Walther Trowal expands in the United States

January 22nd, 2021 2:13 pm | by Admin

All Walther Trowal business functions are now located under one roof on an area of more than 4,000 m²


Walther Trowal has significantly expanded the facilities of its subsidiary in Grand Rapids, Michigan, that was founded in 2005. It now offers its customers in North and South America “just-in-time” delivery times for the mass finishing media and compounds.  In the substantially upgraded “Process Development Lab” experienced and knowledgeable application engineers assist the customers to optimise the surface finishing solutions for their workpieces.

With the move into a substantially larger facility, Walther Trowal LLC in Grand Rapids, Michigan has now eliminated the disadvantages of two separate physical locations. With a total area of more than 4,000 m², all the company’s business functions are now under one roof: Sales, Service and Administration and a threefold larger warehouse area for machines, compounds and media.

Walther Trowal has also expanded the „Process Development Lab“ that is now equipped with a variety of different finishing machines. It allows the American customers to quickly run processing trials with their workpieces using Walther Trowal machinery and, jointly with the company’s application engineers, improve their finishing processes. The lab is not only equipped with mass finishing and shot blast machinery but also coating systems for mass produced small parts.

In the “Tech & Training Centre,” Walther Trowal offers application and training seminars, which are primarily attended by distributors but also by customers from the automobile, machinery building and aerospace industry.

With the new facility Ken Raby, vice president and general manager of Walther Trowal LLC, can now serve his North and South American customers even better: „We have significantly expanded our warehouse capacity. This enables us to ship standard media and compounds to our customers from Grand Rapids “just-in-time”. In addition, we are stocking numerous mass finishing machines, which can now be shipped instantaneously.“

Several application and sales engineers at the Grand Rapids office support the existing nine distributors in the United States and Canada, including the subsidiary company in Queretaro, Mexico. At this location Walther Trowal LLC founded the Walther Trowal S.A. de C.V. in January 2020. With initially three employees, this office has also a test lab and a sizable stock of Trowal products.

Christoph Cruse, general sales manager at Walther Trowal in Haan/Germany, explains why the company is further expanding its presence in the Americas: „We see a continuously growing flow of customer enquiries and purchase orders from North as well as South America. Both markets are undergoing a steady growth. With short response times, a large warehouse capacity and intensive on-site technical support, our American customers have perceived us for quite a while as a local player in the field of surface finishing.“

Walther Trowal produces all its mass finishing, shot blasting and coating equipment, as well as compounds and plastic media, at its headquarters in Germany. Ceramic grinding and polishing media are still produced in Great Britain at a facility in Stoke-on-Trent.

Walther Trowal Ltd
Tel: 0121 270 4555
Email: sales@walther-trowal.co.uk


Let´s meet again!

January 22nd, 2021 2:03 pm | by Admin

The international trade fair for grinding technology GrindTec has been held every two years in Augsburg since 1998. It is the major professional meeting place and gives the industry the opportunity to network and discover innovations. Due to the cancellation of the GrindTec 2020, the industry is now missing an important impulse generator and driver.

In the interim years, those with a thirst for knowledge are drawn to Fellbach: the Fellbach Grinding Congress has been the established national platform for knowledge transfer in the industry for 18 years and is the ideal complement to GrindTec. Due to the cancellation of GrindTec 2020, there is currently a great demand for further developments and innovations.

You are invited to take the opportunity to participate in the Fellbach Grinding Congress, which will be held digitally and bilingually this year. Stay in contact with the industry, benefit from the professional knowledge transfer and gather new impulses for your work until the industry finally meets again live.

GrindTec itself will take place again, at the usual date, in March 2022 and will then once again gather international experts and specialists in grinding technology live in Augsburg.

The Fellbacher Grinding Congress: 9th and 10th February 2021
In the last 18 years the Fellbacher Grinding Congress has become the leading information and networking platform for grinding experts and those who would like to become so.

You can expect online a highly qualified, professional exchange as well as a knowledge update that will help you and your company to remain competitive, with simultaneous translation German- English for our international participants

For the programme and registration, visit: www.grindingcongress.com

AFAG Messen und Ausstellungen GmbH
Tel: 0049 821 58982 7000

Altus enters into a new partnership with two market leading equipment manufacturers

January 18th, 2021 10:12 am | by Admin

Altus, a leading supplier of capital equipment in the UK and Ireland, is pleased to announce new partnerships in 2021 with Heller Industries, the market leader in reflow oven technology and Asscon, innovators in vapour phase reflow technology, joining the supplier portfolio.

