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31/07/18
The application of electron beam welding in producing medical technology could be completely different in years to come, as tech is poised and ready to really revolutionise the healthcare sector. From robotics with the ability to perform the most precise surgeries to quick diagnostic systems, the future of medicine is an exciting space for technology.

However, the future of medical care may also involve more apps, if incoming health secretary Matt Hancock has anything to do with it. Taking over from Jeremy Hunt just this month, he told BBC’s Newsbeat that there was ‘loads to do’ when it came to the NHS adopting new technology such as apps.

Matt Hancock launched his own app in his previous role as an MP and Culture Secretary, so that he could better communicate with his constituents, however, it came under fire for some privacy flaws. He described getting the government to engage with new digital technology as a personal passion.

His comments also were not well received by opposition politicians and frontline NHS staff, who criticised funding issues which meant that current technology, such as computer desktops, don’t work properly and need upgrading.

Labour critics said that proper funding needs to be in place to make new technology, such as apps, fair and accessible by everyone: "The Conservative government has made big cuts to some NHS budgets like capital funding, which has meant the NHS just hasn't been able to take advantage of new technologies."

Matt Hancock was speaking at the launch of a new scheme looking to place hundreds of newly trained mental health staff around schools and colleges in the UK.
17/07/18
Sutherland, on the north coast of Scotland, is set to be the site for the UK’s first spaceport. The project was announced by the UK Space Agency, which is committing £2.5 million of funding towards the development of a vertical launch pad here.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise is leading the project and the aim is to have the first launches from the location as early as the 2020s, the BBC reported.

The government agency is also looking into potential sites for a horizontal launch pad, with Cornwall, Glasgow Prestwick and Snowdonia the locations aiming to develop such facilities. A further grant of £2 million was also announced to further horizontal spaceport development across Britain.

Greg Clark, business secretary, commented: “The UK’s thriving space industry, research community and aerospace supply chain put the UK in a leading position to develop both vertical and horizontal launch sites.”

Secretary of state for Scotland David Mundell added that this project in Sutherland will create hundreds of jobs and boost the region’s economy.

The BBC noted that American aerospace firm Lockheed Martin will be part of a consortium of aerospace experts working closely with Highlands and Islands Enterprise on the project.

According to the news provider, one of the reasons why this development is possible in the UK is because a number of firms in the country have pioneered the launch of small satellites.

Having a spaceport is a big step that would put these businesses at the forefront of the industry because they would be able to offer a full package of services, from the design and build of a satellite to its launch.

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18/06/18
It’s no secret that sending satellites into orbit is a costly process. What’s more, the size of the rocket required to launch a small satellite is often considerably larger than the payload itself, making the process costly and inefficient.

There’s also a growing awareness of the rising levels of space debris as a result of hundreds of rocket launches from Earth over the years, but now new technology is being developed that could help limit this problem.

A team at the University of Glasgow is working with researchers at Oles Honchar Dnipro National University in Ukraine to develop so-called ‘self-eating’ rockets for the launch of small satellites.

The idea behind the technology being developed is that the engine used to launch the satellite would effectively consume itself, rather than needing to carry extra fuel. The other advantage to using an autophage engine such as this is that it would free up more space for cargo, as well as reducing the debris being sent into orbit.

Dr Patrick Harkness, senior lecturer at the University of Glasgow’s school of engineering and leader of the university’s contribution to the project, explained that there is still a lot of work to do before it can be put into practice though.

“While we’re still at an early stage of development, we have an effective engine testbed in the laboratory in Dnipro, and we are working with our colleagues to improve it still further,” he said. Currently, rocket operations have been sustained for 60 seconds with this new engine in the laboratory.

A recent post for Satellite Pro ME cited statistics that indicate there are currently 29,000 useless objects greater than 10cm in volume that are drifting in the Earth’s orbit, adding that these pose a risk to operational satellites as well as spacecraft such as the International Space Station.

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18/05/18
UPS, the international package delivery giant, has announced its intention to supply 35 state-of-the-art electric delivery vehicles to its logistics bases in London and Paris, for primary tests by the end of this year. The "delivery vans of the future" sport the iconic brown paint job of UPS along with fluid structural lines and an engine which is 100% motorised by an electric power source.

This ultra-light weight models were designed by the British company Arrival - specialists in the manufacturing of electric light commercial vehicles (E-LCVs). All vehicles will have advanced driving aids, (systems developed to automate, adapt and enhance vehicle systems for safety and better driving), have a capability of travelling 150 miles, and include "hyper-connected cockpits" to make life easier for delivery drivers.

UPS intends for 25% of all new vehicles purchased by 2025 to be exclusively non-fossil powered, i.e. diesel or petrol engines; rather, choosing to invest in hybrid electric, hydro-hybrid, ethanol, compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG) and propane powered LCVs. The company already has a fleet of 9000 vehicles, across its international markets, operating on "alternative fuels". The company is also committed to achieving commendable green energy targets of 25% of its energy mix to come from renewable energy sources by 2025.

