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Galvanisers dip into their pockets

19 Feb 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Corbetts Galvanisers, one of the UK’s oldest hot dip galvanizing specialists, is celebrating its 160th birthday with a £300,000 investment drive.

The company, which employs 105 people at its Telford facility, has a range of events scheduled to help it mark the major anniversary, including the installation of new flux and acid tanks that will free up capacity and speed up the galvanizing process.

The management team are now setting their sights on a 7% increase in volumes, which, if achieved, will generate an additional £1m of revenue for the firm.

Hit the Catapult trail at MACH

18 Feb 2020 by Engineering Capacity

The High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult will be putting on a four-stand advanced technology trail at MACH 2020 in April.

The Catapult Trail, which spreads across the exhibition, will show how the it can help companies harness key Industry 4.0 technologies to improve their bottom line. All seven of the HVM Catapult’s world-leading centres of innovation will be on display along the trail, with special features on the future of machining, additive manufacturing, digitalisation and automation.

Aerospace machining cell

18 Feb 2020 by Engineering Capacity

A custom-designed manufacturing cell at Irish subcontractor Lenane Precision aims to exploit the potential of automation on aerostructure components.

Designed and built by Mills CNC the turnkey automated cell will be installed at Lenane Precision’s facility in Smithstown, Shannon, County Clare in March 2020.

The cell represents a significant investment for Lenane and, when operational, will run 24/7 delivering significant productivity gains and process efficiency improvements to the company – substantially increasing its competitiveness.

On the expansion trail

18 Feb 2020 by Engineering Capacity

In the last eight years, Cumbernauld-based contract machining specialist Cowie Engineering has doubled annual turnover, increased headcount from 13 to 24 and doubled its vertical machining centre count to 10 machines.

The machining centres were all supplied by Hurco – which also supplied a 10-inch chuck CNC lathe in 2011.

The latest Hurco addition was a VMX60SRTi 5-axis VMC with swivelling spindle head and flush rotary table, a design that is providing maximum working volume for single set-up machining of larger parts for the oil and gas industry.

Productive 20-year partnership

17 Feb 2020 by Engineering Capacity

ANR Manufacturing, a specialist subcontractor for both the electronics and engineering industries, has relied on PSL Datatrack production control software for almost 20 years to ensure careful monitoring and control of every project.

Thanks to the modular structure of PSL Datatrack, ANR has been able to gradually invest in the software over the years as part of itsr continuous improvement policy and now runs a much larger system than was purchased at the outset.