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05 Jan 11. Oxley Developments has opened a new, state-of-the-art Prototype and Development Department at its Priory Park, Ulverston headquarters. The new department enables quick turnaround on prototype machined parts and means that product samples will get to the customer quicker. Mike Fellowes, who is heading up the new department, said: “The new workshop means that our production machines will no longer be interrupted to manufacture prototypes.
“There will be two mechanical and two electrical staff, providing a link between mechanical and electronic assembly as well as critical feedback to our Design and Development Department. We will also train production staff on the assembly of any new products when required.
“Parts that are produced in the new workshop will be representative of production parts rather than rapid prototypes, enabling us to put new designs through a full test program earlier in the design stage. We can identify any special jigs, fixtures or assembly aids before the new designs go into full production.”
The new Department has been designed to meet the highest standards in electronic assembly using Electro Static Discharge (ESD) flooring, benches and chairs. The very latest metal cutting machine tools have been installed including a Haas VF2YT CNC Machining Centre fitted with a Haas TR160 Trunnion Table, giving full five axis machining capability, a Haas TL1 CNC Toolroom Lathe and an XYZ 2000 Turret Mill.
A significant investment has also been made in the latest Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM) software from Delcam. This will enable 3D surface milling, 5 axis simultaneous machining and machine simulation.

11 Jan 11. Eurocopter South East Asia (ESEA) today unveiled its new 8,200-square meter Singapore facility, which is a key element for the growth strategy of this Eurocopter regional affiliate in the dynamic South East Asia helicopter marketplace. Located in Singapore’s redeveloped Seletar Aerospace Park, this facility provides a 25 percent increase in office space and a doubling of hangar capacity to support ESEA’s expansion in training services; maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) capabilities; research and development; and design resources.

12 Jan 11. The US Air Force’s satellite command and control system, the Multimission Satellite Operations Center (MMSOC) ground system architecture, has gone operational with the launch of the multipayload experimental space test programme STP-S26 mission, STPSat-2. Lockheed Martin and the US Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center Space
Development and Test Directorate have developed the architecture. Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Services-Defense vice-president for operational systems and services Bob Kramer said the MMSOC eliminated the “single satellite – single ground station” paradigm and enabled the air force to fly multiple constellations of spacecraft with various missions from the single ground station. The US Air Force is deploying a second MMSOC at the 50th Space Wing at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado, US. The satellite is expected to become operational with the launch of the operationally responsive space satellite, ORS-1, early next year. (Source: airforcetechnology.com)

Jan 11. Brunei Darussalam: Estate Development. Soldier (January 2011) includes an article about the £125m Estate Development Programme being funded by the Sultan of Brunei and overseen by experts from the Royal Engineers. The project is set to provide accommodation, education and entertainment facilities for Army personnel and their families. The programme is due to be handed over to Defence Estates to manage by 2020.
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