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Friday Brief

Good morning and welcome to this week’s Friday Brief.

With MACH 2018 getting closer, preparations are taking an increasingly concrete form. One way to make sure you’re prepared to get the best out of the exhibition is to attend the MACH 2018 Exhibitor Day on Friday the 3rd November at the NEC. You can find full details of what should be a brilliant event here http://www.machexhibition.com/why-exhibit/mach-exhibitor-day

Is there a little project sitting at the side of your desk that you’d really value getting done, but just don’t have the resource to get round to? The Institute for Manufacturing at Cambridge University are offering the services of some of their postgraduates to fill just such gaps; you can find out more below.

Elsewhere in academia, there’s news of a major event on 30th November in the Additive Manufacturing space being hosted by Imperial College, to which MTA members have kindly been invited. This week saw the opening of a new £35m Aerospace research centre at Cranfield, covering everything from air traffic management to intelligent automation.

There’s another event looking at Additive Manufacturing, on the 16th of January at Huddersfield University, organised by the Manufacturing Measurement Network.

Year 11 students will be able to learn about engineering, and particularly robotics, at a STEM day at the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry on Monday 13th November. The MTA is supporting the day which will engage students in an exciting computing, technology, engineering and maths challenge.

Fronius UK are hosting a warehouse efficiency event at their technology centre in Milton Keynes on the 21st of November. Read more below if you want to maximise energy savings in your operation.

Finally, we have mention of a book, Tragedy & Challenge, which may well chime with many of those who lived through the changes British manufacturing experienced in the 70’s and 80’s.

Have a good weekend.

MACH 2018 will tangibly increase your business’s network and productivity

MACH 2018 will tangibly increase your business’s network and productivity

MACH 2018 is the premier opportunity in the UK to discover all the first-rate innovations in manufacturing technologies and envision their potential to enhance your business’s productivity.

Rowan Crozier, CEO at C. Brandauer & Co. Limited, said: “At the 2016 MACH show, we purchased a Bruderer 51-ton machine to give us a wider capability and allow us to make more complex components. That press is now running our single biggest contract that we’ve won in the last ten years.”

Post graduate placement short projects: MPhil in Industrial Systems, Manufacture and Management

Post graduate placement short projects: MPhil in Industrial Systems, Manufacture and Management

From time to time Cambridge University Dept of Engineering makes available post graduate students to work on short term projects. The students are studying for an MPhil in Industrial Systems, Manufacture and Management (ISMM). It is a one-year postgraduate programme designed to equip numerate graduates, primarily from Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths backgrounds, with the skills, personal development and industrial experience to be immediately effective in their early careers in industry.

Invitation to Imperial College London (IMSE/AMN) Briefing paper launch - 30 November 2017 - The value of additive manufacturing: future opportunities

Invitation to Imperial College London (IMSE/AMN) Briefing paper launch - 30 November 2017 - The value of additive manufacturing: future opportunities

The value of additive manufacturing: future opportunities – the official ‘launch’ of the latest Institute for Molecular Science and Engineering (IMSE) briefing paper, produced in conjunction with the Additive Manufacturing Network (AMN).

Centre for the future of aerospace opens at Cranfield

Centre for the future of aerospace opens at Cranfield

The £35 million Aerospace Integration Research Centre (AIRC), which is set to change the way the world thinks about flight, has been officially opened at Cranfield University.

Funded by Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Cranfield University, following an award from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the Centre will be a flagship facility for boosting aerospace research capabilities in the UK, cementing the University’s reputation as the leading aerospace research institution in Europe.

Manufacturing Measurement Network

Manufacturing Measurement Network

The Next Manufacturers Measurement Network (MMN) event entitled ‘Additive Manufacturing’ will take place on 16th January 2018 at NPL’s North of England at usual venue 3M Buckley in Huddersfield. For the first time MMN event will be organised together with Calderdale and Kirklees Manufacturing Alliance.

PPMA BEST hosts STEM day to encourage next generation of engineers 

PPMA BEST hosts STEM day to encourage next generation of engineers 

PPMA BEST (Business Education, Skills and Training), an independent charitable trust set up to encourage young people to discover the opportunities for a career in the engineering industries, has partnered with the Museum of Science and Industry, in Manchester, to host an interactive STEM day on Monday 13th November.

Tragedy & Challenge

Tragedy & Challenge

Members may be interested in book, Tragedy & Challenge recently written by Tom Brown. He had a long a successful career in engineering in the UK and beyond and has published a memoir which contains a fascinating account of why UK manufacturing fell behind its competitors in the ‘70’s and ‘80s – and why it’s still relevant today. The link is to a webcast which IMD Business School has just released of an interview with the author about book:

http://imd.kuluvalley.com/view/M6K0udSq4aV