November 2014

New, quicker destacker for the automotive industry

By | November 2nd, 2014|Uncategorized|

AP&T has produced a new destacker that meets the automotive industry's demand for increasingly rapid production speed. The newly developed destacker can work twice as quickly compared to a conventional destacker, and is intended for use for blanks for large vehicle parts (A-Class) such as doors, ceilings and sides. "The design was developed to correspond to the automotive industry's high demands for short cycle times. It has also been adapted for careful management of materials including aluminum", says Martin Sahlman, who is the Automation Product Manager at AP&T. Our [...]


By | November 2nd, 2014|Uncategorized|

Carbide inserts have been recently introduced to the Hilma MC 100 vice range of vices and jaws from Roemheld which enable end users to hold concentric components on just 3mm in a vice. Roemheld was one of the forerunners in the development of 5-axis vices with the capability to grip safely on just 3mm of material.  As a result, Roemheld has been supplying an extensive range of such machine vices to end users across all market sectors, for many years. Terry O’Neill, Joint Managing Director of Roemheld, said:  “Some end [...]


By | November 2nd, 2014|Uncategorized|

Roemheld has introduced new rotor locks that are designed to deliver increased availability and simplified maintenance to wind power plants   A new, special coating prevents the locking bolt from rusting when not in use for a long period and non-contact position monitoring avoids mechanical wear and extends the life of the component. A permanently corrosion-free coating of the bushings prevents rusting between surface intervals and the need for regular greasing.  As a result, the rotor lock is pernanently ready for use which also reduces the need for plant maintenance.  [...]

October 2014

Group Rhodes host Apprenticeship Awards at The Hepworth Wakefield

By | October 7th, 2014|Uncategorized|

Group Rhodes hosted their Apprenticeship Awards 2014 at The Hepworth Wakefield, on Friday 12 September. In addition to highlighting key successes and personal development, the awards recognise apprentices who have made a significant contribution to their role and department. Training young people and retaining skills has become a critical factor in the development of the UK’s Advance Engineering Sector. Group Rhodes has addressed this challenge by offering apprentices and younger engineers a series of career paths across several engineering disciplines, and in turn has been rewarded by the emergence of [...]


By | October 7th, 2014|Uncategorized|

Roemheld will be launching a new generation of hydraulic clamps, electro-mechanical clamping elements and the latest in magnetic clamping technology at EuroBLECH 2014.  Visitors to the stand will be able to see the next generation of compact yet highly versatile, hydraulically operated wedge clamps.  These incorporate a flexible clamping edge, that increases versatility for use with use with dies with clamping edges between 20mm and 50mm, and a connection diagram.  These compact, hydraulic clamps can offer clamping forces up to 100 KN. For die clamping without oil, Roemheld is launching an [...]

September 2014

Deputy Prime Minister Inaugurates new Group Rhodes Indian facility

By | September 4th, 2014|Uncategorized|

A new Group Rhodes purpose build facility in Bangalore, India will be officially inaugurated today (27th August 2014) by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. Group Rhodes is one of Europe’s largest manufacturers of special purpose machinery for advanced applications in aerospace, metalforming, heavy ceramics, composites, environmental and deep-sea oil and gas sectors, and currently operates from 4 factories in the north of England. Speaking on the new venture, Group Rhodes Managing Director, Mark Ridgway OBE commented, “It is a great honour that the Deputy Prime Minister has agreed to inaugurate [...]

AP&T to give EuroBLECH visitors an insight into its latest 3D technology

By | September 4th, 2014|Uncategorized|

EuroBLECH is Europe's largest trade fair for sheet metal forming and as a leading supplier of production solutions for press hardening, AP&T will naturally be in Hannover October 21-25. At our booth, visitors will have a unique opportunity to see the latest 3D technology from the inside. Our virtual showroom offers you the opportunity to join us on a journey into an advanced press hardening line and see the entire flow – from a sheet metal blank to the finished product – from the inside. In collaboration with our partner, [...]

August 2014

Energy Efficient and Highly Dynamic – Hydraulic Systems from Voith at EuroBLECH 2014

By | August 20th, 2014|Uncategorized|

From October 21–25, 2014, visitors to the EuroBLECH trade fair in Hanover will experience live at the Voith stand (Hall 27, Stand H40) how operators of sheet metal processing systems can save up to 80 % energy in the future, while simultaneously increasing productivity. Voith will be presenting its innovative hydraulic systems under the motto "Saving Energy while Increasing Productivity." The spotlight will focus on the Press Drive Servo Hybrid PSH, the CSH die cushion drive, and the newly developed HDE high-performance punch system. Powering Presses Innovatively – PSH Press [...]


By | August 4th, 2014|Uncategorized|

 When a leading aerospace company decided to invest in green button efficiency, it looked to two global companies to help realise the project.  RINGSPANN UK LTD was chosen to deliver the hydraulic fixtures and Roemheld (UK) Ltd was selected to supply the zero point and hydraulic clamping components. For many years, RINGSPANN UK LTD has been well-known for offering power transmission and workholding products to the aerospace, automotive, rail, medical, power generation and renewable industries, but this contract called upon its project management skills as a complete solution provider. Andrew [...]

July 2014

Leeds Met awards businessman Mark Ridgway OBE an honorary degree

By | July 27th, 2014|Uncategorized|

Respected businessman, Mark Ridgway OBE, DL has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Technology from Leeds Metropolitan University. As Managing Director at the helm of the Wakefield-based organisation Group Rhodes, Mark oversees the group's seven engineering companies serving the aerospace, metal forming, precision engineering, advanced automation, environmental, heavy ceramics and oil and gas markets. Speaking about receiving the award Mark said: "It really is a great honour to receive this award today, the importance of this University in developing the skills we need in our region is essential. "The advice [...]

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