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Making a case for urethane parts

28 Jun 2017 by Engineering Capacity
Engineers are turning to high-performance polyurethane elastomers to solve some of today’s complex design challenges

Urethane’s unique properties and versatility is helping to solve some of the industry’s most challenging component design issues, writes Del Williams.

For engineers, meeting part design challenges can be exceedingly difficult when traditional materials like plastic, steel, and rubber do not possess the required specialised characteristics, lack the versatility to be adapted, cannot be economically produced, or do not readily bond with other materials or system components.

Precision apprentice training success

28 Jun 2017 by Engineering Capacity
he four new apprentices will develop the skills, knowledge and experience required to accelerate their careers

An apprentice training programme run by leading precision engineering specialist Dawson Shanahan has filled up for this year after receiving an overwhelming response from young prospective engineers.

Despite only opening less than one year ago, over 30 young local residents applied for a place in Dawson Shanahan's engineering training school. With four places available, the firm has awarded places to three first year apprentices and one Level 3 apprentice. This takes the number of apprentices currently on the programme to eight.

Metalcraft contract extension with Sellafield

27 Jun 2017 by Engineering Capacity
The Fen Tiger project (pictured) is just one of Stainless Metalcraft\'s business initiatives. Image courtesy of Stainless Metalcraft - Twitter

Avingtrans plc's subsidiary Stainless Metalcraft (Chatteris) Ltd, part of the group's energy and medical division, has secured an additional £11m contract option with Sellafield.

The contract extension for an additional quantity of containers builds on Metalcraft's May 2015 contract for the supply of waste containers over 10 years, worth up to £47m. From the initial contract award in 2015, Metalcraft has cleared the prototype development phase of the contract and established a dedicated manufacturing facility, which is now engaged in pre-production trials.

Rotherham school gets cutting edge entrance

26 Jun 2017 by Engineering Capacity
The designs for the Wind in the Willows-themed screen were cut using stainless steel

Barnsley-based laser cutting specialist Cutting Technologies has teamed up with local sculptor Michael Johnson to create a decorative screen for Herringthorpe Junior School, located in Rotherham.

Herringthorpe Junior School commissioned Mr Johnson to create the Wind in the Willows-themed screen to cover the junior school's entrance as part of a literacy trail project.

Shropshire training hub for apprentices

23 Jun 2017 by Engineering Capacity
Marches Centre of Manufacturing & Technology aims to support 2020 learners by 2020

68 apprenticeship places are up for grabs later this month when Shropshire's newest training hub holds a 'showcase' event.

Young people, parents and businesses are being encouraged to attend the event, which will mark 60 days before the official opening of the £3m Marches Centre of Manufacturing & Technology (MCMT), a hub that aims to support 2020 learners by 2020.