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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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
    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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  • 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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  • 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
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  • Howard Stafstrom's Avatar
    11-03-2019, 01:09 PM
    Hi, Has anyone got any recommendations for a First In First Out gas cylinder storage systems for an area with lack of space. The lack of space is causing me issues finding a suitable solution as we can't simply just load at one end and take from the other. All suggestions helpful, Thanks in advance.
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  • Katie Darcy's Avatar
    20-03-2019, 10:40 AM
    Hi I am currently working on the standardisation of terms as part of the integration of two business' - ultimately I am looking to make a future proof proposal that is both attractive to candidates and employees and practical in terms of management and cost. If anyone is willing to share what they offer both to their 'Head Office/Desk Based' population along with their 'Factory based' population? Some specific areas I am looking at are: - Holidays - standard entitlement, can you buy/sell, birthday holiday? - Working Hours - 37.5/38/39 - 8.30-5 / 8 - 4 / 9 - 5 - Flexibility - core...
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  • Ricarda Weiersmuller's Avatar
    22-02-2019, 04:45 PM
    Hello everyone, I am looking for a solution to implement traceability in our production, maybe via barcode scanning. This solution should enable in the same time to provide the necessary work-instructions at the workstations and give the possibility to enter the results from quality controls for each sub assembly in order to standardize all processes. Another desired feature is to gain an overview about KPIs, either manual or best automated. We are manufacturing electric devices, so we have a lot of electric related tasks. Mainly PCB boards which have SMD components but also...
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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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  • 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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  • David Holloway's Avatar
    15-03-2019, 11:27 AM
    Hello everyone. We have just released our new B2B marketing guide, 'Engineering Customers'. It has been created specifically for manufacturing, engineering and industrial businesses who want to improve B2B lead generation and attract more high-value prospects. You can download it here. Alternatively, please add a comment below, or send me a direct message and I will send you a copy.
    3 replies | 84 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
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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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  • Daniel Kirmatzis's Avatar
    27-02-2019, 09:51 AM
    British fashion business David Nieper, based in Derbyshire, are leading the way on educating the next generation through a number of key initiatives. Former Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan recently commented that ‘we need more people like David Nieper in education’, and you can see why by watching the clip below. David Nieper sponsor all levels of education including sponsoring a local academy - The David Nieper Academy - a school for 850 pupils aged 11-18. For more on the great education initiatives sponsored by David Nieper read HERE Do you know of other British...
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  • Thomas Johnson's Avatar
    14-03-2019, 01:19 PM
    On the 15th of June Manufacturers, and their Agents, will have to fit vehicles with Smart Tachographs as per Annex C of EU016/799. As a type 2 converter, also with National Small Series Type Approval for some of our installations, does the Community know if there are any requirements or liability for us. My concern is that we could be in position where we have stock vehicles with a date of manufacture before the 15th of June, hence fitted without a SmartTachograph, which could be first registered, taxed, and sold (by us) into the UK market after the 15thof June. My assumption is...
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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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  • Paul Ward's Avatar
    26-02-2019, 05:48 PM
    Calder is the UK’s leading supplier of lead sheet and lead engineered products, with a wide product portfolio and a diverse customer base.With over 260 years’ experience, Calder is today is a global business that leads the world in the manufacture of lead sheet and lead engineered products.
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  • Rakesh Shah's Avatar
    28-02-2019, 08:12 AM
    As uncertainty of Brexit looms, having a fully aligned Sales/Marketing team is even more crucial than ever before, especially for B2B manufacturing-based businesses, where the buyer journey has become far more sophisticated Today, there is an average of 5.4 stakeholders involved in any given B2B sales process. Having a fully aligned sales/marketing operation is even more crucial at times of uncertainty. · Sales/Marketing aligned organisations achieve an average of 32% annual revenue growth while less aligned companies reported an average of 7% decline in revenue1. · ...
