Posted by Vickie Broadbent on November 5th 2015 in Seasonal news
Round about this time of year our thoughts turn to bonfires, sparklers, rockets and fountains (toffee apples also spring to mind, but that's another matter...)
Now - paying homage to a certain Guy Fawkes and his bungled plan to blow up our Houses of Parliament (by seemingly celebrating said plan by indulging our love of pyrotechnia at firework spectaculars the lenght and breadth of the nation) seems somewhat questionable IMHO...
But taking all risks into consideration when entering dangerous or hazardous environments is absolutely not out of the question - especially when using electronic equipment in potentially explosive atmospheres.
In the workplace these can be caused...
Posted by Vickie Broadbent on October 28th 2015 in News
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Posted by Vickie Broadbent on April 20th 2015 in News
The EEF Future Manufacturing Awards are open to all UK manufacturers, a well established and respected regional and national recognition of manufacturing success.
As South West regional winner, we donned our tuxedos for the Nationals at the Grand Connought Rooms London, and were thrilled to win runner up - pipped to the post by the UK arm of German firm ZF Lemforder, a 100 million t/o company, with 350 staff.
Not bad for an SME of >40 staff!
The entry form pulled no punches in it's rigorous examination of how, when, why and wherefores: 2000 words, a nail-biting presenattion to...
Posted by Vickie Broadbent on February 24th 2015 in Technical
When component designers are working on a new product, they will always be looking to design in added benefits so that their products will stand out from the crowd.
Two- shot moulding and overmoulding are methods of producing single components made up of two different plastics.
At its simplest, these methods are used for cosmetic reasons – when manufacturing methods that give these benefits as allow the creation of single plastic parts from two different plastics. This allows the designer to design components that are to be two colours – to incorporate a logo, for example.
Two-tone colourways can differentiate products or to...
Posted by Vickie Broadbent on February 10th 2015 in News
The ‘Thermapen’ is sold worldwide by Worthing-based Electronic Temperature Instruments (ETI) and is regularly seen on our TV screens. It remains British made, using British manufacturing and mainly British components, with ETI stating that the product enjoys near ‘cult-status’ in the US, where there is a thriving BBQ market.
The best-selling Thermapen benefits from the new, streamlined manufacturing process. Images: ETI and Hymid
ETI approached Hymid to collaborate on improving the performance of the product, including overcoming problems such as dirt traps, eliminating water ingress, enhancing the look and feel whilst enriching the end users’ experience. ETI specified the need for reduced...
Posted by Vickie Broadbent on January 8th 2015 in News
January blues? Fear not - inject some colour with 2 shot moulding!
Plastic enclosures can come in all shapes and sizes, but a two-tone or two colour component can be made using 'two shot moulding' (twin-shot, 2k mould, multishot injection mould).
It's a technique that utilises two polymers which are chemically bonded during the manufacturing process, forming parts of two colours (in it's simplest form) and can incorporate:
- added value benefits such as tactility (hard/soft touch)
- integrated screens and windows (clear/opaque)
- features such as buttons and seals to achieve Ingress Protection rating of IP47...
...which is particularly handy should you be as unlucky as Dr Foster...
Posted by Hymid on December 17th 2014 in News
Posted by Hymid on October 30th 2014 in News
12 student teams hatched a plan to crack our engineering challenge at the Manufacturing, Technology & Innovation show at the Riviera International Centre, Torquay, Oct 23rd.
The teams were set the brief:
Design a simple contraption that will enable an egg to land on a given target - completely undamaged - from a height of approximately 4 metres.
So against the clock, they set to work using all the available materials and came up with some eggstremely ingenious solutions...
When both sessions were over (phew) the teams gathered outside to watch the 'Eggstravagant Egg Drop Final', with nominated egg droppers from each team scrambling to...
Posted by Hymid on October 16th 2014 in News
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Posted by Hymid on August 15th 2014 in News
Hymid are really pleased to announce that Jamie has accepted his new role of Project Engineer now that he has completed his Engineering Apprenticeship with South Devon College.
I took the opportunity to ask (some would say 'interrogate') him about his experience of the Apprenticeship so others considering this path could hear his side 'straight from the horses mouth'...
Jamie had left school after ‘A’ levels not knowing quite what he wanted to do. After a couple of years, he decided he “wanted a career - not just a job”. He registered his profile on Apprenticeship vacancies, looked for Engineering placements, and...