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Machine Tools

Distributor to launch new products at Machine Tools expo

17th May 2024 Power transmission and motion control products distributor BMG will be participating at the Machine Tools Africa exhibition, which will be held at the Johannesburg Expo Centre at Nasrec, from May 21 to 24. BMG’s stand – Hall 6, F10 – will showcase the company’s comprehensive range of quality... 

Industry organisation eagerly anticipates Machine Tools Africa event

17th May 2024 With a few days to go until the 2024 iteration of the Machine Tools Africa event, to be held from May 21 to 24 at the Nasrec showgrounds, in Johannesburg, industry organisation Machine Tools Merchants’ Association (MTMA) chairperson Mike Lee says all exhibitors are “getting ready to put the... 

Machine Tools Africa to play crucial role in education, skills development

By: Simone Liedtke     17th May 2024 The upcoming Machine Tools Africa 2024 exhibition will serve as a comprehensive platform for showcasing the latest innovations in machine tools and related technologies. It also plays a crucial role in education and skills development, which is vital for sustaining industrial growth in South Africa. 

INDISPENSABLE OPPORTUNITY
The Machine Tools Africa expo aims to be an indispensable gathering for all stakeholders in the engineering and manufacturing industries
INDISPENSABLE OPPORTUNITY The Machine Tools Africa expo aims to be an indispensable gathering for all stakeholders in the engineering and manufacturing industries

Company focuses on core competence in complete machining

17th May 2024 Austrian mechanical engineer WFL Millturn Technologies’ latest development has enabled the company to manufacture the complete machining of chuck parts with a diameter of 2 000 mm. The complete machining of chuck parts for the aerospace industry is one of the core competencies of WFL Millturn... 

UNIT FEATURES
The new M20 MILLTURN has a turning machining unit with B-axis and automatic tool change on the lower system.
Photo by Design Tech
UNIT FEATURES The new M20 MILLTURN has a turning machining unit with B-axis and automatic tool change on the lower system.

Global market expected to continue growth despite market compression

31st March 2023 According to a report released by Market Growth Reports this March, the global machine tools market size was valued at $106 305.6-million, and is expected to expand at a compound yearly growth rate of 5.41% during the forecast period. The ‘Global Machine Tools Market Report 2023’ also highlights... 

Portfolio used in diverse sectors

31st March 2023 Machine tools suppliers BMG’s extensive portfolio of fasteners, tools and related equipment has been carefully selected for dependable operation, flexibility, enhanced safety and extended service life in diverse sectors. This includes light, medium and demanding applications. The company’s range... 

White Paper identifies industry stats and forecasts

31st March 2023 For the past three years, business leaders and organizations have faced an unyielding procession of challenges. As we usher in 2023, many of those challenges persist, and new ones are emerging. Yet, as unrelenting as the challenges have been, technology and innovation have proven to be just as... 

Company launches platform for CNC machining

31st March 2023 With its “cutting-edge technology and facilities”, Sheet metal fabricator NORCK says it has started providing innovative, fast and reliable computer numerical control (CNC) machining services with the highest precision and surface quality. NORCK covers specialities such as CNC milling, turning,... 

Latest trends on show at event

31st March 2023 Production experts visiting EMO Hannover 2023 will be able to learn about the latest trends in production technology in September. Attendees can experience, live and on site, the latest trends at a total of four joint booths. 

Machine tools importers faced with challenges

13th May 2022 Members of trade organisation South African Machine Tool Merchant Association (MTMA) have adapted to Covid-related impacts, such as importing delays, as 2021 progressed. However, unforeseen events, such as mass unrest in July last year and flooding along the South African east coast, have added... 

An image of a welder welding.
Photo by Russ Ward
SPARKS FLY Apart from the pandemic, the machine tools industry has encountered many challenges

New products added to portfolio, renew interest in metrology solutions

By: Nadine Ramdass     13th May 2022 Measuring instruments supplier B&R Metrology introduced new products to its portfolio to counteract the decline in enquiries for metrology products as manufacturing and engineering companies navigate Covid-related impacts, and to pursue new sales tactics and increase its online presence. As a... 

