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

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

Liebherr Performance Days Europe: real life meets virtual Tech Arena

November 24th, 2020 12:38 pm | by Admin

Experience gear technology and automation systems virtually from 1st-3rd December 2020

With Performance Days, Liebherr has created an event that is synonymous with innovation, technology and networking. Liebherr will be using the Tech Arena as a platform to present new products, host live talks and a platform for technological exchange.

In the Tech Arena is exclusive information about new products and the current portfolio in the areas of gear technology and automation systems. In addition, contact persons are available for advice on all product areas and help to develop your technical solution.

In the gear technology product area, Liebherr will present first-of-its-kind innovations, such as the LGG 500 generating gear grinding machine and the LK 280 DC gear skiving machine, as well as many others. You can also learn more about the newlydeveloped SECLA clamping technology, which will soon provide a perfectly coordinated clamping concept.

In the area of automation systems, Liebherr is also taking on the challenges presented by technological change and introducing you for the first time to the innovative, automated concept for the assembly of battery packs. From the application cell all the way to the complete system, Liebherr is your one stop shop.

With its web applications and networking methods, Liebherr also offers tailor-made digitalisation solutions for all product areas. The spectrum ranges from simple monitoring applications to far-reaching Industry 4.0 scenarios.

Convince yourself of the solutions, register for the Liebherr Performance Days and step into the virtual Liebherr world. Registration and information can be found at:

Liebherr-Verzahntechnik GmbH
Tel: 0049 831 786 3285

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

ETG to offer gear grinding masterclass with KAPP NILES

November 2nd, 2020 9:12 am | by Admin

From the 16th to the 20th November, KAPP NILES will be hosting a digital event for manufacturers to explore the variety of gear technologies and the latest gear grinding product advancements. As a world leader in this segment, KAPP NILES is allowing UK engineers to explore the digital exhibition booth at while simultaneously running a series of technical seminars.

Exclusively available in the UK from the Engineering Technology Group (ETG), the KAPP NILES brand is renowned worldwide for its ground-breaking technology in the field of gear grinding production technology. So, if you have an interest in this fascinating field, you can visit the digital exhibition or register to participate in one of the technical webinars.

The webinar series will commence on the 16th November with an introduction to Industry 4.0 solutions through the theme of “Proven mechanical engineering geared to innovative IIoT solutions”. Under this motto, KAPP NILES specialists will guide visitors through the world of gear technology. The first webinar over the five-day event will be “What makes a generating grinding machine flexible? Special features of the KNG 350 expert”, an introduction to one of KAPP NILES’ industry-leading gear grinding machines.

On the 17th November, KAPP NILES Metrology Division will host a second seminar “How efficient is high-precision gear measurement?”, providing an overview of the special features of KNM 2X and KNM 9X gear measurement machines. This will be followed on the 18th with a webinar on “How can quality assurance be integrated into the gear finishing process?”. This insight will give practical examples based on an electric vehicle drive.

Seamlessly following this on the 19th November will be a webinar on “How do digital services simplify the use of KAPP NILES machines?” with a discussion on the KN Assist service software platform and its benefits in reducing set-up and production times.

On the final day, KAPP NILES will round-off the event with a webinar on “Which new possibilities does the familiar process offer?” – an overview of ‘Generating Grinding 2020’. Each webinar will be repeated each day and different times to suit the flexibility of the viewer. So, if you have a serious interest in gear grinding technology, follow the link and sign up today.

Engineering Technology Group
Tel: 01926 818418

MACH 2021 falls victim to Covid-19

September 30th, 2020 2:25 pm | by Admin

Despite the sterling efforts of organiser the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) for the MACH 2021 exhibition to go ahead in January as planned, the UK’s largest manufacturing trade event has had to be rescheduled to April 2022.

With the continued uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic and local lockdowns, the MTA decided to consult with its members and exhibitors who had booked a stand at MACH 2021 and gauge their opinion on whether to continue with MACH 2021 in January or carry forward to MACH 2022.

The overwhelming sentiment was that, in order to minimise the risks to visitors and exhibitors and to provide the best possible platform for both, the event should be moved to April 2022.

The event will be held in the same Halls at the NEC from 4th to 8th April 2022.

