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Manufacturing

In its broadest form, manufacturing covers everything humans create. In engineering terms manufacturing is the creation of products that perform a function. The UK historically led the modernisation of manufacturing through the industrial revolution through late 1700’s and early 1800’s, transforming handcrafting to industrial machine manufacturing.

Today’s global manufacturing landscape embraces and in many cases drives the digital technologies generating virtual and automated manufacture in many commercial sectors. The ongoing evolution of materials and processing science feeds change and opportunities in modern manufacturing.

The UK manufacturing sector is still amongst the most innovative and competitive global players. Innovative design and creative capability are at the centre of this thriving industry.

Manufacturing News

Manufacturing News – Late June 2024

More parts of the UK economy grew in May than at any time in the last 15 months, according to the latest Lloyds Bank UK Sector Tracker. While the overall rate of output growth across the economy slowed marginally in May (53.0 vs. 54.1 in April), 11 out of the 14 UK sectors monitored by…

Case Study – Precision Laser Etching for Davis Derby’s SafeCOM ATEX Transponder

Overview Client: Davis DerbyIndustry: Safety and Compliance TechnologyProject: Laser Etching for SafeCOM ATEX Transponder Case Cover About Davis Derby Davis Derby is a specialist business with a reputation for robust technology, data capture, analysis and reporting that assists companies in the extraction and materials handling sectors to improve the safety, compliance and performance of their…

Sharmic Engineering Unveils New Website: A Gateway to Advanced Vibratory Surface Finishing Solutions

Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire – Sharmic Engineering is proud to announce the launch of our newly redesigned website, www.sharmic.co.uk. This new online platform reflects our commitment to innovation, quality, and customer service in the field of vibratory surface finishing. Enhanced User Experience and Accessibility Our new website is designed with user experience at its forefront. The clean,…

Shape the Future with Tebis CAD/CAM/MES

The Tebis open house took place on the 12th and 13th of June 2024 at Tebis’ headquarters in Martinsried, near Munich, Germany and it was held under the motto “Shape The Future”. More than 400 visitors had an opportunity to learn more about CAD/CAM/MES software and services. The open house featured an inspiring program of…

Manual vision system for sophisticated measurement and reporting

Manual vision systems are important to industry because they combine precision, flexibility, cost-effectiveness, and user control. They play a critical role in quality assurance, prototyping, and low-volume production, making them indispensable tools for maintaining high standards and ensuring the integrity of manufactured products. The key factors are that they provide precision and accuracy in a…

ELESA Wins Good Design® Award for Innovative M.2000-SWM

ELESA, leader in the design and manufacture of standard components for the mechanical industry, is proud to announce that its M.2000-SWM Handles with monostable switch and LED indicator light has been honoured with the prestigious Good Design® Award by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design. This recognition celebrates the company’s commitment to contemporary…

CyTec NC Tables

Expand three‐axis CNC machining centres to four or five‐axis systems, with direct‐drive, high‐speed, top-mounted tables from CYTEC; and start into a new dimension of productivity. With one or two-axis NC top-mounted rotary tables from CYTEC, you can enhance your machining centre’s capabilities and expand your range of services. Retrofitting with horizontal, vertical, or rotary swivel…

Manufacturing News – Early June 2024

Britain’s manufacturers are seeing a boost in growth prospects as output and orders pick up, with the sector forecast to outpace the economy overall this year according to a major survey published. Key findings: Output and orders pick up strongly suggesting stronger outlook ahead Exports lead domestic orders Recruitment forecast to jump as demand increases…

The Fast Track to Automate Visual Inspection

Many people struggle with the complexity of the technology of AI based visual inspection. You need to understand AI on one side and understand vision on the other side and bringing this together in a productive application can be quite complicated. What you get with Inspekto is a wide range of technologies that helps you…

PSL Datatrack: Unveiling The Iceberg Of Subcontract Precision Engineering

In the fast-paced industry of subcontract precision engineering, where the surface of business challenges often masks the complexity below, the analogy of the iceberg proves strikingly accurate. Much like the iceberg’s hidden mass beneath the waterline, the vast majority of operational hurdles remain unseen by top-level management, residing instead in the domain of shop floor…

Turnkey support for metal dental AM

~ Tri-Tech 3D announces new partnership with imes-icore ~ To expand its additive manufacturing (AM) dental product offering and support, Tri-Tech 3D has agreed a new distributorship with imes-icore in the UK. After the two companies recently collaborated on a dental project, imes-icore, a German supplier of dental metal 3D printing and CNC milling equipment,…

Heavyweight champions of the (tooling) world

Renowned within the industry for its plastic mould tool and pressure die expertise, Superite Tools has recently invested in a trio of large capacity CNC milling machines to further extend its capacity. The three Hurco machines, have been put to work helping modify, repair and enhance the UK’s customers’ tooling.    Superite Tools was established…

