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Drilling issue resolved


Magellan Aerospace needed a solution to counter poor tool life when drilling a range of lithium aluminium aerostructure components. Sumitomo Electric Hardmetal obliged

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Rising fortunes: NCMT Open House


Buoyed by aerospace business, machine tool dealer NCMT showed off its latest solutions for grinding, turning and milling during an Open House in May. Will Dalrymple was there

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Springing into action


An industry R&D programme changed the course of business for a small spring manufacturer, not only enabling it to win new business but also gain a leading position in the aerospace sector

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Growing innovation


A public-private initiative aims to support and encourage small aerospace supply chain companies to develop new technologies. The deadline for the last project outlines is in May

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Who's at Farnborough 2014?


Aerospace has held plenty of work opportunities for manufacturing companies – even during the recession – but it's now to set offer even more, based on what the organisers of Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) are ...

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Made of sterner stuff - composites machining


Machining composites takes resolve, ingenuity and, of course, the supporting manufacturing technologies. Steed Webzell rounds up the latest developments in this evolving segment

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DMG/Mori Seiki global expansion


Andrew Allcock attended the annual DMG/Mori Seiki Open House event in Germany, held during late January. Global plans, market opportunities and the unveiling of more new machine tools were on the menu, including ...

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Part of the whole


Andrew Allcock reviews the activities of the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), one of the latest high value manufacturing-focused facilities, setting it in context. It's just part of the UK's growing manufacturing ...

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Learning the hard way


Attending a showcase seminar on machining hard materials, Steed Webzell discovered the technology race to optimise such processes is accelerating, as manufacturers strive for ever greater competitive gain

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Titanium machining - tough challenge met


Makino has purpose-designed machine tools for titanium machining and they saw their UK launch at an event staged by UK distributor NCMT in Coventry. Andrew Allcock was there

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Mori Seiki supports aerospace effort at AMRC


Mori Seiki showcased its presence at the AMRC in March, where three recently installed machines will play a key role in the SAMULET programme. Steed Webzell was among the visitors

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Military machine


Andrew Allcock has seen inside BAE System's new multi-million pound titanium machining facility for the F-35 Lightning II (Joint Strike Fighter – JSF). Here is what he discovered (extended online version)

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Casting the net wider


Andrew Allcock reveals how the UK's composites network is still growing, highlighting recent investments, and notes also that production methods and materials development look to be making the technology more widely ...

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Chasing material development


Trial and error engineering, surrounded by a cloak of secrecy is the way a key tooling supplier describes the current scenario of providing a solution to the machining of composite materials. Machinery reports