Save the date for this year’s Austech


Austech, Australia’s premier advanced manufacturing and machine tool exhibition, will host all the world’s leading machine tool builders under one roof at a ceremony scheduled to take place at Melbourne’s Convention and Exhibition Centre from the 26th to the 29th of May 2015.

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Austech will cover the key areas of machine tool and sheet metal working, including CNC machining centres, turning machines, sheetmetal, special purpose machines, laser equipment, ancillary equipment, digital and additive manufacturing and so on.

According to the press release on PR Wire, this year’s event will showcase the latest machine tool configurations and stylings that are notably different and fresh, allowing visitors to experience all the emerging manufacturing opportunities and evolving manufacturing equipment.

“Given the current conditions inside Australia’s metal manufacturing sector, it’s important that business owners and operators can examine the next investment steps in manufacturing technology they must take to rebuild their competitive position in the global arena,” said Phil Hayes, Managing Director of Okuma Australia & NZ.

“The machine tool field has been somewhat difficult for the past three years but that has not prevented us from making available the very latest, market-leading and innovative technology from Okuma.”

Mr Hayes said Okuma will showcase three levels of new technology, including 5-axis machining.

“New advanced technology machine models of 5-axis milling with turning and 10-axis turning with milling, amazing advances in the user-interface of Okuma’s own OSP controller technology and packaged, kit-style automation solutions. These are central to the technology investments Australian manufacturers must make to keep pace with overseas manufacturing trends that are well advanced.”

Investing in new and highly-efficient equipment, automation, training and retraining is paramount to establishing a competent and competitive manufacturing business. However, Mr Hayes said the introduction of a 5-axis machining technology, even in manufacturing businesses that think they don’t have 5-axis work, will further improve the profitability and the competitiveness of any business.

“Every shop has work that would benefit from a 5-axis machine, as a 5-axis machining centre also facilitates 5-sided machining, for instance. Even if there are no parts requiring simultaneous 5-axis work, such as impellers or turbines, the parts produced on 3-axis machines can be more profitable when 5-sided machined on a 5-axis machining centre,” he said.

According to the statement on PR Wire, 5-axis machining, mill-turn or turn-mill machining is just one example manufacturers can take into account when thinking about increasing their shop’s efficiency to remain globally competitive. Companies like Alfex CNC, John Hart, Amada, Headland, GWB, Techni Waterjet or Stratasys will showcase how workpieces can be shaped with additive processes, subtractive processes, and both processes on the same machine. ‘They show how we use lasers, waterjets, ultrasonics, electrical discharges and vibrations to shape and change materials,’ PR Wire.

“As Australia’s premier manufacturing technology event, AUSTECH provides Australian industry with a local opportunity to view and assess new and emerging global technologies with a view to keeping their businesses lean, efficient and competitive,” said John Hart’s Mark Dobrich.

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