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Summit focuses on global supply chains

04 Jun 2020 by Engineering Capacity


Global supply chains will be at the heart of the 2021 Virtual Edition of the Global Manufacturing Supply Chain Summit (#GMIS2020).

A sequence of digital events will commence on 30 June with the Virtual Summit following on 4 and 5 September. This will bring together global leaders, CEOs, and academia to discuss opportunities generated by the Fourth Industrial Revolution in restoring economic and social activities.

Tube laser fuels growth

02 Jun 2020 by Engineering Capacity

The Laser Cutting Co (TLCC) has taken delivery of a new Trumpf TruLaser Tube 7000 at its Sheffield facility.

TLCC is already producing flat sheet-metal ventilator parts as part of the fight against the current COVID-19 pandemic and the new TruLaser Tube is helping the company bid competitively for tube-based parts needed for the same purpose.

Growing with the business

02 Jun 2020 by Engineering Capacity

The PSL Datatrack production control software installed at Bernard Holmes Precision has been able to grow with the business, thanks to is modular nature.

Height of accuracy

02 Jun 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Precision turned parts manufacturer AES Precision has invested in a Trimos V5 height gauge from Bowers Group to ensure quality of components used in the medical, defence, aerospace, automotive and electronics industries.

Based in Ashford, Kent, AES Precision produces complex, high precision components used by some of the largest manufacturing and technology companies in the world.

Composites rail collaboration

01 Jun 2020 by Engineering Capacity

TRB Lightweight Structures is working in collaboration with Hitachi Rail on composite components for major projects in the UK.

Hitachi was looking for a partner that could offer a sustainable source of supply in the UK, and turned to TRB to design and manufacture a variety of components for both projects. The scope included the production of cab interior door systems, and toilet cubicle, bike and bulk, saloon and vestibule panels, as well as antenna covers.

Manufacturers United

01 Jun 2020 by Engineering Capacity

A new initiative designed to build UK industrial capability and increase reshoring has got off to a flying start after £625,000 of orders were placed in the first few weeks.

UK Manufacturing Unite (#UkMfgUnite) has been launched in response to the national effort to produce more critical components and essential equipment at home and is the first step in the sector’s fightback against the damaging effects of Covid-19.

Reap reshoring benefits

01 Jun 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Even before Covid-19 highlighted the fragility of extended global supply chains, a trend toward reshoring of critical component and part manufacture was well under way. Precision engineering specialist Dawson Shanahan, a long-time proponent of UK-based manufacturing, spells out the growing advantages of this approach and addresses its challenges.

End-to-end understanding

01 Jun 2020 by Engineering Capacity

With disruption driven by COVID-19 continuing to overwhelm business across the globe, the need for end-to-end supply chain visibility and management has never been so urgent says by Richard Seel, Managing Director, delaware North America.

 It has become increasingly clear that if businesses across the manufacturing space want to manage disruption and adapt to new demands quickly, they need to have a good understanding of, and visibility over, their supply chain, in order to de-risk their operations.

Pledge to support skills

01 Jun 2020 by Engineering Capacity

One of the UK’s leading training providers has launched a new campaign to ensure apprenticeships are protected as manufacturers seek to find ways of coping with the Covid-19 pandemic.

In-Comm Training, which operates three academies at Aldridge, Bridgnorth and Shropshire, is asking firms in the West Midlands to sign-up to its ‘Skills Pledge’, which will see them commit to supporting apprentices, raising the profile of vocational learning and ‘upskilling’ their workforces.

ACE aims for Gold

27 May 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Advanced Chemical Etching (ACE) is hoping to achieve Gold Supplier status after being selected to take part in a supplier development by Collins Aerospace.

It is working with Collins, a world leader in aerospace and defence technologies, on a host of continuous improvement and training activities to help it strengthen its ability to supply group factories across the globe.

Straight in with SC21 Silver

27 May 2020 by Engineering Capacity

The Newry-based Exact Group, which specialises in precision engineering and composite finishing, has become the first ever company in Ireland go straight to a Silver Award on the SC21 Aerospace Supply Chain Programme, SC2.

The usual route is to start with the accreditation of a Bronze award, before progressing to Silver.

The Newry company is sponsored through the programme by Collins Aerospace (formerly B/E Aerospace), a unit of Raytheon Technologies.

Fuselage parts for 500 aircraft

27 May 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Kaman UK has now delivered 80,000 rear fuselage packers to BAE Systems for its F-35 manufacturing programme. These parts along with 1,000 plenum ducts have been used in the manufacture of over 500 aircraft.

Rapid pivot to medical parts

27 May 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Subcontractor Unicut Precision has turned three-quarters of its manufacturing capacity over to ventilator component production.

The company is now stranger to producing large quantities of components, shipping a million items to customers in a typical month. The company operates 22 Cincom sliding-head lathes and eight Miyano fixed-head turning centres and an Index MS40 six-spindle bar automatic, in addition to other metalcutting plant.

Making underwater adventures

27 May 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Stainless Metalcraft has provided key pressure hull components for a new leisure submersible that will bring thrilling panoramic underwater exploration within reach for tourists and marine enthusiasts alike.

Metalcraft supplied the forward and aft hemispheres, hull rings, forward and aft hatches, large battery pods and smaller trim tanks for the Triton DeepView 24 submersible, which successfully completed its safety tests in Barcelona last month.

Subcon to run alongside MACH

21 May 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Subcon has now been postponed until January 26 -28, 2021 and will run alongside MACH 2021 at the NEC, Birmingham.

MA Exhibitions Limited, which owns and runs Subcon, The Engineer Expo and The Manufacturing Management Show, have taken the decision to reschedule the event from September 28 -30 to January 26 -28, 2021.

The shows will now run in Halls 7 & 8 at the NEC Birmingham, running alongside MACH 2021 as well as Air Tech, Fluid Power & Systems, Drives & Controls, Plant & Asset Management and Smart Industry Expo.

3D printing saving lives

20 May 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Mackart Additive, which specialises in the mechanical component design and 3D additive manufacturing, turned a consultant’s idea into a life-saving ventilator valve.

In early March, the government announced it was looking for businesses with the capability to support in the supply of ventilators and ventilator components, as part of its plan to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, now sweeping the UK.

£10.5m 3d print expansion

20 May 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Digital manufacturer Protolabs has started work on a £10.5m investment that will increase its 3D printing capability by 50% to meet the growing demand for this technology.

The company, which specialises in custom prototypes and low-volume production parts, is building a new 5000 square metre production facility in Putzbrunn in Germany that will give customers even greater access to the firm’s automated manufacturing processes and quality systems.

Streamlined customer service

20 May 2020 by Engineering Capacity

A streamlined and more accurate quoting process is ensuring a faster and more professional response to customers at Bedford CNC.

Plastic Jesus and Laser Gnomes

20 May 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Street artist Plastic Jesus is working with job shop Laser Gnomes and PET material from Goodfellow to fabricate face shields for hospital staff

Plastic Jesus is a Los Angeles-based street artist best known for his bold “Stop Making Stupid People Famous” stencil art and biting Academy Award-themed installations. These days, however, he’s turning his attention to the urgent need hospital medical staff have for personal protective equipment (PPE), including face shields.

Foundry workforce expanded

12 May 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Black Country foundry, Midland Pressure Diecasting (MPD) is creating 10 new jobs to supply increased orders for critical components destined for the NHS, the MoD and Homeland Security in the United States.

MPD was identified as a key supplier at the very start of the Covid-19 pandemic and has proactively responded by boosting its workforce in a number of strategic positions, including electrical maintenance, fabrication, CNC operation and die casting.