Keeping an eye on CMM accuracy

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence has launched the Swift-Check artefact which is designed to verify a CMM’s accuracy in between an annual service and calibrations.

The compact equipment is provided with pre-written PC-DMIS or Quindos software measurement routines and options to perform length bar, ring gauge, sphere and wrist checks.

Geo Kingsbury offers wider range of metal additive manufacturing solutions

AddUp, a French manufacturer of metal additive manufacturing (AM) machines and production lines, has acquired another French AM machine producer, BeAM. The Strasbourg firm is a leader in directed energy deposition technology, which is dedicated to the production of large and highly complex parts, feature addition, and component refurbishment including the repair of aero engine parts. As AddUp is represented in the UK, Ireland and the Middle East by sole sales and service agent Geo Kingsbury, the latter is now able to offer a considerably increased AM equipment portfolio in those markets.

MACH to the future?

Manufacturers have every reason to be optimistic about the year ahead following an encouraging MACH 2018, says Dave Atkinson, UK head of manufacturing at Lloyds Bank.

UK manufacturers are in a strong position. Since the start of the year we’ve seen order books grow and optimism continue to rise. And the sector is confident about future job creation, too, with half of firms telling us they plan to create new jobs in the coming year.


Techni-Grind has installed its sixth Walter high specification CNC tool and cutter grinder to increase capacity levels – a Helitronic Vision 400L with integrated robot handling and wheel changer..

The Vision 400L joins the company’s existing portfolio of Walter tool grinders and tool measuring machines that have been progressively installed. Now, with the new machine meaning that two of the company’s Visions are equipped with robot loader and pallet-held tools, these automation devices “are key to our often non-stop 24-hour running which, of course, contributes greatly to the production efficiencies we attain”, says Managing Director David Higham.

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