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

EDM for fir-tree profiles

18 Feb 2019 by Engineering Capacity

A new wire erosion machine at Derby subcontractor Promach 3D is producing fir-tree profiles on special tooling for a critical aerospace application.

The Sodick ALC 400G is its second machine from Sodi-Tech EDM and has been purchased to boost capacity and keep up with customer demand.

24-hour aerospace machining

18 Feb 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Middlesex Aerospace is investing in 5-axis multi-tasking machines and a horizontal machining centre with an expanded tool storage system that will allow 24-hour unmanned operation.

The machines represent a seven-figure investment and will be supplied by Yamazaki Mazak.

Factory floor graduates

18 Feb 2019 by Engineering Capacity

The UK’s first ‘Faculty on the Factory Floor’ celebrated its largest graduation recently, when 29 students received their BEng and MEng qualifications.

A joint collaboration between Coventry University and Unipart Manufacturing, the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME) saw its second cohort graduate in style, with many of the industry-ready engineers going into high-profile jobs at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), Wipac Ltd, Precision Castparts Corp and Unipart.

The age of industrial intelligence

12 Feb 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Under the banner “Integrated Industry – Industrial Intelligence”, Hannover Messe 2019  will show how man and machine can work together during the next stage of digital transformation.

From 1 to 5 April 2019 in Hannover, Germany, exhibitors will show that digitalization is the future of manufacturing – but in the form of assistance, not competition. Thanks to technologies such as automation, strength-boosting exoskeletons and augmented reality, factory workers will be more productive than ever.

Machining links with lasers

12 Feb 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Laser drilling and marking specialist ES Precision is now offering a subcontract service that also includes machining.

Alongside its laser systems it also has a mix of manual lathes and two XYZ ProtoTRAK controlled mills.