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Bigger and faster cold-formed parts

17 Dec 2017 by Engineering Capacity

A new high-throughput machine at Dawson Shanahan will allow the company to make larger cold-formed components with less down-time and increased throughput.

The Formax FX54M four-die, high-speed cold former takes the company’s investment in new machinery to £500,000 for the third year in a row. Additional investments have been made in the company’s turning, milling and grinding capabilities, as well as in metrology and cleaning systems.

Brothers add more Brothers

17 Dec 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Anthony and Michael Pateman, the brothers that run zinc and aluminium high-pressure die casting specialist RD Castings, have invested in two new Brother high-speed machining centres

The company has used the Japanese-built high-speed, twin-pallet machining centres since 1989 and currently has nine of in two machine shops in Mildenhall, Suffolk.

Since the mid-90s, the 30-taper machines have replaced manual milling, drilling and tapping, which was both labour intensive and subject to quality variation.

Training numbers doubled

17 Dec 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Training and coaching consultancy TEC Transnational put on 25% more courses and trained 50% more students in 2017 than the previous year.

The West Midlands based company, which covers the aviation, defence, automotive, motorsport, rail and nuclear sectors, has been operating since 1977 and provide their courses globally.

JJ Churchill looks to the future at 80

17 Dec 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Engineering firm JJ Churchill is celebrating eighty years in business by recruiting the highest number of apprentices in its history. The company was founded on Christmas day 1937.

Based in Market Bosworth, Leicestershire, the company, which employs 129 people, makes high precision gas turbine components for the aerospace industry as well as high horsepower diesel engine components and assemblies.

The firm recruits new apprentices most years and the majority of its workforce has an apprenticeship background.

Supplier awards improve service

17 Dec 2017 by Engineering Capacity

FSL Aerospace, a specialist supplier of fasteners and fixings, has a recognised supplier performance with a new awards programme that aims to improve the service it offers.

Suppliers are ranked gold, silver or bronze depending on performance against four set criteria:  delivery time, right first time, response within 24 hours to a progress request and order acknowledgement time – which is expected to be within 48 hours.

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