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  • Steve Farrant's Avatar
    02-01-2019, 04:41 PM
    I am hoping that you have an expert whom you can connect me too that will be able to guide us on the subject of our Hilux which we occasionally use to pull a trailer to a distance greater than 62 miles from base. It is fitted with a tacho and my initial questions are If it is being driven without the trailer does that driver need to be using the tacho Do we require an ‘O’ license to use it with the trailer from here Will the new rules make any difference to what we need to be doing When being driven with the trailer does each possible driver need their own personal tacho card
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  • Laura Albrecht's Avatar
    29-01-2019, 12:11 PM
    Hi all, I was wondering if you or your businesses have any experience with charities within the Midlands area who have supported with corporate volunteering events? We are looking into an afternoon for 100+ employees to support local communities; for example outdoor based activities such as developing community gardens, parks, woodlands etc. Any ideas or contacts would be much appreciated. Many thanks Laura
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  • Simon J Spode's Avatar
    31-01-2019, 10:22 AM
    Although 3D scanning technology has been around for a while, there is still some misunderstanding about what it can do. We've put together a brief blog post which may be of use if this is the case for your business. Hope you find it useful
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  • Megan Ronayne's Avatar
    16-01-2019, 08:46 AM
    The Nottinghamshire Manufacturing Network (NMN) have joined EEF, the Manufacturers’ Organisation as an Affiliate Partner. EEF are working with the Nottinghamshire Manufacturing Network to champion and strengthen the profile of UK manufacturing, but also introduce a larger UK based manufacturing network to Nottinghamshire Manufacturing Network members for sharing best practice and promoting their own businesses and building their own network. What this means for you? As a manufacturing member of Nottinghamshire Manufacturing Network, you are have the opportunity to become an EEF...
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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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  • Keith Richens's Avatar
    01-02-2019, 05:54 PM
    Hello everyone, this is my first posting, and I hope I'm not going to be judged as teaching grandmother how to suck eggs, but CE marking is a subject which captured my attention as a design engineer in the 90's when I ended up running a manufacturing facility in Lancashire before I made the decision to set up a test lab for independently evaluating electrical and electronic products that were similar to what we were manufacturing at that time. As a family business starting from scratch, we're now UKAS accredited thanks largely to my son and wife, and our company Cranage EMC & Safety in N....
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  • Daniel Kirmatzis's Avatar
    01-02-2019, 10:30 AM
    We are delighted to present February's Manufacturing Champion - Plessey Plessey is a UK-based leading developer of advanced optoelectronic technology solutions. With Innovation and Technology Centres in Swindon and Plymouth, Plessey’s highly skilled and committed workforce provides volume processing of its unique and proprietary GaN-on-Silicon platform for a wide range of optoelectronic devices and systems. With its headquarters in Plymouth, England, Plessey operates leading-edge 150mm and 200mm wafer processing facilities to undertake design, test and assembly of products, utilising a...
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  • Tim Morris's Avatar
    05-02-2019, 07:27 AM
    Hi All, We have designed a new product which we have a hydraulic problem we are struggling to solve. Can anyone recommend a hands on consultant who conducts on site visits to solve hydraulic issues? Regards, Tim Morris
    4 replies | 186 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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  • Daniel Kirmatzis's Avatar
    02-01-2019, 09:49 AM
    We are delighted to present our manufacturing champion for January - Accuturn. Norfolk based CNC machining specialist Stokes & Rowe celebrated their 10th year in business in summer 2018 and as part of their long-term investment and growth plans have rebranded to become Accuturn, CNC turning and milling specialists. The company is celebrating 10 years in business and has been through a business planning process outlining future growth plans. 2018 has seen Directors, Nicola and Robert Stokes, invest in new CNC Milling capability, gain ISO9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 standards, hire their...
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  • Amy Brunsdon's Avatar
    24-01-2019, 03:13 PM
    Hello everyone, I was watching the TV last night and during the advert break I saw the new “Fire It Up” advert all about promoting apprentices to young people. I thought the advert was really cool with a very fresh modern approached and certainly challenged some stereotypes around the types of jobs available as an apprentice. Hopefully, some of you have seen it too, but those that have not you can watch below. What do you think of the advert? Do you think it will appeal to young people to encourage them to take up an apprenticeship? Share your view with the community below :) ...
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  • Daniel Kirmatzis's Avatar
    14-01-2019, 10:53 AM
    Imperial College London's Graduate School would like to hear from organisations who would like to host a PhD student. An Innovation Placement is a micro-placement of minimum two and maximum four weeks duration. The placement will enable doctoral students to engage with projects that allow them to demonstrate impact from their research and develop skills, competencies and experience to work effectively and collaboratively with businesses to find solutions that address business and societal challenges. PLACEMENT PROJECT AREAS To be eligible for funding the Innovation Placement must be...
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  • 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
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  • Amy Brunsdon's Avatar
    04-02-2019, 10:02 AM
    Hello Everyone, I wanted to share the latest edition of the Business Voice is a monthly podcast from Marketing Humber, connecting Humber businesses to global challenges. The second episode ‘The Business of Culture’ sees presenter Blair Jacobs discovering the importance culture has in establishing a healthy, prosperous region. Art and Health Consultant, Elaine Burke, joins us to assess the connection between culture and health and the enormous value this is having to the health economy. We hear how arts and culture are an integral element to the Greater Grimsby Town Deal from North East...