Roger Barber Publishing fully supports this move and will work hard to keep our readers fully informed about the advantages of the 2022 show.

MTA CEO James Selka says: “We believe that this decision, which has not been taken lightly, is in the best interests of the industry and those who work in it. Our first priority is, of course, the health and safety of the 30,000+ people who will visit and work at MACH.

“In addition, we believe that by moving MACH to April 2022, we will be able to offer a better experience for our visitors, and better value for our exhibitors, rather than holding it in January 2021 with the uncertainty that could still be with us. Add to this the Government’s recent announcement of a pause to the restart of live events and it was felt that a dateline in April 2022 was a much better option.

“In the meantime, visitors who planned to attend MACH 2021 to find out about new technology, look for new suppliers and research new trends will be able to utilise the existing MTA digital platforms. In addition, later this year, we will launch a new, virtual platform which we believe will perfectly complement the live show in 2022.

“We’re grateful to the NEC for working with us to facilitate this move and we look forward to welcoming visitors to MACH 2022 where they will be able to experience the best of modern manufacturing technology under one roof.”

All exhibitors booked for MACH in January 2021 have been offered the same space at the event being held on the new dates and the MTA is already in contact with exhibitors to discuss their participation. However, should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the organisers:

Tel: 020 7298 6243


Clean air from just £0.26 per employee per day

May 12th, 2020 12:31 pm | by Admin

There’s not much you can buy for £0.26 these days, but it can buy you a breath of fresh air!
Leading industrial air cleaning specialist Filtermist Systems Ltd’s brand-new ATLAS service programme aims to make it as hassle free as possible for UK manufacturers to ensure their employees are breathing clean, safe air.

From as little as £0.26 per employee per day, based on a facility with 25 employees, with up to 10 Filtermist units requiring four site visits per year in a Bronze contract.

Filtermist can provide a bespoke service that includes routine and reactive maintenance, and thorough examination and testing (TExT) for Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) systems, so employers can be confident they’re protecting their workforce from hazardous airborne contaminants and operating in compliance with relevant HSE regulations including COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health).

COSHH regulations require all LEV systems to be thoroughly examined and tested by a competent person at least once every 14 months, sometimes as frequently as once every month depending on the nature of the application.

“The current situation resulting from COVID-19 means cashflow is even higher on the agenda for most businesses than usual,” comments UK LEV and Service sales manager, Carl Latham. “ATLAS is designed to make it more manageable for customers to ensure they’re ticking that all important box of protecting their people and remaining compliant with HSE and Environment Agency Regulations, whilst keeping an eye on the bottom line.”

Signing up to an ATLAS contract also means customers no longer have to remember to book regular services and LEV tests. This is all handled by Filtermist’s dedicated service team.

The ATLAS programme includes packages tailored for oil mist, dust, fume and spray LEV systems across three service levels: bronze, silver and gold, enabling customers to choose the best option for their specific requirements. Each level can be paid for annually, quarterly, or monthly under contracts with periods that vary between 12 and 36 months, depending on the customer’s requirements.

All packages include service visits, an annual LEV test, a dedicated account manager and a 24hour response time for all breakdowns. Silver and gold levels offer additional benefits including weekend callouts, breakdown voucher visits, and even filter consumables in some cases.

“The name ATLAS comprises the first letter of each word that this service includes: Agreement for TExT of LEV, Aftersales and Service, meaning support/prop,” continues Carl Latham. “This is particularly fitting, as this is exactly what the ATLAS service aims to do, support our customers to ensure they provide clean air for their workforce with no admin headaches.”

Full details including a breakdown of each service level can be found at

 Established in Shropshire in 1969, Filtermist’s ethos is to protect people by ensuring cleaner, safer, more productive working environments. The company, part of the Swedish Absolent Group, provides an extensive range of products and services designed to ensure the air in production facilities is free from contaminants such as oil mist, oil smoke, dust, fume and VOCs. If left in the atmosphere airborne particles can be hazardous to health and can pose a fire and slip risk.

Filtermist is best known for manufacturing a range of compact, quiet and efficient oil mist filters which are trusted by world leading manufacturers in more than 60 countries.

