Tuesday, June 26, 2012

News: Machining of hard to machine metals


An event is taking place in Rotherham this week looking at the development of leading edge technology used in advanced manufacturing sectors such as aerospace, Formula 1 and the oil and gas industry.

The National Metals Technology Centre (NAMTEC) in Rotherham, is hosting the event focusing on the machining of hard to machine metals.

Advanced manufacturing faces ever demanding challenges in the machining of hard to machine metals used in the high technology sectors such as titanium, nickel alloys and higher grade steels.

For UK manufacturers to remain competitive, new tooling and new machining methods are constantly being developed which reduce machining times and reduce scrap thereby reducing costs.

Alastair Lang at NAMTEC is fully aware of the challenges and the efforts being made to help manufacturers. He said: "In South Yorkshire, the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) is developing new techniques which dramatically reduce machining times, not incrementally but a step change - for example in one instance from 70 hours to just 7 hours.

"On the same Advanced Manufacturing Park, Sandvik Coromant is developing the advanced tooling for machining those difficult to machine materials. These developments are crucial for UK manufacturers in an increasingly competitive world."

The seminar takes place in the Knowledge Transfer Centre on the AMP on June 27. It is co-organised by the Materials KTN – Metals and Alloys Group. The Materials Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) is supported by the Technology Strategy Board with the aim of stimulating UK innovation through knowledge transfer.

The seminar will enable delegates to learn about the developments in machining technologies to overcome specific issues with the machining of hard metals, this will enable them to machine faster with less rejects, thereby reducing costs and making them more competitive against foreign competition. Speakers confirmed from; Sandvik Coromant, Craftsman Tools, Wilde Analysis, AMRC, Technicut and Nikken.

The event will help companies make decisions about investment in capability and capacity to meet potential demand from sales growth.

NAMTEC website

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