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Covid-killing copper alloy

04 Aug 2020 by Engineering Capacity

A Yorkshire casting and machining specialist is working with academics on developing a copper alloy that can kill the Covid-19 virus in just 10 minutes.

The scientists at the University of Southampton have established significant results in the elimination of Covid-19 within minutes, on a copper-based alloy, demonstrating its ability to reduce coronavirus transmission rates, via commonly touched surfaces, manufactured with this metal. 

Type 26 frigate contracts

04 Aug 2020 by Engineering Capacity

BAE Systems has awarded a further five contracts to suppliers worth more than £100m, as progress on the Type 26 frigate programme continues apace at the company’s shipyards in Glasgow.

The new contracts will support 250 jobs, with the Type 26 programme sustaining more than 4,000 jobs in total across the UK, helping to support the nation’s economic recovery by maintaining much-needed skills and capabilities. More than £1bn has been invested across the programme’s supply chain to date, with more than 100 suppliers globally.

Building on a pizza base

02 Aug 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Starting as a pizza pan importer over 30 years ago, Alphin Pans has transformed itself into a business where 70% of its work is in subcontract spinning, pressing, profiling and forming.

Its latest investment is in two Timesavers deburring and surface finishing machines from Ellesco.

Alphin began life in a garage in 1989 importing and selling pizza pans. For its first 20 years the company was happy to simply buy and sell pizza pans and associated equipment, building solid foundations and counting the leading UK pizza supplier as a key customer.

Two Golds in a row

02 Aug 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Carrickfergus-based IPC Mouldings has achieved the SC21 Gold Performance Level for the second consecutive year.

The SC21 international programme promotes the continuous improvement and acceleration of the competitiveness and capabilities of the Aerospace and Defence Supply Chains worldwide.

The tool manufacturing and injection moulding company joined the programme in 2015 and is one of few companies to reach gold standard in the space of four years.

Rebuilding training for the casting sector

02 Aug 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Pam Murrell FICME, CEO of the Cast Metals Federation, CMF, describes the challenges that smaller, niche industry sectors face when trying to develop the specialist training programmes that they need. The casting industry tackled the problem through the industry bodies taking a lead role.

Medical opportunity taken

29 Jul 2020 by Engineering Capacity

The Covid-19 lockdown has given the Newry-based Exact Group, the opportunity to achieve medical device accreditation.

The ISO 13485 accreditation complements the company’s existing Aerospace and Defence accreditations and awards.

ISO 13485 is a quality management system that demonstrates compliance to stringent medical device quality standards that consistently meet customer and other regulatory requirements.

Surface engineering apprenticeship

29 Jul 2020 by Engineering Capacity

A new Master-level apprenticeship standard for engineers employed within the surface coatings and surface engineering disciplines is now available from Cranfield University.

This new standard is at Master Degree level 7, and post graduate engineers will learn specialised skills particular to Surface Engineering and Coatings, Heat Treatments, and Surface Treatments with a specific emphasis on helping their business.   

Machine tool partnership

29 Jul 2020 by Engineering Capacity

The Pexion Group, which includes subcontractors Drurys Engineering, Claro Precision, Paragon Precision, Oxton Engineering and Rictor Engineering, has signed a multi-million pound contract for the supply of machine tools.

This new deal will see the Wellesbourne based Engineering Technology Group (ETG) become a turnkey provider to the entire group. 

ETG will initially supply the subcontracting group with six new machine tools with significantly more planned in future phases of the long-term agreement.

Compassion and generosity to the fore

24 Jul 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Companies from all sectors have stepped up to produce everything from ventilators and face masks to hand gels and more. Here, Jeremy Whittingham, head of community and content at Advanced Engineering UK, highlights some of the generosity shown across the industry.  

Real recognition at virtual Farnborough

24 Jul 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Two precision engineering specialists were recognised for their commitment to quality and delivery performance as the Farnborough International Airshow went ‘virtual’.

Arrowsmith Engineering and TGM, both part of the £43million Aero Services Global Group (AS.G), were given the SC21 Silver and SC21 Bronze awards respectively for their ongoing ability to manufacture complex components to customers supplying some of the world’s largest airplane manufacturers and primes.

