their launch, Powerstir Friction Stir Welding (FSW) machines have attracted considerable interest from organisations seeking an innovative way of creating superior high-strength welded joints, without the detrimental and visible effects typically associated with conventional welding.

From small, intricate components to automotive products, aircraft manufacturing, railway carriage panels and shipbuilding, Powerstir Friction Stir Welding provides a clean, highly aesthetic alternative to traditional welding. A method that delivers proven weld quality, FSW offers excellent mechanical properties and virtually no porosity.
Patented by TWI (The Welding Institute), Friction Stir Welding is a unique and innovative means of jointing metals. The process combines frictional heat with precisely controlled forging pressure to produce extremely high-strength joints that are virtually defect free. Friction Stir Welding transforms the parent metal from a solid to a plasticised state. This occurs during a process that involves mechanically stirring the materials together to form a high-integrity, full-penetration welded joint.

Incorporating the brands of Binns & Berry, Crawford Swift, Holroyd and Holroyd Precision Components, PTG has established itself at the forefront of high precision machine tool design, build and supply. The PTG range includes heavy duty lathes, deep hole drilling machines, Friction Stir Welding (FSW) machines, ultra precision grinding machines for rotor, thread and gear operations; rotor milling machines and special purpose machine tools for the manufacture of precision components. Industrial sectors served range from aerospace, medical and mould tool & die to marine, power generation, mining, oil & gas, steel, high end and heavy automotive.

New design for even more functions

Tornos EvoDeco machines continue to meet the needs of the most demanding bar-turners with ease! Already recognised as highly advanced, this platform is undergoing constant improvement

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During the Journées Horlogères open days (March 3 to 6, 2015), Tornos will unveil a complete overhaul of these iconic machines. We met with Massimo Tidei, project manager, and Philippe Charles, product manager, both of whom work for Tornos.

The fastest machines on the market
“EvoDeco machines are equipped with the best kinematics on the market: no other current solution is able to offer the same level of performance and sophistication as an EvoDeco. It was of crucial importance that we kept ahead of the market in this way, as it is vital to Tornos and to our customers, who need to be the best in their field! The performance of our machines is mirrored by the success to our customers”, notes Philippe Charles.

Fundamental improvements
“In fact, since the trend is towards a reduction in the size of production runs, it is increasingly important that the first parts are perfect. The machine’s thermal system must therefore comprise the shortest possible loops to reduce the warm-up time as much as possible”, Massimo Tidei explains. The machine has also been redesigned in terms of rigidity to ensure it offers improved machining performance. The two new EvoDeco machines are also equipped with cyclical lubrication.

Two machines, 4 versions
Available in versions with 10 or 8 linear axes, EvoDeco 10 and EvoDeco 16 machines take two C axes as standard. The two turning machines are equipped with synchronous motor powered spindles. This technology, unique on this type of machine, means that the machine’s productivity can be increased significantly when machining parts which require frequent spindle stops. The cycle time is reduced by more than 30%!

Many possibilities
In addition to its highly comprehensive equipment, the EvoDeco 16 machine can, for example, be equipped with a B axis for positioning in back operation, which is particularly useful for creating angled implants for the dental industry. The EvoDeco 10 machine, however, can receive up to 3 hobbing devices, one of which can be used in back operation, making it without doubt the fastest hobbing machine on the market!

Tornos SA
Industrielle 111
2740 Moutier
Tel. 141 32 494 44 44
Fax: +41 32 494 49 07
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40 years at the service of its customers

The recent change at the head of Suvema, the company located in Biberist (SO) doesn’t affect the strategy that has ensured the success of the company for 40 years: personalized high quality service established as corporate culture.

Mr. Robert Haüsler (left) and Mr. Roland Gutknecht before a Citizen machine “boosted” by Suvema.
Mr. Robert Haüsler (left) and Mr. Roland Gutknecht before a Citizen machine “boosted” by Suvema.

To open the company to a new style of management while keeping what makes its strength: this is the challenge of a successful transmission as confirm MM. Robert Haüsler, former owner and Roland Gutknecht, new CEO of Suvema SA.

Pioneer of CNC machine tools
Founded in 1974 for the sales of machine tools, Suvema SA quickly acquires the general representation of Okuma. Growing regularly over the years, the company now represents six world-famous brands, allowing it to occupy an important place in the field of CNC machining in Switzerland. The variety of represented products can cover many sectors of activities: high precision turning (with Citizen sliding headstock lathes), medical (with Okuma CNC machines), the manufacture of tools and moulds (with Bridgeport machining centres) and much more.

To answer to the specific expectations of the customers
But the real strength of the company lies in the fact that no machine, or almost, leave the Biberist plant without having undergone a profound transformation. Adapted to the demands of customers, the machines customized by Suvema SA thus become, by input of various devices, complete machining solutions. Nowadays simple parts, just turned, for example, no longer have much future in Switzerland. We must therefore concentrate on complex parts with great value added. “Machines, capable of producing such parts become also become increasingly complex and we must be able at the same time to propose simplified setting up”, analyses Roland Gutknecht.

Far more than a reseller
The result after customization is often so different from the basic machine that Suvema SA considers itself not only as a reseller, but willingly assumes the role of Integrator and solution provider. Its numerous interventions on the machine give a consequent benefit to the Swiss customers. The machine sold in our country often offers a better performance than the same model sold in other markets. The service vision of Suvema seems to be good because the company sees its market share steadily grow. “The first sale to a customer is to the credit of the salesman. The following are the result of the quality of service”, argues Robert Haüsler.

Suvema AG
Grüttstrasse 106
4562 Biberist
Tel. 032 674 41 11
Fax 032 674 41 10
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