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  • Fergus Mcreynolds's Avatar
    05-12-2018, 01:01 PM
    Good afternoon, Richard and I are really excited to be answering your questions in our Q&A this afternoon. We have been sent some great questions in advance of the Q&A and throughout the next 2 hours or so we will be posting answers. If you have any questions or follow up questions any of the answers please do not hesitate to contact us. Please note there is no audio/video the session is just a text Q&A. We are looking to explore options for more interactivity for future sessions. You will need to keep refreshing to see more questions and answers First some quick introductions,...
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  • Shahmeer Khan's Avatar
    21-11-2018, 03:16 PM
    Hi all I am a recent engineering graduate and working as a manufacturing engineer for Numatic international (the company that makes Henry vacuum cleaners). I am new to this site and apologise if I am looking in the wrong place. I am looking at storage and work flow as a project and would more than appreciate any opportunities that you may offer in terms of site visits/guidance etc. Open to visits to any manufacturing company.
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  • Steve Farrant's Avatar
    02-01-2019, 04:41 PM
    I am hoping that you have an expert whom you can connect me too that will be able to guide us on the subject of our Hilux which we occasionally use to pull a trailer to a distance greater than 62 miles from base. It is fitted with a tacho and my initial questions are If it is being driven without the trailer does that driver need to be using the tacho Do we require an ‘O’ license to use it with the trailer from here Will the new rules make any difference to what we need to be doing When being driven with the trailer does each possible driver need their own personal tacho card
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  • Raymond Oliver's Avatar
    23-11-2018, 08:43 AM
    Does anyone know off any independant companies who will analise our specific needs for cooling water rather than go directly to the process equipment companies. I am looking into removing cooling towers and replacing with a closed loop system, however I want to make sure the new system is fit for purpose/future expansion and energy efficient. Thanks
    5 replies | 381 view(s)
  • Eric Wright's Avatar
    03-12-2018, 12:26 PM
    If I use my own workforce to carry out "non notifiable CDM defined construction work" on my site does this fall under the CDM regulations.
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  • Marie Thomas's Avatar
    20-11-2018, 03:40 PM
    Hi All I'm interested to hear from employers only at present, on the following: what systems do you use to clock/record working hours of employees and does that system download the data for purpose of payroll processing? Do many of you use clocking in systems or not? do those systems interface with your payroll system or is it a manual admin process i.e. download the report from the clocking in system? do you have a clocking in/payroll process system that pays from the point an employee clocks onto a job/task etc rather than the point at which they arrive on site? Additionally, does...
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  • Daniel Kirmatzis's Avatar
    30-11-2018, 11:21 AM
    We are delighted to present December's Manufacturing Champion - Ayrshire Metals Limited. Ayrshire Metals Limited are a leading cold rolled steel framing manufacturer, having over 100 years’ experience with three manufacturing sites across the UK. Coupled with a reputation on innovation, design and quality, Ayrshire is proud to have earned the trust and loyalty of countless customers by providing cost effective designs and products. Ayrshire can trace our roots back to the early 1800’s as a ship building company on the West coast of Scotland, near to the birth place of Robert Burns, a...
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  • Amy Brunsdon's Avatar
    06-12-2018, 10:11 AM
    Hello, On 5th December we held a Brexit and Trade Q&A session with Fergus McReynolds & Richard Rumbelow. It was a Fantastic session with lots of interesting questions being asked. All of the questions and answers from the session can be seen below or download here Fergus McReynolds: First question comes from Mike Hague-Morgan at Autocraft Drivetrain Solutions Q: My question is about import duties, under WTO rules, in the event of a Hard Brexit. Do we know if the UK government will enforce the import duty? Do they have an option not to enforce it? If they did enforce it then is...
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  • Amy Brunsdon's Avatar
    18-12-2018, 09:42 AM
    2018 has been a year of change for the manufacturing industry with uncertainty hanging over the UK due to the unfolding Brexit negotiations. More details on how the industry has performed over the year can be seen here. But it’s important to remember it is not all doom and gloom as we know many of you have had a brilliant year and seen some great successes! New products have been launched, new apprentices trained and awards won by manufacturers across the UK. So we encourage you to share your key business successes with the wider community below :) As the year draws to a close we...
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  • Tim Morris's Avatar
    18-12-2018, 04:56 PM
    Hi All, At the end of 2017, I attended an open day via EEF of Bisley Office Furniture. They had implemented Kanban and were encouraging others to implement it also. Even though we are a much smaller company, and a different kind of business (a mixture of subcon work and our own product), we set about implementing Kanban for our internally made parts. We have put together a brief Powerpoint on our progress. Might convince SMEs that it is possible! Happy to give more details info if required. Cheers, Tim Morris
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  • Eric Wright's Avatar
    22-11-2018, 01:07 PM
    We currently operate 2 old single phase Electric arc furnaces which produce Boron alloys. As part of our 50001 energy objectives we are looking at validation of the process in terms of its efficiency e.g. electrode size, power input, furnace body size, etc The process has not changed for years (1970's) and we are seeking advice on calculations of the above parameters. All our potential contacts for this type of advice appear to have gone (Mainly British Steel research) any advice, suggestions, or potential contacts would be appreciated.
