Joining demonstration centres in industry
Connect, no.77, June 1996
A national network of materials technology Demonstration Centres is now well underway. Three companies in the UK have already set up demonstration units to help small and medium sized companies with best practice in manufacturing, as part of the Joining Forces DTI/TWI technology transfer initiative.
Each Demonstrator shows a range of technologies in action relevant to the industrial sector in which they specialise giving a hands-on practical view of methods and equipment available. Companies can choose to visit the Centre which has most relevance to their business.
Myers Welding are providing demonstrations and training in Leeds; covering MMA, MAG, MIG, TIG, plasma welding and cutting, plus associated monitoring equipment and computer software, all obtained from different suppliers. Experienced staff are happy to help visitors try out anything displayed, and to give advice.
Oerlikon have developed a demonstration and customer support centre at their Hayes premises. They are keen to help companies adopt best practice, and have selected equipment most suited to this task. Oerlikon have included a complete range of conventional welding machines, and, with an eye to the future, some of the more innovative electronically controlled systems.
Eutectic and Castolin, specialists in maintenance welding technology, have a purpose built demonstration and training facility at Redditch. Mr Derek Mack, Managing Director of Eutectic said 'I believe that our partnership with the Joining Forces programme will provide an excellent opportunity for small and medium companies. If we can help them to use this technology efficiently we will all benefit from reduced costs, increased productivity and a major improvement in product quality and performance'.
Any small or medium company can access these centres, and others, by contacting the Joining Forces help desk at TWI, firstname.lastname@example.org .