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Patternmakers Market Update 2022

A West Midlands patternmaker recently published a market update and posted it on their website. We were intrigued and wanted to find out more behind the rationale for doing it and the methodology they used. We contacted Central Patternmaking in Willenhall to find out more. Matthew Sawbridge is the...

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Available Courses through ECMS

The Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills will be delivering skill-based practical courses scheduled for 2022. Patternshop Courses  Running and feeding attachments to plywood framed pattern boards * Wooden pattern box design and construction * Vent placement and fitting (Non Ferrous Applications) * Wire reinforcement facilities * Chill placement and...

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Introduction to Practical Metallography- One day course

M&C Educational Training Services will be delivering a one day short course at the ECMS (Springfield Hub), on Thursday 17th February 2022 from 9am to 4pm.  This will be delivered by Richard Brown BEd CertEd FICME.  This will be held at the Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills (Springfield Hub),...

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University Project, Smart Concept Fund, supports start-up aiming to turn waste into renewable energy

Experts from the University of Wolverhampton are supporting a West Midlands start-up organisation that is investigating the use of advanced thermal technologies to turn waste into renewable heat and electricity through a project funded by the Smart Concept Fund. PyroGenesys, a bio-renewables technology developer based in Birmingham, has been supported...

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Latest HSE Campaign Targeting Manufacturing

In its latest campaign launched on the 4th May 2021, The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is inspecting fabricated metal businesses across Great Britain to check that they are managing the respiratory risks of welding fumes and metalworking fluids. Their inspectors will be targeting businesses whose employees undertake welding and...

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Metallurgy Lab at Springfield Hub – Ready to Go!

Much work has been going on to ready the ECMS Metallurgy Laboratory at Springfield Hub for use. The Laboratory contains a range of state of the art equipment able to rapidly analyse the microstructures of metals based in a clean and safe environment. The ECMS is currently working with...

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Metallurgy – the past and the future

For several years there have been limited opportunities for employed part time students to progress their studies to Higher Educational level yet there is data to show a shortage of qualified, experienced metallurgists. These shrinking numbers relate to the ageing workforce; knowledge and skills not being replaced. Metallurgy is...

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Health and Safety Executive – still busy tackling industry issues

Exposure to workplace noise, vibration, dusts and fumes are still significant issues as found by the HSE during their visits to the metals sector. Besides these, there is the ubiquitous matter of machinery guarding. All of these should have been addressed quite well by now, given that regulation has...

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CMF Look to the Future

ECMS Partner Cast Metals Federation plans for the future in a recent meeting with their newest appointed chairman. Future Plans for CMF At the recent CMF AGM Stuart Gregory, MD of Petrofer UK, was approved as the CMF Chairman for the coming year.  During the meeting he outlined the...

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UK Metal Council Launches Peer Networks Programme for Business Growth

Peer Networks Programme The Black Country Growth Hub, with the support of the UK Metals Council, is launching the Peer Networks Programme for ambitious businesses looking to grow. This programme is part of a government funded peer to peer networking initiative for SME businesses to develop their organisations for...

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