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  • Tim Morris's Avatar
    17-12-2018, 01:33 PM
    Hi All, Does anyone have experience of setting up a subsidiary manufacturing facility in Eastern Europe (Poland)? If so, I would like to understand your experiences and the challenges you faced (ignoring Brexit for now). Regards, Tim Morris
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  • Ian Bunting's Avatar
    05-12-2018, 09:02 AM
    Hello My question is a very simple question based on these regulations. We use wooden euro pallets and collars to pack agricultural products into for despatch throughout the UK, Europe and other parts of the world. The regulations apply when you use over 50T of packaging materiel and have a turnover of more than £2M. Please see the highlighted section below. We have a statement from our pallet and collar supplier stating that all pallets and collars are grade 2 (B) which means that they are reused. Given the highlighted piece in Regulation 4., I am confident that means that we will...
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  • Daniel Kirmatzis's Avatar
    02-01-2019, 09:49 AM
    We are delighted to present our manufacturing champion for January - Accuturn. Norfolk based CNC machining specialist Stokes & Rowe celebrated their 10th year in business in summer 2018 and as part of their long-term investment and growth plans have rebranded to become Accuturn, CNC turning and milling specialists. The company is celebrating 10 years in business and has been through a business planning process outlining future growth plans. 2018 has seen Directors, Nicola and Robert Stokes, invest in new CNC Milling capability, gain ISO9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 standards, hire their...
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  • Julian Smith's Avatar
    29-11-2018, 10:10 AM
    One of the top issues for many manufacturing companies at the moment is Cyber Security. We have noticed in the last couple of years that more and more people are thinking about or asking us about it. Traditional Information Technology (IT) systems policies and reference guides can go someway to giving you an insight into what you need to do to protect yourself. However, they aren't that great for people who run Operational Technology and Industrial Control Systems - a lot of the resources I see are very IT focussed and do not address the issues faced by those of us who run systems in...
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  • Daniel Kirmatzis's Avatar
    20-11-2018, 04:43 PM
    I have been reading an article on Mckinsey & Company 'The next horizon for industrial manufacturing: Adopting disruptive digital technologies in making and delivering' The most interesting concept from the article is the idea of 'pilot purgatory' relating to those manufacturers who don't move beyond the initial pilot phase of implementing disruptive technologies into their business because they make the same few mistakes and in the authors' words, 'fail to capture sustainable impact at scale'. So has your manufacturing business been in 'pilot purgatory' - did you try to implement...
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  • Daniel Kirmatzis's Avatar
    19-11-2018, 10:07 AM
    The Connecting Capabilities SPRINT project is now up and running, more information can be found in the attached PDF or via this web link. In brief, SPRINT provides support to SMEs, helping them to compete and grow using space technologies and applications through the provision of funded access to the expertise and equipment of leading UK universities. This includes the use of technologies or data from space to innovate products in different markets.
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  • Jim Davison's Avatar
    30-11-2018, 12:34 PM
    We had a great evening in Gatwick celebrating South East of England manufacturing companies. I had taken part in the judging process weeks ago and last night was the Insider Made In The South East awards dinner. I was thrilled to present the Export Award to the winning company Focus SB. Congratulations to all the incredible businesses that took part and those who won an award! EEF are very pleased to support these awards around the country. Finally many thanks to the key note speaker David Seall. It was a great night and another opportunity to show case manufacturing achievements!
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  • Amy Brunsdon's Avatar
    12-12-2018, 11:57 AM
    Hello everyone, I wanted share a new podcast series “Business Voice” with you from Marketing Humber, where businesses within the Humber share how they are tackling global challenges. The first podcast focuses on the date for reducing plastics and explores some of the innovative work happening across the Humber, to help to tackle this global issue. In the first programme the Chair of Marketing Humber, Andy Parkinson introduces the podcast and tells of his determination for news of business and investment in the region to be showcased around the world; we hear from Managing...
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  • Jim Davison's Avatar
    26-11-2018, 01:13 PM
    It was a pleasure to visit Daniamant & meet up with CEO Kevin Rough to present him with not one but two EEF Manufacturing Awards! Daniamant were South Region runner up in the Innovation category and highly commended in the Business Growth & Strategy category. Kevin was not able to join us for the recent celebration dinner at Beaulieu Motor Museum so I took the awards to Daniamant. Congratulations to Kevin and the Daniamant team for a great achievement!
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  • Jim Davison's Avatar
    19-11-2018, 05:49 PM
    I had the pleasure of meeting the team at Surface Measurement Systems earlier today to present them with their EEF Innovation Award. As winners of the South Region Award the next step is to make their presentations for the EEF National Awards & Final Gala Dinner that will be held in London on the 30th January 2019. Best of luck for the finals to Daryl Williams, Leanne Dal Santo and the Surface Measurement Systems team and many thanks for sharing the wonderful cakes!
