Supply Chain Challenges

Businesses balancing new supply chain challenges with renewed optimism The peak of supply chain challenges may have passed, according to industry commentators, but it isn’t yet plain sailing for businesses. Cost inflation dropped in January while output and optimism were increasing, Trading Economics reported. However, general inflation has risen to over 5%. Volatile material prices […]

Why ISO Standards are so Important

ISOs are commonly held to be by-word for quality in business. Covering a vast range of management processes or approaches, ISO standards are held by millions of businesses worldwide, demonstrating holders’ capabilities, compliance and culture. Here we cover the key ‘need to knows’ about ISO standards, including why ISO standards are important and which standards […]

Methods of Deburring

What is a Burr in Metalwork? When machining or modifying a metal workpiece, sometimes the process used leaves a small ridge or protrusion of metal known as a burr. For the part to be completed to a high standard, these will need to be removed. The formation of burrs is a complex process of material […]

Difference Between Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Metals

What is the difference between ferrous and non-ferrous metals? The primary difference between ferrous and non-ferrous metals is the presence of iron within ferrous metals, whereas non-ferrous metals do not include iron (or enough to be considered ferrous). Ferrous metals are also magnetic while non-ferrous metals are not; and other notable differences include non-ferrous metals […]

The Future of Modular Construction

There is a mini boom going on across the construction industry. New infrastructure projects are starting and projects previously delayed by lockdowns are busy playing catch up, as the sector swiftly recovers from the pandemic. But there are still some major challenges too. Material shortages and shipping haulage scarcity are contributing to fast rising material […]

Common Metals Used in Sheet Metal Fabrication

There is a wide range of alloys and metals which come in sheet form and that are used in manufacturing and fabrication. Which material is used depends on a number of factors. These factors include weldability, formability, strength, weight, cost and the corrosion resistance of the material. The more common sheet metals used in fabrication […]

Coded Welding

Coded welding (otherwise known as “code welding” or “welding codes” refers to welding processes using specific methods. A “coded welder” will have taken a Welder Approval Test in a specific welding configuration, with some codes being more general while others being highly specific and therefore requiring an individual method. Welding approval codes in the UK […]

How Robust is Your Supply Chain?

Coronavirus and Brexit have raised a red flag over the supply chains of many manufacturers within Britain, leading many to ask, “how robust is our supply chain?”. This is largely due to the over reliance on China and using key suppliers to promote economies of scale. Within supply chain management there is often added pressure […]

Stainless Steel – What are the 5 types?

What Makes Stainless Steel Stainless steel is the name for a range of steels used primarily because of its corrosion resistance. It is made up of chromium, iron and (in some cases) nickel, molybdenum and other metals. For a metal alloy (a metal made by combining two or more metallic elements) to be considered stainless […]

Offsite Construction – Benefits of Modular Construction

Brief History of Construction Activities involving construction for shelters etc can be said to have been around for as long as human beings have. Historians believe traditional construction as we know it began in Mesopotamia and Ancient Egyptian times. Structures from these periods have withstood the test of time and can be visited today. Moving […]

Bringing Manufacturing Back to Britain

“Almost two-thirds of Businesses asked intend to increasingly move supply back to the UK” Manufacturing in the U.K. counts for around 10% of the economy and 9% of employment; the U.K.. This is a primarily service driven economy, meaning services such as Research and Development, Legal and Financial Services, accounts for the majority. Although making […]

What is Powder Coating?

Powder coating is the process of applying a free-flowing, dry powder to metals (mainly), although modern technology allows for other materials such as carbon fibre, plastics and MDF to be powder coated by using methods which require less heat and time. It has become extremely popular since its introduction in North America in the 1960’s; […]

Why is Steel Price Increasing

Steel prices have continued to increase (as at December 2020) following a downward period during the peak of the lockdown. This is a global trend which is not looking to slow down or reverse any time soon. We discuss in more detail why this is occurring in this article. Of all finished steel products across […]

A Guide to Abrasive Blasting

We discuss the history of abrasive blasting, what types there are, and provide an overview of the abrasive materials used as blast media. What is Abrasive Blasting? There are several reasons why abrasive blasting would be used, commonly these are for: Making a rough service smooth Making a smooth service rough Altering the shape of […]

Laser Cutting vs Plasma Cutting

There is a lot of debate in the metal cutting industry about which method of sheet metal cutting is better, Laser Cutting or Plasma Cutting. Here we give a summary of each option’s benefits and an insight into how each technique works. Overview of Laser Cutting Laser cutting works by focusing an intense beam of […]