The full gamut of machine tools, tooling and ancillary products offered in the UK and Ireland by NCMT under numerous sole agency agreements, mainly with Japanese companies, will be presented at an open house to be held at the company’s Midlands showroom and technical centre on 13th and 14th May 2015. Additionally, on 15th May there will be an open day for apprentices and students.
The location will be Siskin Drive, Middlemarch, Coventry CV3 4FJ. Anyone interested in attending should telephone Samantha Andon on 0208 398 4277, email firstname.lastname@example.org or reply directly from the NCMT website: www.ncmt.co.uk
Some of the most advanced technology available to manufacturers will be on display at the open house. From Okuma, there will be seven lathes and machining centres including 5-axis models covering a wide range of sizes. New software will include the OSP Suite user interface, launched at the last JIMTOF show in Tokyo, for Okuma’s proprietary CNC system.
Demonstrated also will be the company’s novel TurnCut software for generating rotational features on an Okuma machining centre with a static turning tool by interpolating the X and Y axes. Machining Navi software for avoiding chatter, 3D Virtual Monitor for accurate machining simulations and 5-Axis Auto Tuning will feature as well.
From Makino, another of NCMT’s Japanese principals, there will be two machining centres, one with 5-axis capability, and an iGrinder G5 purpose-built for VIPER creep-feed grinding of predominantly nickel alloys. Two sizes of iGrinder are used worldwide for producing blades, vanes and blisks for aero engines and land turbines.
Makino’s highly capable T-Series of 5-axis machining centres for cutting titanium and the 5-axis MAG-Series, ideal for machining medium to large aluminium airframe components, will be represented by a range of typical machined components, with detailed cutting data.
NCMT’s other Japanese machine tool principal is CNC grinding machine manufacturer, Okamoto. The firm’s new and first-ever universal, vertical-spindle internal grinder, UGM5V, launched at last year’s IMTS show in Chicago, will appear for the first time in the UK at the Coventry open house. It is especially suited to aerospace and gear manufacturing applications.
Tooling will be well represented in the form of the latest Japanese tool holding and cutting tool products from BIG Daishowa and Xebec deburring brushes and mounted points. Italian-built Speroni tool presetters will also be demonstrated.
Workholding is another area of activity for NCMT, which for several years has marketed US-made Techni-Grip products. The patented, highly repeatable clamping system is based on a pin-and-hole design for consistent, positive location combined with a dovetail cut for gripping strength. The holes and dovetail are machined into each billet in a rapid preparatory cycle before clamping.
In a new venture, NCMT will introduce and demonstrate an innovative adhesive workholding system, recently developed in the US by Blue Photon. It is ideal for securing delicate and complex components, including those made from the latest aerospace materials like CMC (ceramic matrix composites) and titanium alumide, while affording excellent all-round access for machining. The process involves application of glue that is cured using ultraviolet light. Removal afterwards simply involves hot water and no witness mark is visible where the glue was applied.
Partner suppliers involved at the open house will include control system company, Fanuc; metrology specialist, Hexagon; CADCAM software developer and supplier, Delcam; and tooling firm, Kennametal Stellram.
On 15th May, NCMT is inviting first-year apprentices from Coventry-based Midland Group Training Services (MGTS) as well as interested students from local schools to see the latest technology that was presented to manufacturing industry during the previous two days. The initiative will hopefully encourage young people to consider a career in engineering and even take their studies on to degree level. Under a scheme started in 2012, supported by Lyn Gray, widow of the founder of NCMT, Gerry Gray, the company has three apprentices and will take on another later this year with the assistance of funding from the Thomas Gerald Gray Charitable Trust.