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September 21, 2017
Engineering is one of the best degrees to make you rich!
A recent study has shown that a degree in engineering is one of the top five degrees held by the world's billionaires!
With more and more young people deciding to pursue a career in engineering hopefully this article will encourage more students into our profession.
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September 1, 2017
Interesting BBC Radio 4 program about the future of manufacturing
Recently Radio 4 explored the future of manufacturing. In the program Lesley Curwen explores the impact of the digital disruption - automation, artificial intelligence, robotics - in developing economies that have yet to experience its full force.
The idea that robots could be responsible for doing the work that people undertake today is well rehearsed insofar as it relates to the economies of developed countries. The rise of the robots is a well established narrative. But what might happen if that same scenario were to happen in developing economies?
Projections by researchers suggest that many jobs could be automated. What would be the consequences for those countries where large numbers of young people will be entering the workforce in coming years?
Lesley talks to experts in robotics, automation, economics and development, and hears from those involved in the digital economy in countries such as Tunisia, Kenya and India, asking how sectors such as agriculture and manufacturing could be impacted - and whether the numbers of jobs that experts say could be automated will be off-set by the creation of new forms of employment in the digital economy.
August 10, 2017
Latest machining news from the milling and turning teams at Ultra
Ultra Precision recently completed the machining of twelve of these discs. The set comprised six off left and right hand versions. Initially within our turning department they were machined on one of our 3 chucking CNC lathes, before transferring to our CNC milling department, which comprises 12 CNC mills.
The part features 2 millimetre wide 'O' ring grooves in stainless steel 316, as well as a variety of milled features including blind tapped holes and pockets.
Our prototype and tooling department then produced a fixture so that the parts could be held on one of our three rotary axis and then had the grooves milled around the outside.
June 22, 2017
Ultra success on innovative large scale assembly project
We were delighted to have recently won and completed an order for 1000 assemblies. The assembly consisted of 10 parts manufactured by us in house and a number of fixing parts sourced by us.
The 11 parts were machined over nine of our thirty six CNC machines. This highlights the extensive flexibility that our array of machines allows us to have.
Seven of the parts were manufactured from stainless steel and four from aluminium. Three of the aluminium parts needed different surface finishes. We accompanied these with a number of out sourced items such as bearings, screws and washers – some of which were sourced at our discretion and some from the customers chosen source.
We utilised all three of Citizen M32 sliding head machines to produce four of the parts. One of these allowed us to use the extra x axis it has to mill a feature in one of the faces to a 0.1mm tolerance. These sliding head machines allow you to turn and mill parts complete using turning tools and driven milling tools in both a turret and on a platen above the main spindle. The machines also have a sub-spindle which allows the machine to produce features on the second side in one single cycle. We also utilised two of our 20mm size sliding head machines to produce two of the parts.
Five of our parts were machined on our large mill turn centres. These machines have two spindles – a main and a sub-spindle. These are served by two turrets with driven tools that allow us to turn and mill complete parts in one cycle. Four of these were machined from lengths of bar and one from billets. Our Doosan Pumas allow us to switch from bar up to 65mm, to billets up to 8 inch diameter. We also utilised on Doosan Lynx and our Miyano 65.
After assembly in our dedicated assemble room, the parts are tested on an electronic test rig to prove functionality
The order was completed by specialist packaging that was sourced to house the completed part before it is sent to China.