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Electric thinking


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 ...

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Science non-fiction


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 ...

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The box shifter


Stainless Metalcraft has won a contract potentially worth £50 million to make up to 1,100 boxes. But, explains managing director Austen Adams, as the boxes will be holding nuclear waste, this contract demands more than ...

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Nuclear manufacturing


Andrew Allcock visited the Nuclear AMRC ahead of the official opening this year. Supply chain development and manufacturing process development are key (extended version)

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Big and proud


A recent visit to Asquith Butler, Brighouse took me back 20 years as I walked into the factory and saw the latest Star Cut 400S travelling gantry vertical machining centre on display, the historical brand and gantry ...

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Software versus hardware


Business Secretary Lord Peter Mandelson is UK manufacturing industry's new friend, or so it would appear, but he still needs to understand that metalcutting and metalforming remain relevant UK activities, judged by a ...

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Fusion of skills


The UK has much expertise in nuclear fusion technology, together with related, relevant industrial capability. And there's a £2 billion-plus opportunity right now, as Machinery highlights