Electron Beam Services are proud to be part of the manufacturing sector at this point in time, as many of our clients in the automotive and general engineering industries​ are going through similar phases of technological development. Our company has equally been dedicated to staying at the cutting-edge of manufacturing techniques and standards. In keeping with this commitment, EBS have been ISO approved since 1994 and have recently attained approval to AS9100 rev D.

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15/05/18
Touchstone Exploration has recently published its latest operational and drilling update, showing that production increased by 21 per cent in the first quarter of 2018, compared to the same period a year earlier.

This meant that the organisation was producing an average of 1,543 barrels per day between January and March this year, while in April this year average production hit 1,669 barrels per day.

New wells in Trinidad and Tobago have helped the organisation boost its production, with the first five wells of its 2018 program drilled and cased so far. Of these, two have been completed and are currently producing oil.

Two wells have been drilled in the Forest Reserve WD-8 block, while a further two were also drilled in the company’s Coora 2 Block.

It added that it is also preparing two locations in the Coora 1 Block for drilling in the coming weeks, with the two new wells situated in follow-up locations for its successful CO-368 and CO-369 wells which were drilled last year.

President and chief executive officer at Touchstone Paul Baay commented: “We are excited to see the stabilised production results from these wells as we accelerate to our target of 2,000 barrels per day.”

Earlier this month, Energy Voice reported that the energy industry is planning to drill 16 high-impact wells in the UK and Norway this year, with the aim of producing 3.7 million barrels of oil equivalent from these sources.

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27/04/18
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.
17/04/18
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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17/04/18
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.
27/03/18

With Brexit fast approaching, the UK government has announced a number of initiatives designed to support the country’s industry and technology firms. One of the latest is new funding to help develop next-generation aircraft engines.

Bdaily reported on the £24 million that has been announced under the Industrial Strategy, which will be spent across four research and development (R&D) projects in the coming months.

The aim of these projects is to bring academia and business together to create innovative solutions to engineering problems - in this instance making aircraft engines more efficient and environmentally friendly.

Rolls-Royce will be jointly funding the projects, which comes after its announcement that it intends to invest £150 million in doubling its engine production in the UK.

Greg Clark, business secretary, commented: “These pioneering Rolls-Royce projects will ensure it is the UK that leads the world in developing the next generation of cleaner jet engine technologies.”

He noted that it’s fitting for the country to be at the forefront of this sector given its history in aerospace engineering and the fact that the first turbojet engine was developed here.

The projects are worth a combined £58.3 million, according to the news provider, and their main aim is to design an engine that improves fuel efficiency by 25 per cent.

Despite the focus on developing innovative new aerospace technologies, there are concerns that the sector could face problems following Brexit. Reuters recently highlighted the findings of a committee of lawmakers in the UK, who stated that exiting the EU without a free trade deal could result in £1.5 billion in extra costs for firms in the UK.

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22/03/18

Digital technologies are increasingly becoming integral to an industry's growth and development. The term Industry 4.0 represents the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies; and includes cyber-physical systems, the Internet of things, cloud storage and cognitive computing. Industry 4.0 creates what has been called a "smart factory", whereby companies can model complex operational systems based upon real-time data from equipment and employees to streamline procedures.

Recently, sectors including aerospace, energy, pharmaceutical and automotive have applied the principles of the smart factory to more human orientated procedures - specifically in employee training and development. In a recent interview at the Volkswagen Group Forum in Berlin, Prof. Henning Kagermann, President of the National Academy of Science and Engineering explained: "Agile working and “disruptive-creative innovation cycles” have been common practice in the software industry for a long time. In other words, the entire system is challenged every few months and therefore, you need to retrain your developers in new methods to stay at the cutting-edge."

At the Mobile World Congress 2018, Volkswagen Group presented its objective to use virtual reality helmets (VR) on a large scale at its 31 training centers located around the world. Training using VR technology is seen as a key use case for the automotive industry because it is regularly required to reinvent its products and review its production lines. Each workspace changes, creating a huge need for continuous employee development. In addition, the equipment used on a day-to-day basis is generally very expensive and operates at a 24-hours a day, seven days a week schedule; therefore, reserving a section for training is almost impossible.

With virtual reality, training can be done locally, and the factories do not have to stop. The module used by Volkswagen (based on the Innoactive platform) consists of creative tools that allow companies to design their own scenarios according to their needs; opening up a vast array of additional uses - whether it be for teamwork, process evaluation or team training. At the moment Volkswagen Group aims to train at least 10,000 people via VR technology in 2018, focusing on five key brands: Volkswagen, Audi, Seat, Skoda and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.

Electron Beam Services are proud to be part of the manufacturing sector at this point in time, as many of our clients in aerospace and general engineering industries​ are going through this fantastic phase of technological development. Our company has equally been dedicated to staying at the cutting-edge of manufacturing techniques and standards. In keeping with this commitment, EBS have been ISO approved since 1994 and have recently attained approval to AS9100 rev D.

For more information, please take a moment to view our electron beam services or contact us today using our online contact form.