Tips For Mechanical Engineering Graduates

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Engineering in any sense of the word is a rewarding and exciting career that plays a vital role within the UK economy. Mechanical engineering is all about designing, developing, testing and manufacturing materials for a wide variety of industries and applications.

A Mechanical Engineer is responsible for anything from building engine components and maintaining industrial equipment to servicing robotic machinery. In this article, we briefly cover aspects of mechanical engineering along with essential tips for graduates seeking a career within the industry.

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Is Solar Power All It Cracks Up To Be?

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The energy world is changing whether we like it or not but is solar power all that it’s cracked up to be? People want to save money, live a more sustainable life while enjoying a dependable source of electricity. While solar energy certainly ticks all of those boxes, nothing is ever that simple.

Before investing in a solar energy system for your home or business, there are a few things you should consider. First of all, ask yourself how cost-effective solar energy really is. What advancements are currently being made in solar power and what laws have been put into place?

We take a closer look at energy consumption, oil dependency and some of the advantages and disadvantages of solar power.

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Success In The Railway Sector

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PRV Engineering Ltd was first established in 1986 manufacturing pressings for the food packaging industry. Over the years, their engineering services expanded into the Railway Sector, Aerospace and Defence among others. This was largely due to a forward-thinking approach and continuous investment in staff, facility and equipment.

It all began with the introduction of jars and bottles as the requirement for their products started to decline. In 1998, PRV changed direction and moved into subcontract engineering selling their remaining presses. Two years later, in 2000, they expanded their now well-equipped 29,000 sq ft facility in Pontypool, South Wales.

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Custom Fabrication Services At PRV Engineering

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Successful engineering companies use a combination of expert knowledge, experience and continuous investment in machinery and staff. Custom fabrication services require all of these elements and more as quality and production costs are the top priority. Custom fabrication is a specialist process whether you’re machining steel or aluminium.

Metal fabrication, for example, involves a wide range of skills and disciplines from profiling, bending and forming, cropping, welding to assembly and finishing. While technology, machinery and computer-aided design software have led to advanced custom fabrication services, there is still no substitute for experience.

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Robotics Research: The Light-Powered OsciBot

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Credit: Yusen Zhao and Ximin He/UCLA

The robotics industry has advanced tremendously in recent years with several cutting edge developments. Now, researchers have created a hydrogel-based, light-powered robot that swims in response to a direct light source.

This particular robot, the OsciBot, is attracted to and only powered by a constant visible light source. It doesn’t require a battery pack or power tether of any kind. This type of technology could revolutionise the maritime industry in terms of energy harvesting and propulsion in the future.

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