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Southern comfort 20/02/2017

After years of suffering the best attempts by winter weather to dismantle Southern Manufacturing’s coated fabric tent pavilion at Farnborough, including high winds and large quantities of water too, the organisers have pushed the event back a few weeks, to the end of March, in hopes of finding a clement interval  Read More

Electric thinking 07/02/2017

The Blue Arc electro-erosion process will drastically reduce roughing times in hard-to-machine alloys such as aero-engine parts, says inventor and developer GE. An adapted Mitsui Seiki machine tool has been delivered to GE’s aerospace global research centre near Detroit for customer trials. Will Dalrymple explains  Read More

This month 25 years ago: February 1992 02/02/2017

Production engineers – representation, changing role; cell-based manufacturing; international competition – parochial outlook and a prophetic statement; aerospace and auto makers speak to UK machine tool industry, plus more  Read More

Mazak new machines and industry 4.0 news 30/01/2017

The traditional Open House event at Yamazaki Mazak’s European Technology Centre in Worcester in November 2016 launched two new machines among more than 20 displayed, and revealed several software-related developments for tooling, process monitoring and Industry 4.0.  Read More

Industry 4.0 primer for business, and safety advice 20/01/2017

EEF has published an Industry 4.0 primer to help firms get to grips with the topic, while at a detailed level, Neil Dyson at TÜV SÜD explains how advanced Industry 4.0 machinery is likely to demand a modified approach to equipment risk assessment. Andrew Allcock explains  Read More

Old news; new possibility? 04/01/2017

The UK’s industrial policy has been of topical interest lately. The UK has been engaged in an analysis of its relative economic decline, with a focus on manufacturing, since the late 19th century.   Read More

A new industrial strategy - strategic efforts 04/01/2017

In the light of Prime Minister Theresa May’s statement about industrial policy, Andrew Allcock offers a historical perspective and reviews what government and key representative bodies have said so far   Read More

Science non-fiction 03/01/2017

The Advanced Forming Research Centre could reasonably be accused of hiding its light under a bushel. But it is now revealing more of its work and future direction, which is taking in more metalcutting, but with a particular focus, as Andrew Allcock learned during his visit  Read More

Skill required: what Britain needs, post-Brexit 21/12/2016

With the Brexit vote out of the way, we can now get on with…discussing the details of Brexit, ad infinitum. The two fundamentally opposed issues remain – controlling EU migration to the UK (we can already control non-EU migration) and maintaining tariff-free trade with Europe.  Read More

Future vehicles: spaceframe with AM elements 07/12/2016

A consortium of four engineering firms have developed an automotive spaceframe partly produced by additive manufacturing to highlight a new way of making bodywork. They are: German companies EDAG Engineering, Laser Zentrum Nord and Concept Laser (ES Technology, 01865 821818), plus Italy’s BLM Group.   Read More

MACH 2018 – same place, new location, better facilities 02/12/2016

With post-MACH 2016 discussions and orders still playing out, exhibition organiser the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) has already moved on to organising MACH 2018 (9-13 April at the NEC - www.machexhibition.com) and is highlighting what’s different. There’s plenty, as Andrew Allcock heard  Read More

Six on a bed: bogie roughing 02/12/2016

Nikken was approached by Safran Landing Systems (previously known as Messier-Bugatti-Dowty) in 2007 to work with it on a project to optimise semi-finish machining of six 583 kg Airbus A350 titanium bogie beam forgings.   Read More

Roughing it: metals supplier invests in Handtmann centre for part-machining aero components 01/12/2016

A metals supplier and manufacturer of semi-finished aerospace parts buys big to pull away from the competition  Read More

Bigger and better: profile of contractor Dynamatic-Oldland Aerospace 24/11/2016

In the seven years since it was bought, Oldland has more than doubled in size. It has recently installed an automated five-unit aerostructure machining cell and a large-scale portal milling machine  Read More

Sales updraft: turbine blade drilling specialist celebrates success 21/11/2016

Lifted up by orders, TEK4 has doubled the size of its Leicester shopfloor to over 5,000 ft². In late September, it celebrated with an Open House  Read More

Trying to keep up: a round-up of global civil aviation forecasts 16/11/2016

In 20 years’ time, the world will have twice as many planes, according to the latest long-term commercial aviation forecasts published by Airbus, Boeing and Bombardier in July   Read More

Get on the map - growing UK-sourced work 11/11/2016

The GTMA-driven Reshoring UK initiative saw a recent auto industry-focused networking event bring together speakers that outlined various facets of the reshoring picture. Andrew Allcock was there  Read More

On good form: Formnext, Frankfurt preview 10/11/2016

A surprise hit in its debut last year, the Formnext show, primarily about additive manufacturing (AM) but also covering toolmaking and mould-making technologies (from which it takes its name), returns 15-18 November with strong support from machine manufacturers  Read More

This month 25 years ago: November 1991 02/11/2016

Manufacturing’s image; Cincinnati Milacron – another low-cost VMC, eyes growing market share; Yamazaki Machinery UK one of the 10 best in the world; Renishaw easy accuracy check; modular fixturing; gang-tooled lathes; Nissan, plus more   Read More

Case file: virtual help with composites production 20/10/2016

VISI CADCAM software from Vero Software is proving pivotal in a series of high profile research projects for Italy-based moulding specialist, Omni-Stamp.   Read More

High in fibre: composite part production forecast to grow 19/10/2016

Research and analysis conducted by Future Materials Group (FMG – 01223 785320) suggests there are “radical scenarios” for the growth of the carbon fibre market through to 2034.  Read More

Medical case file: Five operations become one with three-turret Index 13/10/2016

Portsmouth subcontractor DKW Engineering re-engineered a family of 316 stainless steel parts that go into flow meters used in the medical industry and has won a long-running contract to produce an increasing variety of the components.   Read More

The apprentice levy: Machinery magazine's guide and overview 03/10/2016

The apprenticeship levy is on its way. Andrew Allcock explains the current understanding, drawing on various sources plus a recent EEF webinar to present this up-to-date, top-level overview  Read More

Tongtai, Anger and PCI: A new Euro-Asian partnership of three automotive-focused machine tool companies 22/09/2016

At AMB 2016, Tongtai and its recent European acquisitions, machine manufacturers PCI and Anger, shared a stand at a German manufacturing machinery exhibition for the first time. The united stand expressed the companies' shared vision of collaboration in bespoke solutions for primarily European automotive manufacturers. UPDATED  Read More

North East networking: Manufacturing & Engineering North East 2016 show review 12/09/2016

The Manufacturing & Engineering North East conference and exhibition introduced not only some of the most high-profile manufacturing projects in the UK, such as Hitachi’s £82 million rail carriage factory and Nissan’s huge Sunderland car plant, but also promoted the voices of local small business leaders and organisations working to improve industry in the region  Read More

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