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Etched Ti implants on show

07 Mar 2018 by Engineering Capacity

Precision Micro will return to Medtec Europe in April, seeing it as an ideal platform to showcase its photo chemical etching technology for medical devices, including the precision titanium components.

Exhibiting from booth 9A40 at the Messe Stuttgart, 17-19 April 2018, attendees will see examples of the intricate and accurate metal parts Precision Micro produces for leading medical OEMs, including connectors, contacts, springs and meshes for hearing aids, medical implants, and instruments, including bone saws used for knee and hip surgery.

Is the Apprenticeship Levy working?

06 Mar 2018 by Engineering Capacity

The success of the Apprenticeship Levy is splitting manufacturing opinion with a new survey revealing that just 55% of manufacturers believe it is working.

The results came from the In-Comm Training Barometer, which is designed to take the temperature of UK industry’s appetite for training.

Of the 71 respondents, just over a fifth said they had taken on apprentices as a result of the Levy – a small number, but still an increase in the face of an annual decline in the number of Apprenticeship starts over the last twelve months.

Weird sounds for ‘Scottish Play’

06 Mar 2018 by Engineering Capacity

A Cornish factory has supplied the National Theatre with special springs to make eerie sound effects for its forthcoming production of Macbeth starring Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff.

The National Theatre approached the Redruth factory of European Springs and Pressings to develop springs that enhanced the sound production of the performance.

Making light work of heavy applications

06 Mar 2018 by Engineering Capacity

A new Harrison lathe at Lancashire subcontractor Fairbrother and Grimshaw soon came into its own when an upsurge in orders saw its versatility come into play on larger capacity mill/turn jobs.

The machine, a Harrison Alpha 1550XS CNC lathe was delivered in summer 2017.