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Manufacturing and engineering, and COVID-19.

Our current stance on the Coronavirus Situation Just a week ago our world looked very different. This week we’re in the midst of one of the biggest health crises the world has ever seen. We have been thinking long and hard about how we respond to this awful situation. One of the serious concerns right...

What is a Linear Rail?

If you manufacture, pack and distribute things, if you need to move things through your manufacturing process with great precision and as little friction as possible the very best way to do that is using Linear Rails. Linear Rail are devices used widely used across the full range of industrial sectors. A Linear Rail System...

£17M uni investment, blue economy, engineering marvels and EV/AVs

Engineering facilities expand at Lancaster University Business Desk are reporting that Lancaster University is going all-out to expand their engineering department. There’s a fantastic new three storey £17m building on the cards, packed with cutting-edge labs and a 3D lecture theatre specially designed to deliver newly-developed teaching concepts via complex virtual imaging. The new facility will...

What is a Bowl Feeder?

A bowl feeder, or a bowl feeding system, is an accurate and efficient tool for sorting, ordering and orienting components and delivering them into a manufacturing or packing process at a specific feed rate. Bowl Feeders are typically positioned at the start of a manufacturing process, an operator places a number of parts into a...

What is a Pin Clamp?

A Pin Clamp, also referred to as a pneumatic pull-down clamp or an underbody clamp, is a clamping and centering device with a pin, ranging in diameter from 16 mm to 40 mm with a hook mechanism inside. What generally happens is the component, like a panel for example, is located over the pin, which...

Scottish manufacturing jobs, nuclear fusion, remarkable batteries and Tesla’s Chinese ambitions

Diodes saves 300 jobs at Greenock’s ex-Texas Instruments facility As reported by the Herald Scotland, the massive US firm Diodes is planning to invest £47 million to upgrade the Greenock-based semiconductor manufacturing plant it bought from Texas Instruments in 2019. The plan is to transform it into a facility to develop sophisticated microchips, and they’re taking...

What is a Power Clamp?

A Power Clamp is a heavy-duty, pneumatic, locking clamp originally designed for the automotive industry when they moved from Manual Clamping to Pneumatic Clamping to increase production outputs through automation. Power Clamps started to replace Manual Clamps and have developed from the mid 1980’s to the point where Power Clamps are now very robust, heavy-duty,...

Siemens ‘game changer’, UK manufacturing shrinks, Tim Peake makes demands

Selective laser melting magic from Siemens As reported by The Telegraph, the UK-based manufacturing firm Materials Solutions, bought some time ago by the German giant Siemens, is about to roll out a ‘game-changing’ metal additive manufacturing tech so innovative it’s tipped to resolve even the most complex global engineering challenges. Siemens bought Materials Solutions in...

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