Manufacturing Business News

Siemens expand additive manufacturing capabilities with acquisition of Materials Solutions

Siemens expand additive manufacturing capabilities with acquisition of Materials Solutions

15th August 2016 4:06 pm 15th August 2016 4:06 pm Siemens has acquired 85 per cent in Materials Solutions, an Additive Manufacturing (AM) processing and production company based in Worcester. Company founder Carl Brancher will hold the remaining 15 per cent. Materials Solutions manufactures Siemens burner heads A specialty of the company – which pioneered the use of Selective Laser Melting (SLM) technology for the manufacture of high-performance metal parts – is making turbomachinery parts, particularly high temperature applications for gas turbines. In August 2015, Siemens Venture Capital acquired a 14 per cent stake in the company that currently employs […]

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Composite material protects aircraft against high-impact anomalies

Composite material protects aircraft against high-impact anomalies

16th August 2016 12:03 pm 16th August 2016 12:03 pm Qinetiq has introduced a composite material that protects aircraft against high-impact and lightning strikes. The technology introduces a Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) into a carbon fibre reinforced plastic. The SMA wire selection, geometry and architecture, plus the weaving process, ensure that the high specific properties of the carbon fibre composite are maintained, whilst the SMA provides an enhanced ability to absorb energy before structural penetration. Results showed the SMA technology would have significant benefits for protecting against the high impact damage from a bird strike or debris that can be […]

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KIND to publish added sugar content on all its brands

KIND to publish added sugar content on all its brands

KIND Healthy Snacks now publishing added sugar contents on its products. The company is adding the label to its more than 60 snacks across its portfolio, two years before the deadline recently set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for food companies to break out the added sugar content in their products. “Our approach at KIND is to provide consumers with straightforward information about what they’re putting into their bodies, so for us, publishing the added sugar content in our snacks is a natural next step in our ongoing commitment to transparency,” says Daniel Lubetzky, KIND founder and […]

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On the fly: Project proposes aircraft maintenance and repairs with 3D printed parts

On the fly: Project proposes aircraft maintenance and repairs with 3D printed parts

Cranfield University and consortium partners have completed a three-year FP7 project to improve aircraft maintenance and repair processes by integrating health management capabilities with additive manufacturing. RepAIR test rig at Cranfield A total of 12 partners took part in the in the three-year RepAIR project, which focussed on on-site maintenance and repair of aircraft by integrated direct digital manufacturing. Suresh Perinpanayagam, lecturer in the Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM) Centre at Cranfield University explained that airline maintenance is mainly reactive or preventive, with many components part of a Line Replaceable Unit (LRU). If a failure occurs the whole LRU is […]

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Nestl? expands QAC in Dublin, OH in anticipation of FSMA

Nestl? expands QAC in Dublin, OH in anticipation of FSMA

Nestl? has made a $ 31-million investment in the Nestl? Quality Assurance Center (NQAC) in Dublin, OH. The center—which was designed to raise the bar for the verification of food safety and quality standards and provide support for the implementation and maintenance of food safety programs—is now the largest and most sophisticated testing facility in the Nestl? network and possibly the world. And, the newly expanded NQAC is now the lead quality assurance center for all Nestl? businesses in the Americas. It has nearly doubled in size to 82,000 sq. ft., including an expanded 32,000-sq.-ft. microbiology lab, and completely renovated […]

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Autodesk unveils 2017 CAM range for advanced manufacturing applications

Autodesk unveils 2017 CAM range for advanced manufacturing applications

Autodesk has announced its 2017 Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) products for advanced manufacturing applications including CNC mill-and lathe programming and complex mould and die manufacturing.

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Le Mans exhibit highlights use of additive manufacturing in motorsports

Le Mans exhibit highlights use of additive manufacturing in motorsports

5th August 2016 10:40 am 5th August 2016 10:47 am Strakka Racing’s DOME S103 Le Mans racecar has gone on display in Birmingham to highlight the benefits of additive manufacturing to motorsports. The 450bhp racecar, which competed in the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans with five per cent 3D printed parts, is on display at the Thinktank science museum in Birmingham. Additive manufacturing – or 3D printing – takes computer designs and, in the case of Strakka Racing, is used to create parts for use on the track. The parts are made by Strakka using a printer from Stratasys. […]

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Delivery of steel slab moves Dalzell plate mill closer to re-opening

Delivery of steel slab moves Dalzell plate mill closer to re-opening

12th August 2016 9:41 am 12th August 2016 10:21 am The re-opening of the Dalzell plate mill at Motherwell has moved forward with the first delivery of steel slab to the site for nearly a year. Around 1,500 tonnes of slab from the British Steel plant at Scunthorpe arrived by train at Dalzell in preparation for the restart of steel plate production by new owners Liberty House Group in September 2016. Liberty acquired the Scottish works from former owners Tata in March and the delivery of slab re-establishes a supply chain broken when production ceased at the mill in December […]

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UK automotive industry changes gear with modest growth in July

UK automotive industry changes gear with modest growth in July

12th August 2016 10:16 am 12th August 2016 10:16 am New car registrations in Britain rose 0.1 per cent in July, putting demand in the year-to-date 2.8 per cent higher than for the same period in 2015. According to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), 1,599,159 new cars have been registered so far this year.. SMMT add that July followed the trend seen throughout this year, whereby lower private registrations were offset by fleet purchases, which increased by five per cent in July. The uptake of alternatively fuelled vehicles remained strong with 24.7 per cent […]

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Sheffield Forgemasters awarded $30m contract to supply castings to US submarine programme

Sheffield Forgemasters awarded $30m contract to supply castings to US submarine programme

Sheffield Forgemasters has secured defence export contracts worth over $ 30m to supply castings for the US Navy’s OHIO submarine replacement programme. Sheffield Forgemasters – winning US defence orders The project has been granted full approval by the UK government. Dr Graham Honeyman, chief executive at Sheffield Forgemasters International, said: “These orders provide a boost for our Brightside Lane operations as we work towards our business turnaround plan. “Work has already started on these orders and the first parts will complete in 2016 with another tranche of components anticipated to follow in 2017, providing work for our Melt Shop, Foundry […]

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