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Software for designing additive manufacturing supports

24 Nov 2015 | By Will Stirling

Connect the dots: Recent additive manufacturing advances have created a demand for more fully integrated CAD programs to consider unique parts.


Industry 4.0 smart factory systems

Industry 4.0. Do you know what it is yet?

20 May 2015 | By Jon Excell

Industry 4.0 is changing the world of manufacturing, but what - if anything - does it mean for the UK’s SME heartland?

Kathleen Kennedy

May the Force be with the engineers

11 Nov 2014

The chief executive of InnovateUK confesses to his fear of Darth Vader and praises the efforts of engineers in the UK’s world-leading special effects industry.


July 1940: The collapse of the Tacoma Narrows bridge

4 Nov 2015 | By Andrew Wade

One of the best-known engineering disasters resulted from a lack of knowledge of materials behaviour and of how the size of the structure would affect how it interacted with the wind

La Foudre

October 1894: The aluminium torpedo boat

30 Sep 2015 | By Stuart Nathan

A wonder of its day, the first aluminium military vessel, a torpedo boat, caused a stir when it appeared in the Thames. But the wonder-metal had later problems

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  • Technology and product guides – electrically and thermally conductive adhesives

    Fri, 27 Nov 2015 12:32 GMT

    Two new guides from Intertronics offer an introduction to the Electrically Conductive Adhesives and Thermally Conductive Adhesives produced by Polytec PT. Each guide gives a descriptive overview of the technology involved and related product applications in industries such as microelectronics, electrical engineering, power engineering and general energy.

  • Structural adhesive has direct adhesion to polypropylene and polyethylene thermoplastics

    Fri, 27 Nov 2015 12:26 GMT

    L&L A-K540 from Intertronics is a new structural adhesive, combining direct adhesion – without primers or plasma, corona, or flame treatment – to low energy substrates such as polypropylene and polyethylene thermoplastics, with very fast cure speeds at room temperature.

  • Get lean with Werma at the touch of a button

    Mon, 23 Nov 2015 11:59 GMT

    Optimising the value-added chain and eliminating wastage are key points in the important discussion on lean production methodology Werma has introduced new Andon products to help make manual work stations more ‘lean’.

  • Data sheet: Norelem clamping talon grips

    Mon, 16 Nov 2015 15:47 GMT

    Norelem clamping talon grips fix workpieces firmly in place in the vice. High-precision machining processes that involve the application of force require the workpiece to be firmly and securely positioned in the vice. Norelem clamping talon grips are fitted quickly and easily, requiring only a groove with threaded holes.

  • Data sheet: Mandrels hold workpieces in position

    Mon, 16 Nov 2015 15:35 GMT

    Mandrels serve the purpose of holding workpieces in a precise position quickly and easily. Norelem offers mandrels both for drilling holes right through and for blind holes with side clamping in eleven different sizes from 4.1 to 175 millimetres. Individual clamping diameters can be produced without problems with the structural steel mandrels by turning and milling. Depending on the size and model, norelem mandrels achieve tightening forces of up to 44.5 kilonewtons. All types are available ...

  • New convenient plug-and-play andon light kit and switch box

    Fri, 13 Nov 2015 17:04 GMT

    The surge in demand for andon lights from operations keen to improve their visual management systems and eliminate wastage and obtain better transparency of their operation has encouraged WERMA to introduce a new comprehensive kit of the essential components required to set up a simple manually operated andon light system Werma AndonBOX & Light Kit In Lean manufacturing terms Andon refers to any visual display that shows status information on the plant floor.

  • Improved workholding speeds prototyping and toolmaking

    Fri, 13 Nov 2015 11:00 GMT

    In the prototyping department and toolroom at BNL (UK), a leading British manufacturer of plastic bearings and gears, machining lead-times are much shorter following the purchase of a pair of Chick One-Lok CNC vices through sole UK agent, 1st Machine Tool Accessories.

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