New senior team at foundry

23 Jul 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Following the retirement of Steve Ripley as Managing Director of aluminium foundry Skaigh Engineering at the beginning of July, a new team is now leading the business.

Steve had worked at Skaigh for over 40 years adding a purpose-built, modern, CNC machine shop to the services that the company offers.  Family members Tess, Steve's sister, and brother in-law, Barry are still with the family firm, alongside managers Nick Newman, Mike Harper and Matt Edmondson who have now also invested in the business and joined the senior management team as directors.

How 2020 is disrupting manufacturing

23 Jul 2020 by Engineering Capacity

2020 is a new decade and an exciting prospect for industries across the world, with vast advancements in technology leading up to it in the previous decade.

Artificial intelligence became reality rather than sci-fi, we carry minicomputers in our back pockets, and digital services like Amazon and Google have revolutionised consumer behaviour. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the UK is currently the ninth largest manufacturing nation in the world, with the industrial sector increasing 1.4% year-on-year since 1948.

Red letterbox day for WEC Group

15 Jul 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Darwen-headquartered contract manufacturing specialist the WEC Group has secured a multi-million pound letter box contract with Royal Mail

As from July 1st 2020, WEC has been manufacturing  all the iconic red letterboxes and associated Royal Mail fabricated metal products which form part of the British heritage.

The 900 staff strong Group recently celebrated its 40th anniversary in business, and WEC now operates from 9 manufacturing sites across Lancashire, Yorkshire, Merseyside and the West Midlands.

Medication dispensing opportunity

15 Jul 2020 by Engineering Capacity

MedPoint is an innovative British company that is automating the prescription collection process using ATM type dispensing points.

It is now looking for a partner who can design and build a  strong  container or enclosure that can be refrigerated, freestanding in an outdoor environment that would accommodate a large medication dispensing product inside it.

The product going inside it could be 2 -3 metres wide, 2 metre high and 1.5 metre deep. This is not  just a one off, the numbers could be high.

High tech sub-assemblies

15 Jul 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Lotus is creating a new sub-assembly plant in Norwich to produce aluminium components for its own Evora, Exige and Elise  vehicles and for other global car makers

The 12,300 m2 Hurricane Way factory will be converted to a new high tech sub-assembly facility to house manufacturing of aluminium extruded and bonded aluminium components. The facility will also house the steel welding and fabrication of sub-frames, suspension components and other key parts for Lotus cars.

Prototyping joining processes

15 Jul 2020 by Engineering Capacity

In late autumn 2020 Fronius International will open a new prototyping centre to develop joining solutions for customers and carry out small series prototype welding.

Trends such as e-mobility are resulting in new components and thus new challenges in production, particularly in the area of joining technology. The special systems that are required, particularly for prototype manufacturing, can pose an investment risk.

From design to production

15 Jul 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Whether you are an established designer or an entrepreneur looking to turn a new idea into reality, getting parts and products manufactured can be a daunting prospect.

Crossing the gap from design to production presents risks and can involve jumping time-consuming hurdles. Fin Brown, Project Manager from the UK-based firm Get It Made, shares his insights on how individuals and businesses can successfully take their ideas from design to reality.

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Summer club for young makers

15 Jul 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Budding engineers aged eight to 15 can explore the world of design, modelling and manufacturing at special two-day Future Makers Clubs this summer in Birmingham.

Young people attending the sessions in August, organised by Make UK, the manufacturers’ organisation, will be given a unique experience to work in the state-of-the-art facilities at the Make UK Technology Hub in Aston. 

New machines for NuMachine

08 Jul 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Hereford manufacturer NuMachine has taken delivery of two new Mazak 5-axis CNC machining machines as part of a wider investment worth close to £2 million.

NuMachine is a specialist machining company that supplies a range of sectors including aerospace, medical and technology. It particularly specialises in CNC machining, 5-axis, solids, mill-turning and complex components.

Nuclear valve contract

08 Jul 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Hayward Tyler Fluid Handling, part of Avingtrans PLC, has won a multi-million pound contract to develop a prototype valve for a nuclear plant operator in the UK.

The contract will see the East Kilbride-based business develop the valve to replace legacy components, with a potential to produce up to 150 further units in due course.