Engineering Capacity is the UK's news source for subcontract and contract manufacturing.

Five-axis laser is UK first

23 Apr 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Dudley-based 2D and 3D laser-cutting specialist GF Laser has placed an order for a Trumpf 5-axis CNC laser-profiling machine that is the first of its kind in the UK.

Due to be installed in August 2019, the machine will be set to work on the 5-axis profiling and trimming of pressings, extrusions and spinnings – or any component containing a form – for sectors such as automotive, yellow goods, construction, architecture and art.

Metal contact specialists to exhibit at Railtex 2019

23 Apr 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Samuel Taylor Ltd (STL) will be exhibiting at Railtex 2019, the UK’s premier exhibition of railway equipment, systems and services.

STL, manufactures precision stamped components and metal assemblies typically used in electro-mechanical switches as well as sophisticated bonding of base and precious metals. The company has over 120 years of manufacturing history, and over the past 60 years has developed an in-depth understanding of precious and semi-precious metal stamping for rail focused projects.

Robot milkers on the march

18 Apr 2019 by Engineering Capacity

PP Control & Automation is helping a leading maker of robot milking machines boost production thanks to a strategic manufacturing partnership.

Fullwood Packo, which employs 240 people at its headquarters in Ellesmere, has tapped into the design and build expertise of the Cheslyn Hay firm to increase capacity of its M2erlin robotic milking machines by 100% over the last three years.

Turn-mill keeps prices down

18 Apr 2019 by Engineering Capacity

A new turn-mill centre at JJ Hardy & Sons completed its first job, which involved turning and milling a batch of parts from brass bar, in less than three quarters of the time it previously took.

The Hartlepool subcontractor, which specialises in supplying the rail, oil & gas and energy sectors, purchased the Okuma Genos L3000e turn-mill from sole UK and Ireland agent, NCMT.

3D print for pottery

18 Apr 2019 by Engineering Capacity

A £900,000+ research project, led by KW Special Projects (KWSP) and funded by Innovate UK, is set to rethink the additive manufacture of ceramics.

Called CerAMake, the project aims to exploit existing deposition technologies to provide improved properties via a scalable ceramic binder jetting platform. The outcome should bring significant competitive advantage to the UK’s commercial pottery sector, refractory filter market and wider industry for additive manufactured ceramics.