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View from the Mill - April 2010 Archive

Today’s menu – Big MACH 2010

MACH 2010 logo
Posted 30th Apr 2010 by Chris in exhibition, cmm, mach 2010

Yesterday, Birmingham, the UK’s second largest city, was the scene of an important event that will help shape the nation’s economic recovery. In a much smaller venue, far from the media scrum at the city’s University*, a group of staff and members from the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) met to make final decisions on the forthcoming MACH 2010 exhibition - the UK’s largest manufacturing technologies show which starts on June 7th.

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Making an exhibition of ourselves

Renishaw stand at EMO 2009
Posted 26th Apr 2010 by Chris in mach 2010, exhibitions, marc saunders, mike excell, metalworking production

When thinking about trade exhibitions, I am often reminded of the famous quote attributed to Mark Twain; ‘The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated’. For sure, many industrial events have suffered in recent years and some have indeed been subject to obituaries, but this has often been as much about the failure of organisers to adapt their product to the changing business and communications landscape, as it is about the inexorable rise of the web as the perceived primary source of information.

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It’s showtime

RESOLUTE™ absolute optical encoder montage
Posted 23rd Apr 2010 by Chris in exhibitions, absolute encoder, linear motion

It’s very much exhibition season, with a real smorgasbord of trade shows being attended over the next few weeks by our various Subsidiaries around the world in sectors as diverse as motion control, dentistry, machine tools and magnetic resonance in medicine. 

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R&D - In for the long haul

Geoff McFarland
Posted 20th Apr 2010 by Chris in r&d, engineering, raman spectroscopy, sers, revo, epsrc

We were recently approached by the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to comment on Renishaw’s experiences of working with Universities on research projects. The following is an edited version of the response given by Geoff McFarland (image right), our Group Engineering Director:

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As seen on the world’s finest machine tools

DMG DMU70 machine
Posted 16th Apr 2010 by Chris in innovation, gildemeister, dmg, haas, okuma, siemens, mazak, machine tool, awards

We were recently delighted to receive a Supplier of the Year award for ‘Innovation’ from Gildemeister AG, one of the World’s largest machine tool companies, and best known for its DMG brand.

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Build a better mousetrap

Mousetrap (image copyright naranja)
Posted 14th Apr 2010 by Chris in design news, absolute encoder, ralph waldo emerson

It seems that rodents are becoming something of a theme in our posts, whether dwarf hamsters or robot mice, but as they apparently constitute more than a third of all living mammals, then perhaps not entirely surprising. However, what better way to put an end to this literary outbreak of small four-legged creatures than a simple mousetrap?

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Is it hyetal where you are?

Lightning strike (image:Manu Mohan)
Posted 1st Apr 2010 by Chris in metrology, jobs, blogs

The British are world renowned for talking about the weather, but then like Melbourne in Australia (which is famous as the City which often gets four seasons in one day) we get a lot more climatic variation than most. It is also often said that if we didn’t have such weather then as a nation what would we talk about?

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