The combined CERATIZIT WNT stand at MACH 2018 is the largest in the group’s history at over 350 m² and this space will be used to its maximum to demonstrate products from both brands and the application areas that they serve.
On display will be an example of every new product introduced to its range since the launch of the last catalogue with a specific focus on key product launches and application areas. Included in this will be the specific Sliding Head Tooling range which was revealed towards the end of 2017. This range consists of over 11,000 items dedicated to users of sliding head lathe technology, with 5000 of these being brand new to the range and designed to offer significant advantages to those using sliding head machine technology. A selection of these tools can be seen in action on the Star GB stand at the show.
Another new arrival to the range is its series of 3D Finish circular segment solid carbide milling cutters. Since their launch in September 2017 they have generated significant interest among users of five-axis machining centers, where cycle time savings can be as great as 90 per cent without the workpiece, tool and machine being subjected to a higher load. These gains are attributable to the large effective radius on the cutters, as large as 1500 mm, meaning much greater widths of cut (ap) are possible. A secondary benefit of these large widths of cut is that surface finish can also be improved along with cycle time reduction. For example, a typical Ø 20 mm ball nosed cutter would achieve a surface quality of Ra1.6 µ with a stepover of 0.5 mm, but with the 3D Finish and a radius of 1500 mm, the stepover could be increased to 6.93 mm with the same surface quality result. A selection of turning and milling products can be seen in action on the XYZ Machine Tools stand.
There will also be a strong focus on key application areas such as aerospace, automotive, energy, heavy industry (bar peeling, etc) rail, and hard machining using PCD and CBN. The stand will feature specific areas where products will be matched with components to highlight the areas that will provide a distinct advantage when machining.
“MACH 2018 will be a milestone for us with the two brands coming together for the first time. Having such a large stand also indicates our position in the market which is one of continuing growth of market share across the cutting tool sector. This is something that we are achieving due to the combination of high quality products, market leading logistical support and an expanding team of technical and applications sales engineers who are available to work with customers. Any customers that have specific questions during the show are welcome to make use of our VIP area to discuss specific applications in detail with our team,” says Tony Pennington, Managing Director.
In addition to cutting tools there will be lots more to see on the stand including the brand new Hope HB160 mountain bike, which again will be used as a showcase for tooling which was used not only to manufacture components, but also the complex mould tool to create the carbon frame. Continuing the cycling theme, a WNT Rotor Pro Cycling road bike will also be on display, again featuring many parts produced by customer and team sponsor Rotor.
Tool storage and vending will be highlighted by the TOM 840 vending system that has capacity to hold up to 840 different products or configured to meet specific customer requirements to maximise efficiency and utilisation. It is equipped with a touch-screen control and the software enables identification of individual users and other useful tracking data.
Visitors to the stand will also be able to take advantage of the ‘MACH deal’ where for every £100 of tooling ordered on the stand customers will receive an additional £100 of free tools, along with a branded Zeus handbook (while stocks last). These orders will also demonstrate the power of the logistics system as they will be taken and processed on the stand and delivered to the customer the following morning. Finally, there will be a prize draw with donations going to the company’s selected charities, these being the British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research. The prize will be VIP tickets to the Brands Hatch round of the British Superbike Championship.
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