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Saving lives is cool idea

10 Dec 2019 by Engineering Capacity

A potentially life-saving system which monitors the vital signs of patients through a disposable wearable device is being developed for use in hospitals thanks to Protolabs’ European Cool Idea Award.

The Evo System, from Moon Labs, is an unobtrusive, wireless and affordable system that provides doctors and nurses on the wards with regular updates on patients’ vital signs. The system was developed to monitor general hospital patients’ vital signs over time and calculate early warning scores to highlight if their health is deteriorating and requires intervention.

Nuclear fabrication power-house

10 Dec 2019 by Engineering Capacity

ECS' in-house fabrication department has recently completed the manufacture of 49 steel duct cradles destined for the main reactor building at a UK nuclear power plant.

Each of the duct cradles required fabrication to the highest standards, with ECS engineers delivering all of the structures within six months.

Building on fabrication

09 Dec 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Fabricator and sheet-metal specialist Mitre Industries has added in-house machining to its capabilities.

MACH registration open

09 Dec 2019 by Engineering Capacity

MACH 2020, might still be five months away, but registration has already been kicked off with a launch at NPL.

Taking place at the NEC in Birmingham between 20th – 24th April, MACH 2020 is set to be one of the best exhibitions in the event’s long history.

MACH is the longest-running manufacturing and engineering exhibition in the UK, showcasing a wide variety manufacturing technology solutions on live working machinery.

Hard moulds milled

09 Dec 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Whitchurch toolmaker and plastic injection moulding specialist BM Injection has moved from time-consuming electric discharge machining of moulds and dies to direct milling of the tool steels in their hardened state.

These can be up to 58 Rc (Rockwell C Hardness) in the case of 2083 used for injection moulding highly abrasive thermoset plastics.

Cutting the dBs at DMI

02 Dec 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Patented compressor technology has helped DMI Precision Engineering achieve a dramatic reduction in shop floor noise levels.

Operating out of East Lothian for more than 40 years, DMI Precision has customers ranging from aerospace and automotive manufacturers to the oil and gas, nuclear and renewable energy sectors. Employing a dozen staff, its services include CNC turning and CNC milling from low quantity to high volume batch work.

Making waves in Coventry

02 Dec 2019 by Engineering Capacity

The distinctive curved oval shaped structure with blue shingles of Coventry's new water park, The Wave, relies on the metal bending expertise of Barshaws Section Benders.

The £36.7 million park designed by architects FaulknerBrowns offers residents access to spa and fitness facilities. Evoking flowing water, its curved steel structure is supported by precision curved rectangular hollow section (RHS) and parallel flanged channels (PFC).

Fast growing foundry

02 Dec 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Midland Pressure Diecasting (MPD) has boosted its output significantly after installing a new fully automatic aluminium diecasting machine at its Willenhall facility to add to its fleet of automated die casting machines.

The £250,000 project at one of the Black Country’s fastest growing foundries will introduce efficiencies and create an additional 20% capacity to take on more work, which will generate a number of new jobs locally.

Birds set to fly

02 Dec 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Birds Precision Engineering is spreading its wings with its latest investment in large capacity machining.

The Doosan DNM 6700XL (3-axis) vertical machining centre was installed at the family-owned company’s 3,000 square foot facility in Nuneaton. It being used to machine high-precision, complex prismatic parts for one of the company’s long-established UK customers.

Top level recognition for AME

02 Dec 2019 by Engineering Capacity

An innovative manufacturing partnership has won the highest national honour in UK higher education 

The Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME), a joint collaboration between Coventry University and Unipart Manufacturing, has been awarded a prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize. 

Celebrating excellence, innovation and public benefit in work carried out by colleges and universities, the accolade is the highest national Honour awarded in UK further and higher education and is granted by Her Majesty the Queen every two years. 

World’s fastest tractor is JCB

20 Nov 2019 by Engineering Capacity

JCB’s Fastrac has stormed into the record books after being crowned the world’s fastest tractor with a speed of 135.191 mph.

