Distributor expansion in WA to further improve customer experience

Malaga-based CTM Engineering Supplies has recently expanded its showroom and added a new training facility to provide customers with an enhanced purchase experience. CTM is one of Dimac’s largest and most successful distributors responsible for the sale of Dimac’s extensive range throughout the Western Australian market. CTM was founded by industry veteran Uli Stumpf, who started his career in Germany as an apprentice toolmaker before emigrating to Australia in 1989. He initially worked as a machinist before ending up working for the Sandvik Group for 15 years. In 2013 Mr Stumpf opened his own business to distribute and re-sell an Read the full article…

Hydrafeed boosts efficiency and productivity at Maltec

Locally owned and operated in Burnie, Maltec Engineering is a family business dedicated to providing state-of-the-art engineering services to clients across a broad range of industries including mining, food, agriculture, construction, forestry, and more. Founded in 2002 by Lindsay and Kelly Malley, the company is a Contract Manufacturer specialising in CNC machining and small to medium fabrication. Its extensive range of services also include profile cutting, a robot welding cell, sandblasting and painting utilising both advanced and lean manufacturing principles. Hydraulic manifolds, tapping blocks, drive shafts, hardened pins and bearings and small to medium fabricated assemblies are some of the Read the full article…

TG GripSerts offer exceptional clamping stability

Fairlane, a well-known manufacturer of workholding grippers, has recently released a new range of grippers called ‘TG GripSerts’ to complement their existing range. Michigan-based Fairlane design, manufacture and stock a wide range of workholding and positioning components. Fairlane grippers grip and penetrate the work piece to provide superior holding power. Used in jigs, fixtures and chuck jaws, these grippers are versatile enough to fit any number of applications and their modular and economical replaceable wear surfaces extend the life of expensive clamping mechanisms. The replaceability of the grippers enhances a fixture system by minimising downtime during setup. Adjustable grippers are Read the full article…

Oil Skimmer further extends coolant life and reduces disposal costs

Tramp oil is probably one of the most common contaminants in metalworking fluids. The term is a catch phrase for all sources of non-soluble contaminants (usually oil-based) that can come into contact with the metalworking fluid as a function of the process or the equipment. The sources are varied but can include hydraulic fluid as well as slideway oil, gear and spindle lubricants. Whatever the source, tramp oil is a foreign contaminant that can create numerous problems. Most CNC machine tools, especially those using slideway oil will develop a layer of oil on top of the coolant. This oil layer Read the full article…

Dimac’s tool presetter range expanded to include respected Zoller brand

Tool presetters improve quality and boost productivity by precisely measuring any tool off line with micron accuracy. This enables a CNC machine to keep cutting so machine uptime is optimised and tool life is maximised. Tool presetters provide three key features in the one machine: measuring, presetting, and inspecting tools. They save set-up time, improve accuracy, produce better quality parts, whilst minimising scrap. A state-of-the-art image processing system measures the cutting edges of tools in seconds, then saves and documents the measurement results – simple time-wasting fine adjustments are a thing of the past. Adjustable boring bars can be easily Read the full article…

Mitee-Bite’s new Heavy Duty T-Slot Clamp eliminates the need for a separate fixture.

Designed to be used in the T-slots of machine tables Mitee-Bite’s new versatile HD T-Slot Clamp is capable of generating an impressive 88kN of down force. This is coupled with a very low gripping profile which reduces material cost and the number of machining operations required. The T-Slot Clamp bolts straight down onto the machine table eliminating the need for a separate fixture. Set up time is accordingly reduced making the machining operation quicker and more efficient. The hardened steel clamping element has both a smooth surface for machined workpieces and a serrated clamping surface for rougher work. The HD Read the full article…

Machine tool shops to benefit from Dimac’s carbide application service

Insufficient grip that causes slipping parts, push back in chuck jaws and collets wearing out prematurely are issues well known to CNC Turning machine tool operators. The resultant production downtime, operator idle time, and expense of new or re-worked jaws is a significant problem. Well known workholding solutions provider Dimac, has recently launched a new service designed to eliminate such issues, using a new form of carbide application equipment called Rocklinizer from the USA. This uses the proven spark deposition process called Rocklinizing to easily and quickly boost the grip coefficient of workholding jaws and collets. The unit electronically applies Read the full article…

New Freddy Bowser offers safe and easy transport of fluids around workplaces.

Well known manufacturer of coolant recycling machines, Freddy, has recently launched an innovative new product, the Freddy Bowser. The Freddy Oil and Coolant Bowser is a safe and easy way to transport fresh coolant around a workshop for filling or top up of CNC machines. Using the same build ethos as the rest of the renowned range, the Bowser is hand built using 2 and 3mm mild steel. The option of both 304 and 316 stainless steel can be specified for those fluids with PH extremes, or those likely to conflict with mild steel. Standard capacity is 200 litres, but Read the full article…

Lang Technik workholding products maximise APT’s productivity

From starting out with a single machine manufacturing spectacle screws, Australian Precision Technology (APT) has successfully evolved into a leader in the production of precision components and assemblies, utilising the latest CNC technology and manufacturing software. At one point APT was the preferred supplier for automotive components manufacturer Robert Bosch, accounting for 86% of the company’s turnover. But like many suppliers faced with the imminent closure of the local car industry, APT needed to diversify into other areas – in their case, the defence industry. To say the company has been successful in this transition is something of an understatement. Read the full article…

Raptor solves Dovetail workholding

Dimac Tooling has been appointed exclusive distributor for Raptor workholding products in Australia and New Zealand. Raptor Workholding based in the US state of Ohio, is well known as being the designer of the innovative and patented dovetail fixture used by some of the world’s leading manufacturers. The dovetail fixture speeds up the manufacturing process by allowing machining of five full sides of the workpiece in one set-up. The design quickly locks the part in place for extreme clamping strength and rigidity with minimal base material. The spring-loaded clamp can be tightened with a simple T-handle wrench. Raptor’s dovetail design Read the full article…