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

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 ¾ of the time it previously too.

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.

Fibre adds capacity at Allsops

18 Apr 2019 by Engineering Capacity

New fibre lasers give Holmfirth-based sheet metal design and engineering specialists Allsops Ltd at least three times the capacity if its previous CO2 machines.

The company mainly processes mild steel from 1.2 to 3 mm thick and for these gauges not only is the output higher, but the running costs on its two Bystronic fibre laser machines are much lower.

Together, the machines are so productive that it is no longer necessary to run the factory 24/7 to produce the required output.

Partnership for metrology fixtures

18 Apr 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Two leading metrology supplierss have agreed a formal partnership designed to help customers dramatically improve their production processes.

The deal will see all bespoke jigs and fixtures for OGP UK supplied by Verus Metrology Partners, alongside an agreement for OGP UK to supply V-FIX – Verus’s modular metrology fixture product – for non-bespoke fixturing solutions.

Since Verus’s inception back in 2008, the company’s relationship with OGP UK has been critical to its success in establishing a global customer base.