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Case Studies

Training steps lead to the next generation of engineering talent at MTC

Training steps lead to the next generation of engineering talent at MTC

As you would expect from the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) Coventry, with its stated aim of ‘inspiring Great British manufacturing, on the global stage’; when it created its Lloyds Bank Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre (AMTC) it wanted to deliver the best in terms of skills development. It is achieving this through the ...
Billet World gets off to a flying start

Billet World gets off to a flying start

Having worked in his father’s business manufacturing bespoke motorcycle swinging arms for 25 years, Dean Ryde took the decision to take on a new challenge and strike out on his own. In July 2016 he registered his new business, Billet World, and in September took delivery of his first machine tools and started to cut metal. As the company ...
Reverse engineering moves Pierce Precision Engineering forward

Reverse engineering moves Pierce Precision Engineering forward

At the height of the financial crisis Darren Pierce found himself facing redundancy from his role as a Tooling Project Manager in the food and drink sector. Unfazed by the state of the economy he took the decision to start his own toolmaking business, even returning to his old employer to buy his first machines. This ProtoTRAK Edge ...
Lightning Machining gains from improved productivity with XYZ

Lightning Machining gains from improved productivity with XYZ

Some may suggest that starting a business in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis may not be the best idea, but this is exactly what Pete Ivings did. After working in the machining departments of a number of Formula One teams, his precision machining business, Lightning Machining, is now a supplier of parts to over half of the F1 ...
XYZ reaches new heights to research the bottom of the world

XYZ reaches new heights to research the bottom of the world

The workshop of the University College of London’s Electronic and Electrical Engineering department has been ranked as a leader in that subject in the UK, in terms of research outputs. Supporting that success is a dedicated workshop that designs & manufactures a diverse range of experimental components, from a wide range of ...
ProtoTRAK is the control of choice at  AC Engineering Services

ProtoTRAK is the control of choice at AC Engineering Services

When, in 1993, XYZ Machine Tools introduced the ProtoTRAK control system to the UK, it was revolutionary due to its ease of use and plain English programming system. Of course being revolutionary also means a change in mind-set for customers, who up to that point had a limited choice of manual machines or highly complex, and expensive, ...
DS Machining Services just gets on with it – with the help of XYZ

DS Machining Services just gets on with it – with the help of XYZ

First impressions can be deceiving and this is the case at DS Machining Services. From the outside it looks like any other general sub-contract machine shop and Director, Paul Smith, downplays what the company does, describing their day-to-day work as doing anything for anybody. However, dig a little deeper and you discover that while they
Phirst Precision Carbide expands its scope with the help of XYZ

Phirst Precision Carbide expands its scope with the help of XYZ

Phirst Precision Carbide based in Southfleet, Kent has built its reputation in the design and manufacture of precision carbide punch and die tooling for the automotive, pharmaceutical and electronics sectors; with its core competency being precision grinding. Since its formation in 1990 the family run business has lived by the mantra of ...
Continued growth at WOSP  leads to machine tool investment

Continued growth at WOSP leads to machine tool investment

WOS Performance began life as a business remanufacturing rotating electrics from mainly Japanese cars to suit more the niche markets of motorsport and classic cars, with company founder Richard Wos claiming to be the first to reverse engineer a modern starter motor, which he used on his own classic car. The success of this unit led to demand ...
Optimec has the measure of things

Optimec has the measure of things

With more than 7000 instruments installed in 33 countries, Malvern-based Optimec is a world leader in the design and manufacture of inspection and measurement instrumentation for the contact lens manufacturing industry. Its speciality is providing manufacturers of soft contact lenses with instruments for checking critical dimensions and ...
CPC Engineering – from hobby  to booming business with XYZ

CPC Engineering – from hobby to booming business with XYZ

What started out as a hobby manufacturing spare parts for their own classic British motorcycles has turned into a successful business for Chris and Ian. From their small workshop in a quiet Cornish village they are supporting a growing customer base with replacement parts for vintage motorcycles, in many cases improving on the original ...
XYZ helps Midland Group Training Services take skills to the next level

XYZ helps Midland Group Training Services take skills to the next level

Competition is fierce within the engineering training sector, therefore those that want to succeed have to develop new strategies to differentiate them from the ordinary. This is the case at Midland Group Training Services, where multiple layers of training that can be tailored to individual company needs have been developed and can be ...

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