The food industry is Britain’s largest and arguably most important manufacturing sector - and offers some fascinating jobs for engineers.
Could a new generation of “human-ish” industrial robots able to work alongside their human counterparts help spread automation to even the smallest of engineering firms?
The first day of The Engineer conference gave glimpses of the future of manufacturing, the importance of long-term investment and how we will continue to explore our neighbouring planets
Houses have doors, and parts have indentations, through-holes and other features that don’t point straight up or down and could act as undercuts in a two-part mould. Designers using rapid injection moulding can address these challenges in a variety of ways, including side-action cams, sliding shut-offs, pick-outs and bump-offs, as discussed in this article from Proto Labs.
Innova in Laitila, Finland, uses KUKA robots, which can work individually, with positioning tables or as a team, enabling extremely large parts to be processed.
The ISOJET III weld cleaner, which is available from Surtech, uses a thermo-chemical method to remove oxide layers from stainless steel in a way that is faster, less hazardous and more ecological than grinding, brushing, shot blasting and chemical processes with aggressive pickling pastes.
CGTech, the developer of VERICUT software for simulating CNC machines, has announced an integration with Kennemetal’s NOVO cloud-based tool management software.
After being given advice by the British Centre for Food Robotics and Automation, Fosters called on FANUC Robotics UK to robotise its bakery in Barnsley, UK.
The MH125N4 multi-power vice from 1st Machine Tool Accessories is a four-piece integrated-type vice that is suitable for high-volume production machining.
Sandvik Coromant has announced that its CoroTurn SL cutting heads now feature CoroTurn HP (high-precision) nozzles that direct cutting fluid precisely where it is needed — at the exact interface between the tool and the workpiece. This is said to ensure CoroTurn SL users can be assured of reliable chip breaking, which facilitates both good chip evacuation and extended tool life in back-boring operations.