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View from the Mill - May 2010 Archive

Daddy – what did you do for engineering?

MACH 2010 logo
Posted 28th May 2010 by Chris in engineering, science, amrc, education, bloodhound ssc, apprentices

I often write about inspiring the next generation of engineers and in the week beginning 7th June, there is a perfect platform to help achieve this aim. This year the UK’s largest manufacturing show, MACH 2010, will bring together teachers, students and engineering businesses in a unique Education & Training Zone, which the organisers say “aims to inspire, prepare and motivate the next generation of British engineers through a rewarding experience.”

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Football engineering – a celebration

Exploded view of the Adidas Jabulani football
Posted 26th May 2010 by Chris in engineering, football, soccer, fifa world cup, loughborough university

It’s just 16 days until the World’s 2nd largest sporting event gets underway in South Africa, so whilst the media experts and ‘citizen journalists’ across the planet are busy arguing about who will win the 19th FIFA World Cup, I thought we’d take an engineering perspective on the most important item present in each game – the ball itself.

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“You can only make as well as you can measure”

NC1 tool setter + globe
Posted 20th May 2010 by Chris in metrology, measurement, international standards, engineering, physics, science

Today is World Metrology Day and what better way to title this post than a quote from the legendary British 19th Century engineer, Joseph Whitworth, who did much to introduce the practical aspects of measurements and associated standards into precision manufacturing, including the introduction of the ‘thou in 1844.

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Space – the busy frontier

NASA 13-bit award - shuttle launch
Posted 19th May 2010 by Chris in space, co-ordinate measuring machine, machine tool, retrofit

“What is out there?” is a question that has perplexed mankind for centuries. However a fascinating short article that appeared recently in a UK magazine seems to have gone some way to providing at least part of the answer, and unfortunately it’s something very familiar, and much more down-to-earth – human junk!

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Is there an engineer in the house?

Neuroendoscopy procedure
Posted 12th May 2010 by Chris in medical engineering, surgical robotics, neurosurgery, medical diagnostics

Engineers making a very positive contribution to the world in which we live is a common theme in our posts – they are “the link between scientific discoveries and the commercial applications that meet societal and consumer needs”, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Dear new UK Government (whoever you may be)

Ben Taylor - Renishaw's Assistant Chief Executive
Posted 11th May 2010 by Chris in manufacturing, engineering, education, uk manufacturing summit

At the time of this post, we still await a conclusion as to which party or parties will form the next UK Government. However, in anticipation that a decision will be reached shortly, a business magazine has asked what policies Renishaw would like to see pursued by the new Government in the next Parliament. Here is the response from our Assistant Chief Executive, Ben Taylor (pictured right): 

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Use your head – it’s infinitely better

PH20 head-touch
Posted 4th May 2010 by Chris in co-ordinate measuring machine, cmm, ph20, probe head, revo

In the automotive world, each vehicle manufacturer offers an extensive choice of models, often with an amazing list of options for consumers, meaning that despite the thousands of cars sold each year that many people actually own a ‘unique’ vehicle, tailored to their very own individual requirements.

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The thrill of the launch

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Posted 3rd May 2010 by Chris in measurement, new products

Although we introduce a lot of new products each year, just occasionally something special comes along that you know is going to have a truly significant market impact, and which energises the organisation into even greater levels of activity to facilitate its arrival.

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