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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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PRESS RELEASE: Precision engineering at it’s best in Somerset & Devon

Across the rolling green hills of the Somerset Mendips and the beautiful region of Devon, lies a wave of high technology in the world of precision Engineering. Chard and Exeter based precision engineering company, UK Precision, has just purchased two of the most highly sought after and premier pieces of ‘kit’ to take precision engineering in the UK to new heights. “We have purchased two new Doosan DNM 650 Vertical Machining Centres, one of which has a ‘Kitagawa MR250R 4th axis Rotary Table’ says Andrew Warren, director of UK Precision.  “Both are identical apart from that. They have a table of 1300mm x 670mm, 12000 rpm spindle speed, through spindle high pressure coolant and a 30 tool magazine tool changer with ‘chip to chip’ time of 3.7 seconds.” He further explains.

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Ariel Atom is the fastest accelerating road car in the world (and built in Somerset!)

Designed and built in Crewkerne, Somerset, Jeremy Clarkson describes the Ariel Atom with "I have never ever driven anything that accelerates so fast". It is the fastest accelerating road car in the world.

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GKN Aerospace goes out on a wing with manufacturing facility

Located outside Bristol, the Western Approach facility will be used to manufacture and assemble carbon-fibre-reinforced wing components. The £170m facility currently employs 300 staff but this is expected to rise to 450 by 2016. Made up of two buildings with a total floor space of 30,000m2, the facility is already engaged in the manufacture of components for the Airbus A350 XWB and A400M. The first building — operating at between 10°C and 21°C ambient with 40–50 per cent humidity — contains the composites manufacturing operation where automated fibre placement (AFP) machinery supplied by M Torres is currently applying 7–10kg of material an hour to the A350’s rear wing spars. The steerable, automated tape-laying process can simultaneously apply 16 tows to the spar and improv

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Southern Manufacturing Show 2011

The UK's favourite regional manufacturing technology exhibition opens next week. At the Southern Manufacturing Show (FIVE, Farnborough, 16th and 17th of February) you can see the latest machinery, tooling, production technologies and components; benefit from the free technical seminars and meet the UK's top suppliers in one, easily accessible location. With over 600 exhibitors, free entry,free car parking, Southern Manufacturing and Electronics is a unique event that no manufacturing professional should miss. More information about this event can be found HERE.

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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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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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