In manufacturing, a robust production control system is essential to maintain efficiency and quality, and to meet customer demands. Lead times are often tight, so manufacturers must be able to produce highly precise parts quickly and reliably, without compromising on product quality.
In manufacturing processes, particularly those that create highly precision parts for the medical, automotive, or aerospace industries, efficiency is essential to ensure the timely delivery of high quality products. The Request for Quotation (RFQ) stage is a key element of the manufacturing process, not only because it provides customers with valuable information about lead times and costs, but also because it can significantly impact the manufacturing process.
In precision manufacturing, it’s vital to ensure high quality standards to safeguard parts from poor levels of performance, premature wear, or unforeseen failure. This is particularly important in the aerospace industry, in which the safety of service users - passengers and aircraft personnel – depends on equipment performing reliably and consistently.
Compared with deep hole drilling or boring, trepanning tools offer several important advantages. Whether you are working on a large-scale industrial project or a precision machining application, trepanning tools can make a significant difference in terms of efficiency, cost savings, and material utilisation.
With the Government recently announcing a significant investment in the manufacture of semiconductors in the UK to head off global challenges, it’s a good time to consider the environmental, social, and economic impacts of domestic manufacturing.
The week is Manufacturing & Engineering Week, and is set to be a special time in the UK manufacturing sector’s annual events calendar. This year, the event culminates in a series of concurrent free two-day events on 7th and 8th June to be held at the NEC Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, in which industry thought leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs will meet to map out the future of the manufacturing and engineering sector.
The recent discovery in Israel of a 3,500-year-old body which had undergone trepanation – the drilling of a hole in the skull to relieve head pain – is one of many examples of this primitive medical procedure that have been discovered by archaeologists. Fortunately, modern science has equipped doctors with the knowledge and skills to treat patients more safely, leaving trepanning to precision engineers in the oil and gas, machinery and heavy equipment, manufacturing, metal production and distribution industries.
In March 2023, Make UK published a key report, ‘No Weak Links: Building Supply Chain Resilience’, which laid bare the soaring pressure on supply chains that is resulting in long lead times and rising prices. The severe disruption of the Covid-19 pandemic persuaded many manufacturing businesses that their supply chains needed to become more sustainable, resilient, and collaborative to protect themselves against global instability.
The UK’s manufacturing industry plays a crucial role in driving economic growth, innovation, and job creation. Consequently, the development of a robust industrial strategy for manufacturing is imperative, to lay the foundations for a thriving sector and ensure its competitiveness on a global scale.
According to research, 99 per cent of manufacturers believe that the UK should have a clear industrial strategy.
Hydraulic systems are present on all types of aircraft, providing vital control to a range of systems and components, including landing gear, steering, thrust reversers, and cargo doors. Hydraulic failures are inconvenient and costly but, more importantly, may cause serious threats to flight safety such as a loss of control, the inability to extend or retract flaps, or problems raising or lowering landing gear.