In the UK, Filtermist offers a turnkey service that includes initial consultation and project planning, extraction system design, specification, equipment manufacture and supply, installation and commissioning.

Recent acquisitions mean the company is now responsible for a number of product brands in addition to Filtermist oil mist filters. These include Dustcheck process filters, venting filters and dust collectors, Gallito paint finishing solutions, FastClip ducting, XS Automation control panels and Ecogate energy saving technology.

Filtermist is also the UK distributor for sister company Absolent AB and offers comprehensive aftersales services including filtration consumables, COSHH compliant LEV testing, air monitoring and extraction system maintenance throughout the UK.

Filtermist International Ltd
Tel: 01952 290500












Guyson provides critical cleaning machines for ventilator challenge

April 27th, 2020 3:16 pm | by Admin

Guyson International Ltd, the UK’s foremost industrial finishing equipment manufacturer, based in Skipton, North Yorkshire, is urgently building precision cleaning equipment for the VentilatorChallengeUK Consortium. A consortium of significant UK industrial, technology and engineering businesses from across the aerospace, automotive and medical sectors has come together to produce medical ventilators for the UK.

Guyson manufactures its Kerry branded ‘Microsolve 250’, a solvent based ultrasonic cleaning machine, which provides precision cleaning of components used in the ventilators and at present supplies them to one of the OEM ventilator makers. The Microsolve 250 Mono-Solvent system has three process stages, comprising of ultrasonic cleaning, followed by vapour rinsing and freeboard drying. Crucially the cleaning process utilising the Guyson System is already cleared by regulators and can support immediate upscaling of production.

The VentilatorChallengeUK consortium is committed to support the NHS’ requirements to treat coronavirus patients and Companies in the consortium have now received formal orders from the Government in excess of 10,000 units.

Having already supplied two existing demonstration units to the consortium, Guyson is now focusing its attention on the manufacture of new systems. Guyson employees have been diverted to this critical manufacturing task and are working longer shifts and committed itself right throughout the Easter period to deal with production of the machines. The first of the new units will follow the most recent refurbished system in 2-3 weeks, a manufacturing lead time which is usually 8-10 weeks.

Guyson has liaised very closely with members of the VentilatorChallengeUK consortium, who have offered their own resources to facilitate the fastest possible delivery. Ultimately Guyson has reacted manfully and been able to call on its own supply chain and business partners and rise to the challenge.

Mark Viner, MD of Guyson’s Blast & Wash Divisioncomments: “The response from the team here at Guyson has been immense. Everyone is very much aware of the importance of this initiative and is keen to do their bit. Our welders, fabricators, fitters, electricians and test engineers offer literally whatever it takes to get the job done. Two of our team have even made the 10-hour round trip to our electro-polishing supplier, a critical part of the Microsolve manufacturing process saving us valuable assembly time.”

“I’m very proud of the response from the Guyson team and we are all grateful to be able to play a small part in support of the real heroes on the front line in the battle with the Coronavirus.”

Guyson International Ltd
Tel: 01756 799911

MicroCare offers new surface cleaners amid Coronavirus outbreak

April 24th, 2020 11:39 am | by Admin

As the world sees the Coronavirus (COVID-19) have a greater impact on the availability of traditional cleaning products used in the manufacturing process, many industries are looking for ways to effectively clean their products and workplaces. In response to those customer requests, MicroCare is expanding its line of surface cleaners in Europe. The purpose is to provide customers with reliable and effective fluids to keep surfaces clean.

“The Coronavirus outbreak led us to evaluate our product line and to identify those products that can be helpful to our customers,” says Scott Wells, MicroCare general manager for Europe. “We have a new product that is ideal for cleaning surfaces.”

The new MultiClean™ MultiTask Surface Cleaner Spray provides safe and high purity cleaning in almost any production environment. It effectively cleans a variety of working surfaces including tables, tools, machinery, gauges, keyboards, mobile phones and more.

It features a 70 percent high purity IPA (Isopropyl Alcohol) and 30 percent D.I. (Deionised) water mixture that evaporates more slowly, allowing the cleaning fluid to remain on surfaces longer, for better cleaning.

