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

Blockchain traceability for quality

17 Feb 2021 by Engineering Capacity

QA/QC inspection specialist for the energy sector, Fulkrum, is collaborating with Steeltrace to ensure blockchain-based protection for inspection data.

Fulkrum Technical Resources (FTR) is a global provider of technical personnel specializing in QA/QC, inspection and vendor surveillance services to the energy industry. The new collaboration will ensure another level of protection when safeguarding traceability and digital secured inspection reporting for its clients.

Make UK National Manufacturing Award winners

15 Feb 2021 by Engineering Capacity

National awards for SMEs

Bradford-based precision engineers Produmax and Andover-based MRT Castings were both recognised at the recent Make UK National Manufacturing Awards

Produmax was announced as SME Manufacturer of the Year, while MRT Castings won the national Manufacturing Matters award, a special category introduced this year to recognise companies who have contributed to the national effort to deal with the pandemic.

Brexit pains, reshoring gains

15 Feb 2021 by Engineering Capacity

Brexit challenges threaten to hold back England’s SME manufacturers as they recover from the effects of COVID, but reshoring opportunities are opening up.

The latest Manufacturing Barometer, which is produced by SWMAS (the South West Manufacturing Advisory Service) and the Manufacturing Growth Programme (MGP), reveals almost two thirds (65%) of companies have seen negative price changes within their supply chain since leaving the EU, with the availability of raw materials an issue for 56% of firms.

Made Smarter virtual summit

14 Feb 2021 by Engineering Capacity

SME manufacturers, ranging from puppet makers to CNC machinists will share their experience of  using digital tools and technology to transform their businesses at a free-to-access online summit.

The virtual conference, Made Smarter: The journey to digital manufacturing, on Wednesday, March 10, will show manufacturers how to leverage and fast-track digital technology and tools for a year of recovery, growth and resilience.

No turning on lathe

10 Feb 2021 by Engineering Capacity

One of the latest one-hit components produced by HPC Services on a sliding-head lathe requires not turning at all, just milling.

The parts are being machined on one of two of the latest Cincom M32-VIII  machines delivered at the end of last year by Citizen Machinery UK.