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Hardide coatings gain Airbus approval

30 Mar 2017 by Engineering Capacity
Hardide has worked hard to ensure its coatings meet Airbus’s stringent process specifications

Hardide Coatings, a provider of advanced tungsten carbide coatings, has gained Approved Supplier status by the Airbus Group for the coating of flying components.

The company, which has production sites in the UK and USA, completed the Airbus Industrial Qualification process following technical qualification of its Hardide-A coating as an alternative to hard chrome plating by the aircraft manufacturer back in December 2015.

Huge utility cost savings for Brandauer

30 Mar 2017 by Engineering Capacity
Brandauer partnered with CEC to look at its utility costs

The boss of one of the UK’s leading presswork specialists is urging his fellow manufacturers to take a closer look at their utility costs after his firm saved £10,000 in just two months.

Rowan Crozier, CEO of Birmingham-based Brandauer, believes it is a hidden cost that can quite easily be eradicated if the right expertise is sought and if companies aren’t afraid to ask questions.

Precision aerospace partnership

29 Mar 2017 by Engineering Capacity
Cube Precision has been working to optimise Paul Fabrication’s tooling process

West Midlands-based Cube Precision has formed a partnership with a global player in the aerospace engineering industry to help it meet customer lead time demands and deliver a more efficient service.

The firm began work with Paul Fabrications, a Unitech Aerospace Company, in autumn of 2016 upon the referral of a successful tooling package delivery to Rolls Royce. Subsequently, Cube’s support and insight when it came to optimising the company’s tooling process quickly became invaluable. 

Apprentices quiz MPs on skills support

29 Mar 2017 by Engineering Capacity
The visit was designed to highlight the need for continued investment in generating the talent of the future

Manufacturing apprentices from the West Midland's have travelled to Westminster to quiz a number of politicians on the skills gap and the importance of vocational learning.

In-Comm Training, which operates training academies in Aldridge and Shrewsbury, arranged the visit for the 25 apprentices and 20 of their employers to debate the subject with Business Minister, Margot James, the hosting MP, Wendy Morton, and fellow MPs Amanda Milling and Daniel Kawczynski.

Pioneering cancer imaging projectITL Group has partnered up with King’s College London (KCL) to develop a ground-breaking cancer imaging project

28 Mar 2017 by Engineering Capacity
ITL Group has partnered up with King’s College London (KCL) to develop a ground-breaking cancer imaging project

Innovative medical device contractor, ITL Group, has partnered with King’s College London (KCL) to develop a ground-breaking cancer imaging project using 3D printing.

The project, funded by the EU Horizon 2020 scheme, brings together a consortium of 20 companies, including technology giants Phillips and Siemens, to take developments in engineering and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and use them to provide a non-invasive way to diagnose and measure cancer tumours.