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

Maintaining accuracy for 40 years

23 Jan 2018 by Engineering Capacity

Derby aerospace company, Rotadata, which has worked on the NASA space programme, is celebrating 40 years in business this month.

Rotadata tests and measures pressure, strain and temperature in the most challenging environments for parts which will go into power production in gas turbines and tests and measures for flight application for the aerospace industry.

Clients range include Rolls Royce and General Electric in the UK, USA and Europe. It worked on the USA space programme in the 1980s.

More high volume press capacity

23 Jan 2018 by Engineering Capacity

Stroud Metal Co has invested in a new Chin Fong OCP-110EL press that will boost its capacity for high volume progression presswork.

Traditionally known for deep drawn components, Stroud Metal Co has seen healthy growth in both high volume deep drawn metal pressing enquiries and traditional progressive die metal stampings. Consequently it has now taken the opportunity to increase machine capacity to support the new business won and attract more high volume progressive die component manufacture.

Faster laser tube processing

23 Jan 2018 by Engineering Capacity

Harlow-based Gratnells Engineering has invested in an advanced BLM fibre laser tube processing system that will give customers even faster turnaround times.

The new BLM LT Fiber machine sits next to an existing LT5 laser tube cutting machine designed to cut from small to medium diameters and thicknesses of metal tubular sections. The LT Fiber allows tubes of any shape to be cut, process of special sections and even open shapes without any additional special equipment required.

More aerospace accreditation for labs

16 Jan 2018 by Engineering Capacity

Keighley Laboratories has extended its aerospace quality standards with additional Nadcap accreditations covering analysis and testing.

Tim Clegg, Quality Manager at Keighley Labs explained: “We have extended our prestigious MTL Nadcap accreditation scope by adding Chemical Analysis, Alpha Case and Nitride Depth Determinations, and Compression Testing to our growing list of scopes.  2017 has been a successful year when we’ve also added Nadcap to our Heat Treatment department.”

More capacity for A350 machining

16 Jan 2018 by Engineering Capacity

A seventh 5-axis machining centre has been installed at Preston-based, tier-2 aerospace subcontractor, TGM, primarily to cope with increasing volumes of Airbus A350 work.

Two years ago, each month the firm was delivering four port and starboard aircraft wing sets comprising 20 parts each, whereas today 10 sets per month are required and the number will climb further over the next two years.

The latest addition to the firm's 5-axis capacity is a Hurco VMX42SRTi, with conversational programming built into its WinMax control system.