Investment drive prepares for automotive growth

Black Country manufacturing specialist Alucast says it has pushed aside the uncertainty of Brexit to complete a major £2.25m investment drive. It has upgraded its casting

capability and opened a new 7,000 sq ft machine shop to support the growing demand of its automotive customer base for lightweight, complex components. The independent aluminium

foundry can now call upon 20 CNC machines at any one time, five of which are five-axis models, providing bed sides up to 630mm. The investment provides a 30%

increase in capacity to support £3m of new lightweight contracts, including automotive, agriculture, hydraulics, oil and gas, and electric vehicles (EVs) with the ability to reduce lead times and achieve repeatable quality. Tony Sartorius, chairman of Alucast, commented: “Whilst

there are a lot of challenges to overcome in the current automotive sector, there are also still many opportunities for suppliers who can build strategic partnerships. What it gives us is complete control of the machining process, to the highest possible standard.” Lord Carrington, who opened the

facility, described the investment as “a perfect example of how the supply chain can work with car makers to get ahead of the latest technologies and help deliver lighter and more eff icient vehicles.”

Visit Alucast at stand K130

Try MRP/ERP software with no-obligation training

Advances in MRP software will be seen at this year’s show and visitors can have one-to-one discussions with 123-Insight staff to understand what an MRP system can do for a business. The company deviates from the

traditional approach of paying for software, consultancy, training and maintenance before the buyer has confirmed that the product will be suitable for a business. Instead, prospective users attend an evaluation workshop, held locally around the UK each month. If they feel the system could be a good fit they attend the six days of no-obligation training, on the understanding that if they decide that the system is not suitable they can walk away with nothing to pay (and with a lot more knowledge than before). Only once they are fully trained and ready to implement the software do they pay for the training

and register to receive the software. After that, a low monthly subscription is due, with no minimum period. Visitors to the stand can also take

away a multimedia USB stick, loaded with demonstration videos broken down by job role, allowing each department head to understand what the software can do for departments as well as the business as a whole. Evaluation workshop attendees also receive a free copy of ‘How to implement a manufacturing system’ – a book that provides a template to implement any MRP system.

Visit 123-Insight at stand F180

Two ranges for shock solutions

For motion and vibration control ACE Fabreeka UK off ers the ACE range of industrial shock absorbers, safety shock absorbers, Tubus profile dampers, rotary dampers, hydraulic dampers/feed controls and industrial gas springs. It also off ers the Fabreeka range for vibration isolation and shock control, consisting of the Fabreeka and Fabcel Pad, plus a range of

Make the most of scrap metal and waste

Aerosol doubles power of dusters

App inspects multiple PCBs


Industrial aerosols for professional use were first manufactured by Ambersil 70 years ago. Today there are over 170 products in the range, including solvent degreasers, specialist cleaners, lubricants, anti-corrosion products, one of the most comprehensive polymer processing ranges available, and market-specific products for food grade, aviation, rail, utilities and military use. Air Duster Extreme is the latest

addition. It provides a high- powered, non-flammable blast of ‘air,’ removing dry contamination instantly and easily. It demonstrated peak air flow rates that exceeded the maximum measurement values of the Testo 410i anemometer of 30m/s and off ered close to double the power of other standard dusters.

Visit Ambersil CRC Industries UK at

stand D200

A new European facility has been opened in Bergamo, Italy by Advanced Rework Technology. It will serve the large custom base there and in surrounding countries to ease the time and costs associated with travel to and from the UK, says the company. Training for the electronics industry

Working in partnership, Alchemy Metals helps businesses make the most of their scrap metal and waste. The privately owned, independent company maximises financial returns and addresses key issues such as sustainability, reducing environmental impact and traceability. A team of specialists works with

the customer to develop a tailored service that best suits individual needs. Customers come from a variety of industries including manufacturing, infrastructure, construction, engineering, telecommunications, transport and facilities management. The company advises on and

deals with all waste streams including segregation, dismantling, storage, handling, transport, grading, price, environmental impact and sustainability. The company is actively involved

shock mounts, mounting feet and levelling mounts.

Visit ACE Fabreeka UK at stand K190

in the fight to deter metal theft in the UK, partnering with others across industry, government and society to champion traceability, sustainability and security. It only works with customers who can provide robust evidence of the source of the scrap metal to proudly give all scrap producers a first class level of service.

Visit Alchemy Metals at stand L185

has gone from strength to strength over recent years, as companies see the benefit in training their staff to be familiar with the latest technologies, acceptance and process documents available in the ever-changing industry. For this reason, the company has also spent considerable time researching and recruiting new technical trainers to join the team. Managing director, Debbie Wade,

describes the company’s expansion into Europe as a “natural progression”, adding that the new site has very experienced Master IPC trainers (MIT).

The company was certified in

2018 to run the Enhanced Certified Interconnect Design, CID+ class and is one of two global IP training centres which can off er all IPC training courses. To accommodate the expanded

course list and consultancy services, the company has moved into a purpose-built facility with dedicated training rooms, in Witham, Essex.

Visit Advanced Rework Technology at

stand C75

Investment boosts machining output

Following last year’s addition of Dugard HD 1886B and HD 2210B heavy duty, box way, vertical machining centres, MJ Allen Castings & Machining has installed two Heller H4000 machines in a second round of investment in its machine shop. The twin pallet Heller 4000 allows

for traverse in x, y and z of 800mm, with one machine carrying a 160 tool magazine and the other carrying 80 tools. Both machines have gone straight to work machining AWD transmission castings for Ford. Operating foundries alongside

its machine shop in Ashford, Kent, the company provides a one-stop shop for aluminium, bronze and iron


Omni Image Stitching app by Ash Technologies, allows users to stitch multiple images together to inspect large PCBs and to document and annotate for traceability. It also allows users to perform full measurements on the stitched image.

Visit Ash Technologies atstand A220

IPC training locates in Italy

castings, machining, painting and assembly. All operations are ISO- certified to 9001, 14001 and 18001.

Visit MJ Allen Castings & Machining at

stand N90

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