Rainford embraces the 'engineers of tomorrow' at MACH 2016
Students and apprentices are sometimes perceived by MACH exhibitors as the 'bus-load of kids that take all the goodies', but Rainford Precision was genuinely impressed by the calibre of the 'youngsters' who visited its stand at MACH 2016 to see the latest in micro-machining and micro-tooling technology.
Regarded as the industry benchmark when it comes to micro-machining, Rainford Precision used MACH 2016 to educate the marketplace; and the apprentices were as keen to learn as the serious buyers. As Rainford Precision's Managing Director, Mr Arthur Turner said: "The aim was to 'be informative' and make engineers realise what is easily achievable when operating within optimal parameters. Many visitors were having difficulty sourcing drills and end-mills in the 0.1 to 0.7mm range, we demonstrated that Rainford is the leading source for small tools and technical expertise and that these small dimensions are what constitute our everyday business. We also had an 8 micron diameter drill on the stand that generated the 'wow factor' among engineers".
"What genuinely impressed us was the line of questioning from apprentices and university students. These 'engineers of tomorrow' are not going to be buying tools from Rainford at MACH for another 10 years, but their line of enquiry at MACH 2016 was truly positive and enlightening."
For the serious buyers and engineers with problems to solve in the more immediate future, the Rainford Precision stand had a multitude of impressive demonstration parts and tools on show. "Our demonstration parts included aluminium and brass components machined on the high-end Kern machining centres. These highlighted the astounding surface finishes and precision that can be achieved by milling with a Kern machining centre. We also had similarly high surface finishes in tungsten carbide (Ra 0.010µm) and 60HRc steel (Ra 0.040µm) parts that were demonstrating the capabilities of the Union Tool range of end-mills on extremely hard materials."
As the first time at MACH representing the US based Air Turbine Tools ®, Rainford Precision took a large amount of enquiries for the hand-held, motor and machine mounted high speed spindles. Whilst the sparks flying from the hand-held tool demonstration attracted the crowds, it was the ability to reduce cycle time and improve productivity by the use of the machine mounted spindles that appealed to users of small and micro sized cutting tools.
Alongside the Air Turbine range was a vast array of new products being introduced to MACH. The innovative new product lines included drills, end mills, thread mills and circular saws from brands such as Iwata, Xactform, Hobe, Louis Belet, Osawa and Union Tool. "These brands are world leaders in micro and hard machining; having these products along with demonstration pieces only served to cement our position as the UK's benchmark in micro and hard machining applications. This reputation is clearly finding traction, as more than ever, this year we had high numbers of MACH visitors seeking out the Rainford stand for solutions. Overall, this contributed to MACH 2016 being a great show for us," concluded Mr Turner.
If you didn't get a chance to make it to MACH, or if you have a query regarding micro-machining, please visit www.rainfordprecision.com to get in touch with a Rainford Precision micro machining expert.