Sub contracting / Supply chain

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Who dares (invest) wins


Contract manufacturers can’t plan forward with any confidence. The fax machine is quiet for three weeks out of four, with the last week of the month bringing a deluge that is wanted ASAP. So it takes confidence to ...

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140-machine transfer outsource decision


The entire machine shop operation of Westinghouse Brakes (UK), Chippenham, has been transferred to its principal subcontractor, Precimax in nearby Corsham. Around 140 machine tools and 35 staff have transferred to ...

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Waterjet profiling complements metalcutting


Abingdon-based Holifields has found a method of economically producing small quantities of mounting plates for a Formula One team. From 0.9 mm thick, free-issue titanium plate, Holifields cuts out blanks using one of ...

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Heavy engineering specialist’s hydro plant refurb


AK Heavy Engineering, Sheffield is fulfilling a £21/2 million contract for the Cruachan Hydroelectric Power Station in Argyll, Scotland. It involves refurbishment of two 100 MW water turbines, the supply of two new 60 ...

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Tornos investment meets cost-down challenge


WML has purchased a series of Tornos machines, and hardware and software upgradeability was a key consideration. “With the Tornos machines, it is simple to retrofit many additional attachments and options, this is ideal ...

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Refurbished presses support efficiency


GW Waite, Ulverston, Cumbria has been able to retool with progression tooling for more cost-effective manufacture following the supply of three refurbished presses from SMV Presses (UK). Two 125 tonne SMV model FCP1250 ...

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Focused on success


“We want to stay ahead of the pack, not fall back into the pack,”says Laser Process’managing director,David Lindsey from the company’s recently built,15 month-old premises near Cannock. The 30-employee company has ...

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Follow the customer


Formed in 1989 in the back of a garage, Leicester-based turning/milling specialist D&H Engineering is now headquartered in central Leicester in a 14,000 ft2 facility,employs 25 people and turns over £1.2 million. And it ...

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Daring to diversify from darts


Dart and now turned component sub-contractor Target Precision is investing heavily in machines and streamlining its production management routines. Turnover is up 20 per cent as a result

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Accentuate your ‘e-ability’


The best supply chains in the engineering sector are integrating, using IT to generate major improvements in competitiveness and productivity through electronic trading hubs. Savings for small supplier companies of ...

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APG sets out to exploit renewables sector


Anderson Precision Gears (APG) is to exploit the growing wind energy market following installation of a £1.25 million Gleason Pfauter P 2000 G profile gear grinder at its Motherwell Plant

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Fifth laser-sintering unit installed to match demand


The installation of a fifth laser-sintering machine for rapid production of plastic components directly from 3D CAD models has catapulted independent bureau 3T RPD into third place internationally in terms of production ...