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Lathe takes over prismatic machining

25 Aug 2017 by Engineering Capacity
The prismatic aluminium medical parts that are now produced in one hit on the Biglia 6-axis lathe, instead of on two 3-axis machining centres.

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.

Sheffield students get a taste of engineering

24 Aug 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Showing the way in bringing on the next generation of home grown talent, Anne Wilson MBE, MD of Numill Tooling Solutions has been working with local schools to give young people to find out more about a career in engineering.

Anne works with schools in her capacity as Cutlers Champion for Outwood Academy City in Sheffield.  She is also Enterprise Adviser for the school & a governor having responsibility for connections with employers and industry.   Anne has also been a Governor at Sheffield College for over 2 years.

New service stops leaky castings

24 Aug 2017 by Engineering Capacity
Midland Impregnation offers services to cure porous castings

The owners of Stourbridge based metal finishing specialists Midland Deburr & Finish have invested £300k to open a new company, Midland Impregnations Limited (MIL). It will to provide a specialist casting impregnation service to foundries and casting machine shops predominantly across the Midlands region.

MIL will shortly add a further £50k investment to impregnation capacity and other associated processes.

Pattonair acquisition

24 Aug 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Aerospace and defence supply chain specialist Pattonair is set to be acquired by the global investment firm Platinum Equity.

Headquartered in Derby, Pattonair supports blue chip engine and airframe manufacturers and MRO customers with tailored supply chain management solutions. It offers a global service though dedicated facilities in Singapore, China, Poland, Brazil, Canada and five cities in the United States.

Pattonair CEO Wayne Hollinshead said Pattonair and Platinum Equity are a great fit.