EcoVadis Gold rating for Plansee, Silver for CERATIZIT

Certification awarded for global corporate sustainability measures EcoVadis has certified CERATIZIT with a silver sustainability rating, while Plansee has been awarded a gold rating. The company, which describes itself to be the world’s largest and most reliable provider of corporate sustainability ratings, recognises the two companies’ consistent sustainability strategy. For the companies, the award is…

Increased Workplace Safety with Die Storage Blocks from Dayton Progress

Dayton Progress sets new standards in workplace safety and efficiency in workshops and factories with its innovative die storage blocks. These specially designed storage blocks are the ideal solution for companies looking to make their workplaces safer and more productive. Die Storage Blocks: Simple and Safe to Use Dayton Progress’s die storage blocks offer a…

PSL Datatrack Elevate Precision With Works Orders Enhancements

PSL Datatrack, a leading provider of production control software for subcontract precision engineers, has unveiled a series of significant enhancements to its Works Orders module, often referred to as the “hub” of the modular system. The flexible module efficiently manages ‘make to order’ and ‘make for stock’ processes, seamlessly translating quotations into sales orders and…

Springs Are Everywhere – And They Need Testing

Overall, compression and tension testing of springs are fundamental to ensure they perform as intended, maintain safety standards, and meet the specific requirements of their applications. The main requirements are selected from the following parameters according to the product and test requirements, performance verification, material properties, design validation, safety assurance, quality control, compliance and standards,…

Upskilling before investing

For manufacturers looking to start their 3D printing journey, high upfront costs can make buying a machine daunting. But it’s not just costs — all applications have different needs, so a single system may not be able to fulfil every production requirement. Before manufacturers purchase their first additive manufacturing (AM) system, working with a 3D…

Improved Measuring Software Promotes Safety & Productivity

British coordinate measuring machine (CMM) manufacturer LK Metrology, Castle Donington, has announced the release of the latest version of its measurement, programming, simulation, analysis and reporting software. CAMIO 2024 features upgraded performance in several key areas to enhance safety, increase productivity in the quality control department and shorten the lead-time from component production to completion…

Manufacturing News – Late May 2024

A new analysis of shift premia and benefits carried out by Make UK reveals that retention of good people has become easier for manufacturers in the last 12 months. But this change has been largely because of a willingness from companies to invest in their workforce to keep people on the payroll. Manufacturers are rewarding…

Getting the most out of your AM investment

According to Made Smarter, additive manufacturing (AM) benefits include “greater design freedom, lessened time to market or production, on-demand manufacturing, reduced inventory holding, and cuts to waste and costs of production”. For manufacturers that are integrating their first system into production and want to reap the benefits, there are many ways to ensure effective set…

Vision Engineering Celebrates 30 Years of Mantis Stereo Microscope

Vision Engineering, the world-leading provider of innovative inspection, metrology, and digital 3D visualisation solutions, is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its best-selling and award-winning Mantis range of ergonomic optical stereo microscopes. In 1994, Vision Engineering revolutionised the field of microscopy by introducing the first-ever ‘eyepiece- less’ stereo microscope, Mantis. This innovative instrument was meticulously crafted…

Record Filtering And Rapid On-Screen Reporting With Listing Screens

Efficiency is not just a goal, but a necessity for any subcontract precision engineering business. Luckily for users of PSL Datatrack production control software, flexible Listing Screens are available to transform how these companies manage their data, streamline operations and enhance decision-making processes. Listing Screens are a feature designed to provide subcontractors with slick record…

Bowers Group Launches Sizzling Summer Deals with Huge Savings on Best-Sellers

Bowers Group has launched an exciting summer promotion, offering an impressive 20% off its best-selling Bowers products. This limited-time-only promotion offers businesses a great opportunity to access high-quality gauging solutions at a discounted price. With a full range of sizes included, customers can find the right gauges for their needs. “We’re excited to kick off…

Where would you use a mobile roughness measuring unit?

The MarSurf PS 10 is a roughness measuring unit for mobile use. It uses a large 4.3” TFT smartphone-like touch screen display, providing smartphone style ease of use for simple operation, it combines simplicity and sophistication in a handheld rechargeable device. In use the PS-10 is fast, intuitive and user friendly, it provides data on…

Manufacturing News – Early May 2024

A new analysis of shift premia and benefits carried out by Make UK reveals that retention of good people has become easier for manufacturers in the last 12 months. But this change has been largely because of a willingness from companies to invest in their workforce to keep people on the payroll. Manufacturers are rewarding…

Foolproof automated inspection transforms medical manufacturer’s quality control

High process capability supported in plastic injection moulding The two CNC coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) Alltrista Plastics had been using 24/7 for more than 10 years at its Christchurch, UK factory had become inefficient. The accuracy and repeatability of touch-trigger probing were becoming compromised due to the age of the machines. The software would sometimes…

