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Speeding plastics production

12 Jun 2018 by Colpa Precision Engineering

A versatile new turn-mill centre allows Colpa Precision to slash lead times and material costs on plastic components.

The ability to change its recently installed Citizen Cincom A20-VII sliding head turn-mill centre into a non-guidebush variant for applications on plastic components and shorter length parts while retaining the guidebush assembly for longer parts, has enabled Colpa Precision Engineering to slash weeks from its lead time with significantly reduced material costs plus the ability to obtain greater number of parts from a bar.

Composites bring fusion power closer

12 Jun 2018 by Engineering Capacity

Rockwood Composites has used composites to successfully assemble the central core for the UK’s newest fusion device, Tokamak Energy’s ST40.

The ST40 is the first world-class tokamak controlled fusion device to have been designed, built and operated by a private venture. It is designed to show that fusion temperatures – 100 million degrees C – are possible in compact, cost-effective devices. This has the potential to allow fusion power to be developed for commercial deployment in years, not decades.

Busy making parts for Nigel

12 Jun 2018 by Engineering Capacity

The workshops of the Llangollen Railway are using a new lathe from XYZ to machine parts for the iconic streamlined steam locomotive Sir Nigel Gresley.

The workshops provide maintenance for the Llangollen Railway’s own rolling stock as well as supporting other heritage railways around the UK and building brand new steam locomotives to order.

Moulders make it in Morocco

12 Jun 2018 by Engineering Capacity

Fibrax Limited, which manufactures rubber, TPE and plastic components, has extended its global manufacturing capabilities by establishing an operational facility in Morocco.

Bigger parts faster

06 Jun 2018 by Engineering Capacity

Steel Dynamics has added more capacity for bigger parts and cut cycle times by 30% with the installation of a new twin column vertical machining centre.

The Hartford Infinity HSA420 was  supplied by T W Ward CNC Machinery (Ward CNC), Hartford’s exclusive agent in the UK and Ireland.

The machine has X, Y and Z axes travels of 4,000 mm by 2,000 mm by 1,000 mm and, capable of accommodating workpieces weighing 12, 000 kg, the machine is out-performing Steel Dynamic UK’s two existing, older vertical machining centres for both speed and capability,