An image of Scantech's Simscan
SCANTECH SIMSCAN The Simscan has been popular in the local market since its introduction October last year

German machine tool industry sees 6% growth

7th May 2021 German Machine Tool Builders' Association (VDW) expects production in the German machine tool industry to grow by 6% to around €12.6-billion in 2021. VDW chairperson Dr Heinz-Jürgen Prokop states that improvements in the economy raises the willingness to invest. 

Machines make bending process easier

7th May 2021 With the t-bend tube bending machines from engineering company Transfluid, it is possible to bend tubes in multiple dimensions and automatically. The highly efficient computer numerical control (CNC) technology ensures precision with all bending tasks, whether small or big. 

Drills designed for continuous use

7th May 2021 Pneumatic drills which are lightweight and compact, with enhanced ergonomics have been designed for continuous use in the most demanding industrial applications. This range of pneumatic drills – with high power-to-weight ratios – is available in pistol grip, inline and angle configurations, over... 

FIT FOR PURPOSE 
The company’s advanced tools are designed to meet the requirements of quality and safety critical installations
FIT FOR PURPOSE The company’s advanced tools are designed to meet the requirements of quality and safety critical installations

Company joins distributor group as Southern Africa supplier

8th May 2020 Industrial equipment and tools supplier Industri Tools & Equipment has recently launched as, part of distributor and technical services solution provider Engineering Solutions Group, a subsidiary of investment holding and management company Invicta Holdings Limited to supply and support all... 

KRIBAN GOVENDER It is critical for customers to have dependable support from a highly experienced team with combined technical skills and expertise
KRIBAN GOVENDER It is critical for customers to have dependable support from a highly experienced team with combined technical skills and expertise

Cloud processing offered for various applications

8th May 2020 Automation company Siemens offers users the opportunity to close the gap between conventional local and cloud-based data processing, depending on individual requirements. With Edge computing, large volumes of data can be processed locally almost in real time. 

Next-generation machine tool introduced

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     8th May 2020 Automation company ABB has begun the introduction of its FlexLoader to the South African market. The FlexLoader, which next generation of machine tools, contains tending cells that are designed to feed machines and automate the handling of workpieces in production. 

TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED 
All cells in the ABB FlexLoader range are standardised and built using the latest technology to meet the increasing requirements for flexible and cost-effective production
TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED All cells in the ABB FlexLoader range are standardised and built using the latest technology to meet the increasing requirements for flexible and cost-effective production

Company expands range to meet engineering demands

8th May 2020 With the growing trend for companies to move away from manual machine operation to specialised mechanisation as part of cost saving programmes, industrial equipment supplier BMG has made a substantial investment in expanding its product range to meet specific demand in economical and highly... 

SPOILT FOR CHOICE The range of linear way products includes linear guides, runner blocks, rails, ball screws, bushings and shafts, designed for use in diverse applications
SPOILT FOR CHOICE The range of linear way products includes linear guides, runner blocks, rails, ball screws, bushings and shafts, designed for use in diverse applications

System designed to monitor machine tool drives

8th May 2020 With timely maintenance and replacement of defective components in machine tools being an important part of the manufacturing process, researchers at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany developed a system for automated monitoring of ball screw drives in machine tools. In the case... 

Tools supplier awarded tool kit contract

8th May 2020 The Colliery Training College (CTC) in Emalahleni has awarded industrial equipment and tools supplier Industri Tools & Equipment the 2020 contract to supply tool kits, which are used during mining- and engineering-related skills training. “The CTC, which was established in 1964 specifically for... 

Turnaround strategy for production tech industry making headway

By: Tracy Hancock     7th June 2019 Intsimbi Future Production Technologies Initiative (IFPTI) is making headway with its turnaround strategy for South Africa’s distressed tooling industry and is receiving substantial recognition locally and internationally, but many small, lower technology companies are still struggling, says... 

