• Biomet


    At the Bridgend factory of orthopaedic implant manufacturer, Biomet, acetabular shells for replacement hips are turn-milled from titanium bar in a quarter of the time it used to take a decade ago. It is because they are now produced on a twin-turret B-axis lathe from INDEX, Germany, supplied by UK agent, Geo Kingsbury, whereas previously they were machined on conventional CNC lathes.

  • Burcas


    In August 2008, family-owned tooling manufacturer and subcontractor, Burcas, installed its first 5-axis machining centre to supplement 3-axis prismatic metalcutting and extensive multi-axis mill-turning at its Birmingham factory. An early job put on the trunnion-type, 5-axis Hermle C 40 U, supplied by UK agent, Geo Kingsbury, was a mild steel component for a well-known UK aero engine manufacturer.

  • Automatic tailstock for Hermle machining centres

    Automatic tailstock for Hermle machining centres

    To allow single-hit, 4/5-axis prismatic machining of long, thin workpieces that need to be supported at both ends to achieve the required accuracy, German machining centre manufacturer, Hermle, has introduced an optional tailstock assembly. It clamps onto the trunnion of the company’s C 30 U and C 40 U vertical machining centres, alongside the 360-degree rotary…

  • Sliding-Head Turning…With A Difference

    Sliding-Head Turning…With A Difference

    Sliders also operate without the guide bush for fixed-head turning Business is booming at Vire Engineering, Totnes, which produces high-quality hose and pipe fittings for plumbing race cars, from Clubman up to Formula One, to ensure that brake fluid, fuel, oil and coolant all flow reliably. Subcontract work is also carried out, notably for the…