Funding secured for Innovative R&D project

Innovate UK Research Development Funding

Machine Tool Technologies Ltd (MTT), has secured government backed funding for an exciting new Research and Development project. The £1.2 million project entitled “Modular Machine Tool and Process Simulator for Precision Machining” will focus on producing a predictive software tool that uniquely integrates both machine and machining models to provide prediction and visualisation of component geometry and surface finish.

This R&D project is a collaborative enterprise which will be led by MTT. The consortium is made up of leading machine tool builders, solution providers, academic institutions and end users. The aim of the project is to produce a tool that will enable end users to model the effects of machine, work holding and part flexibilities during the cutting cycle. This will allow better prediction of the quality of manufactured parts, dramatically reducing the time and risk for the development cycle of new products.

The project is a partnership between industrial partners Advanced Manufacturing Ltd, Holroyd Precision Ltd, MTT, MachineWorks Ltd, Reliance Precision Ltd and research leaders the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and the University of Huddersfield.

Steve McVey, Research & Development Manager for MTT, said “This is a very exciting and challenging project. The consortium have a vast knowledge of machine tools from design and manufacture right through metrology and thermal analysis to dynamic analysis of stress, deformation and vibration. We aim to bring all this knowledge together and use it to create a system that will allow users to model the effects of geometry, thermal effects, deformation and vibration on their component. It will also be a new tool for MTT in terms of understanding machine errors and analysing them to a level never before possible”

This funding has been secured from Innovate UK, a government body who fund and support innovative businesses to accelerate sustainable economic growth. They are sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Since 2007 Innovate UK has invested over £3 billion, assisting 5,000 businesses and creating over 35,000 new jobs.

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Helping to shape industry standards

Peter Willoughby, Managing Director of Machine Tool Technologies Ltd (MTT), has become a committee member of the British Standards Institute (BSI). Peter has joined the Machine Tool Accuracy committee, which is responsible for the preparation, revision and amendment of British Standards for the test conditions and accuracy of machine tools.

On becoming a committee member of the BSI, Peter said “This is a fantastic opportunity to gain a greater understanding of sector and industry trends both nationally and internationally and allow us to keep abreast of the latest technical innovations in our field. Working with fellow experts across Europe and Worldwide will allow us to obtain a better insight into why a standard has been developed, provide input into the future development and shape international best practice.”

Standards are a core part of MTT’s business. As part of our Machine Tool Calibration service, we use the latest in metrology techniques to provide detailed analysis of a machine tool’s characteristics. This is carried out using tests based upon standards such as BS ISO 230-2, which covers the determination of accuracy and repeatability of positioning of numerically controlled axes.

The British Standards Institute is the UK’s National Standards Body and is responsible for the production of British Standards and the publication of international and European standards in the UK. There are currently over 1,200 committees, working to produce standards for a variety of industries and business sectors, ranging from engineering and construction to healthcare and nanotechnology.

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MTT joins Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre

Machine Tool Technologies Ltd (MTT) has become a Tier 2 member of The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing. The AMRC is a world class research centre, focusing on advancing machining and materials research for the aerospace and other manufacturing sectors.

MTT are excited to use our machine tool assessment expertise to collaborate on the projects being carried out at the AMRC. Our machine tool performance and capability measurement process, MPEOM, will be used to assist in the research being carried out towards advancing manufacturing technology. Our MPEOM process uses the latest measurement technology to analyse machine performance and optimise machine tool capability.

Dr Sam Turner, Head of Process Technology Group and CTO at AMRC, said “The AMRC are delighted to have Machine Tool Technologies on board as a tier two partner, cementing a strong relationship built up over the last five years. A known and capable machine tool condition is at the heart of productive and robust manufacturing that underpins the AMRC mission and MTT are a leading UK company in machine tool measurement and maintenance. MTT will support the AMRC in rolling out best practice within the AMRC and to our partners and also provide a forward looking approach to machine tool maintenance, calibration and process control.”

The AMRC, founded by the University of Sheffield and Boeing, has over 70 member companies working on collaborative research projects. Their facilities include the landmark Rolls-Royce Factory of the Future building – a 6400 sq m facility which houses an open plan workshops, laboratory and office spaces. The workshop contains advanced machining centres and other manufacturing equipment, where new technologies and processes are being developed.

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MTT launches new website

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new website. We’ve redesigned it with a fresh look & feel and improved navigation to help you find the information you require or get in touch with us more easily.

We trust this new site will enable you to find out all you need to know about Machine Tool Technologies and how we can help your business optimise your CNC/machine tool performance.

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