Where the gaps lie in food safety training

Where the gaps lie in food safety training

Almost all food and beverage companies are committed to food safety training, but many are not getting all they could out of their training efforts. Why? A study from Alchemy Systems in partnership with Campden, BRI, SQF Institute, BRC, SGS and TSI polled thousands of food and beverage processors in seeking the answer to this question. The study, entitled “Closing the Gaps in Food Safety Training: Results from the Global Food Safety Training Survey,” found that while 88 percent of processors surveyed said their senior management provides the needed food safety training, 75 percent of respondents felt that employees would […]

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Jaguar Land Rover announces £100m investment in Castle Bromwich plant

Jaguar Land Rover announces £100m investment in Castle Bromwich plant

Jaguar Land Rover, the UK’s largest automotive manufacturer, is to invest £100m in its Birmingham, Castle Bromwich plant to support the production of the Jaguar XE – the firm’s mid-priced premium sport sedan. The Jaguar XE will be built at the firm’s Castle Bromwich plant The arrival of XE at Castle Bromwich continues the renaissance of the plant, which was slated for closure in 2008. 3000 people are now employed at the 112-acres site. This new investment takes the total spent on the site to more than £500m over the last two years, and marks the return of all Jaguar’s […]

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Belt casting project offers prospect of advanced steels and steel alloys

Belt casting project offers prospect of advanced steels and steel alloys

Steel production, vital to industries such as transportation and construction, is an extremely expensive and energy-intensive process. Now an EPSRC-funded project, led by Warwick Manufacturing Group at Warwick University, is investigating the use of a new technology that could dramatically reduce the cost and amount of energy consumed by the process. The Assure 2 project, which also involves McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and Tata Steel, could allow new advanced steels and steel alloys to be produced using the technology, which is known as belt casting. In conventional steel production, the molten material is cast into continuous slabs of around […]

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Brexit-brakes off as UK recovers “manufacturing mojo”

Brexit-brakes off as UK recovers “manufacturing mojo”

5th September 2016 3:03 pm 5th September 2016 3:03 pm Manufacturing production increased at its fastest pace in seven months during August according to the latest UK Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI). According to the survey manufacturing production increased at the fastest pace in seven months during August, rising to 53.3 (anything above 50 indicates growth). This represents a sharp recovery from July’s 41-month post-Brexit vote low of 48.3. The survey also found that employment levels in the industry have risen for the first time in the year to date. Manufacturers reported an increase in orders from both domestic and […]

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Stratasys opens up new additive avenues with “infinite-build” technology

Stratasys opens up new additive avenues with “infinite-build” technology

Stratasys has broken cover on technology demonstrators designed to realise large, additively manufactured parts and facilitate composite components without incurring the penalties associated with producing such components. According to the company, the Infinite-Build 3D Demonstrator and Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrator build on Stratasys’ expertise in industrial fused deposition modelling (FDM) 3D printing to help manufacturers design and build parts with credible structural integrity but at a fraction of the time and cost. Common to both the Infinite-Build 3D Demonstrator and Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrator is an approach to FDM extrusion that increases throughput and repeatability. Both use a worm drive […]

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PP Control & Automation banish Brexit blues with £1m factory extension

PP Control & Automation banish Brexit blues with £1m factory extension

6th September 2016 12:17 pm 6th September 2016 12:17 pm A West Midlands manufacturer is investing over £1m on a new factory extension in a bid to double sales turnover. PP Control & Automation has begun expansion plans that will see it add 1,000 sq metres of production space to its existing site in Cheslyn Hay, including a new logistics department and clean assembly area. Construction work has started, setting in motion a move that will give the company the additional capacity it requires to achieve its target of doubling sales turnover to £40m by 2021. New staff are said […]

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Gestamp expands in West Midlands with £70m manufacturing plant

Gestamp expands in West Midlands with £70m manufacturing plant

7th September 2016 2:05 pm 7th September 2016 2:05 pm Gestamp is to build a new £70m manufacturing facility in Four Ashes near Wolverhampton, a move expected to safeguard 800 jobs with the automotive component designer and manufacturer. The new 50,000 sq. metre plant will house a transfer servo press line – aka XL press – that will improve the company’s hot stamping capabilities to better serve customers in the region that include BMW, Honda, JLR, Nissan-Renault and Toyota. Production at Gestamp’s existing Cannock plant will move progressively to the new facility, where the company aims to ‘create a more […]

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GE invests $1.4bn in additive acquisitions

GE invests $1.4bn in additive acquisitions

General Electric has acquired European additive manufacturing companies Arcam and SLM Solutions Group for a combined total of $ 1.4bn. A 3D printed fuel nozzle used in the new LEAP engine for Boeing’s 737 MAX (Credit: GE Aviation) Based in Sweden and Germany respectively, Arcam and SLM specialise in metal-based additive manufacturing and have customers across multiple industries including aerospace and healthcare. Last year Arcam, which has 285 employees, generated $ 68m in revenues. SLM, which employs 260, had revenues of $ 74m in 2015. The acquisitions will be part of GE’s new additive business that the company plans to […]

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Aluminium content of cars set to reach 200kg per vehicle by 2025

Aluminium content of cars set to reach 200kg per vehicle by 2025

7th September 2016 3:12 pm 7th September 2016 3:12 pm The amount of aluminium used in cars is expected to rise by 2025 with benefits including fewer green house gas emissions, and the retention of structural integrity compared with steel. These are two conclusions from a study conducted by Drucker for European Aluminium that predicts the aluminium content of cars produced in Europe to reach nearly 200kg per vehicle by 2025, up from 150kg today. “We expect the aluminium content in cars to continue its growth trajectory by as much as 30 per cent in the next ten years,” said […]

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Think critically about maintenance

Think critically about maintenance

For the last 15 years, Mike Trainor, SKF manager, asset reliability consulting, has seen it all when it comes to maintenance. Over the years, he has compiled many tales of maintenance woes (and some successes), as well as more than 100 reliability-centered maintenance (RCM) studies. He’s logged all of these into his computer and analyzed them so thoroughly that, to hear him speak, it would seem he’s lived each story with those he interviewed and consulted, sharing their pain and victories. During SKF’s annual Technical Press Day in Philadelphia, Trainor explained the roadmap to maintenance success—as well as keeping your […]

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