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

Cycling and recycling

23 Oct 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Always looking for new ways to further its commitment to the environment, in August this year APT Leicester signed up for the Government’s Cycle to Work Scheme.

APT is already committed to environmental sustainability and has a long-term strategy for reusing and recycling as much waste as possible. It has also worked hard to ensure the packaging for its components is fully recyclable and it encourages reuse wherever possible.

2500 missile parts

23 Oct 2019 by

Rockwood Composites has delivered its 2,500th composite missile part to Roxel, Europe’s leading manufacturer of tactical propulsion systems.

This marks the half-way point of a contract which ends in May 2021 and the company will continue to provide parts at a rate of around 120 per month.

More multi-axis machines

22 Oct 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Unicut Precision has added another pair of twin-turret, twin-spindle turn-mill centres for the production of complex components for the hydraulics industry.

The new Miyano BNE-51MSY machines from Citizen Machinery UK join two identical twin-spindle, twin-turret lathes with live tooling and a Y-axis on the upper turret that were supplied at the end of 2017.

Carbide coating improves fatigue

22 Oct 2019 by Engineering Capacity

New independent testing has proven that Hardide-A tungsten carbide/tungsten metal matrix composite coating improves the fatigue life of metal components by 4.5% when compared to uncoated substrates.

Hardide-A also eliminates the need for costly secondary shot peening making the coating a significant advancement in materials optimisation for the aerospace and other industries where fatigue debit of surface coated metals is a problem.

Maintaining activity with proactivity

22 Oct 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Downtime due to information technology glitches is a perennial problem. You can set your watch by their occurrence in the commercial aerospace industry alone, and they’re often a direct consequence of failures in legacy hardware and software. Here, George Walker, managing director of IT/OT management software specialist Novotek UK and Ireland, makes the case for proactively upgrading legacy systems.