CHANGE IS NECESSARY
The South African manufacturing sector cannot survive without the support of a strong, vibrant and technologically sophisticated local tooling industry
CHANGE IS NECESSARY The South African manufacturing sector cannot survive without the support of a strong, vibrant and technologically sophisticated local tooling industry

‘Unintended consequences’ killing industry – MTMA

By: Tracy Hancock     7th June 2019 There is no improvement in demand from the South African manufacturing sector for machine tool imports, says Machine Tool Merchants’ Association (MTMA) chairperson Paul Savides, adding that government’s local content drive has been unsuccessful in increasing local manufacturing. He told... 

Machine tools sector preparing local manufacturing for 4IR

By: Tracy Hancock     7th June 2019 Technological advancements in the local machine tools industry will help grow South Africa’s struggling manufacturing sector, says corporate association of manufacturers Manufacturing Circle (MC) executive director Philippa Rodseth. The manufacturing sector’s contribution to South Africa’s gross... 

PHILIPPA RODSETH
A skilled workforce that can benefit from innovation and investments in new technologies is key to driving manufacturing competitiveness
PHILIPPA RODSETH A skilled workforce that can benefit from innovation and investments in new technologies is key to driving manufacturing competitiveness

Decline in machine tools indicative of manufacturing state

By: Halima Frost     8th June 2018 Although machine tools are the backbone of most industries, their market volume has decreased by 30% a year in the past three years, reflecting the state of the manufacturing sector, says Machine Tool Merchants Association (MTMA) chairperson Paul Savides. “It seems as if we are already 20% down... 

MACHINES ON DISPLAY
Machine tools on display at the Machine Tool Africa Expo hosted by MTMA
MACHINES ON DISPLAY Machine tools on display at the Machine Tool Africa Expo hosted by MTMA

Supplier expanding its tools range

By: Halima Frost     8th June 2018 Machine Tool and Metrology equipment supplier WD Hearn will exclusively distribute and service coordinated measuring machines (CMM) from LK Metrology – formerly known as Nikon Metrology. WD Hearn have also been appointed sole agents for ANCA CNC Machines in South Africa who manufacture CNC Tool &... 

RECENT RELEASE
The Leadwell BC-600 5-axis Long Table Machining, is available in 3+2 and 5-axis simultaneous configurations
RECENT RELEASE The Leadwell BC-600 5-axis Long Table Machining, is available in 3+2 and 5-axis simultaneous configurations

Technology revolutionises machine tools industry

By: Halima Frost     8th June 2018 Additive manufacturing, which includes the use of three-dimensional and computer-aided-design to make stronger and more reliable components for the machine tool industry, has revolutionised the machine tool industry, says machine tools supplier Reliable Technical Consultants (Retecon). Retecon... 

Small machines with big capabilities

By: Halima Frost     8th June 2018 Global machine tool supplier Hurco’s BX40i double-column, bridge-type machine, originally launched in 2016, has been upgraded to service a variety of trades, from general manufacturing to highly specialised industries such as the aerospace sector. The stability of the double-column design and the... 

STABILITY PROVIDING ACCURACY
The BX40i meets the needs of any high-speed machining application.
STABILITY PROVIDING ACCURACY The BX40i meets the needs of any high-speed machining application.

Laser machine in full production at fabrication company

By: Halima Frost     8th June 2018 Machine tool supplier Puma Machine Tools completed the supply of its high-end laser profile JinFangYuan (JFY) 4020 machine to a Wadeville metals fabrication company last month. The machine, with a Trumpf TruDisk 3001 laser source, will be used to cut processing plates for the manufacturing of... 

Robotic solution for machine tools industry

28th April 2017 When it comes to the automated feeding of machine tools, the choice of the right robot set-up and manipulator is a key element in the planning process, says Japanese robotics company Yaskawa. 

