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Business focus boosts sales

29 Aug 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Diversification into supplying new areas of retail is paying dividends for Loughborough manufacturer JC Metalworks after it announced a 24% increase in sales.

The company, which employs almost 100 people, offers in-house metal part and product manufacturing services including laser cutting, punching, metal forming, fabrication, powder coating and final assembly.

Getting bike carrier on the road

25 Aug 2017 by Engineering Capacity

The manufacturer of an innovative vehicle bike carrier drew on the rapid prototyping and 3D printing capabilities of Proto Labs to bring the design to the point where it was ready for manufacture.

Welding plastic inlet ducts

25 Aug 2017 by Engineering Capacity

MGS Technical Plastics Ltd is using a Telsonic twin-head ultrasonic system to weld inlet aperture mouldings into left and right hand blow moulded ducts.

Lathe takes over prismatic machining

25 Aug 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Looking at the cuboid aluminium components produced for medical diagnostic equipment by subcontractor AES Precision Engineering, one would think they were milled, drilled and tapped on a machining centre rather than a lathe.

Until April this year they were produced from sawn billet in two separate operations on a pair of 3-axis vertical-spindle machines in a total cycle time of 12 minutes.

Latest laser-punch speeds throughput

25 Aug 2017 by Engineering Capacity

The UK’s first TRUMPF TruMatic 1000 fiber laser-punch, which has been installed at Luton-based Islebest Ltd, is helping the bespoke metalwork specialist achieve cycle-time reductions of 35% against stand-alone laser and punching machines.

The investment, which has also saved on floor space, is now helping to attract new prospects for this progressive manufacturing business.