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Record numbers attend GTMA Meet The Toolmakers Event

28 Nov 2018 by Engineering Capacity

The MTC in in Coventry has hosted the GTMA’s largest ever Meet the Toolmakers Event

The annual event, organised by the Gauge and Toolmakers Association (GTMA) and the British Plastics Federation (BPF), brings UK plastics moulders face-to-face with tool making specialists in a day designed to help these co-dependent businesses connect. Almost 200 people attended, far exceeding numbers from previous years.

Coating beats offshore weather

28 Nov 2018 by Engineering Capacity

Hardide Coatings has provided a coating solution for a new tool that will save oil and gas operators millions of pounds per year by extending weather windows for drilling operations.

Well construction specialist DeltaTek Global selected the Hardide CVD (chemical vapour deposition) tungsten carbide-based coating for the key component of its new ArticuLock tool. ArticuLock provides operators with longer weather windows to deploy subsea hardware and improve operational reliability by removing bending fatigue in subsea running tools and landing strings.

JLR part is casting of the year

28 Nov 2018 by Engineering Capacity

Sarginsons Industries has won the Component of the Year Award for its innovative work on a front sub-frame for the Jaguar Land Rover L551 21MY for its prototype launch.

The Coventry-based lightweight castings business picked up the Cast Metals Federation’s Component of the Year at the Casting Industry Achievement Awards 2018.

Sarginsons was asked to create the part from single piece aluminium frame – something which had never been done before and many in the industry felt was impossible.

Adaptive machining for better blades

28 Nov 2018 by Engineering Capacity

JJ Churchill is working closely with machine supplier Starrag to apply in-process probing and adaptive milling to turbine blade machining.

This is further builds on JJ Churchill’s success in machining blades from solid in a single setup rather than producing them from larger batches of forgings.

The aim is to develop specific production processes that consistently produce world-beating time and manufacturing benefits.

New BTMA President

28 Nov 2018 by Engineering Capacity

Nick Groom, Managing Director of Hertford-based Qualiturn Products Ltd is the new President of the British Turned Parts Manufacturers Association (BTMA).

He took over the role from Phil Smith of Wealdpark at the turned parts manufacturers association AGM on Friday 16 November at the Shankly Hotel in Liverpool following the end of Phil’s two-year term.

Nick is a long-standing member of the BTMA. He has been vice president to Phil Smith for the last two years and has a lot of experience as a member of the BTMA Officers Committee.