Page 0066

SUPPLY CHAIN PRESS RELEASES

66

GTMA

PERFECT OLYMPIC

FINISH BY KEMET

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

Olympics.

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:

www.youtube.com/watchv=or4evqsaupw

&feature=player_embedded

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.

www.kemet.co.uk

X-RAY INSPECTION

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.

www.nikonmetrology.com

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."

www.protolabs.co.uk

SOFTWARE PACT

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

programming

errors from being forwarded to the shop

floor - thus avoiding material scrap,

machine tool damage and wasted time.

www.cgtech.co.uk www.edgecam.com

(part of Vero Software)

EASTERN PROMISE

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.

www.base-group.co.uk

PRECISION HOLES

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.

www.wnt.de/en-en/

UNIVERSITY HELP

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

suspensions.

www.hexagonmetrology.co.uk

NEXT

ISSUE AUTOMOTIVE SUPPLY CHAINS • Plastic Sector

Make Measurement Matter • ADVANCED ENGINEERING

Index

  1. Page 0001
  2. Page 0002
  3. Page 0003
  4. Page 0004
  5. Page 0005
  6. Page 0006
  7. Page 0007
  8. Page 0008
  9. Page 0009
  10. Page 0010
  11. Page 0011
  12. Page 0012
  13. Page 0013
  14. Page 0014
  15. Page 0015
  16. Page 0016
  17. Page 0017
  18. Page 0018
  19. Page 0019
  20. Page 0020
  21. Page 0021
  22. Page 0022
  23. Page 0023
  24. Page 0024
  25. Page 0025
  26. Page 0026
  27. Page 0027
  28. Page 0028
  29. Page 0029
  30. Page 0030
  31. Page 0031
  32. Page 0032
  33. Page 0033
  34. Page 0034
  35. Page 0035
  36. Page 0036
  37. Page 0037
  38. Page 0038
  39. Page 0039
  40. Page 0040
  41. Page 0041
  42. Page 0042
  43. Page 0043
  44. Page 0044
  45. Page 0045
  46. Page 0046
  47. Page 0047
  48. Page 0048
  49. Page 0049
  50. Page 0050
  51. Page 0051
  52. Page 0052
  53. Page 0053
  54. Page 0054
  55. Page 0055
  56. Page 0056
  57. Page 0057
  58. Page 0058
  59. Page 0059
  60. Page 0060
  61. Page 0061
  62. Page 0062
  63. Page 0063
  64. Page 0064
  65. Page 0065
  66. Page 0066
  67. Page 0067
  68. Page 0068