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South West set to benefit from renewable marine energy

The marine renewables sector will generate more than 5,750 new jobs and inject an estimated £4.8bn into the South West economy from 2015 onwards, according to a new report. The ORRAD (Offshore Renewables Resource and Development - South West Economic Impact Assessment) report, commissioned by the South West RDA, found that this relatively new sector will be important to the economic future of the region. A research report in October showed that the South West is capable of generating 9,220MW of electricity from various marine sources, enough power for more than double the current domestic electricity needs of the whole of the South West. Once installation of the technology takes place, most of the work will be in ongoing operations and maintenance, with more than 5,000

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Exeter site – closed due to adverse weather

Due to adverse weather conditions in Exeter, if you are trying to contact us please call on 01460 66430 rather than the Exeter number.  Thank you.

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Accelerometers keep prosthetic limbs in step

Technology used in smartphones could make artificial limbs easier to operate by helping users to orient them. Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) are working to incorporate accelerometers, used to determine which way up something is, into electronic prostheses. Accelerometers detect changes in gravity or velocity and are widely used in electronic devices, for example to help a smartphone know if you want look at the screen in portrait or landscape format. Associate professor Øyvind Stavdahl and PhD student Anders Fougner have shown that accelerometers can help an amputee to keep their prosthetic limb oriented when attempting new tasks the device is unfamiliar with. ‘Prostheses are driven by the remaining muscles in the severed limb,

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UV laser blasts through scar tissue to unclog arteries

Patients at University College London Hospital NHS Foundation Trust are the first in the country to benefit from the latest Excimer laser technology which unclogs arteries in a matter of minutes. Developed by Colorado Springs, Colorado-based Spectranetics Corporation, the Excimer laser blasts obstructing tissue into microscopic particles that are then absorbed into the bloodstream - restoring natural blood flow and bringing relief from pain, without the need for complex bypass surgery. The ultra-violet light is transmitted through flexible glass fibres that are guided into place by a catheter which is advanced through the blockage. The treatment is highly effective for patients who have developed total blockage of arteries following previous angioplasty or stent pl

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Cutting edge: the rise of surgical robots

Advances in robotics are helping surgeons perform a variety of increasingly complex procedures The da Vinci machine: Intuitive Surgical’s device is operated by a human surgeon who uses a videoequipped workstation to control four tool-tipped arms Of all the amazing innovations taking place in healthcare, the use of robots in surgery is perhaps the closest to science fiction. For some it might conjure up images of the gleaming medical android that mended Luke Skywalker’s shattered face in The Empire Strikes Back; however, for many people, it’s an extremely disquieting concept. Submitting yourself to surgery is perhaps the ultimate loss of control and the thought of losing control to a machine, rather than a human, is a difficult step. However, the object of ro

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Will Transparent Aircraft Take Off?

Originally posted in The Engineer Aeroplanes made of transparent materials so passengers can have unparalleled views as they fly above the pyramids or Eiffel Tower could be a reality by 2050. This is only part of the wacky and slightly frightening vision of what flights could be like in 40 years according to engineers at Airbus. Their ideas were outlined in a report titled ‘The Future, by Airbus’ released by the aerospace giant this week. Possibly the most eye-catching concept was the potential for aeroplanes constructed with opaque or transparent walls, negating the need for windows. The report states: ‘This smarter structure would help to make the aircraft lighter and more cost-efficient while giving the passenger 360 degree views of the skies. The planes of the f

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CBI survey reveals increased demand for UK-made goods

UK manufacturers saw demand for their goods continue to improve in August, as overseas orders returned to normal levels, the CBI revealed today. Of the 485 companies that responded to the latest CBI monthly Industrial Trends Survey, 21 per cent of manufacturers said that total orders were above normal and 34 per cent said they were below. The resulting balance of -14 per cent is the highest since August 2008 (-13 per cent) and a slight improvement on July’s balance of -16 per cent. Some 24 per cent of respondents reported exports to be above normal and 24 per cent below normal, which gives a balance of -1 per cent, compared with -12 per cent in the July survey. // With overall demand for UK-made goods continuing to improve, manufacturers expect production to rise fu

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The SidearmTM has won the Barclays One Small Step Initiative Competition!

If you follow our Blog, you will remember that UK Precision helped Frank Thorogood to help develop the SidearmTM - you can see the blog post here - which was then entered into the Barclays One Small Step Initiative. In July we got this back from Frank... Hello! Just to let you know we won our region of the Barclays One Small Step Initiative Competition, so thanks so much for your votes and canvassing! The £50k prize will make a massive difference to us, and we're going to start selling the product from the very beginning of August. Thanks again, Frank and Alice So as you can imagine, we are all very pleased for Frank, and would like to wish him the best of luck in the future!

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Press Release: South West precision engineering firm helps to bowl over competition in Barclays One Small Step Initiative

SidearmTM offers high quality batting practice, allowing one person to provide a batsman with quick, accurate, swinging and seaming deliveries with little effort. Replicating all the rhythms and trajectories of a real bowler, SidearmTM gives the most effective batting practice possible. World class cricketers Graham Gooch and Paul Grayson see the SidearmTM as "the most important improvement to batting practice in a generation". Pace, Bounce, swing and seam can easily be generated from the full length of the pitch and one person can throw to another for hours on end! A complex engineering process lies behind the success of SidearmTM and UK Precision was approached by Frank Thorogood to bring his ideas to life after prototypes from China failed to come up to scratch. Frank comments, "I

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UKP solves another one!!

[caption id="attachment_63" align="alignright" width="135" caption="Part of the Thor Heyerdahl Sphere"][/caption] Here at UK Precision, we are regularly asked to solve complex engineering problems for our clients. In this instance, we were approached by Joshua, one of the Project Managers responsible for the design and installation of a huge sphere called the "Thor Heyerdahl Sphere". With our wide range of expertise and knowledge, we were able to support and assist in the development of the design to ensure that it could be manufactured and, as testified by our client below, we got it right first time under very difficlult crcumstances.. [caption id="attachment_65" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="More detailed section of the Sphere"][/caption] "Watching the structure fit togeth

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