The core strengths of the UK’s metalworking industry are proudly on display in what is, one of the largest themed zones at MACH 2022. The Metalforming Machinery Makers’ Association’s (MMMA) Metalworking Village, which occupies 650m² of floorspace, showcases the skills and expertise of more than 20 association members.
On display across the zone is an array of new presses, software, monitoring systems and self-locking wedge clamps. The sheer scale of the display is testament to the association’s confidence following what has been another major year of growth.
Visitors will be able to enjoy live demonstrations of machinery and take part in technical discussions that will help them improve production processes, remove bottlenecks, whilst also increasing orders and profitability.
Adrian Haller, Chairman of the MMMA, which is the only organisation dedicated to the UK sheet metal forming industry, said: “We are very pleased to be able to showcase the diversity and strengths of MMMA members at our ‘Metalworking Village’. This is a long-awaited exhibition, and our members are excited to showcase our capabilities to help and support UK manufacturing.
“We’ve got one of our largest ever turnouts, with 24 companies covering all types of metal forming and machine tools on hand to demo their machines and technology, not to mention giving their expert views on production issues and bottlenecks.”
He said the arrival of the exhibition was well timed and came just as domestic manufacturing was gaining a lot of interest from around the world as more businesses look to reshore their production, in order to navigate supply chain disruption and inflated logistics costs.
“This should give our sector renewed confidence that we can compete with our international rivals, especially if we continue to increase investment in the latest technologies, automation and processes. We look forward to welcoming visitors to the MMMA Metalworking Village and to understand how we can help like-minded individuals achieve the competitive advantage they are looking for,” he added.
Among the MMMA members exhibiting in the Metalworking Village are:
- Aida (Stand 6-687)
- Bruderer UK (20-602)
- Cidan Machine Tools (6-752)
- Cotswold Machinery (6-661)
- Decade (6-688)
- Esprit Automation (6-671)
- Formit (6-775)
- Group Rhodes (20-616)
- Helm Instrument (6-672)
- Industrial Clutch Parts (6-772)
- Kaller Springs (6-681)
- MMMA (6-773)
- Oerlikon Balzers Coating (6-776)
- Ortlinghaus UK (6-670)
- OSA Systems (20-601)
- Press-Form Machinery (20-908)
- Press Techniques (6-774)
- QualiMach (6-776)
- Raybould Machine Tools (6-680)
- Roemheld UK (6-682)
- Schuler Presses UK (20-600)
- TMA (6-679)
- Worcester Presses (6-689)
MACH 2022 highlights, include:
- Aida is displaying its DSF-NE2, a 2-point direct servo straight side press that combines the high rigidity of a monobloc frame with the flexibility of the freely programmable servo motion of the AIDA DSF® – Direct Servo Former technology.
- Esprit Automation is displaying its Esprit Photon High Performance Fibre Laser Cutter, which thanks to its aerospace-inspired machine design with hybrid gantry, is able to reach staggering vector speeds of 325 m/min, making it a champion in productivity.
- Helm will be showcasing its 200T press control with safety devices and press control with 3-Axis robot. The latter is a new package that includes all current standards for press control and updates a previous system having streamlined the operating procedure with intensive maintenance and engineering functions.
- Industrial Clutch Parts will be exhibiting the Goizper pneumatic and hydraulic clutch brake units for mechanical presses alongside the Nexen range of linear and roller products.
- Oerlikon Balzers will be highlighting the Balinit® Tisaflex cutting tools, which are designed to machine difficult-to-cut materials at the highest level. The tools offer outstanding oxidation resistance, high thermal stability and excellent wear resistance.
- OSA Systems will be demonstrating the innovative technology that enables old Hare presses to be remanufactured to ensure they can compete in an increasingly competitive market. The presses offer the latest safety features, Hydac hydraulics, factory smart technology, increasing energy saving & productivity, while retaining the Hare Press heritage.
- Press-Form Machinery will be demonstrating its new 2233 COMBO horizontal-decoiler straightener.
- Qualimach is showcasing the Faccin 4HEL, a precise and easy-to-use series of 4-roll bending rolls with total pre-bending. Highly technological and innovative, 4HEL bending rolls assure high productivity with speeds 3-4 times higher than a traditional pyramid bending roll.
- Raybould Machine Tools is displaying the new range of Pressix and Boxin mechanical power presses and Hong-er press feeding and coil handling, plus used/reconditioned Mechanical and Hydraulic Power Presses, used/reconditioned Coil Handling and Press Feeding equipment, together with asset disposals.
- Roemheld is displaying the latest M-Tecs magnetic clamping system along with Hilma QDC/QMC clamping elements and Die Handling equipment. On its second stand (6-450), visitors can see the latest range of 5 Axis & Machine vices, Workholding elements with monitoring both Hydraulic & Pneumatic, Zero Point Clamping & Modulog Mechanical Handling.
- TMA will be exhibiting a new TMA World Press with light guards, load monitor and TMA servo feed along with a combined decoiler/straightener.
- Worcester Presses will be displaying the Chin Fong OCP 110-ton press.
In addition, Group Rhodes, the UK’s leading designer and manufacturer of metalforming, composite and bespoke machinery, will be showcasing a number of its new innovations at the show, alongside group companies Rhodes Interform and Atkin Automation.
Press Techniques will be showing its new range of self-contained hydraulic servo drive presses. Having kickstarted its old refurbishment facility – now rebranded Eco-Range 80 – it will also be demonstrating how it is helping customers achieve reductions in energy consumption.
Schuler Presses UK comes into MACH 2022 fresh from being honoured by Siemen with its ‘Supplier Award 2021’ for its positive development as a supplier. The press supplier was among 25 key suppliers to receive the award, which recognises Schuler’s progress in the areas of cost-effectiveness, sustainability, digitalisation, and innovation.
For further information on the Metalworking Village, visit www.mmma.org.uk