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  • Megan Ronayne's Avatar
    01-02-2019, 03:33 PM
    Hello UK Manufacturers, As I sip my afternoon cuppa from my British made Denby mug, I thought I would start a new weekly blog, which will share with you what has been happening across the Midlands and the East of England this week. The beginning of the week started with a planning meeting with the EEF Manufacturing All Star @Charlotte Horobin. This year promises to be a very important year for EEF and @Charlotte Horobin & myself are planning how we can engage and grow the manufacturing community further across the Midlands and East of England. We have lots of ideas and we can't wait...
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  • Jade Blackburn's Avatar
    18-01-2019, 10:29 AM
    NPL's latest Manufacturer Measurement Network (MMN) event - The Future of Transportation - held this Tuesday was a great success! We had over 25% more attendees than our previous best. Our next event will be on the 16th April 2019, focusing on Skills in manufacturing & engineering. 'Succession Planning & the Skills Mix for Manufacturers' will address two main themes regarding the future of manufacturing: access to appropriate technology and how to develop a team with the appropriate skills to meet the current and future needs of the business - including team members who have grown up...
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  • Megan Ronayne's Avatar
    18-01-2019, 05:15 PM
    With only 4 weeks away, I'm excited for this year's EEF UK Manufacturing Conference!! Let's start planning our engagements and interactions :D Please comment below: If you're attending the conference and/or dinner What are you most looking forward to? Which workshop are you most excited about? Who or which EEF members you like to connect with?
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  • Ruppel Joshi's Avatar
    23-01-2019, 10:29 AM
    21st January, CP Cases, Isleworth, UK – CP Cases, a leading global manufacturer of specialist and bespoke protective case solutions, recently participated in the UK Digital Catalyst Programme and successfully reduced one of its digital processes from 180 mins to just 15 mins. The UK Digital Catalyst Programme – developed by the Future of Business Manufacturing – involved forming a collaboration between software supplier Autodesk, Imperial College and CP Cases to review some of the challenges faced by the company. Asif Moghal, Senior Industry Manager at Autodesk said, “With so much of...
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  • Kimmy Forshaw's Avatar
    25-01-2019, 12:05 PM
    Protolabs, the world's fastest digital manufacturing source for custom prototypes and low-volume production parts, has announced the addition of Inconel 718 to its growing list of Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) materials. The addition further establishes Protolabs’ reputation within the aerospace sector for having a highly impressive range of metals available for rapid prototyping and functional end-use parts with complex geometries. Due to the high strength and corrosion resistant properties of the material, along with its ability to be used at extreme temperatures, Inconel 718 is...
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  • Daniel Kirmatzis's Avatar
    05-02-2019, 02:42 PM
    In advance of EEF’s National Manufacturing Conference 2019 we are giving members of the community the chance to submit questions they may like to ask Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Opposition and The Rt Hon Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, who will be attending the conference on 19 February 2019 at the QEII Centre. To submit your questions please post them below by replying to this post by CoP Monday 11th February Read more about conference speakers Jeremy Corbyn and Greg Clark HERE We look forward to receiving your questions.
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  • Amy Brunsdon's Avatar
    21-01-2019, 01:11 PM
    There is much uncertainty about what 2019 will hold for the UK as the deadline for Brexit looms closer. 2018 was a mixed year for manufacturing with some big names in the industry announcing UK factory closures but we also heard good news from many UK manufacturers launching new products or recruiting new apprentices. Despite not as successful as 2017, manufacturing in 2018 is expected to close with annual growth at about 1% - a weak, but still positive outcome. I wanted to share some highlights from EEF’s Annual Survey of Manufacturing Executives, which gives us some indications of the...
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  • Daniel Kirmatzis's Avatar
    21-01-2019, 09:02 AM
    Would your business benefit from: · UK Government assistance with accessing international trade markets? · advice and tips to improve your international trade performance? · insights into global trade opportunities and market insights in key growth markets? · first-hand tips from successful UK manufacturing exporters? Join our exporting workshop at the EEF National Manufacturing Conference on 19 February 2019 to get unparalleled, practical and relevant insights into the opportunities for global UK trade. For more information see Export for Success
    0 replies | 101 view(s)
  • Lisa Birch's Avatar
    07-02-2019, 09:30 AM
    Drivers are advised to apply for a Green Card if they plan to drive in the EU after Brexit. As Parliament continues to negotiate the UK’s exit from the EU ahead of a March 29 deadline, the prospect of a no-deal exit has not been ruled out. As a result, the Association of British Insurers (ABI) has set out advice for those who may be affected Drivers should contact their insurer to arrange a Green Card and take it with them if they wish to drive their vehicle in the EU in the event of no-deal.
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  • Daniel Kirmatzis's Avatar
    07-02-2019, 11:11 AM
    On Bloomberg this morning Stephen Phipson CBE, CEO, EEF, discussed how Brexit is impacting UK manufacturers. Let us know how the uncertainty around Brexit is affecting your business by replying to this post.
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  • Amy Brunsdon's Avatar
    06-02-2019, 12:57 PM
    The world is changing and so are we 19.02.19
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Amy Brunsdon's Avatar
    11-02-2019, 11:35 AM
    The world is changing and so are we. 19.02.19
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  • Troy Barratt's Avatar
    21-02-2019, 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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