The new aerosol spray cleaner removes flux and white residue from circuit boards, solder paste and uncured epoxy residues from stencils, fingerprints, grease and light oils commonly found in medical device and electronics manufacturing. With excellent materials compatibility, it is safe to use on a variety of metals and plastics.

“When used with MicroCare General Purpose Wipes or Stencil Wipes, the new MultiClean MultiTask Surface Cleaner provides an effective way to help keep manufactured product and facilities clean,” adds Scott Wells.

MultiClean MultiTask Surface Cleaner is manufactured by MicroCare in the UK, facilitating faster delivery to all users throughout Europe.

Since 1983, MicroCare has been the leading manufacturer of cost-effective, environmentally-progressive products for precision cleaning, coating and lubrication. These products are supplied to a wide variety of industries, such as electronics, metal finishing, transportation, photonics, medical devices and aerospace with a goal of helping clients improve their own products, their quality and their processes.

MicroCare also features an on-site critical cleaning lab and a team of experienced field technicians to help companies to use these products properly, safely and economically.

MicroCare Corporation has an ISO 9001-2015 registered quality system and is continually improving and expanding its innovative range of products ensuring it is the favored choice globally. MicroCare Corporation includes MicroCare Sticklers™ and MicroCare Medical™ among its many brands.

MicroCare Europe (UK)
Tel: 0113 350 1008

Riley Surface World supplies critical machinery to VentilatorChallengeUK

April 24th, 2020 11:34 am | by Admin

Rileys Surface World is proud to have supported the VentilatorChallengeUK Consortium with the delivery of two machines critical to the manufacture of ventilators for the fight against Covid-19.

Rolls Royce PLC and GKN Aerospace each have a Kerry Microsolve 250M Ultrasonic Cleaning Machine delivered to their design and manufacturing plants in Filton (Bristol, UK) and Cowes (Isle of Wight, UK), supplied by Riley Surface World.

These quality machines use ultrasonic frequencies to clean parts to a very high specification, essential to parts used in the manufacture of ventilators for medical use.

Many of the consortium members are long term customers and the trust earnt by Rileys Surface World has played a significant role in ensuring rapid delivery of these machines.

“We really appreciate all the stops you’ve pulled out for us on this,” says Martin Williams, chief industrialisation engineer, Rolls-Royce UK.

“I couldn’t be happier. This will make a world of difference to our production flow,” says Glyn Lavell ChPP| programme manager, GKN Aerospace UK

The supply of these machines demonstrates the strength of Riley’s team even in these difficult times.

The first used Kerry 250M was available from stock in Riley’s 5,000 m2 warehouse, having been bought from Thales UK in January to ensure availability of these popular machines.

This machine has been supplied refurbished by Riley’s in-house engineering team in conjunction with long term partner CRV controls. A range of critical spares, commissioning and training is also being supplied alongside the guarantee to confirm Riley’s commitment to supporting the consortium and the NHS.

The second used Kerry 250M machine was sourced from Riley’s industry network as soon as a need was identified across the VentilatorChallengeUK Consortium. Once found, Riley’s moved quickly to place the machine with GKN Aerospace over just one weekend.

Riley Surface World thanks its key partners in recognising the importance of these machines and supporting their rapid delivery. CRV Controls has provided engineering support and on-site commissioning and training. The hauliers have also been excellent support responding same day because of the speed of delivery of this project.

The VentilatorChallengeUK consortium includes leading UK industrial, technology and engineering businesses from across the aerospace, automotive and medical sectors such as Airbus, BAE, Ford, GKN, Rolls Royce, Thales and McLaren F1.

The consortium has come together to produce medical ventilators for the UK. The UK Government has placed orders for ventilators to be delivered as soon as possible and the consortium is making rapid progress.

Ventilators are essential to the NHS and the consortium is supporting existing suppliers to expand production and adding new Rapidly Manufactured Ventilator Systems to the supply chain.

Riley Surface World was established in 1968. It has developed from a traditional machinery merchant into a global marketing platform for the surface finishing industry. It has a huge range of new and used plant and machinery in stock and online, and provides technical consultancy, factory clearances, decommissioning, online auctions and a wide range of asset realisation services to companies worldwide.

For further information, contact:

Riley Surface World
Tel: 01922 458000