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A380 ‘bathtubs’ get tripod technology treatment


Machined using novel ‘tripod’ technology, the first Airbus A380 ‘bathtub’ wing component has been delivered by EADS Military Aircraft, Augsburg, Germany. The part will be supplied to the new ‘West wing’ at Airbus UK’s ...

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AMPlifying potential


Yorkshire Forward’s vision for the future of manufacturing is beginning to take shape on reclaimed land that was at the heart of the Industrial Revolution. According to Yorkshire Forward – arguably the most ambitious ...

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Testing the limits


Mercedes-Ilmor, Brixworth, Northants counts machine tool maker Mori Seiki as one of its manufacturing technology partners (others include Charmilles, Iscar and Renishaw). Indeed, so good is the relationship that Mori ...

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Advantage, Citizen R04


Following trials in Switzerland, Citizen’s new R04 sliding-head lathe, confirms its advantage over cam-driven machines. For a watch pinion, the 3/16 in (4 mm) capacity R04 delivered a cycle time of 19 secs versus a ...

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Clogs to growth...


Based in South Shields, on the banks of the river Tyne, 216-employee tier 2/3 contract manufacturer Ford Component Manufacturing is a company full of surprises and amply demonstrates the adage ‘don’t judge a book by its ...

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Nursing an industry


Within the UK,there are currently some 50 000 hip replacements and over 35 000 knee replacements annually. In addition there are numerous other orthopaedic operations. And earlier this year,the then health secretary ...

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Carriers take another step closer to production


Contracts totalling around £50 million in value have been placed with BAE Systems and Thales UK to complete the Assessment Phase (AP3) of the Future Aircraft Carrier (CVF) project. AP3 sets out to increase design ...

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Type 45 Destroyer spurs bearing innovation


The radar housing on the Royal navy’s new Type 45 Destroyer’s will rotate on Timken bearings. The radar – Samson – rotates at 30 revs/min on an innovative bearing setup which US-based The Timken Company assisted in ...