As electronic products continue to become smaller, more advanced and complex in construction, soldering performance and thermal consistency in production are more of a challenge. The addition of Heller Industries and Asscon will strengthen Altus’ impressive portfolio of equipment for the electronics industry and provide customers with technology to ensure PCBA manufacturing can run efficiently with the best soldering performance across their applications.

“As leaders and innovators in SMD convection and vapour phase reflow systems, we are extremely pleased to have been selected by Heller Industries and Asscon to support both their current installations with our engineering services and new equipment evaluations in the UK,” says Altus CEO Joe Booth.

“It is very important that we partner with forward-thinking companies who can provide our customers with the very best solutions for their needs, both Heller Industries and Asscon do just that. The added benefit of both suppliers is the breadth of their ranges, they both offer systems from NPI volume through to high volume and commercials that mirror the level automation.

“Asscon vapour phase reflow systems have been designed for highly flexible soldering of complex PCBA assemblies, an area that will only continue to grow in our region. The innovative equipment offers several advantages during the manufacture of electronics including the consistency and penetration of heat across the most complex of PCBAs in the soldering process thanks to Galden.

“Soldering electronic components to PCBs requires high temperatures. Lead-free soldering makes the process even more difficult as it requires extremely high temperatures and shorter reflow times. Asscon’s vapour phase reflow technology ensures the PCB and components are exposed to the lowest possible maximum temperatures required for accurate soldering, therefore, there is no overheating of the assemblies. Asscon’s systems feature cutting edge technology with their variable temperature gradient control in saturated vapour. These systems provide process reliability and repeatability and will ensure the soldering process is completed efficiently.

“An important benefit of Heller Industries’ technology to the UK market are their broad range heating zone configurations. These systems also support customers from entry level NPI volumes, through to the fastest throughput needed in automotive environments both with and without vacuum. Electronics’ manufacturers are seeking a high-performance oven at positive NPV and with Heller’s designed range, there is a system for all environments and budgets. In our view the Heller range packs the most performance available into each pound spent.

“We are looking forward to introducing our UK customer base to the Heller Industries and Asscon range of products during 2021.”

To download the new Altus brochure and view the equipment from Heller Industries and Asscon, visit www.altusgroup.co.uk.

The Altus Group was formed in 2001 to support the UK and Irish market for Surface Mount Technology, capital equipment for every process, peripheral equipment, spares and consumables and most importantly excellent service support.

The Altus Group product line has evolved over the years with carefully selected suppliers who offer ‘best in class’ products at cost effective prices, from world leading brands.

The Altus Team has a network of highly skilled technical sales specialists, applications and service engineers, providing local support across the UK and Ireland.

In 2005 sister company Danutek was formed with offices in Hungary and Romania to service the needs of local customers and multi-national companies with manufacturing facilities in the Central and Eastern European marketplace.

Altus Group Ltd
Tel: 01386 791074
Email: sales@altusgroup.co.uk


MecWash AVD commissioned for Nightingale hospital supplier

January 18th, 2021 10:07 am | by Admin

Duncan Riches, stores manager at BNOS Meditech, with the AVD at Meditech’s production facility in Halstead, Essex


MecWash has announced that it has supported the healthcare industry during the coronavirus pandemic by supplying BNOS Meditech with a new AVD ultrasonic washer.

North Essex-based medical equipment specialists Meditech supplied medical oxygen equipment to the Nightingale hospitals during the peak of the pandemic and turned to MecWash for its cleaning requirements, following a dramatic increase in demand caused by COVID-19.

The medical equipment specialist markedly increased production of medical gas regulators, flow meters and resuscitators throughout 2020, and the requirement to upscale its cleaning capabilities resulted in the purchase and commissioning of a new MecWash AVD machine.

Stores manager at Meditech, Duncan Riches says: “It has been an extremely busy year production-wise for our complete range of products. At the busiest time we saw an increase in business of around two years’ worth of orders in the space of 10 days and our existing ultrasonic washer wouldn’t cope with the demand. Our new MecWash machine takes a huge quantity of parts compared to our last one.”

The exacting requirements of cleanliness for parts in the healthcare industry meant Meditech turned to MecWash for a machine to aid removal of machining swarf and oils from the production process.

Duncan Riches comments: “If the parts aren’t cleaned properly, there may be remnants of swarf from the production process. Given the items we produce are for resuscitators and oxygen regulators, the last thing we need is contamination of the oxygen supply. The cleaning quality of the MecWash machine gives us full confidence that everything we produce is cleaned to the highest of standards.”

MecWash has a long history of supplying companies within healthcare and the production of healthcare devices, both in the UK and overseas.

