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Teco cuts motor design time by 50%

Motor manufacturer Teco Electric & Machinery has slashed the time it takes to design new products by 50% using IBM Dassault’s 3D CAD software, Catia v5. Dean Palmer reports  Read More


Phase out for consolidation

Parker Hannifin Corporation's Electromechanical Division is to phase out manufacturing at its Poole plant. Mark Fletcher reports  Read More


High strength steel keeps passengers in place

Designers of the centre seat assembly on Volvo’s new XC90 vehicle have solved their initial weight and safety problems by using an alternative material for the securing beam, high strength steel. Dean Palmer reports  Read More


New website invaluable for pneumatics engineers

The pneumatics division of Bosch Rexroth has just launched a new interactive website targeted at pneumatics engineers and specifiers. Dean Palmer reports  Read More


New sterile seal perfect for pharmaceutical use

A new pump seal for hygiene-critical applications, designed for continuous production runs and to keep expensive downtime to a minimum, actually eliminates contamination traps in a way quite unlike any other seal. Dean Palmer reports  Read More


Survey shows continuing problems with wireless antenna performance

90% of electronics design engineers believe that not enough attention is being paid to the effect of enclosures on antenna performance. Dean Palmer reports  Read More


Exports could double with more government help

Medium sized UK manufacturers believe that more Government support could potentially double export volumes according to recent research. Over half (54%) of businesses surveyed said that if the Labour Government provided more incentives and backing for exporting, demand from overseas customers would increase by 100%. Dean Palmer reports  Read More


UK motorsport gets its Barron

Paul Barron, president of Alstom UK, will co-chair the Motorsport industry's competitiveness panel  Read More


QinetiQ awarded hybrid electric drive contract

QinetiQ has won a contract with the MoD to analyse the suitability of hybrid electric drive systems for military vehicles  Read More


New director general of innovation

David Hughes has been appointed as the new Director General Innovation at the DTI  Read More


Strengthening its wings

DTI funding lifts QinetiQ’s research into polymeric composites  Read More


Lotus Engineering awarded major new business

Lotus Engineering has announced that it has been awarded two new major contracts - worth £45m - for its vehicle and powertrain engineering services  Read More


Segway Human Transporter hits the UK

The Segway Human Transporter (HT) is to be marketed to the aerospace and defence industry in the United Kingdom thanks to a new partnership  Read More


Norgren prepares the ground

Norgren is lending Mother Nature a helping hand using pneumatic components to prepare playing fields.  Read More


The GT40 is back

Mayflower Vehicle Systems has been asked to undertake multiple tasks in the development program for the production version of the GT40 concept car  Read More


GKN awarded contract for A380

GKN Aerospace Services has been awarded a contract for the design and manufacture of panels for the Airbus A380  Read More


Cambridge University adds SolidWorks to its curriculum

Cambridge University has purchased a three-year subscription for 465 licenses of SolidWorks software.  Read More


Strengths and weaknesses at the top

Cross examination of representatives of the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering revealed both strengths and weaknesses at the Olympian heights of UK science and technology.  Read More

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