UK manufacturing industry’s “amazing adaptability” revealed in five-year study

Research from Protolabs and IMechE shows huge rise in business confidence, despite period of unprecedented challenges UK manufacturers have demonstrated amazing adaptability during a period of unprecedented major disruption, according to a new report published by Protolabs and the Institute of Mechanical Engineers(IMechE). The report, How Five Years Shaped the Future of UK Manufacturing, is…

Dr Nick Welton joins Powdertech Surface Science

Leading surface chemistry expert Dr Nicholas Welton has joined Powdertech Surface Science as Technical Manager on a permanent basis, having worked with the Bicester based company for the last nine years as Technical Consultant. Nick, who was recently awarded a Fellowship from the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoM3), has led Powdertech’s involvement in…

How Would You Verify Surface Quality & Dimensional Accuracy Of Small Features On Large Components

Verifying the surface quality and dimensional accuracy of small features on large components can be a challenging task. While Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMMs) excel at measuring dimensional positions, assessing the 3D form and surface finish of intricate features poses a greater challenge. To tackle this, optical 3D measurement systems offer a viable solution. These systems…

Mach One Enhances Engineering Operations With PSL Datatrack

For Mach One Engineering Limited, a precision engineering manufacturer based in Buckinghamshire, investment in a production control software system from PSL Datatrack has proven to be a gamechanger. It has helped the business to overcome a number of challenges, improve organisational efficiency and enhance customer satisfaction. Before implementing PSL Datatrack, Mach One used Excel spreadsheets…

Manufacturing News – Late April 2024

Sentiment within the manufacturing sector improved in April and output expectations were the strongest for six months, according to the CBI’s latest quarterly Industrial Trends Survey. Output volumes were broadly stable in the three months to April, following strong declines in output over the first quarter of 2024. Manufacturers expect output to rise over the…

Alrose Products Boosts Efficiency with Baty Vision System and Trimos Height Gauge from Bowers Group

Due to the significant growth of its popular subcontract CNC turning and machining service, Alrose Products Ltd. has invested in a selection of Bowers Group’s precision measurement instruments to improve turnaround times and deliver high quality machining processes. Improving its operations with both a Baty Venture vision system and a Trimos V7 height gauge, the…

CERATIZIT UK & Ireland Ltd collaborate with Volz Engineering

Based in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, Volz Engineering is a sub-contract machining company which services the automotive, aerospace and agricultural industries. With 6 CNC machines running 18 hours a day, Volz sends out more than 500 parts a week and there is no sign of this engineering firm slowing down the pace anytime soon! Volz, as…

Leveraging PSL Datatrack’s Inspection Records Templates

In the intricate world of subcontract precision engineering, maintaining meticulous inspection records is not just good practice; it’s often a regulatory requirement and a hallmark of quality-driven operations. PSL Datatrack’s Inspection Records option stands out as a versatile tool, especially tailored to meet the needs of subcontractors. Let’s delve into how this feature streamlines operations…

Tebis Open House 2024      

Tebis is excited announced that the Open House for this year will be held on 12th and 13th of June 2024 at Tebis headquarters in Martinsried, Germany. During the two-day open house, Tebis, together with the technology partners, will present technologies to help your company gain future success, examples of end-to-end manufacturing processes and the…

Verify surface quality  & dimensional accuracy of small features on large components?

Verifying the surface quality and dimensional accuracy of small features on large components can be a challenging task. While Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMMs) excel at measuring dimensional positions, assessing the 3D form and surface finish of intricate features poses a greater challenge. To tackle this, optical 3D measurement systems offer a viable solution. These systems…

Manufacturing News – Early April 2024

The UK manufacturing industry showed some signs of recovery in March, with production and new orders both picking up following a prolonged period of contraction, according to the latest S&P Global UK Manufacturing PMI®. Click here to read the full article WMG at the University of Warwick has boosted the West Midlands economy by £450m…

The New Baty Venture FV: Bowers Group Unveils New Field of View Series at MACH 2024 

Bowers Group has proudly unveiled its new Baty Venture FV Series at the 2024 MACH exhibition, introducing the latest in its range of innovative vision systems to coincide with the opening of the show.   The exciting product launch has provided visitors with the exclusive opportunity to be the amongst the first to experience live demonstrations…

MDJ Masters Manufacturing Efficency With PSL Datatrack

Success in the dynamic industry of subcontract precision engineering lies not only in cutting-edge technology but also in efficient management systems. For Derbyshire-based MDJ Manufacturing Limited, the journey towards operational excellence took a significant leap with the adoption of PSL Datatrack production control software. Prior to implementation of the modular system, staff at all levels…

WDS expands quarter turn lock range

WDS Components has launched a new rectangle front quarter turn lock design as well as expanding the number of available sizes across the lock range. With additional cam sizes now offered, the extended range also includes new offset dimensions up to 24 mm, enabling use of the locks with virtually any size door. The Leeds-based…

