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

Making the skills connection

29 Aug 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Phil Simmonds, group managing director, EC Electronics, asks if apprenticeships are the answer to the electronics skills gap?

The UK electronics industry has for some time been facing a technical skills gap. STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) are not a popular choice for school leavers even with various incentives and schemes in place to encourage students to take an interest. As employers in the electronics sector we, and our friends in other firms, experience this first hand. Recruiting people with the right skills is a challenge.

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.