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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.

Covering all the bending angles

17 Feb 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Three LVD press brakes at Bridlington-based BW Industries have improved production efficiencies and accuracy on parts ranging from small brackets and cleats up to 9m-long structural beams.

The steel processing specialist has invested in two LVD 4.5m 320t Easy-Form press brakes that can work together as a tandem machine to form components up to 9m long and 8mm thick. It has also installed a fast, compact, electric-drive Dyna-Press to give it more productivity on smaller components.

Call for casting talent

05 Feb 2020 by Engineering Capacity

A fast-growing Midlands foundry is searching for experienced die casters and other skilled workers after enjoying an increase in demand in 2020.

Midland Pressure Diecasting (MPD) has recently completed a £250,000 investment drive by boosting its aluminium and zinc casting output via the purchase of automated machines and an additional new ‘Frech’ die casting machine.

The company is now looking to take on four casters to help it cope with new orders in healthcare, automotive and high-value engineering.

NW SMEs get smarter

05 Feb 2020 by Engineering Capacity

A leading aerospace subcontractor is one of 62 North West SMEs that have benefitted from Made Smarter funding to adopt new technologies.

MSM aerospace fabricators in Manchester is predicting 20% growth after support from Made Smarter to adopt leading-edge Digital Twin technology that will redesign its new factory and unlock production and capacity planning in the future.

The Made Smarter North West pilot is working with SMEs to help them introduce digital tools and technologies to help boost productivity and growth.

Setting standards for AM

05 Feb 2020 by Engineering Capacity

ASTM International’s additive manufacturing technologies committee is developing a standard that could help quickly assess the quality of 3D-printed parts as well as the performance of laser beam powder bed fusion machines that print them.