The Fastrac - designed and built by a team of young engineers in Staffordshire - secured the title at Elvington Airfield in York with motorbike racer and lorry mechanic Guy Martin at the wheel.  The feat was officially ratified by Guinness World Records who presented the company with a special framed certificate minutes after the achievement.

SME of the year

20 Nov 2019 by Engineering Capacity

MNB Precision, a Midlands-based, family-run precision engineering firm has been named the Small to Medium Business of the Year at The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards.

The company was also named as finalists in the Exporter of the Year category. Earlier this year, MNB was named Insider UK Manufacturers of the Year (Under £25m). Directors, Luke Benton and Elliot Benton, were also shortlisted for Institute of Director Awards – Director of the Year Family Business, and Director of the Year International Business respectively.  

Milling and turning capacity

20 Nov 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Scott Bennett Engineering has boosted its milled and turned parts capacity with a second Nakamura turning centre.

The Nakamura AS200LMYS from the Engineering Technology Group (ETG) caps a £350,000 investment at the company and will help it cope with a 16% increase in demand.

The single turret, 15 station live tool and twin spindle machine will reduce cycle times by up to 25%, as well as removing secondary operations on more than 40 different product lines.

Pushing EV efficiency to the max

20 Nov 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Ultra-lightweight carbon-fibre composite chassis and body panels from Formaplex have helped create one of the world’s most efficient electric cars.

Cambridge University students collaborated with F1 and supercar experts to create Helia, a four-seat solar powered electric car which can travel from London to the Scottish Highlands at a speed of 50mph on the same power it takes to boil a kettle.

Medical moulding resource

20 Nov 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Applied Polymer Technologies (APT) has installed a new 130 ton all-electric, medical specification injection moulding machine from Sumitomo (SHI) Demag to support Irish customers with their research, product development, tool testing and validation projects.

Dr Forgemasters I presume

20 Nov 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Sheffield Forgemasters' employees have become the very first collective to be awarded a group honorary doctorate by Sheffield Hallam University.

The award recognises the work carried out by Sheffield Forgemasters staff and the company's engineering achievements that have kept Sheffield on the world map as a leading centre of manufacturing excellence for more than 200 years.

Connecting electric quad bikes

12 Nov 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Convert Ltd, which manufactures cable looms and harnesses, has secured an order to design cable assemblies to power 100 electric all terrain quad bikes a year.

Convert will design and manufacture the cable assemblies for Aspire Engineering, specialist in sustainable engineering solutions for the electric vehicle industry, who then convert the quad bikes which are run on petrol/ diesel into a 100 percent electric vehicle for EcoCharger Quads, specialists in all terrain quad bikes.

Growth doubles at fabricator

12 Nov 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Sheffield-based steel fabrication and laser cutting specialist, SevenHills Fabrication, has more than doubled its turnover in three years.

The company's financial results ending 2019 record SevenHills' turnover reach £3.5 million, up from £1.7 million for the financial year ending 2017 and with the company investing £1 million into plant and technology over the same period.

Bi-metallic plates explode onto market

12 Nov 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Kloeckner Metals UK have recently formed a new partnership with NobelClad, a world leader in dissimilar metal bonding using explosive welding.

Composed of two dissimilar metals, bi-metallic plates are bonded by a cold precision explosion that retains the best properties of both metals. NobelClad has pioneered the use of explosion welding in dissimilar metal bonding. This innovative technique enables bonding in milliseconds, reducing the amount of heat required and therefore preventing any damage that can occur to the metals during the cladding process.

Cobot lends a hand

12 Nov 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Cambridge Precision has installed its first collaborative robot to create a flexible, autonomous and high-productivity manufacturing cell.

Supplied by the recently created automation division of Mills CNC, the M0617 cobot, equipped with ONRobot electrically driven two finger parallel grippers and Schunk vices, was installed in the company’s 24,000 square foot facility in St Neots in July 2019 where it has been integrated with a Doosan DNM 6700 vertical machining centre.