Superfinishing: Enhancing Surface Quality with Kemet’s PR3 Composite

Superfinishing entails the meticulous refinement of surfaces on workpieces to achieve a smooth and reflective finish. Widely adopted within the manufacturing sector, this process significantly enhances component performance and durability. Achieving a surface finish with a Ra value below 0.01µm presents a notable challenge, often necessitating compromises in traditional superfinishing methods. Addressing this challenge, Kemet,…

Exploring our partners and why we choose them

Optimax Imaging and Inspection specializes in providing high quality measurement and inspection products. As a trusted supplier in the UK, we carefully select partners renowned for their exceptional quality and proven reliability. This ensures that our products work effectively for years to come and can be supported and maintained seamlessly. Now, let’s take a closer…

Manufacturing News – Late March 2024

Confidence levels among manufacturers remain robust despite the weak outlook for the UK economy overall, according to the Q1 Manufacturing Outlook survey published today by Make UK and business advisory firm BDO. The survey shows that, while the general economic picture is flat, there are stark sectoral and regional imbalances, with electronics, aerospace and food…

The Power Of PSL Datatrack Imaging

PSL Datatrack is a flexible, modular production control system designed for both small and medium manufacturing businesses. The software’s Imaging option is becoming increasingly popular in aiding users to manage their business and production administration more effectively and efficiently. Imaging is a robust feature that allows customers to effortlessly manage and associate images with specific…

Alliance Tooling Strengthens Market Position with Additional Machining Investment

Alliance Tooling, a leading injection mould toolmaker based in Leicester, has announced the recent addition of a new Kafo machining centre to its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility This latest acquisition marks the fourth Kafo machining centre purchased by Alliance Tooling, underscoring the company’s ongoing commitment to technological advancement and superior quality in the manufacturing of graphite electrodes…

WDS Components: How standard parts are designed and manufactured

With its design and manufacturing capability based at its Leeds facility, WDS Components supplies standard parts and components to OEMs and end users throughout Britain and around the world. In-house designing enables WDS to provide its customers with the optimum specification for their requirements, while its adjoining manufacturing plant ensures quality, consistency, and ready availability.…

Tinius Olsen Helps Drive Automotive Sustainability Through Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology

The race to meet net zero is hotting up as the development of alternatives to battery power start to come online. Tinius Olsen is currently supporting one of them alongside the UK’s leading developer of hydrogen fuel cell technology, Intelligent Energy. UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak recently announced that ‘a new electric vehicle is being…

Mazak to revolutionize tube cutting with new CNC and CAD/CAM software

Yamazaki Mazak is bringing the FT-150 FIBER laser tube processing machine designed for high-speed cutting of small to medium diameter tubes, to Tube 2024. The machine will be controlled by a new tube cutting CNC that is being exhibited for the first time in Europe. The FT-150 FIBER can cut round, square and rectangular pipe…

Detent pin range grows to the largest available in the UK

WDS Components has extended its range of detent pins, adding over 400 new models that cover a vast range of styles, materials, and sizes. The Leeds manufacturer and supplier of standard parts and components offers the largest range of detent pins available in the UK and can also provide same-day shipping for high-volume orders. As…

REELING IN EFFICIENCY WITH PSL DATATRACK

James Boxall, the owner of Hampshire-based Reeling Systems Limited, has outlined the efficiency gains his business has achieved as a result of investment in PSL Datatrack production control software. These include a reduction in errors when raising purchase orders, quoting improvements and streamlined Bill Of Materials (BOM) reviews. Founded in 1990, Reeling specialises in manufacturing…

Bringing high-performance F1 technology to superyacht Tender

Leading advanced engineering company Dash has worked with Falcon Tenders to develop and produce a one-off carbon fibre roof. With its engineering design and composites expertise, Dash delivered a completed product that was 75 per cent lighter than the required target. This was achieved with the utilisation of a new high-performance composite foam, ROHACRYL®, which…

Nikon’s AI Reconstruction draws on Deep Learning to deliver faster, clearer CT scans

Nikon IMBU (https://industry.nikon.com) has released AI Reconstruction, an innovative 3D computed tomography (CT) reconstruction software solution powered by artificial intelligence that lifts the traditional trade-off between scan speed and image quality. By applying Deep Learning techniques to enhance image quality, Nikon’s breakthrough technology enables rapid results and superior analysis. Traditionally, CT users have had to…

Elesa wins yet another design award!

