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Palaeontologists rub shoulders with aircraft designers at the Henry Moseley X-ray Imaging Facility located at the University of Manchester. The Facility is openly available to academic and industrial users, who gather instant scientific proof regarding otherwise hidden information using radiography and computed tomography (CT).


A UK-based manufacturer of electrical and electronic assemblies has attained world class manufacturing quality levels of 99.97% following the installation of fully automated, custom designed wire processing machinery at its factory in the West Midlands.


The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services in the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods and building technology. The Automotive Technology division is Bosch's largest business sector in North America employing approximately 12,200 associates at approximately 30 primary locations.

Gorosabel in Spain needed a solution to inspect its fragile solar cell panels using a vision solution that could handle high-speed production whilst performing different inspection tasks while ensuring that the delicate product remained intact. In-Sight vision systems from Cognex are now performing the inspection task ensuring zero fault production.


Precision stampings specialist Batten & Allen Ltd is using a range of OGP SmartScope machines for the measurement of its miniature parts. Among the systems is a recently installed SmartScope Vantage 250 that is helping the company maintain quality excellence for a host of customers in sectors that include electronics, medical, automotive, telecommunications and solar energy.

FARO has combined three measuring systems in the Track ScanArm, a portable system to efficiently measure entire vehicles at BMW.

Established in 1983, JJS Electronics has a proven track record of providing reliable and cost effective manufacturing services to both International OEMs and SMEs.  Having ISO 9001:2008 accreditation and working to IPC 610, JJS offers a broad range of PCBA, cable, system and also non-electronics based precision mechanical assembly services from their two European plants.  Lean Manufacturing philosophies have been a cornerstone of the business' operations strategy, including their own brand of "Lean Lines."

Valor Computerized Systems Ltd, the global provider of productivity improvement software across the printed circuit board design and manufacturing supply chain, has been selected for its vCheck Quality Management System by Nedap N.V, developers of security and electronic control units as well as automation, management and information systems for organisations in a wide variety of industry sectors.

Hansatech EMS, UK specialists in bespoke electronic contract manufacturing and assembly services, have successfully a lean manufacturing initiative.. A a 20-week NVQ level 2 programme for 15 employees from different disciplines was delivered by  XR Training & Consultancy at the company’s Poole site. Major benefits  being seen across all areas of the company, include a 40% reduction in NPI cycle times, a 63% reduction in flow solder defects and an 80% reduction in offsite storage requirements.


A report examining Best Factory Award winners over the past 20 years has revealed how dramatically manufacturing has changed in this time, moving away from simply optimising utilisation and driving down costs, and towards value-added business models differentiated through quality, delivery, innovation and service.


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