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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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  • Amy Brunsdon's Avatar
    06-03-2019, 12:13 PM
    We are excited to announce that the Make UK Community App is now available! The app will keep you up to date with the latest conversations in the community while you are on the go. The app will also send you notifications so you’ll never miss any activity that is of interest to you. For users who previously had the “EEF Network” app installed on your phone please update the app in your settings and the new brand will show. You can download the app for iPhone or iPad here or for Android devices here
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  • Brian Astill's Avatar
    18-03-2019, 06:26 PM
    Make UK member, Pressac Communications, a UK manufacturer of smart sensor technology, has launched a wireless, low-energy, under-desk sensor to detect occupancy and help companies use office space more efficiently. This new solution allows facilities managers to see live desk availability and collect usage data quickly and easily. The under-desk passive infrared (PIR) sensor is a small, unobtrusive box that sticks to the underside of a desk and detects the presence of people. The sensors are wireless and use very little energy, making them easy to install and maintain. They can be used...
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  • Amy Brunsdon's Avatar
    15-03-2019, 08:51 AM
    Hello Everyone, Happy Friday! As many of you know I'm fascinated by 3D printing, someone I work with was showing me an item that their child had printed on a school trip to a printing lab! It's such a great technology with infinite potential. So I wanted to share this news story with you all, a new report by 3D Hubs has found that UK businesses account for nearly half (42%) of all online 3D printing in Europe. The report highlights how with smaller, technologically-centric firms the most likely to utilize the resource. The report found that most firms that use online 3D printing in...
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  • Kimmy Forshaw's Avatar
    21-03-2019, 04:02 PM
    Did you know that aluminum oxide, the protective layer formed by anodising aluminium, is almost as hard as a diamond making it extremely abrasion resistant? It also offers excellent resistance against corrosion. If you need to protect your aluminium part from a harsh working environment or even just add a decorative finish, then anodising could well be the answer. With Protolabs now offering anodising as a service, we can help you make sure that you get it right by answering all of your questions. What is anodising? Anodising is an electrolytic passivation process used to increase...
    1 replies | 41 view(s)
  • Chris Pritchard's Avatar
    20-03-2019, 12:13 PM
    We help our member companies to recruit and train their apprentice engineers. We train EAL Level 2 & 3 Machinists: BTEC level 3 Advanced Manufacturing Engineering; Operations and Maintenance; Electrical/Electronic Engineering: HNC and Foundation Degree. All are delivered in our 2 first class training centres in Birmingham.
    1 replies | 40 view(s)
  • Harriet Boshier's Avatar
    19-03-2019, 05:07 PM
    There's a lot of discussions about digitisation and Industry 4.0. But you need to get the basics right first. That's why we've written a blog on why you need to invest in CRM this year. Check it out here: We'd love to get your feedback on this - let me know what you think below.
    1 replies | 40 view(s)
  • Rakesh Shah's Avatar
    17-03-2019, 07:45 PM
    CEO/MD within the manufacturing industry has many unique challenges. According to a recent article by Cranfield University, finding dedicated skilled employees, producing a product that will bring the company a profit, and maintaining ethical standards is now more difficult than ever thanks to technology and skill shortages Despite all of the challenges they face, CEO/MD of manufacturing companies are still required to perform above average. If they don’t, they will lose their jobs.
    1 replies | 38 view(s)
  • Matt Chilton's Avatar
    22-03-2019, 03:58 PM
    Every Friday, we round up our top 5 most popular reads from the week, along with sharing some of our favourite finds from around the web. This week’s roundup sees 120 jobs created with the reopening of a former Scottish food processing plant, AME receives a £5m manufacturing skills funding boost, plus why being less busy may just be the key to getting more done… The Friday Roundup 22nd March 2019
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  • Daniel Kirmatzis's Avatar
    06-03-2019, 11:15 AM
    We are delighted to present March's Manufacturing Champion - Kawasaki Precision Machinery In 1994 KPM UK was formed as a stand-alone subsidiary of the Kawasaki Precision Machinery Group. The group accounts for 12 per cent of the entire Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) Japanese company, with sites in Japan, USA, India, Korea, China and in Plymouth which is the only manufacturing base in Europe. Lee Crocker, General Manager & Executive Director said '2019 is a very important year for Kawasaki Precision Machinery UK (KPM UK), it marks a quarter of a century since Kawasaki acquired the...
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