The ADI Design Index 2023 selection presented in Milan the preselection for the Compasso d’Oro (Golden Compass), the prestigious and oldest Italian design award organised by ADI, the Association for Industrial Design. Against the backdrop of the ADI Design Museum’s permanent exhibition in Milan, which was created to preserve and promote the catalogue of projects…

Going Paperless With PSL Datatrack

Efficiency and attention to detail is key to any subcontract precision engineering business. The transition to a paperless operation on the shop floor is becoming a practical reality for many users of PSL Datatrack production control software, supported by the system’s Document Management option. Document Management isn’t just about saving files – it’s about streamlining…

Next level quality at Pentagon

Quality is at the heart of all manufacturing processes, getting the product right first time every time and ensuring consistency for volume production is a priority here at Pentagon.  Which is why we have just made a hearty investment on to new CNC measurement technologies. Pentagon Plastics are taking delivery of a new LVC 400…

Automated CMM for use in Production

OptivuDextera is a fully automated shop floor tactile CMM combined with a collaborative robot compact which will allow automated measurement even in an uncontrolled environment. The system offers large capacity on a small footprint making it ideal to integrate into production providing accurate, repeatable, fully automated, and fast metrology. The system is based on the…

Cleaning Surgical Instruments & Medical Devices?

Cleaning Surgical Instruments & Medical Devices: European Compliant Cleaning Fluids Kemet International serves as the exclusive distributor in the UK for NGL Nordic A/S, a distinguished provider of over 300 cutting-edge formulations tailored to address a wide array of cleaning needs. NGL’s methodology revolves around a profound understanding of materials, proactive anticipation of industry advancements,…

Roemheld – Mach 2024 Preview

Advanced workholding products will feature alongside integrated mould and die handling Universal machine vice is highly repeatable For the first time at a major UK exhibition, Roemheld will demonstrate its recently introduced, mechanically operated, centric (self-centring) machine vice. Manufactured in the group’s Austrian factory in Rankweil, the new Hilma.UC 125 vice is of modular build…

Fimark’s work for Rhodes Music

Rhodes Music is on a mission to craft the highest quality musical instruments, and to continue the legacy of their founder, Harold Rhodes. Their vision is to make the joy of playing the electric piano accessible to everyone and to preserve the Rhodes heritage while evolving to meet the needs of new generations. (Image credit…

Four UK debuts for Mazak at MACH 2024

Yamazaki Mazak is aiming to give a further confidence boost to machine users at MACH 2024 with UK debuts for three machines and the new MAZATROL DX. Featuring nine machines in total as part of Mazak’s “Building For Your Future” offering, customers will be able to discuss their requirements and take a look at the…

The Speed and Accuracy of a Modern Vision System in a Non-PC Format

The Starrett KMR-MX 200 is a manual vision metrology system based on the existing KMR-200 system, but unusually does not employ a PC. Designed for use on the shop floor it has a manually driven X-Y stage paired with a 6.5:1 zoom lens and MetLogix™ Mx200 digital readout with a display monitor, A user can…

Manufacturing News – Late January 2024

A business which specialises in sewer maintenance and repair has been forced to call in the administrators.  Administrators from restructuring and recovery specialist Leonard Curtis have been appointed to Colus Ltd which has its head office in Highbridge. The company, headquartered in Somerset, but which also has depots in Rotherham, Leicester and Weston Super Mare…

15% off Starrett Horizontal Profile Projectors until 31st March

Optimax are offering a 15% discount on the HE, HB and HD400, bench or floor standing range of Starrett horizontal projectors, the offer is valid on all orders received on these products (excluding accessories) by 31st March 2024. Durable and accurate, the superb HE, HB and HD 400 shopfloor profile projectors have many benefits, just…

Bowers Group Raise the Bar at MACH 2024 with Expanded Stand and New Products

Bowers Group is delighted to announce its attendance at this year’s MACH exhibition, ensuring a focal point of the exhibition with exciting new products, a variety of connected metrology solutions and live demonstrations. Taking place at Birmingham’s NEC arena, MACH will be a significant occasion for Bowers Group, with the team committed to surpassing expectations…

Bruderer UK set to launch ‘UK first’ at MACH 2024

A ‘UK first’ will take place in April (15-19th) when Bruderer UK runs its BSTL 350-88 live at MACH 2024. The leading manufacturer of high-speed presses will set-up a full production line at Stand 6-482, as it looks to showcase the machine’s capability in the volume production of small and miniature components. The BSTL comes…

 Advanced Metrology Vision Systems Offer Advantages To Medical Manufacturers

Dimensional Metrology Systems facilitate critical measurement of medical parts, but the selection of a metrology system can be challenging. A wide range of options exist for hardware and software which can be combined to create different types of systems, sometimes at widely different costs. The systems also vary in complexity, ranging from easy-to-learn manual optical…

Great British Tooling for a Great British Product

ViperClip is a unique and innovative solution for fastening cables to wooden structures. The clips are secured using a battery powered stapler and are designed to make the process faster, easier and safer for the electrician. To bring a cable clip product like this to market, ViperClip had very specific design requirements to ensure a…

West Pharmaceutical Services Visit CERATIZIT for Technical Training at the Tech Centre