MecWash managing director, John Pattison enthuses: “We’re delighted to have played a part in supporting the healthcare industry during an incredibly challenging year. Immaculate cleaning of parts is crucial in medical applications, and MecWash has an excellent reputation for facilitating this, having previously supplied machines to clean items ranging from knee replacement and other orthopaedic implants, to parts for dental systems.” Established in 1993, MecWash Systems Ltd specialises in the design and manufacture of a complete range of aqueous parts cleaning and degreasing systems for metal and plastic engineering components. Its capabilities include laboratory analysis of complex component cleaning issues and specifying or developing specialist detergents, plus the ability to design special processes and parts washers for particularly difficult cleaning challenges.

MecWash parts washers are used in the aerospace, automotive, defence, general engineering and medical industries. It specialises in achieving high cleanliness standards for components with intricate geometries, difficult substrates or tenacious contaminants. Its parts washers support the full range of engineering processes, including machined castings, forgings, turned parts, pressings, extrusions and mouldings.

For more information about MecWash product ranges, contact:

MecWash Systems Ltd
Tel: 01684 271600
Email: enquire@mecwash.co.uk


KLINGELNBERG honours 21 employees for long-term service

January 18th, 2021 10:00 am | by Admin

KLINGELNBERG employees celebrating service anniversaries © KLINGELNBERG


The tradition of honouring Klingelnberg employees for their many years of service continued as always in 2020. The service anniversary awards took place in small groups, with management expressing its thanks to each employee. The official ceremony, which normally takes place at the beginning of the year, will be held at a later date.

In total, the Klingelnberg management honoured twelve employees for their 25 years of service and five employees for their 40 years of service to the company. Another four honorees were even able to look back on 50 years of at the company.

“We are extremely proud to be able to present no less than four awards for over 50 years of service to the company. Such long-term loyalty is not something we can take for granted in this day and age,” says Martin Boelter, COO of the KLINGELNBERG Group.

Christoph Küster, CFO of the KLINGELNBERG Group, adds: “A big thank-you to all our colleagues for their commitment and dedication over the years. With their technical expertise, our employees have played a substantial role in making us a leading company in the gear industry. At the same time, the broad range of professional fields at our company shows just how much combined know-how there is in mechanical engineering.”

In 2020, Klingelnberg addressed the big trends, including Industry 4.0, automation and electric drive concepts. New developments and advancements in particular machine and software components attest to Klingelnberg’s proven innovative strength as a system supplier that knows how to set standards with new technologies, ultra-efficient production processes and Industry 4.0-capable complete solutions.

Already a winner of the prestigious Best of Industry Award 2018 for its Cyberphysical Production System in the Industry 4.0 category, Klingelnberg succeeded again this year in winning over trade journal MM Maschinenmarkt’s jury of experts for the Best of Industry Award 2020. There was an online reader vote, which accounted for 50 percent of the judging process, before the jury selected the winner. Only select prize-winning industrial products were eligible for the nomination. Klingelnberg was among the lucky winners, receiving accolades in the MeasuringTechnology category for its Complete Measurement in a Single Stage – Done-in-One solution.

In addition, due to the large number of cancelled exhibitions in 2020, Klingelnberg took the initiative of launching its own WebSeminar series. Experts gave talks on a broad range of topics in the areas of measuring technology, cylindrical gears, and bevel gears. There was tremendous interest in the 60-minute live sessions, providing Klingelnberg the opportunity to welcome participants from all over the world.

Founded in 1863, the machine manufacturing firm Klingelnberg is one of the leading companies in the gear industry. Thanks to numerous innovations in the areas of calculation, production, and measuring technology, Klingelnberg considers itself a leader in this industry. With its acquisition of Höfler Maschinenbau GmbH’s core business in 2012, Klingelnberg added machines for machining cylindrical gears to its range of products, reinforcing its position as an integrated systems provider.

Headquartered in Zurich, the machine manufacturing firm currently develops and manufactures at its sites in Zurich, Hückeswagen and Ettlingen. The company also maintains a presence with sales and service offices and numerous marketing agents all over the world. Klingelnberg solutions are used in the automotive, commercial vehicle, and aviation industries, as well as in shipbuilding, the wind power industry, and the general transmission manufacturing industry. Applicationsrange from vehicle drives, aircraft turbine engines and cement mill gear units to drive systems for ships and oil rigs.

With over 200 patent grants, the company continuously demonstrates its capacity for innovation. Above and beyond this, its 14001 certification and participation in the VDMA’s Blue Competence initiative give credence to the company’s sustainable, environmentally sound business practices.

