Subcontracting could help to lead the UK manufacturing fightback

Coronavirus: How subcontracting could help to lead the UK manufacturing fightback

Buoyed by the Government’s biggest financial support intervention in private sector business since World War Two, UK manufacturers are continuing to assess how the coronavirus crisis will impact their supply chains and operations.

But the Great British spirit continues to shine through. Stories of support and ingenuity for the national effort are emerging everywhere you turn, amplifying the message that although normal life is on hold, manufacturing must go on.

To help ensure that the sector pulls through as best it can, it’s important that everyone does their bit – and the sharing of expertise via subcontracting services could be a major part of the solution.

During these unprecedented times, where reduced internal capacity is adding to the pressure of fulfilling orders and satisfying customer demand, the complementary manufacturing technologies offered by companies at the Derbyshire-based Carfulan Group could be a lifeline.

SYS Systems (professional 3D printing)

For businesses whose overseas suppliers are not shipping, or perhaps which do not have the necessary staffing levels to run in-house 3D printers, SYS Systems is offering a bureau service to help keep disruption to a minimum.

A UK platinum partner for Stratasys, SYS supplies, installs and supports the full Stratasys product range, but has now extended its offering to include subcontracting work.

With expertise in supporting industries including aerospace, automotive, healthcare, rail, military, consumer goods, precision engineering and composite tooling, it is making the full range of professional 3D-printing systems at its Advanced Innovation Centre available.

From the high-accuracy, multi-material and multi-colour PolyJet capabilities of the Connex range to the large, ultra-tough industrial-grade FDM material options afforded by the F900, there is sure to be a suitable solution for your individual application.

An experienced team of dedicated and highly skilled engineers are ready to work on everything from single parts or short production runs to large-scale projects, all backed up by superior levels of service and support.

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OGP UK (multi-sensor metrology)

As the sole representative of OGP in the UK and Ireland for the past three decades, OGP UK’s know-how of its world-leading part measurement systems is unrivalled.

Its multi-sensor metrology solutions employ optimum-performance sensors and probes to complete the work of a traditional co-ordinate measuring machine, as well as a laser scanner and profile projector, with ultimate precision.

Detailed data about even the most demanding components and features is collected quickly and reliably by highly trained and UKAS-accredited engineers, giving you comprehensive feedback and complete peace of mind in the accuracy of the results.

Utilising an impressive technology suite in a temperature-controlled environment, OGP UK can help with dimensional measurement, component measurement, non-destructive inspection, first article inspection and gauge R&R on parts up to 0.5m3.

Whether it’s medical, aerospace, automotive or packaging, manufacturers of precision parts can benefit from shorter production cycles and improved quality control whatever their application.

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VICIVISION UK (optical measurement for turned parts)

VICIVISION’s world-leading optical, non-contact measuring systems cater specifically for turned, ground and cylindrical parts, guaranteeing improved manufacturing efficiency, reduced downtime and increased productivity through superior data analysis.

Using a combination of high-resolution video camera technology and light projection, its solutions deliver fast, detailed and consistent results, completing metrology tasks that were once reliant on the time-consuming and unreliable manual methods reserved for specialist labs.

Whether it’s diameters, angles, orthogonalities or thread pitches, coaxialities, cylindricities, axial runouts or dynamic parallelisms, even the most complex features can be inspected in seconds, down to the last minute detail, by a team of experienced engineers.

By more readily satisfying the modern standards required to reduce noise on production lines across the medical, automotive, aerospace and oil, gas and energy sectors, VICIVISION UK is offering metrology services that empower manufacturers to minimise part non-conformance and deliver top-class products without fail, giving them a competitive advantage.

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