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.
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.
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.
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.
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.