Collet Blocks provide single or multiple part setups for milling, drilling, grinding, crimping, inspection, testing and assembly environments…

July 28, 2011

Collet blocks can be used horizontally or vertically on mill tables, flat or angled fixture plates, tombstones or rotary trunnions. Sizes are available for the 1C micro medical machining industry up to the 35J mid-range automotive and aerospace industries. Modular collet blocks are compact with a low profile for increased axis travel and for maximum layout of the workspace. A collet can provide certain advantages over a jaw chuck, vise and other clamping methods.

Hardinge offers pneumatic and hydraulic accessories to build your own configurations or we will custom design and build complete turnkey solutions. Call 0116 2869900 or email

View Hardinge Collet Block brochure #2365.

Tombstone example using 16 Tri-Grip Collet Blockshipress3




Hardinge Delivers new series of Quaser MV154 vertical machining centres to Greenway Pepper

July 26, 2011

The machine order was prompted by the production demands of a new contract that will involve between 80 and 90 components per month, with cycle times up to an hour each.

The MV154 proved ideal for this application, with table loading of 500 kg and dimensions of 900 by 500 mm, coupled with axis strokes of 700 mm in X, 530 mm in Y and 560 mm in Z. The machine also has X, Y and Z traverse rates of 40, 40 and 36 m/min and acceleration of 7, 6 and 5 m/sec² respectively.

Accuracy is high, at 0.008 mm helped by hand scraped slideways, however, the machine specification can be improved to 4 microns by incorporating the linear encoder option.

Bridgeport is well known to Greenway Pepper’s production team as they already have five Bridgeport VMCs and a GX600. 

Diversification has brought increased revenue to the subcontractor over the last couple of years, with a move from general subcontract work to being more focused in supplying the medical, defence, food and healthcare industries. As a result, turnover has grown by some 20 per cent to over £1 million, helped by a £250,000 investment in new equipment.

Set up in 1998 Greenway has progressively grown from 10 to 25 people, producing parts from materials as diverse as copper, aluminium, stainless steel, brass and PTFE. With the new contract, which will provide long term gains, the company has confidence to invest and has already changed from single to double shift working to improve machine utilisation.

Rotamic Engineering invests in a Hardinge Bridgeport GX 1000 3-axis vertical machining centre

July 21, 2011

Rotamic specialises in high precision manufacturing with a predominance in aerospace after the company secured AS 9100 accreditation. Its reputation has also spread across a range of specialist manufacturing from motorsport components to specialist medical to one-off and prototype machining.

It was with this diversity in mind that Rotamic purchased the Bridgeport mill with its ‘all-rounder’ capabilities, coupled with higher end specification.

Rotamic’s machine has a 10,000 rpm spindle motor and is equipped with the through spindle coolant option which enhances the machine’s versatility. Through coolant supplies coolant to the cutting edge at 20 bar and allows for faster speeds, enhanced deep hole drilling and blind pocket milling.

The swing arm tool change offers cycles as low as four seconds and Rotamic’s machine was supplied with a Bridgeport tooling package comprising 40 tools. The CNC control is a the latest Fanuc i-Series GX control which offers advanced features such as rigid tapping, tool life management, run time and parts counter as standard.

Gary Squires, production manager at Rotamic, comments: “The team at Rotamic prides itself with a passion for problem solving and efficiency, whatever the size and complexity of a project. The mix that turns average into outstanding is not just a mixture of skill, experience and a passion for engineering but one we support with investment.

“It’s early days yet so we have not been able to put the Bridgeport machine through all of its paces. But we have bought for the future; with our mix of work we have to be able to respond often at very short notice and when you have a machine of this capability with the ease and speed of programming, it’s not difficult to see it is going to be an invaluable investment.”

New Machine Tool Products From Hardinge at EMO 2011

July 20, 2011

Of the seven machine tools being featured on the Hardinge Group stand at EMO, three are brand new designs being exhibited for the first time.

In addition to the machines on our own stand, Hardinge Group is also well represented around the entire event with machines in action on the Becker, Siemens and Marposs stands as well as a FGC-2 Flexible Grinding Centre unit on the Kellenberger stand, a Hardinge sister company in the Group.

New at EMO will be the following machines:-

T-51 SP – a larger diameter version of the highly acclaimed T-42 Super Precision machine. These machines are purpose designed for two axis high precision machining or complex multi-tasking operations that require a very high level of precision. The machining capability of the SP machines is now extended with the introduction of this 51mm bar capacity model.

For machining very small, high precision components the Hardinge GT27 lathe is a tried and trusted performer that is now available with a grinding head option which permits an all-in-one machining cycle of both hard turning and grinding.

The GS42 MS is a CNC lathe that now features a milling and sub spindle in addition to its live tooling, ‘performance plus’ package and tool probe. GS-Series machines are rigid and reliable machines featuring a robust construction, heavy-duty linear guide ways and ball screws and many standard value-added features. A wide range of productivity options ensure a highly versatile machine at a competitive price.

Other machines on the Hardinge stand are the T42 Super Precision, XR760VMC, a GX 710 DT drill and tap VMC and a GX1600 VMC.
Finally, the extensive range of Harding workholding, tool holding and rotary products will be well represented. Among the new accessories on display will be a DD200 direct drive table.

The Hardinge Group stand will be staffed by highly experienced machine tool and productivity experts who will be happy to discuss and demonstrate the many features of the machines on exhibit.

