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

Medical plastics accreditation

25 Apr 2018 by Engineering Capacity

Plastics Extrusion has been added to the list of audit opportunities available through MedAccred, the medical device industry’s collective approach to critical process supply chain oversight.

Companies seeking MedAccred Accreditation can now gain industry recognition for Cable and Harness, Heat Treating, Plastics Injection Moulding, Printed Circuit Board Assembly, Sterilisation and Welding, as well as Plastics Extrusion.

Swiss showcase for high precision

25 Apr 2018 by Engineering Capacity

The EPHJ-EPMT-SMT Trade Show, which runs 12 to 15 June in Geneva, is the international showcase for high precision technologies in the fields of watch-making and jewellery, medical technology and microtechnology.

Engineering Capacity is a media partner of the show and has negotiated a special deal for readers comprising:

•             Complimentary exhibition ticket

•             Access to conferences & roundtables (space can be reserved on request)

Cobots keep competitive edge keen

25 Apr 2018 by Engineering Capacity

Multi-axis machinist Rousant Sherwood is winning business and staying competitive by delegating repetitive tasks to collaborative robots.

General Manager Robin Salter said: “Just to be clear, we have not invested in robots to save on headcount, we’ve done it to win contracts.”

The Henley-on Thames company is using a seven UR5 and UR10 robots from RARUK automation to feed 11 fixed head and 13 sliding head multi-axis turning and milling centres.

Men of steel

24 Apr 2018 by Engineering Capacity

For their first general meeting of the year, members of the British Turned Parts Association (BTMA) visited Liberty Steels in Stocksbridge, Sheffield, and saw for themselves how their raw materials are made.

Acquired by Liberty in May last year, Liberty Speciality Steels is a fully-integrated steelmaker with electric arc steelmaking and vacuum induction melting primary steelmaking capabilities combined with casting and re-melting facilities.

Industry four point what?

24 Apr 2018 by Engineering Capacity

Do we carry on regardless? What is the real face of Industry 4.0 investment, asks Subcon event director Gordon Kirk.

There is a wealth of new terminology facing UK manufacturers and engineering-based businesses as they seek to capitalise on improved market conditions and invest in new technology for growth. ‘Industry 4.0’, the ‘fourth industrial revolution’, ‘cyber-physical systems’, ‘digitalisation vs. digitisation’, the list goes on.