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  • Clair Hollick's Avatar
    Yesterday, 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
    Yesterday, 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
    2 replies | 42 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
    2 replies | 42 view(s)
  • 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.
    3 replies | 76 view(s)
  • 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?
    3 replies | 76 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.
    3 replies | 76 view(s)
  • 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;
    3 replies | 76 view(s)
  • 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
    11-02-2019, 11:35 AM
    The world is changing and so are we. 19.02.19
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  • Jane High's Avatar
    11-02-2019, 08:48 AM
    thanks for this
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  • Jim Davison's Avatar
    08-02-2019, 02:55 PM
    I had the pleasure of visiting the Plymouth site late last year. It is an outstanding manufacturing site developing and applying world leading technology here in the UK.
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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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  • Brillixa Herdhiana's Avatar
    07-02-2019, 10:33 AM
    Hello Ben, I am not sure which CNC Machine is the best but here are some advise that I can give you on CNC Machine in general: 1) 3-axis CNC milling machines manufacture parts with relatively simple geometries with excellent accuracy and at a low cost. 2) CNC lathes have the lowest cost per unit, but are only suitable for part geometries with rotational symmetry. 3) Indexed 5-axis CNC milling machines manufacture parts with features that do not align with one of the main axes quickly and with very high accuracy. 4) Continuous 5-axis CNC milling machines manufacture parts with...
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  • 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
    06-02-2019, 07:33 PM
    Hi Nigel Whittingham that would be great. Tim Morris I will connect you with Nigel Thank you Nigel. Best regards, Daniel Sent from my SM-G920F using EEF Network mobile app
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  • Nigel Whittingham's Avatar
    06-02-2019, 07:31 PM
    Hi In a previous role, I was responsible for a manufacturing site in Poland and for setting up an operation in Hungary. I am happy to help if I can. Regards Nigel
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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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  • 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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  • Keith Richens's Avatar
    05-02-2019, 01:51 PM
    Hi Amy, what a coincidence, was discussing the UKCA subject with my colleagues yesterday evening over a curry! In my opinion, just when industry needed ‘calm’, we get this half-baked announcement which on the face of it looks like another nail in the UK manufacturers coffin. However, country specific marking is a normal practice around the world and third countries cannot use the CE Mark for their own purposes. As a ConformityAssessment Body in regular contact with BEIS, our current understanding is that technical processes and DoC procedures are going to be exactly the same as those for...
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  • Pete Connor's Avatar
    05-02-2019, 12:27 PM
    Hi Jane High, if you are still looking - we use a system which is part of Quickbooks, called T Sheets. It allows individuals to log in and out of their location, select what sort of work they are doing, upload photos etc. It also tracks them, so that you can actually see where they are either live, or follow their movements for a day. Loads of other features too. It may seem a bit ' Big Brother' but for our purposes (we have a lot of site teams, all over the UK), this allows us to check and monitor individual whereabouts. Many different reports available too. Every site team member...
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  • Daniel Kirmatzis's Avatar
    05-02-2019, 12:06 PM
    Hi Tim Morris A colleague has suggested the British Fluid Power Association (BFPA) who have consultants - https://bfpa.co.uk/about/our-consultants/# I have emailed them for you but it may be worth contacting them as well. Best regards, Daniel.
    4 replies | 146 view(s)
  • Daniel Kirmatzis's Avatar
    05-02-2019, 11:38 AM
    Hi Tim Morris Thank you for the clarification. We will make other community members aware of your question. Best regards, Daniel.
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  • Tim Morris's Avatar
    05-02-2019, 11:30 AM
    Hi Daniel, I don’t think I was clear enough, sorry. This is more of a design and engineering problem than a routine hydraulic issue. We have design a new forklift which we are a problem creating an anti-stall feature that does not reduce the power of the system (a power management system). No electronic solution is allowed. Needs expert eyes on it. Regards,
    4 replies | 146 view(s)
  • Daniel Kirmatzis's Avatar
    05-02-2019, 11:11 AM
    Hi Tim Morris I called HTS this morning for you and am waiting a call back but in the mean time I thought it might be worth you giving them a call as you will have the details needed for them to assess your exact needs. They are a company known to EEF - https://hts-ltd.co.uk/ and About page https://hts-ltd.co.uk/about/ They may be able to help or at least point you in the right direction. In the mean time we will also make others know of your request.
    4 replies | 146 view(s)
  • 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 | 146 view(s)
  • Amy Brunsdon's Avatar
    04-02-2019, 04:34 PM
    Hey @Keith Richens not sure if you've seen this already but saw this article on the BBC about CE markings this morning and thought of you! https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-47096621 The government has drawn up plans to replace the CE safety symbol on products in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The mark belongs to the European Union, so if Britain leaves the EU without a deal, goods will have to be stamped with a new symbol - UKCA. Would be interested to hear your thoughts on this? Amy
    4 replies | 170 view(s)
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