Sign off for HAL project

July 19, 2011

In early June two senior representatives from the Bangalore plant of Hindustan Aeronautics were in attendance at Hardinge in Leicester to formally ‘sign off’ the Bridgeport FGC-2 Flexible Grinding Centre purchased by their company.

Developed and assembled in the UK, the Centre is destined for low and high pressure jet engine nozzle guide vane manufacture in Bangalore and features a fully integrated robotised cell working with a Bridgeport FGC-2 Flexible Grinding Centre.

The five-axis Bridgeport FGC-2 has the rigid construction of a vertical machining centre to capitalise on the distinct advantageof good access for loading and unloading. It can also combine milling and drilling processes within the same cycle as the grinding operation.

 It has undergone extensive proving trials inLeicester during the past few months and Srinivas Rao (HAL Production Technician) and Bhupal Aski (HAL Chief Manager of the Cellular Shop) were present to witness the final trials prior to the machine being stripped down and transported to the Indian plant. It is expected to be in production by early autumn.

 Photographed left to right are

Dorian McKillop – FGC Project Manager

Chris Waterhouse – FGC Sales Manager

Srinivas Rao – HAL Production Technician

Bhupal Aski – Hal Chief Manager of the Cellular Shop 

David Martin – New Machining Process Application Manager

High hopes as Hardinge and Biglia conclude partnership agreement

July 11, 2011

Leicester based Hardinge Machine Tools Limited has announced it has concluded an agreement with E. Biglia & C. S.p.a. for the sales, marketing, distribution and service support interests in the UK and China of the Italian company’s extensive range of CNC lathes and multi axis turning centres.

Biglia is the leading Italian manufacturer of multi axis turning centres and the sixth largest CNC lathe producer in Europe, with over 10,000 units actively in operation around the world.  Now, as part of its ambitions to make a significant impact not just in the UK but also in China, it has agreed that Hardinge will in future represent its interests in these markets.

“The arrangement we have agreed with Biglia means that in future Hardinge has sales, service and technical support responsibility for their machines in the UK and in China,” explains Martin Doyle, Sales and Marketing Manager for Hardinge Machine Tools Limited.

“Both parties are agreed that the potential benefits will be significant,” he adds.
“In many ways this is the completion of the jigsaw with Hardinge taking the opportunity to offer manufacturers in the UK and China an even wider range of products.  In these markets Hardinge now offers machine tools in its own specialised product ranges of Turning, Milling and Grinding with its capability of offering entry level solutions up to and including integrated cells now complemented by the high end multi-tasking Biglia products.”
Mauro Biglia, commercial sales manager of E. Biglia & C. S.p.a. is equally enthusiastic;
“Hardinge is the one of the world’s leading machine tool builders with a great reputation in the market and a significant global presence.  Biglia expects to increase its sales in these two key markets and bring to its customers better support and greater productivity,” he explains.
For a number of years Biglia’s interests in the UK have been looked after by Kenilworth based Whitehouse Machine Tools and Hardinge has embarked on a programme to manage the transition period with existing customers to ensure absolute continuity in sales, service and spares supply.  To this end, Steve Brown, one of Hardinge’s Leicester based Applications Engineers, will assume a special responsibility for the Biglia project – both existing and new business – and he has already been working in Italy to familiarise himself with the products and the Biglia operations.
“For customers looking to machine complex work pieces turned from bar or billets, the Biglia machines offer a superb solution,” adds Martin Doyle.  “For some time Hardinge has been looking for a partner with this expertise in the UK and China to complement its already strong presence in these countries.  We believe the skills, engineering and quality of manufacture that Biglia has within its operation perfectly complement the Hardinge operation. 
“Hardinge offers Biglia a superb opportunity for growth in these two strategic markets and with our sales teams representation, will now bring Biglia to a much wider market, offering customers looking for ‘one hit’ machining solutions a new range of options.
“This is a very exciting development and we look forward to it contributing significantly to both organisations’ sales performance in these key markets,” he concludes. – 65,000 reasons to buy!

July 11, 2011 – 65,000 reasons to buy!

 ShopHardinge, the highly successful USA developed concept for online selection and purchasing of Hardinge workholding, rotary products, tool holders and machine tool accessories is now launched in the UK.

With 65,000 products in its online inventory, the e-commerce web site offers purchasers the opportunity to browse, select and purchase a vast range of products ranging from a simple collet to a sophisticated rotary table. 

Rob Beckett demonstrates the new ShopHardinge logo.

ShopHardinge has been up and running in the USA for the past 2 years so they have first hand operational knowledge of how it works in a live environment,” explains Rob Beckett, Hardinge UK’s Workholding Product Manager.“In adapting the idea for the UK we have had to make changes to the pricing structure and various aspects of the site behind the scenes, but in essence the model is identical and we are now live in the UK.”

 From the customer viewpoint ShopHardinge could not be easier.

 The simplicity of the concept is based on three easy steps – “Log in … Shop … Check out …”

 Customers can charge their purchases to their account in the normal way for monthly billing but there is also the opportunity to purchase via a debit or credit card.

 “There are other areas of the site that will prove particularly helpful to our distributors.” adds Rob Beckett. 

 “After we have allocated them a unique password, as with direct customers they can check stock on line and then purchase what they need without having to phone through.  This will greatly streamline the whole purchasing process and ensure we are in a position to provide exceptional levels of support to ensure customers get the products they want when they want them.

“Regularly purchased items or repeat orders are facilitated by a ‘Quick Shop’ feature that enables a re-order at the click of the mouse and there is an order history section,” he adds.