PC upgrade package deal

Our latest industrial PC package offers a timely upgrade opportunity in the wake of the WannaCry ransomware attack on Windows operating systems.
Experts believe most of the machines affected were running Windows 7 with some users probably overlooking a crucial security patch issued recently.
The WannaCry exploit is capable of penetrating machines using an unpatched version of Windows XP through 2008 R2 by taking advantage of flaws in Microsoft SMB Server. 
Windows XP and earlier are no longer supported by Microsoft and are a security risk. We recommend that you backup and update your system on a regular basis. It's also important to remember your system is vulnerable to bugs even if you cannot browse the web as there is still a connection by cable or wireless.
Our special deal includes a Siemens, Windows 10 Industrial PC, latest Thompson Welder software, RS Logix 500 or 5000 programming software, a year's free remote software support plus engineering and shipping costs. Click This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out more about the package.

Cylinder maker boosts output with Thompson machine

European hydraulic cylinder manufacturer Kyashif has boosted productivity thanks to a Thompson direct drive rotary friction welding machine. The Bulgaria-based business chose the PR Series model equipped with a KUKA robot so it could speed up the production of joining pre-chromed plated piston rods to rod end connectors at its facility in Dzhebel.
The Thompson machine also met the company's requirements for a compact manufacturing cell which could fit in an area on the shopfloor where space was limited. Kyashif is using the equipment to produce standard and custom cylinders from 40-320mm diameter and up to 6000mm in length.
"Many of Kyashif's potential customers were asking for a friction welded quality joint rather than the alternative arc welding method, in particular, because new alloy metals are more suited to the friction welding process," explained Colin Nicholls, European sales manager.
"Kyashif's owners are delighted that output has been improved, especially with the addition of the robot for the part loading/unloading operation. They're also impressed by the machine's ability to accommodate a wide variety of component sizes," he added.

Machine is stateside bound

North America's largest direct drive rotary friction welding sub-contractor has picked a Thompson machine to boost its capacity. American Friction Welding, based in Brookfield, Wisconsin, will shortly take delivery of the 50 ton model, which will be used to join a wide variety of components up to 8ft in length.
The single-ended machine, which features Thompson's latest software and HMI, new controls and hydraulics, will extend AFW's capabilities for friction welding products typically used in the semi-conductor, defence, electrical and aerospace industries.
New machine features include a self-centring clamp, manual positional backstop, part orientation and an adaptive forge function for accurate length control. A single tool, two-axis flash removal system has also been added for detaching upset from more complex geometries.
This latest machine will bring the number of Thompson friction welders in use at AFW's facility to nine, underlining a relationship which now spans more than 25 years.
"As a quality and technology-driven company, it's important to maintain a competitive edge by having the most up-to-date equipment that not only increases capacity, but also shortens lead times for customers," explained John Fischer, AFW's president. "Thanks to an ongoing commitment to innovative technology and proven reliability at the sale and after the sale, Thompson remains an invaluable supplier," he added.

Largest UK subcon friction welder

Our facility includes a Thompson friction welding machine offering a 150T forge force capability for joining components including drill pipe, pump shafts, valves and piston rods of up to 120mm diameter. 

The machine's long bed means it can join components up to 12 metres in length with a minimum diameter of 50mm and a maximum diameter up to *110mm.
It features 100% in-process monitoring, external flash removal and is automated, with lifting crane for assistance.

Compared with other welding methods, friction welding creates a full, homogeneous bond and 100% quality from first to last batch (unlike manual welding) and is fully repeatable.


* based on structural steel bar

New sales team appointment

KUKA Systems UK has signalled its growth ambitions with the appointment of an experienced automation specialist to its sales team.
Alan Edmonds has joined the automated systems supplier as a projects and technical sales engineer with responsibility for developing new business in a range of sectors from automotive and plastics to food processing and electronics.
He has more than 40 years' experience of working in the manufacturing industry, in particular, in areas such as automation assembly, material handling and robotic applications.
Alan, from Halesowen, has undertaken a variety of sales roles in the last 20 years and was previously a production manager at an automation company. He has a City & Guilds qualification in machining and fitting processes."I'm delighted to welcome Alan, whose strong technical knowledge and extensive sales experience, will be a valuable asset to the team," commented Neal Owen, KUKA Systems UK operations manager.