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Features - Services

Semta explains the new apprenticeship funding world 11/12/2017

How can more UK employers take advantage of new apprenticeship funding? Ann Watson, chief executive of Semta Group, the engineering skills body, explains  Read More

Mind the (skills) gap 05/12/2017

Engineering Technology Group (ETG) has unveiled at Norton Motorcycles the first of 15 Technical Academies across the UK. Steed Webzell went along to see the initiative officially unveiled  Read More

Thinking local: Faro opens UK metrology service centre 19/07/2016

From June, the 1,800 Faro Technologies products installed in the UK can be serviced in Rugby. The service and calibration centre offers repairs, recalibration and recertification of Faro arms, Vantage laser trackers and laser scanners, and in future the company’s new Cobalt light scanner, plus a training room, spares stockholding and offices  Read More

Finding a great deal to fund a new machine 25/04/2016

Here’s a riddle: what’s the last part of a sale, but the first part of a delivery? The answer is financing, and it is what makes the difference between having to save up for a machine and having one delivered now. Will Dalrymple explains  Read More

Turn on and tune in 16/10/2015

Today, sensors sprinkled around a factory watching process variables – temperature, runtime, vibration – can be strung together in a data network. The right computer hardware and software can weave those streams together into a rich tapestry of information. This is the picture of Industry 4.0, reports Will Dalrymple  Read More

Inside DMG Mori's UK service operation 26/06/2015

DMG Mori is concentrating effort on top-quality service in the UK as it combines the best of the DMG and Mori spares and services systems it has inherited.  Read More

‘Advances in Machining’ event 26/06/2014

Machinery magazine attended the 'Advances in Machining' conference held at the AMRC training centre in Sheffield this week.   Read More

Experience for hire 05/05/2013

Andrew Allcock speaks to one of the UK's leading independent trainers and CAM programmers, Gardner CNC, about the company's history, business and services  Read More

Massive Middle East machinery move project 05/12/2011

TW Ward has completed a massive manufacturing plant relocation exercise, in the United Arab Emirates. In fact, involving 67 machines, it is the largest such project it has so far undertaken. Machinery reports  Read More

The three ‘Rs’: rebuild, retrofit, refurbish 05/04/2011

When budgets are tight, one way to maintain investment programmes is to investigate cost-effective alternatives to new machine tools. Steed Webzell reports  Read More

Global service ambition 05/04/2010

It may not appear to be anything special, at the superficial level, but Konecranes' acquisition of a number of UK machine tool service operations is part of a global push. Andrew Allcock reports  Read More

First class upgrade 23/12/2009

Rebuilding or retrofitting are cost-effective ways to lift productivity: after all, everyone enjoys an upgrade. Steed Webzell reports  Read More

Machine tool finance, including Enterprise Finance Guarantee scheme 22/12/2009

Many companies looking to secure funding to invest in capital equipment are running into a brick wall when it comes to the banks. But there are alternative sources out there – and they are ready to lend, while manufacturing technology suppliers are pitching in with their own deals. Brian Wall reports  Read More

Rebuild, revive, repair 12/03/2009

Gloucestershire-based SPP Pumps has recently invested £300,000 in a project that included fitting a Heidenhain iTNC 530 to a refurbished CNC vertical spindle gantry mill. The project not only reduced cycle times by more than half, it also saved SPP in the region of £100,000 of sub-contract cost during the past year because split casings for larger variants of centrifugal pump can now be machined in-house. This, according to Gary Hurcombe, production engineering manager, has cut lead-times from three weeks to one week for what was previously the longest lead-time item in a pump 'kit of parts'.  Read More

Second time around 15/10/2008

For modest outlay, rebuilding or retrofitting new controls to a tiring shop floor favourite can provide enormous benefits.   Read More

Changing but constant 05/04/2008

Typically, the mechanics of any machine tool will long outlast its control and drive systems. However, when retrofitted with the latest CNC technologies, the reliability and availability of the machine is improved, as are its diagnostic capabilities, implying that servicing and maintenance levels can be optimised.  Read More

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