Tel: 0049 2192 81470






January 18th, 2021 9:54 am | by Admin

At the end of July 2020, the TYROLIT Group acquired Bibielle S.p.A., a leading manufacturer of high quality three-dimensional abrasive material, closing the product gap in surface conditioning.

As a leading provider of grinding and dressing tools, TYROLIT already offered a comprehensive portfolio of grinding solutions for many industries. Now, with the integration of the highly specialised Bibielle assortment, TYROLIT is able to meet all grinding, polishing, finishing and surface conditioning needs, down to the most niche customer requirements.

The basic raw material fibre is produced in-house and is used in countless non-woven (fleece) applications as well as in surface conditioning materials. This keeps the supply chain compact and short and also makes for great strategic growth potential outside of traditional target industries.

A wide range of products for finishing, masking and satin finishing, combined with high tear resistance, provides customers with the means for the best finish wherever a perfect surface is required. This includes, but is not limited to, design objects, surgical instruments, aircraft engines and turbine components, vanes, metal parts for boats, tanks and processing tools for chemicals and food, cutlery and jewellery.

Last year, the TYROLIT POWER assortment was further extended with D105 REMOVAL strips. The D105 REMOVAL strips consist of electroplated diamonds on a polyethylene backing stabilised by natural brushes. With these new rougher strips, it is possible to remove more material faster and still follow the surface.

The smooth transition of Bibielle S.p.A into the TYROLIT Group ensures that no know-how is lost and resources and insights are pooled to create an even stronger market position. Both TYROLIT and Bibielle customers will profit from the acquisition through the creation of a one-stop shop and a widened sales network.

The experts are working closely together to realise the huge potential for growth by making use of many synergies, especially in the area of research and development.

TYROLIT is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of grinding and dressing tools, as well as a system provider for the construction industry. Headquartered in Schwaz, Austria, the family-owned business combines the strengths of being a part of the dynamic Swarovski Group with over a century’s worth of individual corporate and technological experience.

Tel: 01788 823738
Email: john.willis@tyrolit.com


RK International celebrates 70 years in 2021

January 15th, 2021 10:04 am | by Admin

Managing director John Schwarz looks back with pride

I am sure I can speak for many with us at these difficult times, when I say that we can all do with some positivity in our working lives and it is with great pleasure and pride that I look forward to sharing a few memories with you over the course of 2021, as RK celebrates its 70th year.

Back in 1951, my grandfather and former World War 2 Spitfire pilot Ray Schwarz, identified a void in the manufacturing sector for supplying tools and equipment. Based in South London, he approached his mother and my great grandmother, Kath, with a business proposal to start a company supplying this type of equipment, and with that RK began its business.

In the coming weeks and months, via the News section on our website and our social media channels, I hope you join me as we reminisce on earlier machine tool developments and changes in technology, along with stories from our industry and including a visit to RK’s facility by the Prime Minister.

If you or any of your colleagues have any memories or stories that you would like to share, of your dealings with RK, Ray Schwarz or my father, Mike Schwarz, please feel free to get in contact with me.

RK International Machine Tools Ltd
Tel: 01322 447611
Email: johnschwarz@rk-int.com


New chapter at Ellesco promises new focus and growth

November 24th, 2020 12:54 pm | by Admin

After 40 plus years under the stewardship of the Simonis family, Christchurch-based metal finishing specialist, Ellesco, is now under new ownership, with Guy Newton returning to the business after taking a controlling interest from Vincent Simonis and his family.

This new chapter in this long-established, market leader, will inject a combination of fresh capital and enthusiasm to the business and comes with plans to double machine sales within 2-3 years, which Guy is confident of achieving. This ambitious sales growth will be supported by a raft of new approach to financing of machines and customer support. The innovative approach will see greater flexibility for customers in terms of staged payments, extended warranties and service, among many other developments, such as offering best practice pricing to facilitate the use of old machines in part exchange for new ones.

“I am grateful to have the opportunity to progress Ellesco into its next chapter after over 40 years of success under both Leonard and Vincent Simonis. Returning to a known business, one with a long history and large customer base, has been an opportunity I embrace with enthusiasm. Ellesco will be reinvigorated with the new investment and plans for quicker lead-times through higher stock are already in hand.

Also, with over 2,000 operational machines in the UK and our own team of manufacturer trained service engineers, we are looking to enhance our service offer through more flexible packages, delivering greater value to the customers. In addition, service packages can be managed to provide extended warranties on new machines.

“I am grateful for the support of Timesavers and other long-term suppliers and look forward to our experienced team delivering improvements for the customers and, of course, seeing everyone again at MACH 2022.