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  • Jim Davison's Avatar
    05-12-2018, 12:32 PM
    Many thanks to the RNLI team for hosting an EEF visit to the RNLI manufacturing and training facilities in Poole earlier this week. Most of us know that the RNLI keep us safe when we visit the UK coast line but did you know that they have been manufacturing and maintaining their fleet of offshore and inshore craft in Poole since 2013. The purpose built facility was opened in 2013 specifically to their design and a new boat is built every 8 weeks! As you can see in some of the photographs lean techniques underpin their manufacturing processes. It is an outstanding manufacturing facility and...
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  • Jim Davison's Avatar
    23-11-2018, 11:22 AM
    It was a pleasure to represent EEF and Manufacturing businesses at the annual ISPE UK conference in Old Windsor yesterday. I spoke to ISPE members about the manufacturing business outlook and the EEF Pharmaceutical Sector report. The audience came back with some great questions about the 4th industrial revolution and it's impact on changing skills requirements that businesses require. I also joined ISPE members for the evening awards dinner which was a fantastic occasion celebrating the pharmaceuticals industry achievements. Many thanks to the ISPE team for inviting me to speak and join the...
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  • Kimmy Forshaw's Avatar
    26-11-2018, 04:04 PM
    Protolabs remains at the forefront of 3D printing technologies with the release of their proprietary resin, MicroFine Green, specifically created for 3D printed parts that need ultra-high definition, accuracy and strength. It has been custom formulated for exclusive use in Protolabs’ micro-resolution stereolithography process. The release of the thermoset resin sits within the Protolabs’ broader quality focus of being a world-leading manufacturer of customer parts for prototyping and short run production. Introducing MicroFine Green MicroFine Green requires specialised equipment...
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  • Daniel Kirmatzis's Avatar
    14-01-2019, 10:53 AM
    Imperial College London's Graduate School would like to hear from organisations who would like to host a PhD student. An Innovation Placement is a micro-placement of minimum two and maximum four weeks duration. The placement will enable doctoral students to engage with projects that allow them to demonstrate impact from their research and develop skills, competencies and experience to work effectively and collaboratively with businesses to find solutions that address business and societal challenges. PLACEMENT PROJECT AREAS To be eligible for funding the Innovation Placement must be...
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  • Kimmy Forshaw's Avatar
    29-11-2018, 04:41 PM
    It was once a no-brainer. Round parts were turned on lathes; non-round parts were machined on mills. With the advent of CNC machining centres, which interpolate round part features with ease, the line between the two machining processes became blurred. The situation grew even more confusing when CNC lathes attained live-tool capability. Operations that were once the exclusive domain of the milling department were now coming off the lathe complete. As a result, deciding which machine is the best fit for producing any given part has become far more complicated than it once was. Candidates...
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  • Megan Ronayne's Avatar
    10-12-2018, 07:31 PM
    EEF’s Charlotte Horobin on BBC News #eastmidlands Today promoting UK Manufacturing and East Midlands with exports growing in the region: “Looking at the #eastmidlands , #export s drive #manufacturing output and #ukmfg is doing really well here in the region. We’re seeing an increase in the number of manufacturers and the number of jobs... it’s a diverse region and really important to #ukmfg UK, it employs the largest proportion of people in #manufacturing out of all of the English regions!” #manufacturing news #ukmfg matters #export #DIT #eastmidlands
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  • Lisa Birch's Avatar
    13-12-2018, 04:29 PM
    For several years market conditions have been favorable for buying professional indemnity insurance, however recent events indicate that conditions are now changing and will be hardening for the first time in many years. Due to poor performance of results, the focus will be on managing performance rather than growth. How could this affect manufacturers - With reduced capacity in 2019 some firms may experience unexpected premium increases, more restrictive coverage or delay in receiving quotes and terms. What steps can you take - It sounds obvious but don't leave it until the last...
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  • Jade Blackburn's Avatar
    20-12-2018, 08:21 AM
    15 January 2019 5:30pm start 4:30pm optional lab tours NPL North of England run quarterly events at the Huddersfield site - on 15 January we will be looking at 'The Future of Transportation.' The events are run through the Manufacturer Measurement Network - a network set up by NPL to support manufacturing SMEs, larger organisations, and affiliates. More information on the MMN can be found at Light-weighting & Composites Since battery and electric motor drive systems are less power-dense than internal combustion engine / conventional aero engines, the bodies...
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  • Fergus Mcreynolds's Avatar
    28-11-2018, 04:19 PM
    Hello Everyone, Thanks to everyone that has submitted questions ahead of our Brexit Q&A next Wednesday. With just a week to go, there is still plenty of time to submit your questions! Myself and Richard are well placed to answer all questions about Brexit, covering areas such as: Measures your business can take to prepare for Brexit Trade after Brexit including customs, tariffs etc Brexit related policy
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