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  • Jane High's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:22 PM
    Many thanks to everyone who has come back to me on this - it is much appreciated
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  • Jane High's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:21 PM
    sounds like a great idea but we don't do this. We do however give 25 days plus BH so not sure what your annual leave is
    3 replies | 82 view(s)
  • Daniel Kirmatzis's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:01 AM
    Stephen Phipson CBE, Make UK CEO, will be a key contributor at the "Leaders' Opening Panel" at the Industry 4.0 Summit & Expo which is the UK’s largest event for the 4th industrial revolution in Manchester between 10 and 11 April 2019. A combined conference & trade exhibition, since its launch in 2017 it has attracted visitors across the UK manufacturing spectrum eager to see the latest technologies & solutions to make their operations smarter. Visitors can gain an insight to government policy, get support & access to finance, understand the latest business models, hear about large- &...
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  • Troy Barratt's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:04 AM
    Hello Everyone, In early 2019 Contracts Engineering moved into our new factory in Sittingbourne, Kent. We are a customer-focused subcontract manufacture, our capabilities include 3D CAD design, fabrication/manufacture and assembly. We have had very strong growth over the past several years and in 2017 we identified a larger footprint as critical to our continued growth. In fact, I posted on the Make UK Community nearly two years ago seeking advice from others who have moved their manufacturing facilities (click here). So we wanted to write about our experiences and suggest some tips...
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  • Charles Clayton's Avatar
    20-02-2019, 05:18 PM
    Daniel, Sorry, no I don't know how many medium sized businesses are and would be very interested to find out. I would not be surprised if some of the larger manufacturing businesses are. Charles
    2 replies | 47 view(s)
  • Kimmy Forshaw's Avatar
    20-02-2019, 02:24 PM
    Title: Considering Process Variations in Injection Moulding Date: Thursday, February 28, 2019 Time: 03:00 PM Greenwich Mean Time Duration: 30 minutes This webinar is for engineers and designers looking to further understand the process variations that occur when designing for Injection moulding, and learn how prepare for these variations effectively. Where Stephen Dyson will discuss:
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  • Tristan Bailey's Avatar
    20-02-2019, 01:31 PM
    Thank you for the quick reply Daniel Kirmatzis
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  • Kimmy Forshaw's Avatar
    20-02-2019, 12:13 PM
    Many of our customers require finished parts straight from the plastic injection moulding or CNC machining process. Many others, however, want or need additional ‘secondary operation’ performed on their manufactured parts. These operations are what are known as ‘Secondary Services’ and they can be an integral part of a customer’s project requirement. Why Secondary Services? Secondary services may be required to meet the process control, functional or cosmetic (typically branding or labelling) needs for a specific project. The necessity of these additional services are determined by that...
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  • Daniel Kirmatzis's Avatar
    20-02-2019, 12:12 PM
    Hi Charles Clayton Thank you for posting your question. I encourage medium sized manufacturers to share their thoughts on this important topic. I've just shared on Linkedin. Have you got any thoughts on how many medium sized businesses in the UK are already using this type of software? Thank you. Best regards,
    2 replies | 47 view(s)
  • Kimmy Forshaw's Avatar
    20-02-2019, 11:18 AM
    Hi @Rob Lainchbury, our maximum sizes for Injection moulded parts are: 770 x 480 x 202 (101mm either side of the parting line). Our design guidelines might also be useful: https://www.protolabs.co.uk/services/injection-moulding/plastic-injection-moulding/design-guidelines/ If you have the CAD you could also try uploading them via our online portal as we provide design for manufacturing advice with our quote for free. many thanks,
    5 replies | 122 view(s)
  • Daniel Kirmatzis's Avatar
    20-02-2019, 10:37 AM
    Hi Tristan Bailey I've heard back from my colleague. It's not currently something we have in the schedule but should we plan in the future we will definitely let you know. Best regards, Daniel.
    4 replies | 714 view(s)
  • Daniel Kirmatzis's Avatar
    20-02-2019, 10:32 AM
    Hi Tristan Bailey Jim is away at the moment so I have asked my colleagues if there are any plans to run anymore of these. I will get back to you shortly. Best regards, Daniel.
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  • Tristan Bailey's Avatar
    20-02-2019, 10:21 AM
    Amy, That was a new podcast to me, so thank you for sharing it. They seem to be getting popular to share community voice.
    1 replies | 86 view(s)
  • Tristan Bailey's Avatar
    20-02-2019, 10:13 AM
    Hi Jane High There are a few out there with mobile apps. Like Darren said, Harvest is one we have also used before. Time Doctor, can be handy when managing others, as has a screen shot feature, and its assistant style asking you, "what are you doing now" can be good to prompt you to keep logging time https://www.timedoctor.com/ Also Toggl https://toggl.com/mobile-time-tracking-app/ With the need maybe to track executives going to meetings and on site, hubstaff has GPS tracking option.
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  • Tristan Bailey's Avatar
    20-02-2019, 09:54 AM
    Hi Jim Davison , Do you know if there are plans to run the Hackathon again in the future? Tristan
    4 replies | 714 view(s)
  • Charles Clayton's Avatar
    20-02-2019, 09:53 AM
    Hi All, Robotic process automation (RPA) and/or robotic desktop automation (RDA) is using "software based robots" to emulate and complete certain work on behalf of people. This technology has been used by large enterprises / multi-national organisations to improve productivity. If you're a medium-sized (i.e. 50 - 249 employees) business and you're looking at what you can do to improve productivity, then is RPA / RDA one of the options you're considering? Thanks in advance, Charles
    2 replies | 47 view(s)
  • Jim Davison's Avatar
    19-02-2019, 06:22 PM
    Hi@Rob Lainchbury, Many thanks for the additional information that will help me give you some more clearer feedback. I am out of the office for a week but will follow up again soon. Best Regards Jim.
