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Investment aims to support disruptive technologies

Investment aims to support disruptive technologies
Foresight Group has announced an £500,000 investment on behalf of the Foresight Williams Technology EIS Fund into Southampton-based Utonomy, a ground-breaking intelligent gas grid solutions provider. The transaction represents the Fund’s first investment. Established in 2015, Utonomy has developed an innovative technology for reducing leakage in gas distribution networks. Its IoT solution automatically optimises gas distribution pressures through electro-mechanical actuators retrofitted to the network and controlled by intelligent, cloud-based software.
11th September 2017

Manufacturing Advisory Service launched as online help desk

Manufacturing Advisory Service launched as online help desk
Manufacturing and engineering membership body, Made in the Midlands, has launched the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) as a dedicated online help desk and signposting service to support Britain’s manufacturing industry and help businesses access information they need in order to grow. The launch event, attended by over 150 leading Midlands manufactures, was held at Hotel du Vin on 24th August 2017.
1st September 2017

North Sea decommissioning company looks for £200m investment

North Sea decommissioning company looks for £200m investment
On 4th August a major new entrant to North Sea decommissioning was unveiled. Well-Safe Solutions, set up by a group of oil industry stalwarts - including Alasdair Locke, Mark Patterson, and Paul Warwick - will provide a new approach to the safe and cost-efficient decommissioning of subsea wells. The new start company, which aims to attract £200m in investment and create 400 new jobs, will offer a specialist well abandonment service that allows operators to meet the challenges and regulatory imperatives around decommissioning, while significantly reducing costs.
10th August 2017


The engineering industry as we know it

The engineering industry as we know it
  The engineering sector has become a thriving industry over the years, with 5.7 million employees working in registered engineering jobs in the UK. There are a huge number of jobs on offer within the engineering industry; from Field Service Engineer to Automation Engineer to Test and Integration Engineer to Design Engineer.
9th August 2017

Research reveals a worrying trend within UK manufacturing

Research reveals a worrying trend within UK manufacturing
The number of business failures in the UK’s manufacturing sector rose by 19% in the second quarter of 2017, with 465 manufacturers closing their doors compared to 391 in Q1, while sales revenues stagnated and edged down by two percent.
7th August 2017

The Stevie Awards are looking for the best female entrepreneurs

The Stevie Awards are looking for the best female entrepreneurs
Entries for the 14th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business are now open and looking for the world’s top honours for women entrepreneurs, executives, employees, and the organisations they run. The final entry deadline is 23rd August and late entries will be accepted until 20th September with payment of a late fee.
2nd August 2017

Gold standard set for apprenticeship training

Gold standard set for apprenticeship training
The UK’s largest union, Unite and pladis, the global biscuit and confectionery company behind the iconic McVitie’s brand, have announced the signing of an Engineering Apprenticeship Agreement in the UK. The agreement sets the gold standard for apprenticeships and by 2020 the partnership will have will have enabled close to 50 new apprentices to be recruited into engineering roles at pladis.
1st August 2017

Global automotive crankshaft market to vastly increase by 2024

Global automotive crankshaft market to vastly increase by 2024
The mechanical device at the heart of an automotive engine is also known as the Crankshaft. It has the ability to convert linear reciprocating motion of piston to a rotary motion for engine power transmission. These are widely used in automotive field, such as in cars, trucks, trains and in other automobiles. Without crankshaft it would not be possible for a vehicle to move even inch, since it is the main link between input powers to the output powers.
31st July 2017

Biosite selected as standardised Access Control system for sites

Biosite selected as standardised Access Control system for sites
Using multiple suppliers across its region previously, BAM Western knew that by standardising access control and workforce management systems it would benefit from better economies of scale as well as more intelligent data, which would enhance decision making. BAM Western was already aware of the benefits Biosite could bring through its sister company BAM Plant. 
20th July 2017

Let's wave goodbye to ocean pollution

Let's wave goodbye to ocean pollution
Did you know there are over five trillion pieces of plastic littering our ocean right now? Eventually that rubbish accumulates together in five ocean garbage patches, with the Pacific being home to the largest one, located between Hawaii and California; called the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch.’ If nothing was done about this patch and it was left to circulate the plastic would impact our ecosystems to a level which could damage health and society.
17th July 2017

