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

It's not just about the money

14 Feb 2018 by Engineering Capacity

The UK’s manufacturing output hit its highest levels in ten years at the start of 2018. The nation’s headlines hailed this as a sign industry has turned a corner and put the economic crisis in the past. Rob McDermott, purchasing manager for steering system manufacturer Pailton Engineering, explains why this is the ideal time to assess your supply chain.

Sign up for Subcon

14 Feb 2018 by Engineering Capacity

Online visitor registration is now open for Subcon, the contract and subcontract manufacturing exhibition, which takes place from 5-7 June 2018 at the NEC in Birmingham.

More than 4,500 visitors from aerospace, automotive, defence, electronics, energy, materials, oil and gas and rail sectors are expected to attend and will be able to do business with over 400 exhibitors.

The event will present both British manufacturers and international suppliers.

And on the other hand…

07 Feb 2018 by Engineering Capacity

Engineers at Hampshire company Blue Diamond have identified the propensity of customers to spend thousands of pounds, unnecessarily, on the manufacture of handed products i.e. right- and left-hand versions of the same part.

Careful consideration of the ‘design for manufacture’ aspects of these products provides the opportunity to reduce cost dramatically – customers should not be obliged to order equal quantities of left hand and right hand products when they are not needed, just because it’s not economical to set-up for smaller productions runs.

Faster machining opens new markets

07 Feb 2018 by Engineering Capacity

A new vertical machining centre has halved machining times on some oil and gas components and will drive growth into the nuclear and aerospace sectors at LoneStar Leeds.

Good vibes from low frequency machining

05 Feb 2018 by Engineering Capacity

Following a £750k investment earlier this year, Roscomac has now added two more turn-mill centres with special swarf control features that improve surface quality.

Last July the Worthing-based company installed two Cincom sliding head turn-mill centres – a top-of-the range M16-V, and a L20-VIIILFV – as well as a Miyano BNE-51MSY multi-axis turn-mill centre, all supplied by Citizen Machinery.