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  • Peter Catlow's Avatar
    19-02-2019, 02:00 PM
    Our Energy Insights solution enables the wireless monitoring of power consumption at Machine level. The data is stored in the Cloud and our software provides real time info to your desktop or mobile device. Reports can be customised easily and alerts set for any unusual events.
    2 replies | 357 view(s)
  • Jade Blackburn's Avatar
    19-02-2019, 11:24 AM
    An update to the event: This training & skills event will be held in collaboration with the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges 'The Skills Service'. Speakers to include: Reliance Precision Ltd: Succession Planning & Training Apprenticeship Scheme University of Huddersfield The Postgraduate Institute (PGI) & the EPSRC Hub National Physical Laboratory: NPL Training - Shop floor tasters & apprenticeships
    1 replies | 116 view(s)
  • Clair Hollick's Avatar
    18-02-2019, 09:12 AM
    thanks for replying Amy, I look forward to any other responses from the rest of the group.
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  • Amy Brunsdon's Avatar
    18-02-2019, 09:04 AM
    Hi Clair Hollick, I've worked in a couple of places where we have been given birthday leave. It's a nice little extra to have. Interested to hear what others think/offer? Amy
    3 replies | 82 view(s)
  • Clair Hollick's Avatar
    15-02-2019, 03:22 PM
    Hi Everyone As part of our review of current benefits we are looking at allowing employees to have a paid day of for their Birthday. I wondered if any of you had this benefit currently and what you have put in place to make this work ? Any comments welcome thanks
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  • Rob Lainchbury's Avatar
    15-02-2019, 02:53 PM
    Hi Jim Davison Thank you for getting back to me. Currently I have plans for a range of 20+. However, realistically I'll have an initial range of 10 to start with and looking to mass-produce this range. The surface texture will mostly be fine sand with rocky and stone like textures for cliff edges and out crop areas etc... The material I would like to create these tiles would be plastic. I think the way forward would be to plastic inject after looking at other methods. Although I'm not sure what the best type of plastic to use is, or what the range is.
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  • Amy Brunsdon's Avatar
    15-02-2019, 10:20 AM
    Customs intermediaries and traders completing customs declarations can now apply for grants to support training and IT under an £8 million investment from government. As part of this investment, £5 million in funding is now available to help businesses, based in, or with a branch in, the UK to meet the costs of employee training and IT improvements. Businesses who will benefit from the funding are encouraged to apply early. Applications will close on 5 April 2019, or earlier once all the funding is allocated. Businesses can apply for one or both grants: There is £2 million available...
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  • Jim Davison's Avatar
    15-02-2019, 10:04 AM
    Hi Rob Lainchbury, Sounds like an interesting project - my son enjoys making models with figures, landscapes and buildings.To help me find some answers to your questions can I ask you to clarify a couple of points please. How many of each of these "tiles" are you looking to produce? What sort of surface detail do you need to reproduce? Do you know what material you are looking to use?
    5 replies | 122 view(s)
  • Daniel Kirmatzis's Avatar
    15-02-2019, 09:35 AM
    Hi Rob Lainchbury Thank you for posting your question. We will highlight this question in our next newsletter and in the meantime I encourage other community members to offer their advice. Best regards, Daniel.
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  • Jim Dew's Avatar
    15-02-2019, 08:25 AM
    We are heavily involved in CE marking for our products and currently we are considering the options of maintaining the CE mark, which means us having an importer in the EU. Around 25% of our product is sold directly in the EU. I am not sure who in the world is going to recognise UKCA? This will take a long time to gain full acceptance. If anything we would consider this to be an 'and' not an 'or'. In a lot of cases we would not have a spare space for dual marking.
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  • Daniel Kirmatzis's Avatar
    14-02-2019, 10:29 AM
    Does your business receive an Horizon2020 grant? UKRI needs you to register onto their portal In September 2018, UKRI launched a portal as its first step towards supporting the continuity of funding for UK organisations which have been awarded grants from Horizon 2020. Grant recipients are asked to input basic information about their awards into the portal. This will ensure that UKRI can keep UK researchers and businesses informed of the next steps if the government needs to underwrite Horizon 2020 payments. Since its launch in September 2018, UKRI has had a steady stream of...
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  • Rob Lainchbury's Avatar
    13-02-2019, 01:01 PM
    Hi all, I'm just getting some advice for a plastic injected models I would like to create. FYI - I am not an expert and far from it. Just getting advice at this stage. I have multiple models that are tile like models with a dimension of approximately 304mm x 304mm x 100*mm(max) (* range of 10mm - 100mm - this is variable, as the height of the model has contours and a sand like texture with rock formations and terrain sitting on the tiles). I'm also happy for the models to be hollow rather than a huge block of plastic. eg. 5mm thickness all the way around. My questions are;
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  • Kimmy Forshaw's Avatar
    12-02-2019, 12:07 PM
    Protolabs has kicked off 2019 with the introduction of detailed measurement and inspection reporting, the first part of the company’s in-house secondary services offering across Europe, and in addition to their standard quality control process. The turnaround times for each process varies and is dependent on factors such as part complexity and quantity. As part of their standard process, Protolabs undertake X, Y, Z measurements at the start of the production run as well as at final inspection. The additional measurement and inspection services complement the standard process to meet...
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