New Freddy Micro Plus. Lighter, more mobile, more cost effective

The Freddy Micro Plus is the latest member of the Freddy Coolant Recycling Vacuum family. The new Micro Plus is lighter, more mobile, and more cost-effective offering greater versatility than any other system on the market. The Micro Plus continues on from the very successful Micro which was launched in early 2017. Designed and manufactured in the UK, it is made to the same high standards and specifications that has made the Freddy range a trusted and respected name in coolant recycling. Unlike many alternate systems, the Micro Plus doesn’t use fragile and often unreliable submersible pumps that take up Read the full article…

WTO continues to lead the world in live tool innovation

At the recent EMO show in Hannover, WTO released its new range of smart driven toolholders to complement its existing range of static and driven toolholders. QuickFlex® smart is a new generation of smart driven toolholder featuring an integrated wireless electronic sensor/transmitter unit for monitoring speed, temperature, vibration and runtime. The data is sent securely via Bluetooth to provide Industry 4.0 connectivity. QuickFlex® smart, is built on the successful QuickFlex® quick change system which WTO designed for its comprehensive range of static and driven precision toolholders. QuickFlex® is the perfect combination; an ER collet chuck and quick change system in Read the full article…

New Neidlein Face Drivers offer even more productivity gains

When turning shafts, the common way is to hold one end in a chuck and the other supported by a live centre. However, the issue with this procedure is that a part of the end of the bar remains un-machined. This means that the shaft needs to be removed and turned around to maintain concentricity whilst re-gripping the turned diameter – a time consuming and annoying practice, usually requiring overhead lifting equipment. By using a face driver, either in a chuck, or directly mounted to the spindle nose, the shaft is supported between centres and the shaft is driven by Read the full article…

Case history clearly demonstrates benefits of WTO’s Driven Broaching Unit

As a recognised pioneer and leader in its industry, German manufacturer WTO has always set the benchmark in the design and manufacture of high precision toolholders for CNC Turning and multitasking centres. Their technologically superior products are known for achieving higher productivity and long tool life. One of these products is the state of the art Driven Broaching Unit, which offers economic manufacturing of oriented keyways and splines with CNC Turning Centers. The WTO Driven Broaching Unit can be used for both ID and OD broaching, simply by rotating the insert holder 180 degrees and offers up to 1,000 strokes Read the full article…

Reven XSC 4.0 clears the air more effectively and reduces energy consumption.

Whilst oil mist separators do a great job of removing the coolant mist from the working area of CNC machine tools they often run at full capacity, regardless of the current requirements. This results in high consumption of both energy and coolants. Well known industrial air cleaning manufacturer Reven, now offers a solution to this problem with a new digital power controller, the XSC (X-Cyclone Speed Control). Sensor technology measures the machining environment of the machine tool whilst the intelligent control unit adjusts the suction power continuously via ventilation valves and an optional frequency converter with a micro computer and Read the full article…

Freddy, so much more than just a coolant vacuum.

Coolant management is an important part of efficient CNC machine tool operation, and it is generally well known that degraded coolant can result in premature machine tool wear, causing decreased performance. Vacuuming coolant from a sump using a Freddy provides multiple benefits; not only is coolant vacuumed up quickly at an impressive rate of 230 litres per minute, but any sludge and residue that has built up at the bottom of a machine sump is also removed. The sump can then be thoroughly cleaned if necessary. By doing this with a Freddy vacuum, it also removes the need to come Read the full article…

Freddy is Tramp Oils worst nightmare.

The Freddy Tramp Oil Separator has been designed to combat the problems associated with tramp oil contaminates in machine tool coolant systems. Tramp oil can cause a variety of problems including odour, smoke generation and unpleasant conditions for the operator, as well as affecting the finished product. It is also detrimental to coolant life and will quickly undermine all efforts to keep a clean workshop and maintain an optimum working environment. “The Tramp Oil Separator is easily manoeuvrable so it can be used throughout a factory, and it runs continuously so as not to interfere with production. The tramp oil Read the full article…

Dimac’s Hydrafeed Barfeeder lifts productivity at Kennewell CNC Machining.

Kennewell CNC Machining, a contract machine shop in South Australia which specialises in small batches, manufactures everything from parts for agricultural machinery to high end motorsport and tattooing equipment. It is also heavily involved with the production of prototype parts to assist companies bring products to market. Established in 1995, the company has steadily grown and now has a total of twelve staff working over two shifts. Owner Brett Kennewell and Leading Hand Brett Klose recently invested in a servo-driven Hydrafeed Barfeeder from Dimac, in order to retrofit to an existing CNC lathe and replace the existing pneumatic unit that Read the full article…

Environmentally friendly Water Eater slashes coolant disposal costs.

For smaller manufacturing companies the cost and hassle of disposing coolant is an expensive exercise. Unlike larger companies they frequently lack the space, the capital or the technical personnel to utilise the exotic recycling or treatment capabilities. However, a piece of equipment known as the Water Eater provides an innovative and effective solution to the issue. Designed on the principal that only a tiny proportion of the waste product is actual coolant, the Water Eater uses evaporation to remove the water component from the coolant thereby drastically reducing the amount of waste product that needs to be disposed of. “Typically Read the full article…