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An innovative approach to achieving a perfect 90 degree

angle on his ice skates may

well have made the difference between gold

and silver for Dutch skater, Stefan

Groothuis, in the 1,000 metre speed skating event at the recent

Sochi Winter


In a YouTube video Stefan explains how he

achieves a perfect finish to his blades using

GTMA supplier Kemet's diamond compound and a Kemet™ Tin

composite plate.

The process is a result of research together

with the technical consultants at Kemet's

Dutch subsidiary, Kemet Europe. You can

see the video here:


The company also helped the Dutch

women's bobsleigh team perfect the final

polishing of their runners. The process also

used increasingly finer grades of diamond

compound applied with felt pads and

cleaned between applications with Kemet

CO-42 cleaning fluid.


Swiss-owned electronic and mechatronic

systems manufacturer, ESCATEC, has

deployed a new X-ray inspection machine

that sits alongside two lines producing

printed circuit board assemblies (PCBA) at

its factory in Heerbrugg. Supplied by

GTMA's Nikon Metrology, the XT V 160

machine is used for real-time, in-process

quality control and replaces post-process

X-ray inspection methodology. The in-line

procedure is more efficient at detecting

defects, has reduced the lead-time from

order to delivery by one day, and optimises

costs by freeing an operator and a test

engineer to be deployed elsewhere in the

factory. It is said the equiment will pay for

itself in two years.

10,000th MOULD

Proto Labs, the world's fastest manufacturer of CNC machined and injection moulded

parts, has announced the production of the

10,000th mould in Europe. This 10,000th

mould has been produced for the French

company PETZL as part of Proto Labs'

Protomold® injection moulding service.

John Tumelty, Managing Director of Proto

Labs in Europe, said: "The manufacture of

the 10,000th mould in Europe represents

an important milestone and demonstrates

the dynamism of Proto Labs, which has

had a presence in Europe for eight years."


Vero Software, developer of SURFCAM®

software for programming CNC machine

tools, and CGTech, developer of VERICUT® software

for simulating CNC

machine tools, have announced that the

two companies provide seamless integration between their products

allowing CNC

programs developed by SURFCAM to be

simulated and optimised using VERICUT.

The GTMA suppliers said the agreement will

benefit customers.

The SURFCAM/VERICUT combination provides a comprehensive

programming solution which helps to prevent


errors from being forwarded to the shop

floor - thus avoiding material scrap,

machine tool damage and wasted time.

(part of Vero Software)


Base Materials, a subsidiary of Base Group

Limited, has announced a distributor for its

pattern and mould materials across Russia,

Belarus and Kazakhstan. It is to meet the

global demand for composites that Base

Group continues to develop key strategic

relationships with regional partners and the

partnership with new distributor BMP

Technology means the GTMA supplier's

global reach spans three continents.

Samantha Littler, Commercial Director of

Base Group, said BMP is a market leader

and the move complements Base Group's

ambition to introduce innovative technology

to international markets.


A new range of WTX Mini Microdrills from

WNT (UK) is opening up new opportunities

for the drilling of small diameter holes under

production conditions. Manufactured from

solid carbide the drills are capable of precision hole production

at elevated cutting

data thanks to their exceptional chip flow

characteristics and ultra-thin tool coating.

The range starts at just 0.1 mm diameter

rising to a maximum diameter of 2.9 mm,

with sizes maintained to a tolerance of +

0.004mm, depending on drill diameter the

useable flute length is between 3.5 and 5

times diameter.


Hexagon Metrology UK is helping tomorrow's

engineers by supplying equipment to

Staffordshire university. It includes a

Hexagon Optiv 321GL TP multi-sensor coordinate

machine and Romer portable

measuring arm for use in its engineering

centre in Stoke. "Hexagon recognises the

importance of supporting the next generation of engineers and the vital role

they play

in a healthy, vibrant manufacturing sector,"

said Chris Ivory, UK area sales manager.

Prof David Cheshire said the equipment "is

an important asset" and will be used in its

automotive section - for example, for measuring dimensions in areas

such as race car




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