Group Rhodes demonstrates latest technologies at MACH 2022

Birmingham NEC, Hall 6 stand 616 within the MMMA METALWORKING VILLAGE

4th - 8th APRIL 2022


Group Rhodes will be showcasing a number of new innovations at MACH 2022 alongside group companies Rhodes Interform and Atkin Automation. The stand will feature as part of the MMMA Metalworking Village.


Rhodes Interform will be demonstrating its latest machine designs through Virtual Reality (VR), enabling visitors to experience the company’s new game engine architecture and take an interactive journey into the latest innovations in the company’s metalforming and composite portfolio.


Group Rhodes has recently introduced VR throughout its group companies, allowing customers to not only visualise project technology but also to assess practical aspects of the installation such as machine access, serviceability and equipment positioning.


Mark Ridgway OBE, CEO of Group Rhodes, said: “MACH 2022 is a superb platform for us to demonstrate our extensive capabilities in the composite and metal forming industries.  Our experienced Rhodes Interform and Atkin Automation staff will be discussing how we can help manufacturers to meet their equipment requirements, using our expertise gained from almost 200 years in the metalforming industry.  We are also looking forward to highlighting through VR technology some of our latest innovations and the major benefits they offer to companies operating in the metal and composites sectors.”

Alongside Rhodes Interform, sister company Atkin Automation will be promoting its large portfolio of coil processing machinery, which includes a comprehensive range of Servo Roll Feeds. The current models reflect 40 years of design experience and accommodate material widths from 30mm up to 1500mm and thicknesses from 0.2 to 8mm. Grit blasted roll diameters of 60, 70,100,127 & 160mm cater for all applications.


All Atkin feed units feature torque shaft upper roll pivots with a Regen grip system and backlash free servo gearbox transmission. Controls are via a user friendly colour touchscreen control system with a facility to store relevant feed data including pitch length, speeds and cam angles (with optional electronic cambox) against an alpha numeric part code. The system can be upgraded to include multi-pitching software with tool ‘gag’ control.


At MACH22, Atkin will be demonstrating the RF70-300 Servo Rollfeed (70mm dia. rolls x 300 mm wide). It offers a manual height adjustable press mounting bracket, pneumatic pilot/strip release system and electronic cambox.  Entry rolls and material side guides come as standard with this machine, with options of motorised height adjustment and bespoke press or floor standing brackets. Soft and surface sensitive materials can also be accommodated with the inclusion of either chrome or Febrofen coated rolls.


As well as equipment manufacture, Group Rhodes will also be highlighting its comprehensive aftermarket service, delivered as the OEM for Rhodes, Atkin Automation, Fielding, Berry, Chester, John Shaw, HME, Bentley, Cowlishaw Walker, Kinghorn, Steco, and other manufacturers’ equipment.


About Rhodes Interform

Rhodes Interform’s composite machinery is used to produce structural components for production road cars as well as flight critical components for a variety of aircraft. The company also offers a wide range of hot and cold forming technologies for specialist metalforming applications across several industrial sectors.


As well as manufacturing state-of-the-art presses, Rhodes Interform reconditions and upgrades its extensive range of existing machines at a fraction of the cost of buying new, as well as undertaking refurbishment work on equipment of other makes. The company can also offer full PLC or CNC control system upgrades with software designed to meet the individual requirements of each customer.


All Rhodes Interform’ s machinery is supported by a comprehensive aftermarket spares and service team which maintains the company’s equipment throughout the world.


About Atkin Automation

Atkin Automation, part of Group Rhodes, is a leading manufacturer of material handling equipment for the metalforming market. The company, originally known as WT Atkin, is renowned for the high quality of its coil processing line equipment and has a long history of serving both UK and international markets in sectors as diverse as automotive, white goods and construction.


About Group Rhodes

The parent company, Group Rhodes boasts a 200 year metalforming machinery history and has manufactured equipment for the forming of composite materials from as early as the 1930s. In addition, the group operates divisions in the heavy ceramics and material handling sectors and has won Queen’s Awards for both Innovation and International Trade in recent years.


About MACH 2022

MACH 2022 is the UK’s largest showcase for advanced engineering and manufacturing, attracting entrepreneurs, industry leaders and top economists with a vibrant seminar programme which explores the issues of the day facing UK manufacturing.


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