‘Captain Picard’ glimpses metrology future

The man who piloted the Starship Enterprise was given a glimpse of the scientific future at the University of Huddersfield recently. Actor Sir Patrick Stewart – who played Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation on TV and film – is emeritus chancellor at the university. On his latest visit he was shown some of the scientific and technological research taking place.

Sir Patrick visited the university’s Future Metrology Hub, a £30m research centre that is aiming to transform UK industry by developing sensors embedded into machinery, leading to increases in accuracy. The hub – heavily backed by the EPSRC – is based in the university’s Centre for Precision Technologies. On his visit, Sir Patrick met the hub’s director professor Xiangqian Jiang and senior lecturer Dr Haydn Martin, plus many of its multi-disciplinary researchers who are harnessing new developments
in metrology and miniaturisation.
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Open house

For three days during mid-June (13-15), visitors to the Trumpf 2017 open house will be introduced to what’s new in the company’s punching, laser and bending technologies, and be invited to take part in a programme of seminars focussed on smart production. The event will mark the UK launch of the TruMatic 1000 Fiber, a laser machine that comes with additional punching and forming functionality; the first model is due to be installed at a Bedfordshire fabricator in May.
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Bamforth joins XYZ

XYZ Machine Tools has announced the appointment of Howard Bamforth to the role of export sales director, with the key focus of developing the potential for XYZ’s range of ProtoTrak-controlled machines across Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Bamforth has 28 years’ experience in the machine tool business, including time working on machine design and development, project engineering, customer service/satisfaction and sales, both through distribution and direct with customers. He joins at an exciting time for the company, with XYZ just concluding what looks like being its seventh consecutive year of record sales.
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Subcontracting proves resilient

After a slack final quarter in 2017, the subcontract manufacturing market seems to be shrugging off concerns about Brexit. The value of the UK contract and subcontract market rose by nearly 11% in the first quarter of 2017 compared with the final quarter of 2016, according to the latest Qimtek Contract Manufacturing Index (CMI) figures. Machining proved particularly strong in the first quarter of 2017 – up 15% on Q4 2016. It was down by 8% though compared with a particularly strong period for machining in the first three months of 2016. Fabrication more than held its own, up 13% on the previous quarter and 19% on the equivalent quarter last year.
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Get up to Speed with Yamazaki Mazak

Yamazaki Mazak is taking part in the 2017 Get Up to Speed (GUTS) Engineering and Manufacturing event at the Magna Science Adventure Centre, Rotherham, on 26 April. The event, which is in its seventh year, is aimed at profiling the opportunities available to young people in the north of England who are keen on exploring a future career in engineering or manufacturing. Mazak, which runs an extensive apprenticeship programme from its European headquarters in Worcester, will also be exhibiting at the event.
A team of engineers will be on hand to provide visitors with insight into the world of advanced
CNC metalcutting.
For further information www.getuptospeed.org.uk www.mazakeu.co.uk