Features

Image for article 3493

In search of one

21/11/2003

With 1600-plus exhibitors spread across over 20 individual halls,there was plenty to see at last month’s EMO held in Milan from 21 to 18 October

Image for article 3494

Rate rise in the round

21/11/2003

Interest rates rose in the UK for the first time in 45 months earlier this month. From a historic 48-year low, bank base rate is now set at 3.75 per cent

Image for article 3495

Money or skills shortage?

21/11/2003

We keep on reading about a continuing skills shortage in UK manufacturing, especially at the craft and technician levels. Indeed,the Government’s recently published ‘21st Century Skills – Realising Our Potential’ ...

Image for article 3466

The ‘100 per cent’ machine

07/11/2003

Mill-turn lathes are a common enough site these days,but a mill-turn machining centre is far from common: and that is Eikon’s innovation unveiled at international manufacturing technology show EMO in Milan last month

Image for article 3467

Keep on running

07/11/2003

“It’s all about feeding the monster,” says David Holley, team leader for EDM and CNC jig grinding at FSG. And the ‘monster’ in this case is a recently installed EDM automated cell comprising Agie Innovation 2 die-sink ...

Image for article 3468

Wise workholding

07/11/2003

With more than 50 years’ experience in the development and supply of chuck and workholding solutions to users across the manufacturing spectrum, not many components can surprise Leader Chuck Systems

Image for article 3469

Rolls-Royce aero-engine innovation gets a boost

07/11/2003

Announcing £17.3 million in DTI funding for a new civil aerospace research programme for Rolls-Royce in Derby, Industry Minister Jacqui Smith hailed innovation as “crucial to a sustainable manufacturing base for the ...

Image for article 3470

Top of the food chain

07/11/2003

Airbus’ A380 superjumbo is due to take its first flight in 2005. It challenges Boeing’s 30-odd year dominance at the largest end of the commercial aircraft market. If its impact within the planemaking industry is ...

Image for article 3471

Military satellite order to support 1900 UK jobs

07/11/2003

The British-based Paradigm consortium has been awarded a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contract for a military satellite programme that will create or sustain some 1900 jobs across the UK. Defence Procurement ...

Image for article 3472

Production toolmaking

07/11/2003

Wheelie bins, plastic chairs, ballcock valve arms, composters, car foot mats, automotive bodywork mouldings, TV surrounds, car wheel arch inserts: all fall within the territory that Mason & Pinder inhabits. The ...

Image for article 3473

Wind farms expected to attract

07/11/2003

The British Wind Energy Association (BWEA) and the Government are predicting that some 8 GW of wind turbine generating capacity, equivalent to some £6 billion of investment (¤ 8.7 billion), will be coming to the UK in ...

Image for article 3475

Productionise toolmaking

07/11/2003

The Gauge and Toolmakers’ Association (GTMA) is leading the Europe-funded Fastool project. The emphasis in Fastool is on automation that can be applied to existing facilities and machinery layouts in a step-by-step ...

Image for article 3476

Look after what you’ve got

07/11/2003

Focus on developing indigenous skills and companies, says South Shields-based Ford Component Manufacturing’s Geoff Ford. In his view, “the Government stands accused of training people beyond necessity and, in some ...

Image for article 3454

Bending: the rules

17/10/2003

Fabrication is not always straightforward, when presented with a drawing for a sheet metal component that includes a series of bends, to know which technology is best suited. And while batch quantity, component ...