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State of play: aerospace sector forecast 20/03/2017

The government has issued its green paper consultation document for a forthcoming industrial strategy (https://is.gd/dohexi). Prior to that, there have been a couple of aerospace sector analysis documents published. Andrew Allcock reviews the sector’s condition  Read More

Blue sky thinking 17/03/2017

Aerospace supplier MEP has had a bumpy flight on its journey toward successful automation of a manual production process   Read More

‘If I had a hammer’: BMW underpins training with Emco 15/03/2017

Car giant BMW performs the same form of training at each of its German works locations. Called TaLEnt, Talent-orientated LEarning and development, it is supported by machines supplied by Emco  Read More

Going (with) nuclear: supply chain opportunities at Hinkley Point C 08/03/2017

Now that construction of nuclear power plant Hinkley Point C has begun, suppliers are gearing up to start work. The mammoth project will require large amounts of manufactured products and services  Read More

Aero challenge - extended feature 06/03/2017

Kyocera SGS Precision Tools Europe hosted one of its first UK events since being bought by the Japanese industrial conglomerate Kyocera last year. Key themes were technical collaboration and superalloys, Will Dalrymple reports   Read More

This month 25 years ago: March 1992 02/03/2017

Machinery Awards, a familiar name; PC-based CNC, we’re still waiting; big export order for UK machine tool builder; the launch of a UK-developed-and-made CNC system; in-depth training update, plus more  Read More

A freshening breeze 01/03/2017

As a £290 million government allocation round for energy contracts, including offshore wind, is scheduled to begin in April for projects delivered in 2021-22 and 2022-3, wind turbine manufacturing activities are picking up in the UK  Read More

Southern comfort: Southern Manufacturing exhibition preview 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

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