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Train them, don’t pinch them

22 Nov 2017 by Engineering Capacity

A £4m employer-led training hub opened in Bridgenorth with a rallying cry for firms to work together and stop cannibalising industry talent.

The Marches Centre of Manufacturing & Technology (MCMT), which is run by a consortium of Classic Motor Cars, Grainger & Worrall, In-Comm Training and Salop Design & Engineering, was unveiled in front of 250 people with many delegates receiving their first glimpse of the 36,000 sq ft facility.

Large machines seal the deal

22 Nov 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Specialist moulding and seal manufacturer TRP Sealing Systems relies on bridge type machining centres for accuracy and repeatability for in-house tooling manufacture.

Consistency of production cycles enabling extended unmanned running while maintaining accuracy and precise levels of surface finish and repeatability are critical to mould production at the Hereford headquarters of elastomeric rubber seal, gasket and moulding specialist.

F1 supplier adds bigger 5-axis

22 Nov 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Driven Precision Engineering, an F1 machining specialist, has invested in a new 5-axis machining centre to add capacity and extend the size of work it can take on

The Portsmouth-based company has invested in 850 x 700 x 500 mm Hermle C 400 supplied by Geo Kingsbury.

Owner Ray Harris says he had no qualms buying a machine costing significantly more than a 5-axis machining centre of equivalent capacity from the incumbent suppler as quality and performance were key.

Taking the strain for the train

22 Nov 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Hitachi Rail Europe worked with component supplier and logistics expert, Optimas, to simplify component and supply chain requirements at its Newton Aycliffe train manufacturing facility.

 The new UK factory is the first of its kind outside of Japan, and is aimed squarely at supporting the European market, an effort that has been aided by Optimas expertise.

Keeping nuclear components clean

22 Nov 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Derbyshire-based Paul Fabrications, a Unitech Aerospace company, has replaced solvent cleaning of nuclear fuel components with a multi-stage aqueous system.

For a long time the company used both aqueous and solvent systems to wash machined, pressed and fabricated stainless steel components for its customer, Springfields Fuels Limited, near Preston, which supplies fuel pellets for advanced gas-cooled reactors in the UK.

In 2017 it has phased out solvent cleaning, replacing it with a Turbex Pro 550 aqueous ultrasonic cleaning system.