In the two years since the previous MACH exhibition much has changed at WNT and MACH 2016 provides the perfect platform to highlight the benefits of those changes, which include new products, new systems, and new enhanced customer service. Visitors to its 300M2 stand (5641) will see first-hand how WNT can work with customers to reduce manufacturing costs through use of the latest cutting tool and workholding technology, applications support, and by developing new machining strategies for specific applications.
Among the new cutting tools on show will be the recently introduced range for machining aluminium. Launched in late 2015 the Type W solid carbide aluminium cutters have already been well received and WNT has recently extended the range adding additional flute length and radii options. They are ideal for cutting a variety of light alloy/non-ferrous materials and are available in a variety of geometries, with two styles of ripper cutters among the range. In addition to the ripper cutters the range features a variety of cutter styles including 2, 3, 4, and multi-flute cutters all with geometries developed for cutting light alloy and non-ferrous materials, and feature different helix and rake angles accordingly. These Type W cutters also benefit from new specialist coatings, including DLC, a diamond-like coating or, customers looking for an extremely sharp cutting edge can choose to take cutters uncoated. Customers are already benefitting from these tools and one application will take centre stage on the stand. Talon Engineering is machining the frames (and other components) for the new Ariel Ace motorcycle and it has worked with WNT to develop machining strategies and reduce cycle times by as much as 50 per cent. The frame is a complex free-form design made up of several components, the main two being what Ariel describes as the Wing Ribs. A complete frame will be displayed and WNT’s Applications Sales Engineers will be available to discuss how other customers can benefit from a partnership with WNT.
In addition to a full display of cutting tools and workholding WNT will be highlighting its exceptional levels of customer service and putting it to the test live on the stand with its MACH Deal. Part one of the MACH Deal is that every visitor that registers on the stand will receive a gift bag and by the following morning, via WNT’s logistics centre in Germany, a free gift will arrive at their place of work. In addition any customer ordering £100 (135 Euro) of anything from the WNT catalogue (special tools excluded) at the show will also receive a set of WNT HPC four-flute cutters consisting of a 6, 8, 10 and 12 mm diameter cutter free of charge, a saving of £264.40 on list price. These orders will be processed on the stand and will be delivered before noon the following day to demonstrate the efficiency of WNT’s next day delivery promise.
Of course it can’t be all work and no play so WNT will have on its stand the latest race bike from Team WNT Elite Ladies cycling team, which features components manufactured by WNT customers Hope Technology of Barnoldswick and Rotor from Spain. In addition, the latest creation from British manufacturer, Empire Cycles, the VX8 Downhill bike will also be displayed. WNT has played a major part in refining the manufacture of the headstock for this bike, reducing cycle time by 68 per cent through use of the latest tooling and innovative workholding design. Finally, Moto3 racer Sam Burman will be on the stand all week alongside her new race bike a KTM250, on which she will race for the first time the day before MACH opens its doors.