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Eye-opener for metrology visitors

18 Dec 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Live demonstrations, hands-on challenges and multi-sensor measurement systems new to the UK were the highlights of OGP UK’s 2019 open house, attracting dozens of visitors through the doors of its Innovation Centre in Foston.

The FlexPoint – the only co-ordinate measurement machine featuring multiple high-accuracy sensors in a VersaFlex cluster head – proved a major draw, as did the advanced Fusion 350 system and ShapeGrabber Ai620, a metrology-class 3D scanner capable of rapidly assessing complex surfaces with a high density of data points.

Electron beam nuclear welding

18 Dec 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Sheffield Forgemasters is to lead a £10.5m project to explore the industrialisation of Electron Beam Welding (EBW) in civil nuclear assemblies.

This has the potential to integrate welding into the manufacturing process, offering material improvements and vast reductions in manufacturing time and cost.

Tax savings for planet savers

18 Dec 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Did you know that reducing your environmental impact may also reduce the impact of your tax bill?

Anthony Lalsing, tax director at accountancy firm, Menzies LLP, writes: In recent years, a surge in consumer demand for more sustainable products and services has turned manufacturers’ attentions to finding ways to reduce their environmental impact. Despite this, many environmentally-aware businesses may not realise that their activities could be eligible for valuable research and development (R&D) tax relief.

Precision etching capacity

18 Dec 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Advanced Chemical Etching (A.C.E) has invested another £100,000 into increasing its capacity to target new opportunities in electronics and precision engineering.

It is taking delivery of an additional post cleaning machine that will give it the capability to deliver more than 2000 etched sheets every day – a major rise from the 350 it could produce in 2018.

The firm’s expertise is in demand from customers looking to manufacture precision components within a two-week lead time and to exacting tolerances that can also withstand harsh environments.

Two awards for moulder

18 Dec 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Destra Engineering Ltd has won two Ashford Business Awards – the Cobbs Wood based plastic injection moulder won the Small Business of the Year Award and Managing Director Sarah Williams won the Business Woman of the Year Award.

Competition for the 9 Award categories was keen with well over 100 entries from Ashford and the surrounding area including Hythe, Romney Marsh, Folkestone, Deal and Dover.