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Award-winning microphone manufacture

24 May 2017 by Engineering Capacity

European Circuits has become the chosen manufacturer of Aston Microphone’s new award-winning Starlight microphone.

The entire microphone including all of the electronics and mechanical sub-assemblies is being produced at European Circuits’ Glasgow based facility. 

Sean Karpowicz, director, of product development, Aston, said: “From the very beginning we have been delighted with how helpful and attentive European Circuits has been to our every need.”

Barriers to cadmium phase out

24 May 2017 by Engineering Capacity

A new survey from global selective plating company, SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC) highlights aerospace specifications and prime’s requirements as the main barriers to the phase out of cadmium in the US aerospace industry, and suggests more clarity on the topic is still needed.

In recent years, there has been speculation that the US aerospace industry will phase out cadmium by 2023, however, the survey found that only 23% of respondents think they will actually be cadmium free within the next five years.

Laser sales on a high

23 May 2017 by Engineering Capacity

A leading laser cutting provider has celebrated its highest monthly sales to date, breaking the £1.3 million mark for the first time last month.

Beating its previous sales record of just over £1m, SSC Laser Cutting attributes the success to a combination of client wins and investment in new technology.

Kenard chosen for growth initiative

23 May 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Kenard Engineering Group has been selected for Sharing in Growth (SiG), the government-backed supply chain competitiveness programme to help take advantage of aerospace growth opportunities.

The initial focus of the four-year programme will be to drive operational excellence, business development, people development and management control and reporting.

Dartford toolmaker invests in EDM

22 May 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Dartford-based Synergy (Kent) Ltd has invested in the latest EDM technology in order to improve its capacity and keep up with its growing order book.

The firm has invested in a Sodick AD35L from Sodi-Tech EDM, which has been set to work producing punches for the compaction industry that feature intricate and precise forms.

“Such has been our growing order book that it was clear we needed to increase our EDM capacity,” said one of the company’s owners, Ian Chambers. “For this reason, we decided to assess the market for an additional die-sink EDM.”