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Sheet metal advances


In the small town of Hixon near Stafford, two sheet metal companies have each stepped up their capability through advanced production equipment,the first of its kind to be installed in the UK. One application marks the ...

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Making it in Britain


At 40 years of age, John Harper pondered his pension prospects: there and then he decided to rethink his priorities. That same day he mentioned to a senior management colleague, Steve Price, that he had made up his mind ...

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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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Clusters — the answer?


Government and its agencies are overtly driving ‘cluster’ creation or nurturing those that already exist. According to Michael Porter, Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and the most ardent ...

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Speaking up for The South


Gary Ramsey envies bodies such as the North West Aerospace Alliance, because: “They have raised the profile of the North of England’s aerospace capabilities, and are successfully selling them on an international basis."

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Five-axis free-for-all


Considering the large quantities of standard components made on conventional machining centres, one wonders why there’s growing interest in five-axis machining. Surely the cost, complexity and elaborate methods of ...

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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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Mikron HSM user group launch


Mikron has launched the UK’s first high-speed, four-/five-axis machining user group. The group is part of a series of Mikron initiatives aimed at raising the profile of the technologies and demonstrating their ...