November 17th & 18th 2015 saw the inaugural "World of Stainless Steel" machinery exhibition hosted by sawing specialists Prosaw Limited at their UK technical centre.
The event brought together some of the largest names in the supply of machine tools and consumables such as Danobat - one of Europe's largest machine tool manufacturers, XYZ - A UK leading supplier of machine tools, Fronius - Welding Specialists, Ellesco - Polishing and Finishing equipment, WNT - Cutting tool consumables, K R Saws - Sawing Blades, and Exol - UK's largest independent lubricant company.
Prosaw Sales Director, Robert O'Brien commented:
"There have been some significant developments in the processing of stainless steel bar over recent years and we felt it required a dedicated show focused on these advancements."
Also present during the two days were Paul Barker and Mike Lewus from the British Stainless Steel Association who provided an insight into their role in the UK industry as an advisory body and also updated visitors on the current and predicted future for stainless steels use, showing how world demand for Stainless Steel is growing faster than other major metals.
The event included one of the UK's leading Universities, Cranfield, providing them with the opportunity to show how it is a driving force in the advancement of manufacturing innovation and present its research into specialist welding. Senior Lecturer from Cranfield, Supriyo Ganguly, spoke to visitors about how Cranfield has established internationally leading positions in the fields of additive manufacture, laser welding and processing, residual stress management and advanced arc welding processes.
Amongst the many pieces of equipment on display during the two day event, the hosts Prosaw were demonstrating their CS150S/N which is radically changing the way higher grade alloys can be sawn, which processes 5" diameter 17/4PH Bar in under 50 seconds.
These developments have come through many years of research and development by both Prosaw and Dutch blade manufacturer Kinkelder, which have resulted in materials widely used in the Aerospace industry such as 17/4PH and 15/5PH being processed in a fraction of the time of conventional sawing machinery.
Despite a slowdown in some areas of industry in the UK due to a drop in oil prices and a weaker currency, the show was well supported by companies from a variety of sectors. This demonstrated that there is a need for a dedicated exhibition like this which Prosaw hope will now become a regular annual event to help the UK Stainless Steel market in finding solutions to processing issues.
The event photo album can be found on our Flickr pages.