Strategic partnership aims to produce turbine components

Strategic partnership aims to produce turbine components
  During the Paris Airshow, Bionic Production and Leistritz Turbinentechnik have signed a letter of intent for a strategic partnership. The goal of the partnership is to enable Leistritz to apply additive manufacturing, and to open up new business fields for both companies.
17th July 2017

Solving engineering challenges with Teflon

Solving engineering challenges with Teflon
One of the most versatile industrial coatings that is available is Teflon, or polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). Best known for its non-stick properties, Teflon offers an extremely low coefficient of friction, chemical inertness, and excellent dielectric stability. While almost everyone has heard of Teflon, due to ongoing advancements and more precise application techniques, the expanding range of potential uses for PTFE and other functional coatings can often be overlooked. 
14th July 2017

Blurring the lines between OEM and aftermarket parts

Blurring the lines between OEM and aftermarket parts
Branded replacement parts manufacturers are increasingly ‘acting’ like OEMs in approach to quality control, utilisation of sophisticated measurement systems and adoption of lean manufacturing techniques to produce consistent, high-quality parts. Over the past few decades, the acceptance of replacement parts suppliers for engines used in the power generation market has evolved significantly. Today, the consistent quality, availability, coverage and warranty of products from branded aftermarket suppliers are increasingly rivaling those of their OEM counterparts.
12th July 2017

Blurring the lines between OEM and aftermarket parts

Blurring the lines between OEM and aftermarket parts
The acceptance of replacement parts suppliers for engines used in the power generation market has evolved significantly over the past few decades. The consistent quality, availability, coverage and warranty of products from branded aftermarket suppliers now are increasingly rivaling those of their OEM counterparts.
3rd July 2017

International Business Awards extends final deadline

International Business Awards extends final deadline
The Stevie Awards, organiser of The International Business Awards, has announced that the final entry deadline for the 14th annual IBAs has been extended to Wednesday 12th July. Recognised as the world’s premier business awards programme, The IBAs attract nominations from organisations in more than 50 nations and territories each year, many of them for the Information Technology Awards.
3rd July 2017

1st Horizon opens new headquarters ‘The Old Pop Factory’

1st Horizon opens new headquarters ‘The Old Pop Factory’
Surveying and engineering company, 1st Horizon has just invested £500,000 in a new purpose-built headquarters in Yorkshire. The company, which specialises in 3D laser scanning of buildings and surveying for underground pipes and cables, has turned a former fizzy drinks factory into its new home.
30th June 2017

How engineering can build a plug and play for obsolescence

How engineering can build a plug and play for obsolescence
Everything becomes obsolete in the end, due to the direct consequence of human progress. All ideas and products have a natural span, after which the irrepressible innovative instinct replaces it with something better. The challenges of obsolescence in manufacturing are immense, and taking a strategic approach to obsolescence management by forecasting and planning can make a significant difference to optimising product lifecycle.
30th June 2017

US fashion chain store automates processes

US fashion chain store automates processes
Using a Skyfall solution to modernise its regional distribution centre in Jacksonville, Texas, US fashion retail chain Stage Stores has claimed the Skyyfall’s impressively high efficiency and reliability, with 12 sortation lines and over 5,000 transport pouches is the first system of its kind that Swiss company Ferag AG has supplied to North America.
28th June 2017

RAM Tracking partners up with the ECA

RAM Tracking partners up with the ECA
Demonstrating its recognition in the market, GPS vehicle tracking provider RAM has become an associate member of the ECA (Electrical Contractors Association), the organisation that has helped set the standards of the electrical engineering and building services industry since 1901.  
28th June 2017

Teenage mum turned into global engineering inspiration

Teenage mum turned into global engineering inspiration
Formerly a teenage mother with no qualifications, Jan Ward CBE is now Chair of Energy and Utility Skills Group and CEO of her own international engineering business, and has lent her inspirational voice to encourage females to consider roles that were once the preserve of males.
28th June 2017


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