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

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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