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Electron beam services are crucial to anyone working in the electronics sector, and electronics companies don’t come any bigger than Apple.

Apple recently decided to get behind the UK’s year of engineering by revealing its elite team of UK engineers, and introducing them to a group of school children.

The group of engineers has until now been kept relatively secret, as the organisation is renowned for not being transparent about the projects it is working on, or has plans to work on.

"Engineering touches every part of our lives and during the UK’s Year of Engineering we’re also delighted to be supporting efforts to inspire interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers,” Johny Srouji, Apple's senior vice president for hardware technologies told The Independent newspaper.

Much of Apple’s previous move into education have included the roll out of educational software to help children and adults learn to code programmes using cartoons, but it has done little with regards to engineering in the past.

The Government’s year of engineering is a campaign to promote engineering as part of the Government’s wider industrial strategy. It aims to improve awareness of engineering in schools and workplaces, and encourage people to consider engineering as a potential career path, as well as encouraging existing engineering businesses to form new partnerships to tackle difficult problems.

Apple is very much part of the year of engineering, but is far from the only one. Many other big names such as Dyson and the Science Museum.
Groupe PSA, the second largest car manufacturer in Europe (of Peugeot, Citroën, DS, Opel and Vauxhall brands, has recently announced major redevelopment of its British plant based in Luton. The plant will take on the PSA EMP2 manufacturing platform in 2019 to produce the next models of Vauxhall Vivaro vans and Opel utilities.

PSA wants to respond to the growing popularity of its commercial vehicles in Europe. Therefore, after lengthy negotiations, the French multinational has decided to reportedly invest around 100 million Euros (£86 million) in the Luton facility, which sees the current owners Vauxhall join forces with Opel; thus, strengthening the two brands manufacturing and operational capabilities.

"We decided to set up our EMP2 platform in the factory to build utilities for both Opel, Peugeot and Citroën brands, as well as Vauxhall, which has a strong presence in the United Kingdom," said Carlos Tavares, president of the company during a conference call with journalists. "The success of our range of utilities is confirmed month by month in Europe and we want to go further."

In an effort to share development and production costs, car manufacturers have created a web of cross-subsidies in light commercial vehicles (LCVs). PSA also assembles its Expert and Jumpy LCVs at the Toyota plant in Sevelnord (Northern France). Furthermore, in 2014 Toyota replaced Fiat, to work in cooperation with Renault on its Trafic platform in Sandouville (Seine-Maritime). Renault also assembles versions of the Opel Vivaro and Nissan LCVs from this site.

Electron Beam Services (EBS)are proud to provide services to new and existing clients in the automotive and general engineering industries​ as they go through similar operational & technological developments. Our company, which is a short distance from the Vauxhall's Luton facility, is dedicated to maintain its position at the cutting-edge of manufacturing techniques and standards. Having had ISO approval since 1994, and in keeping with this commitment, EBS has recently achieved approval to AS9100 rev D.

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Electron beam welding is about to get easier as scientists have discovered a way to create a particle beam accelerator to do four different tasks at the push of a button.

The terahertz radiation source can accelerate, compress focus and analyse electron beams and has been dubbed the Swiss army knife of electron beam engineering. Terahertz are between microwaves and infrared on the electromagnetic spectrum.

The beam is incredibly precise, just a few millimetres across, and specific timing is a key feature of this invention. A paper revealing the findings was published in Nature Photonics last month.

Named the Segmented Terahertz Electron Accelerator and Manipulator (STEAM) it was developed by developers from the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science (CFEL).

"To do this, we take an infrared laser pulse and split it up," explains first author Dongfang Zhang from the group of Franz Kärtner at CFEL.

The incredibly precise timing of the model allows the action of the electron beam to be determined by why it hits the electric field.

"For instance, a bunch that hits the negative part of the Terahertz electric field is accelerated," explains Zhang.

"Other parts of the wave lead to focusing or defocusing of the bunch or to a compression by a factor of ten or so."

The technology is still at an experimental stage but we are very excited about the potential applications for this new invention.