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

Waterjet cuts subcon costs

03 Jan 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Founded as a subcontract machining business for sister company Hobbs Valve, Hobbs Precision Engineering has recently invested in an Optima 320 twin head waterjet machine from Kerf Developments.

Hobbs Precision Engineering was created to reduce subcontract machining costs for Hobbs Valves, creating an opportunity to manufacture valve components in-house. It has built on this subcontract facility with the arrival of the 3m by 2m Optima machine.

Patience pays off for Standfast

03 Jan 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Aptly-named subcontractor Standfast Precision decided to hold its ground when the oil and gas market fell away and resisted to temptation to downsize. When work started to return it was well placed to take advantage of increasing demand and has now updated its turning capacity with the latest TC400 models from XYZ.

Safe rail structures

03 Jan 2019 by Engineering Capacity

TRB Lightweight Structures Ltd has achieved the highest rail safety DIN 6701 (Parts 1-4) A1 type certification.

This approval is for bonding safety critical rail vehicle parts which covers applications where there is a risk of endangering passengers due to part failure in use.  TRB, which is IRIS approved (International Railway Industry Standard), has for over 60 years been manufacturing high quality rail interior products. These are used in new and refurbished trains and transportation systems worldwide.    

Two shows alongside Subcon

03 Jan 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Subcon 2019 will be collocated with the Advanced Manufacturing Show and The Engineer Expo at the NEC for the first time this 6 June.

The show, which runs from 4-6 June is a key event for subcontract manufacturing buyers and suppliers.

This year Subcon will be co-located with Advanced Manufacturing Show and The Engineer Expo. Over three days, the three events will showcase design, prototyping and development, contract and subcontract products and services through to machine tools, systems and equipment.

Wilson builds on growth

03 Jan 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Wilson Manufacturing, which supplies precision parts into the aerospace, marine, medial and oil and gas sectors, has installed a Quaser MF400UH 5-Axis CNC machine to complement the recent addition of a new mill turning centre.

The latest purchase from the Engineering Technology Group (ETG) will help the growing firm increase capacity and reduce operations on its milling sections, boosting quality and removing significant set-up times in the process.