HOLMES UK TEAMS UP WITH NORTH AMERICAN PARTNER

HOLMES UK TEAMS UP WITH NORTH AMERICAN PARTNER TO SHOWCASE LATEST COLLET SOLUTIONS AT IMTS


24 July 2008: Collet and machining equipment specialist, Holmes UK Ltd will be joining forces with its Canadian-based associate, RH Collets Ltd to highlight the companies’ latest ranges of standard and custom-engineered workholding solutions on Booth 2488 at the forthcoming International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS 2008), which takes place in Chicago between 8th-13th September.


With a principal focus on increasing productivity, providing long-term process sustainability and minimising manufacturing costs, RH Collets’ extensive range of components for Hydromat rotary transfer machinery is backed by proven expertise in maximising the capabilities of all collet based workholding systems.


A wealth of production and applications engineering expertise enables the company to accurately evaluate customers’ current production methods – and subsequently propose solutions to maximise manufacturing effectiveness or resolve perceived shortcomings.


RH Collets’ collaboration with Holmes UK is supported by in-house design and manufacturing facilities, along with certification to ISO 9001-2000 quality standard. As a result, both companies can supply tailored workholding solutions for any existing or new application, complete with complementary components such as ejector rods and heads, guide bushing, cut off and inverted bushing, sliding sleeve and oversize collets.


Products on show at IMTS will include a wide variety of collets and accessories for the full range of Hydromat machines, including Pro 20, HW25, EPIC R/T, HB32-45/16, HB45-12, Trunion V8 / V12 and all non-current models. In addition, RH Collets will be demonstrating its recently-introduced Collet Bore Maximiser, which improves cutting tool performance, reduces component damage and minimises collet breakage.
“Our partnership with RH Collets enables customers to take advantage of both companies’ high volume manufacturing experience,” comments Holmes UK’s managing director, Tim Holmes. “RH is one of the few manufacturers in the world to design workholding equipment specifically for Hydromat machines right from raw material specification. That expertise is equally applicable to other machine types and perfectly complements our own capabilities in the UK.


“In today’s tough market conditions, it is essential for companies to squeeze the maximum productivity and cost-effectiveness from their machines. This is at the heart of our collaboration with RH Collets. Our joint business model is not based on simply manufacturing and supplying standard range products, it’s about helping customers to apply profitable and sustainable manufacturing methods in order to achieve the best return on their machine tool investments.”

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