CERATIZIT recently invited West Pharmaceutical Services to their Technical Centre on the Advanced Manufacturing Park for one of their technical training days. These allow customers to receive in depth cutting tool training and benefit from CERATIZIT’s technical expertise. West Pharmaceutical Services have been valued customers of CERATIZIT’s for several years and were invited to the…

Manufacturing News – Early January 2024

A rescue buyer is being sought for one of Humber’s longest standing manufacturing firms, which has called in administrators in its 225th year. Insolvency specialists are working to find a suitor for Brough-based Shipham Valves Limited, which traces its history back to the shipping industry of the late 1700s. Of the firm’s 71 staff, 39…

NPL’s Measurement for Business programme expands

20 days access to world-leading expertise available for companies developing technology, materials or packaging for semiconductors. Measurement for Business (M4B) allows innovative UK SMEs to access up to 20 days specialist measurement science and engineering expertise at no charge. It is now open to companies developing technology in compound semiconductors, emerging new semiconductor materials and…

Elesa Presents Visual Flow Indicators with Integrated Measurement Capabilities

ELESA, a leader in innovative hydraulic solutions, are excited to introduce advanced visual flow indicators, now enriched with PLC-compatible sensors and impeller-mounted activating clips. These enhancements enable the transformation of the devices from mere passive flow monitors to active measurement tools, elevating the adjustment and monitoring of hydraulic system performance to a new level. Versatile…

Bruker Alicona launches new FocusX measuring device

Two years of research and development, close to 10,000 working hours and 13 prototypes. But the outcome was worth every effort. Bruker Alicona presented its new addition to optical 3D measurement technology on January 29, 2024. FocusX is more versatile than any other measuring device in its class. One measuring device, countless applications “The aim…

Simplified Shop Floor Scheduling With PSL Datatrack

In the world of subcontract precision engineering, the ‘shop floor’ is where raw materials are transformed into finished products and where efficiency can ultimately make or break a business. One critical aspect of shop floor management is scheduling – the art of determining which jobs to process in which order. This task becomes increasingly complex…

Laser Etching for the KEF MUON Loudspeaker 

MUON HiFi Speakers  A triumph of form marrying function, MUON by KEF is perhaps the most extraordinary loudspeaker ever conceived. The MUON is a truly remarkable feat of sound engineering and cutting-edge design, combining KEF’s state-of-the-art acoustic technology with Ross Lovegrove’s intuitive, creative approach. Ross Lovegrove is a world acclaimed artist best known for utilising the latest…

Manufacturing News – December 2023

Britain’s manufacturers have seen output surge three times faster than orders in the last quarter, a new report has revealed. Meanwhile, business confidence indicators are also starting to show the first signs of a more stable economic backdrop after years of global and domestic uncertainty. The findings come in the Q4 Manufacturing Outlook survey published…

Manufacturing News – Late November 2023

Aerospace manufacturing giant Melrose is set to more than double its profits compared to last year, driven by higher aftermarket demand and pricing, and the delivery of operational improvements. The Birmingham industrial firm anticipates revenues of between £3.3bn and £3.4bn thanks to a strong performance from its Engines and Structures divisions. Engines business margins are…

Manufacturing News – Early November 2023

The UK manufacturing industry continued its contraction in October, with difficult and uncertain market conditions leading to output, new orders and employment all declining, according to the latest S&P Global / CIPS UK Manufacturing PMI®. October 2023 UK Manufacturing PMI key findings: Manufacturing PMI at 44.8 in October Output, new orders and employment decline Business…

JVD Engineering Evolves With PSL Datatrack

JVD Engineering Ltd, a subcontract precision engineering company with over three decades of industry experience, has evolved the administration of its entire production process following investment in a PSL Datatrack production control system. Before taking on the modular software, JVD had been experiencing a number of challenges stemming from its “job table” system, which had…

DIATEST joins the IMT family

We are pleased to announce that Innovative Measurement Technology Ltd has established DIATEST UK Metrology. From 1st March 2024 DIATEST UK Metrology Ltd. will take over the distribution of DIATEST products for the UK and Ireland. Long term partner DIATEST (UK) Ltd. will cease its 45 years of business operations on 29 February 2024. We…

Bowers Group Celebrate Success at SteelFab 2024

Bowers Group is celebrating yet another successful exhibition on the international stage as the team reap the rewards of a busy SteelFab 2024. A prominent event in the global metal manufacturing and steel fabrication industry in the Middle East, Bowers Group’s impressive Baty Venture Plus XT stole the spotlight at the exhibition. This four-in-one system,…

Manufacturing Solutions Scotland

GTMA and National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS), are please to announce a joint Manufacturing Solutions Scotland event that will be  a focal point for manufacturing technologies and engineering solutions. GTMA and NMIS will be bringing all the leading technology suppliers together that will showcase the transfer of technology from the specialist suppliers to the practical…