Of course, while some things change, others remain the same with the core of Ellesco’s business concentrated on the Timesavers/Grindingmasters range of deburring and surface finishing machines. Here, the number of machines in stock and available for live or virtual demonstrations will be increased. Ellesco will also be developing a range of service packages that can be tailored to suit individual customers ranging from a general once a year service to multiple service visits and discount structures on consumable supplies and extended warranties.

Ellesco Ltd
Tel: 01202 499400
Email: general@ellesco.co.uk

Mirka’s decade of tooling evolution

November 24th, 2020 12:47 pm | by Admin

Mirka’s award winning Power Tools division is celebrating its 10th birthday. In the last decade, this team has been at the cutting-edge of technology advancement and has created the DEROS sanders, which are two of the most ergonomic and easy-to-use sanders on the market and are amongst Mirka’s best selling products.

The division, founded after the success of the CEROS in 2009, highlighted to Mirka that a dedicated Power Tools division was required to help anticipate and fast track the development process of future products.

Caj Nordström, Mirka product development manager, says, “Developing new products and working with new technology has always been my passion. Mirka is well known for manufacturing abrasives, but abrasives are only a part of the complete picture when it comes to sanding. They are best matched with tools that have been designed for them to give the best possible result, and as our engineers are not just theoretical people, we like to use the products ourselves.”

The Power Tools Division has won many awards for its products over the past decade and Caj Nordström says: “Winning our first award told us we had got the design right, but the most important feedback of course comes from end users, who work with our power tools every day. The tool must be perfect for the user.”


Mirka (UK) Ltd
Tel: 01908 866100
Email: enquiries@mirka.com

KLINGELNBERG nominated for German Innovation Award 2021

November 24th, 2020 12:25 pm | by Admin

Machine manufacturer Klingelnberg has been nominated for the German Innovation Award 2021 with its “Done-in-One – Complete Measurement in a Single Stage” solution.

The German Innovation Awards honour products and solutions that distinguish themselves from earlier solutions primarily by their user centricity and added value. The German Innovation Awards are granted by the German Design Council, enacted into law by the German Parliament in 1953 and funded by the Federation of German Industries (BDI).

The nominated solution

With its “Done-in-One – Complete Measurement in a Single Stage” solution, Klingelnberg will enter the “Machine and Engineering” category in the “Excellence in Business to Business” competition class. The company’s approach is to perform various measurement processes in a single stage as one complete measurement (“Done-in-One”), all in the immediate production environment.

A Klingelnberg Precision Measuring Center (G variant) has rapid measurement capability for dimensions, shape, contour and surface roughness in one automated cycle. By combining measurement tasks traditionally performed on up to four different devices, it is possible not only to lower investment costs but also to decrease setup times and reduce quality costs.

The integration of measuring technology into the immediate production environment in particular helps to increase the productivity and output of the production plants.

“We are honoured to have secured a nomination for the German Innovation Award 2021 with the same award-winning solution that earned us the Best of Industry Award from MM Maschinenmarkt in June 2020,” remarks a delighted Martin Boelter, CTO of the KLINGELNBERG Group. “The nomination is a testament to our strong capacity for innovation. It is also evidence of our recognition in the market.”

The jury is made up of independent interdisciplinary experts from industry, science, institutions and finance. The submissions are judged on the criteria of innovation, benefit to users, and economic efficiency. The winners will be announced in February 2021.

Founded in 1863, the machine manufacturing firm Klingelnberg is one of the leading companies in the gear industry. Thanks to numerous innovations in the areas of calculation, production, and measuring technology, Klingelnberg considers itself a leader in this industry. With its acquisition of Höfler Maschinenbau GmbH’s core business in 2012, Klingelnberg added machines for machining cylindrical gears to its range of products, reinforcing its position as an integrated systems provider.

Headquartered in Zurich, the machine manufacturing firm currently develops and manufactures at its sites in Zurich, Hückeswagen and Ettlingen. The company also maintains a presence with sales and service offices and numerous marketing agents all over the world.

Klingelnberg solutions are used in the automotive, commercial vehicle and aviation industries, as well as in shipbuilding, the wind power industry and the general transmission manufacturing industry. Applications range from vehicle drives, aircraft turbine engines and cement mill gear units to drive systems for ships and oil rigs.

With over 200 patent grants, the company continuously demonstrates its capacity for innovation. Above and beyond this, its 14001 certification and participation in the VDMA’s Blue Competence initiative give credence to the company’s sustainable, environmentally sound business practices.


UK Agent:
Tel: 01352 758840
Email: mark@micronz.com