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Mouldtech Solutions is a supplier based

on a tranquil setting on the banks of the

River Dart but with the technology and

skill to deliver the quality needed in the

current UK market.

The supplier is continually expanding its

team of employees and its machinery,

recently adding a new young toolmaker to

the toolroom and acquiring a new 3D printer

which offers expansive scope for affordable

prototyping, plus a CMM with 3D software

and an EDM fast hole driller.

A lot of its success and reputation has been

built on successfully designing and developing prototype

tooling and then completing

the multi-impression high production tooling

using all the knowledge gained.

Mouldtech predominantly manufactures

injection moulds, carbon fibre and vacuum

dies, but also undertakes contract CNC

spark erosion and CNC milling for a range of

clients. Sectors it supplies include aerospace, medical, electronics,

MOD and automotive right through

to helping the 'inventor'

get product to market.

It has the confidence to offer a 'one-stop

shop' using its large datebase of proven

moulding partners which all have their own

specialisations where required with customer

confidentiality guaranteed. Mouldtech

Solutions prides itself on its customer relationships and always welcomes the customer

as part of the team.

www.moultechsolutions.com

GTMA AEROSPACE SUPPLIERS

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GTMA

NEW MACHINERY AND RURAL JOBS

FOR TOOLING INDUSTRY

IMSM LOOKS

TO THE FUTURE

ISO Standards specialist IMSM, an

exhibitor at Farnborough International

Airshow, believes that whatever the

future, we can be certain of one thing,

and that is of constant change.

ISO standards, it says, mirror the pace of

change, regularly revising standards to

reflect industry for today and tomorrow.

Internationally, engineers are working on

projects that may impact on daily lives in the

future: robots that perform household

chores, geo engineering projects such as

cloud whitening and from flying cars to

trains that one day might compete with

planes. "We don't know which of the above

will become common everyday occurrences,

but as technology develops, ISO will be

there," it says.

ISO 13482:2014 specifies requirements and

guidelines for the inherently safe design,

protective measures and information for use

of personal care robots; in particular these

three types: mobile servant, physical assistant and person carrier robots.

ISO certification proves

that you work to a high and consistent level of quality within your industry,

helping to maintain a balance of all the technical specifications of your products

and

services in a more efficient way for today

and tomorrow.

www.imsm.com

Proto Labs, one of the world's fastest

source for custom CNC machined and

injection moulded parts delivered in as little as one business day,

is another GTMA

supplier serving aerospace supply chains

Since inception the company has invested

unceasingly in both technology and people

to build a world-class, innovative service for

designers and engineers across Europe.

As the European arm of the globally successful Minnesota based Proto

Labs Inc., it

uses its local expertise and engineering

know-how to deliver prototypes and low-volume parts into Europe.

Its European manufacturing operation is based solely in the UK

and it has sales and engineering support

offices in the UK, Germany, France and Italy,

which has helped it build successful working

relationships with some of the biggest, most

prestigious aerospace manufacturing companies across

Europe, amongst many others.

Among these is Airline Components

International Limited who turned to Proto

Labs when looking for a supplier of injectionmoulded prototypes

parts for a project it

was working on. Proto Labs delivered the

parts in just 15 days, in the production-intent

material for a fraction of the £200,000 cost

and 12-16 weeks shipping time originally

quoted using steel tooling.

A major reason why Proto Labs is able to do

this is its innovative online quoting systems -

ProtoQuote® (for injection moulded parts)

and FirstQuote® (for CNC machined parts).

The quotes provide cost and manufacturability analysis securely

accessed via the

company's servers. After loading a 3D CAD

part, customers receive clear, simple quotes,

showing costs, material choices and where

appropriate suggestions for changes to

parts in order to improve manufacturability

and/or tooling and part cost.

Such is the impressive rate of continuous

expansion since Proto Labs was set up in

2005 that it has twice received the Queen's

Award for Enterprise - the first in 2010 and

again last year.

www.protolabs.co.uk

AEROSPACE PARTS FLY FAST

FROM PROTO LABS

Proto Lab's UK facility - a Queen's Award

winning supplier.

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