CONTROL CONCEPT
Finding the right software structure is just as important as the hardware
CONTROL CONCEPT Finding the right software structure is just as important as the hardware

Control and instrumentation play rugged role in industry

By: Simone Liedtke     28th April 2017 The uptake of new information technology (IT) in industrial automation has traditionally been at a slower rate compared with that of the broader information, communications and technology (ICT) sector, says the Society for Automation Instrumentation, Measurements and Control (SAIMC) professional... 

TRIED AND TESTED
Companies still use more traditional tried and tested architectures for projects locally
TRIED AND TESTED Companies still use more traditional tried and tested architectures for projects locally

New tandem horizontal boring to be fully operational in July

By: Simone Liedtke     28th April 2017 Installation of the new tandem horizontal boring mill – which can perform multiple tasks simultaneously – will be complete and fully operational by July, enthuses project services corporation Hydra Arc. 

FULLY AUTOMATED
The tandem horizontal boring mill is fully automated and programmable
Photo by Petrus Saayman
FULLY AUTOMATED The tandem horizontal boring mill is fully automated and programmable

Expo to showcase latest developments in machine tools industry

By: Simone Liedtke     28th April 2017 This year’s Machine Tools Africa (MTA) is set to showcase the latest technology developments, machinery, products, services and solutions, says event management company Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery portfolio director Charlene Hefer. 

MACHINE TOOLS AFRICA 2017
Interactive displays at the MTA will include live demonstrations and technical presentations
MACHINE TOOLS AFRICA 2017 Interactive displays at the MTA will include live demonstrations and technical presentations

Distributor emphasises lubricant’s cost benefits

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th April 2017 Southern Africa-focused bearings and power transmission products distributor Bearings International (BI) recently conducted a product focus designed to educate staff on the benefits of using reaming, tapping and drilling lubricant RTD, to strengthen its long-standing supplier-distributor... 

Machines produce components for isotope facility 

By: Simone Liedtke     28th April 2017 Machine component manufacturer Precision Separators bought six computer numerical control (CNC) machines from machine industry company Hurco to manufacture and produce components for private company Klydon’s medical isotope facility MoF6. 

Machines produce components for isotope facility
Machines produce components for isotope facility

New machines increase manufacturers’ product quality

14th October 2016 Computer numerical control machine tool manufacturer Okuma’s new MU-4000V is excellent for 5-axis multi-sided machining and is well suited for the aerospace and die and mold industries. 

AEROSPACE TOOLING
The 5-axis machines from Okuma is well suited for the aerospace industry
Photo by Bloomberg
AEROSPACE TOOLING The 5-axis machines from Okuma is well suited for the aerospace industry

Increased interest in machine tools trade exhibition

By: Victor Moolman     14th October 2016 With the machine tools market having grown significantly over the past few years, exhibition specialists Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery plans to expand Machine Tools Africa by extending it from one hall at the Nasrec exhibition centre, in Johannesburg, to two halls in 2017. 

ELECTRA MINING AFRICA 2016
The 2016 Electra Mining Africa exhibition was the first show since 2014 without the Machine Tools Africa show
Photo by Duane Daws
ELECTRA MINING AFRICA 2016 The 2016 Electra Mining Africa exhibition was the first show since 2014 without the Machine Tools Africa show

Manufacturer celebrates 60 years of service

14th October 2016 South African manufacturer and distributor of cutting consumables and distributor of capital equipment First Cut, is celebrating 60 years of supplying cutting solutions to the South African industry. 

FIRST CUT 
First Cut is celebrating 60 years of service to clients across South Africa
FIRST CUT First Cut is celebrating 60 years of service to clients across South Africa

New tool series launched at IMTS 2016

14th October 2016 Supplier of production-grade additive manufacturing systems for three-dimensional (3D) printed metals Optomec launched a new tool series that enables low-cost, high-value metal additive manufacturing at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) 2016 last month. 

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