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Success feeds investment

21 Aug 2019 by Engineering Capacity

ES Precision completed its second trading year this summer and reports another year of growth in its machining and laser processing work.

Profits generated are reinvested in the business; last year in a new UV laser and this year in an automated machining centre.

The Haas Mini Mill 2 allows ES to bid for higher volume milling jobs than previously, extending its market beyond the prototype and 1-off work previously sought.

Time to choose apprenticeships

21 Aug 2019 by Engineering Capacity

The ability to earn while you learn and fast-tracking your career are two of the main reasons young people choose apprenticeships according to a new survey.

In-Comm Training, which supports over 2000 learners every year, asked two cohorts of students for their opinions on vocational learning and the results were emphatic, with 95% of respondents feeling that undertaking an apprenticeship has helped accelerate their career.

Going underground

21 Aug 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Quartzelec, an independent engineering service provider, has just completed the first phase of an upgrade programme that will help ensure the reliability of the London Underground District line in years to come.

The project, the result of several years of discussion and planning through to fruition, has resulted in 14 high-frequency generator sets, a key component in delivering efficient signalling across the District line network, being completely overhauled with multiple components replaced.

Software feeds expansion

21 Aug 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Hydrafeed says that PSL Datatrack production control software has enabled the continued expansion of its twin manufacturing strands of subcontract engineering and the production of its renowned bar feed systems.

To this has now been added its new sole UK and Ireland agency for RoboJob’s robotic solutions.

3D print and metrology combines

21 Aug 2019 by Engineering Capacity

SYS Systems is to team up with a bespoke metrology specialist at this year’s TCT Show for a live demonstration of a pioneering 3D-printing application.

The Stratasys UK platinum partner will be joined on stand B70 by Torus Group, which has developed a completely unique part that has not been replicated anywhere else in the manufacturing industry.

Its 3D-printed filling assembly for its top load and volume gauge machine is a complex construction of channels, inserts and electrodes that allow water to flow in and out during bottle volume and crush resistance testing.

Powerful pair of 10kW lasers

21 Aug 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Two 10kW fibre laser production cells at Laser 24 in Essex add up to one of the most powerful sheet metal cutting capabillities in the South of England.

A  10 kW ByStar Fiber to the ByTrans Extended was installed in mid-2018 and was followed by an identical production system six months later.

The cost of a machine downtime

14 Aug 2019 by Engineering Capacity

For many businesses across the UK, Machine downtime can cause major complications if there is no preparation in place and have a major impact on productivity and profit margins. A study commissioned by Oneserve revealed machine down time costs the UK approximately £18 billion a year.

Anti-corrosion E-coating

14 Aug 2019 by Engineering Capacity

William Hughes can now offer electrophoretic coating to give a gloss black finish with strong anti-corrosive finish on the springs, wire forms and assemblies it manufactures itself and as a service to other manufacturers.

The new paint line has been installed at the company’s Plovdiv factory in Bulgaria.

Mental health comes first

14 Aug 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Flame Hardeners has become one of the first small companies in the Contract Heat Treatment sector to appoint a designated Mental Health First Aider.

Commercial Manager, Claire Casswell, who is already qualified to Level 3 in Counselling, has gained MHFA England’s Certificate following their Adult Mental Health First Aid Two Day Course, which teaches people how to spot the signs of mental health issues, offer initial help and guide the individual towards appropriate support.

Scanning capacity doubled

14 Aug 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Laser Scanning has doubled throughput on contract inspection and reverse engineering and can now measure parts five times bigger, including JCB engine blocks, thanks to a new CMM from LK Metrology.

The new LK machine, the company’s second, is a 20.12.10 ceramic-bridge CMM with 2,000 x 1,200 x 1,000 mm working volume.

First 5-axis for Numac

14 Aug 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Subcontractor Numac Engineering, more than half of whose business is in the oil and gas sector, has ordered a Hermle 5-axis, trunnion-type, mill-turn centre to strengthen its prismatic machining capability and at the same time add extra turning capacity.

Automated bending capacity

14 Aug 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Redditch-based laser cutting and sheet metal specialist Intec Laser Services has created extra capacity for an automotive contract by investing in a fast, automated bending cell.

The Trumpf TruBend Cell 7000 is said to be one of the world’s fastest and has been put to work producing over 200 different types of brackets of various batch quantity and complexity for a range of customers.

German machine tool orders fall

14 Aug 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Orders received by the German machine tool industry in the second quarter of 2019 were 22 per cent down on the same period last year with orders from Germany falling by 28%.

Orders from outside Germany fell by 18% year on year. Orders received fell by 21 per cent in the first half of 2019. Domestic sales were down 19 per cent in this period, with foreign sales 23 per cent lower.

Robots add value to auto mouldings

06 Aug 2019 by Engineering Capacity

WHS Plastics uses robots extensively to add value in a series of post moulding operations, such as the assembly of automotive tail gate clips, directly at the mould press.

Midlands based WHS Plastics operates across 3 sites and has 1,000 employees supporting major international companies, in a variety of industries including automotive, electronics, industrial and hygiene products.  

Finest finish for aerospace

06 Aug 2019 by Engineering Capacity

To meet growing demand for ever more precise surface finishing in aerospace, Fintek has invested in a latest generation stream finishing machine from OTEC Präzisionsfinish GmbH.

More plastics people

06 Aug 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Blackburn-based MGS Technical Plastics has appointed three new team members, and will recruit two more, as it looks to serve the growing demand for its plastic injection moulding and associated manufacturing services.

The appointments follow an influx of new contract wins worth a total of £2m, which include a luxury car manufacturer that has nominated MGS to supply its new model, an energy company which has enlisted MGS to manufacture a new range of smart meters, and an electronics company which switched a major project to MGS to improve the quality of its products.

Outsourcing for global growth

06 Aug 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Strategic outsourcing with PP Control & Automation is allowing an industrial vending specialist to globally scale its business without the significant direct cost of setting up its own manufacturing facilities

Solihull-based Inventor-e, which provides point-of-use solutions to industrial manufacturers and the facilities management market, joined forces with PP Control & Automation to outsource the build of SmartStores Secure, an access-controlled cabinet that uses the SmartStores app for access and to issue, return and restock product.

Testing integration complete

06 Aug 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Element Materials Technology says it has now completed the formal rebranding and integration of the Exova Group plc which it acquired in June 2017.

The scope of the integration program has covered 135 locations; 4,370 colleagues; five CRM systems; 61 LIMS systems; five external and internal websites; and 16 customer portals. The Group also aligned a number of closely-sited laboratories, creating centers of excellence in Detroit, MI for Transportation; Huntington Beach, CA for Aerospace; and Aberdeen, UK and Houston, TX for Oil & Gas.

Phoenix from the flames

06 Aug 2019 by Engineering Capacity

A disastrous fire at P Patterns in Brierley Hill turned out to be the catalyst for a new and stronger company with some help from machine tool supplier DMG MORI.

Boosting the UK’s battery capacity

06 Aug 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has called for the creation of multiple ‘gigafactories’ to provide the large volume of batteries needed to fuel its electrification strategy. As well as allowing the AM to ramp up manufacturing volumes, these facilities could play a vital role in differentiating its offering. So what steps are needed to make the UK a global leader in battery technologies and drive the sector’s electrification strategy asks Richard Gane of Vendigital?