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.
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.
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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