The construction industry along with the architectural engineering are possibly two of the toughest marketplaces in the world. Fabrication projects are often both complex and demanding where the final product must have high integrity and capable of withstanding nearly anything. It’s also no secret that modern manufacturing and engineering have changed considerably in recent years. Companies now find themselves under pressure to rapidly introduce new products, adapt to local market conditions and improve quality, cost and efficiency.
We can agree that one of the main elements of any fabrication project is cost. And by cost, we refer to Continue reading →
Nearly 2 years after the project confirmed equity funding, the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon has just been backed by a government commission review.
Former UK energy minister Charles Hendry has been gathering evidence for the independent enquiry for almost a year and as part of that review has visited all the potential sites and held various discussions with the industry. That report says that the project would make a strong contribution to the UK’s energy supply.
There were a host of other conclusions in the report, but some of the headline ones were: Continue reading →
Improvements in manufacturing processes and capabilities allow for more complex and diverse solutions to be thought up for an increasing number of problems. The ability to cut and machine smaller and more complex parts using modern techniques like waterjet cutting, 3D printing and various multi axis machines, combined with software developments mean this is becoming increasingly evident in the medical and pharmaceutical world. The ability to make one off, custom implants and limb replacements for specific patient needs is opening up a whole new world. Continue reading →
Space travel used to be all about politics, research and development. It was all about, could we get to the moon and set foot there?
Since the first moon landing in 1969, research has gone further. There have been satellites launched that orbit and feed back information and data. There are space stations and there have even been attempts to land vehicles on Mars. Continue reading →
Carrying on from last year’s successful exhibition, Subcon 2014 (NEC, Birmingham, June 3-5) will once again host the hugely popular Engineer Conference. This year, the final keynote presentation ‘The factory of the future and the future of British Manufacturing’ will be given by Hamid Mughal, the head of global manufacturing at Rolls-Royce.
It has certainly been a busy time for Rolls-Royce. Having won offshore design and equipment orders for more than £60million, the company recently announced that it has signed an agreement to sell its Energy gas turbine and compressor business to Siemens for a £785 million cash consideration. Continue reading →