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Boeing to manufacture actuation systems in Sheffield

Boeing plans to open its first manufacturing plant in Europe with a facility in Sheffield that will produce trailing-edge actuation systems for Next-Generation 737, 737 MAX and 777 aircraft. Located alongside Sheffield University’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), the proposed 2,300-square-metre plant, which represents an investment of over £20m, is part of a broader plan by Boeing to begin in-house manufacturing of actuation components and systems in the US and Britain. “The UK provides Boeing with the talent and infrastructure we need to grow and maintain a high level of productivity and quality to meet our significant order book,” said Sir Michael Arthur, president of Boeing Europe and managing director of Boeing UK and Ireland. “Our decision to start manufa

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Sensor technology extends range of movement for prosthetic arms

Robotic prosthetic arms allow amputees to perform a particular set of actions by twitching the remaining muscles in their severed limb. But the range of movements possible with existing robotic arms is severely limited, leading up to half of amputees using the devices to abandon them out of sheer frustration. Now researchers at Imperial College London have developed sensor technology for use with robotic arms that should ultimately make it possible to carry out a far greater range of actions using the prosthetics. The technology, published in the journal Nature Biomedical Engineering, is designed to detect signals from motor neurons – nerve cells in the spinal cord that control muscles via fibres known as axons – rather than the damaged muscle in the shoulder or arm. This a

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