Protolabs tackles manufacturing skills gap with launch of inspirON academy

Digital manufacturer, Protolabs, has launched its inspirON academy. A series of free CPD-accredited online training courses, inspirON academy aims to tackle a widening skills gap by helping engineers at any stage in their career to increase their understanding of designing for injection moulding, 3D printing and CNC machining. Created by engineers, for engineers, the courses…

CERATIZIT UK & Ireland Ltd opened the doors to their Technical Centre

On 12th December 2023 CERATIZIT UK & Ireland Ltd opened the doors to their Technical Centre and welcomed more than 150 guests to CERATIZIT Technology Day 2023. In a day dedicated to the latest advancements in cutting tool technology, CERATIZIT UK & Ireland Ltd demonstrated the latest machining techniques, displayed highlight products and showcased their…

Fimark Enhances Craftsmanship with Carveco Software Integration

Fimark have recently integrated an all-in-one software solution called Carveco (previously known as ArtCAM), into their creative arsenal. This cutting-edge addition allows Fimark to turn 2D designs into sculpted 3D engraving. Carveco software is used by top designers around the world to sculpt and model in 3D. For example in the design of jewellery pieces.…

Optical Inspection and Non-Contact Metrology Supplier looking for new customer relationships in the North of England and Scotland

Optimax is the home for the supply and support of Optical Inspection and Non-Contact Measuring equipment. True specialists in our field, we are passionate about our contribution to industry in terms of ensuring accurate solution-based measurement tailored to the specific customer needs. Optimax Imaging and Inspection are based in Market Harborough in Leicestershire and are…

Sharmic Engineering Exhibiting at The Southern Manufacturing & Electronics Exhibition 2024

Experience Excellence in Surface Improvements Sharmic Engineering, a leading provider of surface improvement solutions, is proud to announce its participation in the much-awaited Southern Manufacturing & Electronics Exhibition 2024. Renowned for its dedication to precision and quality, Sharmic Engineering will be showcasing its expertise at Stand E255, from the 6th to the 8th of February.…

Revive Non-Ferrous Metals with Ultrasonic Cleaning – A Cost-Effective Solution

Non-ferrous metals, which are generally more expensive than ferrous metals, offer desirable properties such as low weight, higher conductivity, non-magnetic properties, or resistance to corrosion. However, over time, these metals can begin to oxidise or become dull, and collect dirt and oils, causing parts to be less efficient. Rather than replacing these expensive components, Kemet…

KMR Large Field of View Series Video Inspection Microscopes

The KMR Large Field of View Series Video Inspection Microscopes represent the latest advancements in video inspection systems, providing versatile and cost-effective solutions tailored for shop floor use in manufacturing environments. These systems are user-friendly, facilitating quick deployment and training for new operators. With six models available, the KMR series ensures there is an option…

New Dual Scheduling Feature Transforms Production Planning for Subcontractors

PSL Datarack a prominent UK-based provider of production control software, has introduced a transformational Dual Scheduling feature to its modular system. This enhancement offers subcontract precision engineering companies a simultaneous view of their production schedules, calculated by both capacity and target date. A fundamental aspect of the new Dual Scheduling feature is its focus on…

In focus: The axial piston machine

Economical and precise machining with sound process solutions from MAPAL MAPAL has carefully examined critical components of the fluid power technology industry and their complete machining. One example of this is the axial piston machine. Its series production and the machining of its different components pose a variety of challenges both for processing as well…

Can you afford for production to be stopped?

This is a very real possibility for firms that fail to comply with UK Health and Safety law. Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Inspectors have the power to issue Prohibition Notices under Section 22 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 ‘if s/he is of the opinion that an activity carried on (or…

New coloured handles enhance ease of use for machines and industrial applications

WDS Components has launched a new range of durable, coloured bow handles, ideal for use with machinery and many industrial applications. The handles are ideal for colour-coding and are available in an industry standard size, making them suited for straightforward OEM integration or end-user retrofit. To ensure long-term reliability, the designs are manufactured from hard…

Elesa Expands Further into ATEX-Compliant Hydraulic Components

ELESA is thrilled to announce their breather cap product extension; providing solutions that redefine the functionality of sealing hydraulic tank fillers, alongside a new ATEX-compliant range, reflecting their commitment to industry-leading safety standards. New Breather Cap Solutions These innovative caps enable smooth air interchange as fluid is channelled to or from the hydraulic reservoir. With…

Introducing the STARRETT HVR-100-FLIP DIGITAL VIDEO SYSTEM

A cutting-edge solution that redefines versatility and value in metrology. What sets the latest HVR-Flip apart is its unique ability to seamlessly transition between vertical and horizontal formats, offering unparalleled flexibility. Unlocking a realm of possibilities, the HVR 100 allows for swift measurements of single features, entire parts, or multiple components within the expansive range…

