Ceratizit supports ventilator action plan

Ceratizit UK & Ireland has introduced several measures in support of manufacturers producing ventilators.

The measures, which also extend to manufacturers of coronavirus diagnostics equipment, include: full technical support with additional help from the projects and applications teams; free test tools for cutting trials on ventilator projects; priority handling of orders; free delivery regardless of order size; 70% discount on tools used in the manufacture of ventilators until 31 August 2020; and 180 days for returns instead of the usual 30 to allow for freedom of ordering different tools.
For further information www.ceratizit.com

Lending a helping hand

Machine Tool Sales Online, part of the Vigilance Group, is offering to lend quality used CNC or manual machine tools – and/or engineering equipment – to any UK company involved in the manufacture of COVID-19 related emergency medical equipment.

The idea is the brainchild of Vigilance CEO, Dave Andrew, who says: “We have over £1m of quality used machines in stock at our Bristol facility. These machines can provide a real lifeline to companies who either need to ramp up their production and distribution of NHS ventilators and associated equipment, or who have transformed their existing production operations to manufacture much needed medical equipment.” Companies that want to find out more about MTSO’s offer, and the range of used CNC and manual machines available should, in the first instance, call 0117 965 2706.
For further information www.machinetoolsalesonline.com

Ventilators get the F1 treatment

UK-based Formula 1 teams, together with engine manufacturers and their respective technology arms, are evaluating support for the manufacture of respiratory devices in response to the Government’s call for assistance.

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – JULY 31: General detail showing wheel nut guns in the pits during previews to the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix at the Hungaroring on July 31, 2008, in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

All of the teams have expert design, technology and production capabilities, and specialise in rapid prototyping and high-value manufacturing, which it is hoped can be applied to the critical needs set out by government.
Working with Innovate UK, the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, UCL and University College London Hospitals, the teams are evaluating a number of routes in conjunction with existing manufacturers and organisations from the aerospace and automotive sectors. It is anticipated this work, which is being rapidly progressed, will produce a tangible outcome in the next few days.
For further information www.formula1.com

Composites plant

Spirit AeroSystems has opened a composite manufacturing facility at its site in Prestwick.

The facility leverages advanced composite technology from Spirit’s research and development portfolio, and brings new work to the site in the form of the Airbus A320 family spoiler. The Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon MSP, First Minister of Scotland, officially opened the new facility.
For further information www.spiritaero.com

Calling all apprentices

The education and skills charity, WorldSkills UK, is looking for talented apprentice engineers to prove they are the country’s best.

Putting apprentice and student skills, knowledge and employability attributes to the test in a competitive environment, 90% of those who entered in 2019 said they had seen improvements in their career prospects. The WorldSkills UK competitions are designed by industry experts and are free to enter. Each successful entrant that makes it through the national qualifiers, taking place between April and June 2020, will represent the UK’s engineering industry in the national finals in November.
For further information www.worldskillsuk.org