Fimark’s 25-Year Collaboration with Kent Cams

In the demanding world of performance engine tuning, Fimark proudly celebrates a remarkable 25-year partnership with Kent Cams, a testament to Fimark’s enduring commitment to long term client satisfaction and relationships. With a rich history spanning five decades, Kent Cams has become a leading force in motorsport engine components, trusted by competitors worldwide. Fimark are…

Automated Works Order Processing With PSL Datatrack

In today’s fast-paced subcontract precision engineering environment, efficient works order processing is essential to meet customer demands and keep operations running smoothly. PSL Datatrack, a powerful production control software solution, offers a streamlined approach to works order processing that saves time and optimises the production work flow. A works order, in essence, is the heart…

Precision Perfected with Fimark Laser Engraving

Fimark’s Laser Engraving Mastery On James Lamb’s Exceptional Watch Dial. James Lamb Watches embarked on a journey to create an exceptional and exclusive timepiece collection, the Origin “Azur,” limited to 12 pieces for Collective Horology and The Limited Edition UK. The objective was to infuse the design with the intricate geometric patterns of the sea…

WDS Components extends castor wheel range with new sizes and designs

The Leeds manufacturer and supplier of standard parts and components, WDS Components, has extended its range of castor wheels. Ideal for OEMs or end-users, the broad wheel range covers a variety of designs, materials, and sizes, for an array of industrial and commercial applications. With sizes now including a compact 50mm diameter, through to a…

Mazak investment in UK manufacturing delivers ‘packed’ Open House

Yamazaki Mazak’s investment in its UK manufacturing facilities was one of the main draws behind strong attendance at its recent annual Open House. The event, themed ‘Building For Your Future’, linked the increase in capacity at the company’s European Manufacturing Plant with its ability to now offer significantly shorter lead times on key machines. In…

ADP’S Accelerated Growth Underpinned by PSL Datatrack

The management team of subcontract precision engineers ADP Precision Engineering were on the lookout for a new production control system following accelerated growth of the business. The Newcastle-upon-Tyne based company had been relying upon its Sage 50 accounting software to control production, supported by the manual input of manufacturing data into Excel spreadsheets and Word…

Aberlink Fulcrum CMM

The Fulcrum is a revolutionary manual CMM, by employing a three-rotary axis design, Aberlink have created a compact and portable design enabling it to be used where it is needed, on the shop floor near your machine tools. Designed to optimize inspection as parts come off the machine one op at a time, feeding back…

Additive manufacturing quality and Wenzel Metrology Inspection

The Prototal Group is Europe’s largest provider of 3D printing, injection moulding and vacuum casting. With 10 sites across Europe including Prototal UK (formerly 3tamp) based in Newbury and since 2022, 1zu1 Prototypen GmbH & Co KG, based in Dornbirn, Austria. Today, 1zu1 has 160 employees, and produces prototypes, small series and series parts for…

K & M Utilise PSL Datatrack for Efficiency and Growth

In the competitive world of subcontract precision engineering, staying ahead of the curve is paramount to success. For K & M Precision Engineering Limited, a family-run business based in Lancashire, the quest for efficiency and growth has led to investment in a PSL Datatrack production control software system. Founded Founded in 1998 by Kevin Taylor…

Manufacturing News – Late October 2023

A Swedish-based business has confirmed it is closing a UK factory with the loss of 300 jobs after more than a century of manufacturing. SKF began production in Luton in 1911, under the name Skefko Ball Bearing Company, the company’s first site outside Sweden. Closure of the site was first proposed in May, and now…

Industrial Metal News – Late October 2023

Rare earth exploration and development company, Pensana, says the Government has offered up to £4m towards the funding required to build a rare earth oxide separation facility in the Humber Freeport at Saltend. The Saltend project will deliver 450 jobs during construction and 150 jobs in operation with a significant opportunity for further expansion. Pensana…

Efficient Medical Implant Cleaning with In Line Spray and Ultrasonic Immersion Technology

In the manufacturing of medical implants, cleaning is a critical step to ensure the quality and safety of the final product. Aqueous ultrasonic immersion lines have long been the standard way of cleaning oils and compounds from medical implants, but heavily contaminated parts require filtration and regular fluid with detergent changes. Even with filtration and…

Advanced Materials and Surface Finishing Processes: The Role of Technical Ceramics and Diamond Abrasives

Technical ceramic materials have revolutionised the modern world, playing an essential role in various industries. From aerospace to electronics, automotive to power generation, these advanced materials are ubiquitous, contributing to increased efficiency and productivity in many applications. The unique properties of technical ceramics, including high strength, durability, and thermal stability, make them an ideal choice…

Manufacturing News – Early July 2023

South Yorkshire is to become UK’s first Investment Zone, creating an expected 8,000 jobs and bringing £1.2bn of private investment by 2030. Using government support worth £80m, the Investment Zone will use the region’s success in advanced manufacturing and will help make South Yorkshire the best place to start, scale or relocate businesses from around…
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