Precision Engineers MNB
Accurate Machining Services
Established over 35 years ago, MNB Precision provides manufacturing and precision engineering services to the world’s leading companies across the Oil & Gas, Power Generation, Aerospace, Rail and other manufacturing industries that may require precision engineers.
We specialise in precision engineering, offering a broad range of in-house capabilities with a commitment to excellence in quality. Our Coventry based, 36,000 ft2 factory, provides services including:
- CNC Turning
- CNC Milling
- Jig Boring
- Spark Erosion
- Wire Erosion
- Manual Milling
- Manual Turning
- CMM Inspection
- CAD CAM
- Shot Peening
- Nuclear Engineering
- Aerospace Engineering
In-house capabilities are supplemented with a robust and controlled supply chain, enabling us to offer an efficient turnkey solution to customers. We can provide an initial designing process if it is required and we carry this out efficiently to ensure that no time is wasted.
The 10 Greatest Engineers Of All Time
Throughout the history of mankind there have been many pioneers of engineering. Without a great many of these inventions life today as we know it would certainly be rather different. Here at MNB Precision we have tried to compile a list of the greatest engineers of all time in our humble opinion. You may not completely agree with our choices but they will give you some food for thought.
Greatest Engineers Of All Time
We start off with the famous Greek legend Archimedes. As a mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor and astronomer he was an extremely talented person. He is considered by many as the greatest mathematician of all time. A range of theorems have been attributed to him including how to figure the area of a circle and the volume of a sphere. He also designed a great many machines including screw pumps, pulley systems and defensive war machines to protect his home island of Syracuse. Definitely an engineering legend in our eyes.
Leonardo da Vinci
Another engineering legend on our list has to be that of Leonardo da Vinci. Like Archimedes before him he had a great interest in many things including inventing, painting, sculpting, architecture, mathematics and engineering amongst others. Considered by many as the greatest painter of all time he is also legendary in his inventiveness. Widely credited with the invention of the parachute, helicopter and tank he epitomised the Renaissance era of invention and imagination.
Isembard Kingdom Brunel
Considered by some as one of the most prolific figures in engineering history, Isembard Kingdom Brunel has created quite a legacy. Brunel is responsible for numerous dockyards, steamships, bridges, tunnels and the Great Western Railway. Public transport as we know it was revolutionised by Brunel. His contribution to engineering is profound.
Referred to by some as the ‘father of railways’, George Stephenson certainly left an impression. He was a civil and mechanical engineer and pioneer of rail transport. This led to huge technological advances in the 19th century and was crucial in the Industrial Revolution. Coupled with his founding of the minors safety lamp he left a long and lasting impression upon British society as we know it today.
A pioneer of the Industrial Revolution, James Watt improved upon the idea of steam engines and created the Watt steam engine. Believed to always have had an avid interest in the power of steam his contribution to society as we know it cannot be underestimated. He also came up with the concepts of horsepower and the unit of power ‘watt’ was named after him.
Founder of the Ford Motor Company and sponsoring the creation of modern assembly lines allowing mass production, Henry Ford revolutionised factory production. Henry Ford allowed automobiles to be affordable to American citizens. This was through his use of factory production lines and the rest as they say is history. Although not the inventor of automobiles his pioneering work left a long lasting and profound impression on society even to this day.
Considered by many as the greatest inventor America has produced. Boasting over 1000 patents to his name it is easy to see why many considered him a truly great engineer. A great many of his inventions also had a large impact upon the modern industrialised world. Inventing things such as the phonograph, motion picture camera and light bulb it is clear to see the impact Thomas Edison had upon the modern world.
Alexander Graham Bell
Bell is credited with inventing and patenting the world’s first practical phone. Due to deafness in his family he always had an interest in hearing and speech issues. There is also a range of other inventions that can be attributed to Alexander Graham Bell including optical telecommunications, hydrofoils and aeronautics. Imagine a world in which the phone doesn’t exist…
Highly influential in the development of theoretical computer science, Alan Turing is widely believed to be responsible for the creation of the world’s first computer. In developing the Enigma machine, a machine used during the Second World War to crack German ciphers, it is believed he shortened the war by up to two years and saved over 14 million lives. He is widely considered to be the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence. A true pioneer and legend indeed.
The Wright Brothers
Although not strictly a single engineer we found it impossible to leave out the Wright Brothers. They are largely credited with inventing, building and flying the world’s first working airplane. They were not the first to build experimental aircraft but were the first to build a working model. In our opinion very worthy of being on the list of the greatest engineers of all time.
So there you have it, our list of the greatest engineers of all time. There are a great deal more we could have added to the list but unfortunately we only have room for the top ten! Throughout history there has been many contributions to engineering as we know it. Here at MNB Precision we provide manufacturing and precision engineering services to many sector leading companies. Get in contact today to see what we can do for you.
A History of UK Engineering
Even though the field of engineering is much appreciated, it is equally overlooked especially considering that it is to thank for some of the greatest achievements in the history of the UK. Engineering has not always been what we know of it today and has come a long way. Here is a quick walk down memory lane to have a look at the history of engineering and what its earliest forms were like.
Earliest Examples and Etymology
The concept of engineering has been in existence for a long time. Today, engineering is best described as the application of mechanical solutions and skills to build things and solve different problems, and the same description can be used in the ancient world.
One of the best examples of engineering in the ancient times was the use of levers which is also one of the earliest forms of engineering. The wheel and its many uses is also another perfect example of engineering from the ancient times. While during the earliest inventions the term engineering had not yet been coined, the term itself has its roots dating back to the year 1325.
The first definition of the term was simply a person who operates an engine. During those days, the term ‘engine’ largely referred to military machines, and in most instances, these included a siege engine, a catapult or a trebuchet.
Formal and Organised History of UK Engineering
narrow and shallow definition that engineering had in its earlier days, it has come a long way with numerous achievements and has become broadly used and practised. By the 19th century and in particular the Victorian times, engineering was one of the most exceptional fields with tremendous achievements.
Because of its impact around this era, engineering started becoming better organized and professional with the Institution for Civil Engineers being the first established professional engineering organization and was established in 1818.
There are several other institutions that quickly followed suit to continue with the professionalising of engineering and also in a bid to maintain the high standards in the UK. Through this framework, the field of engineering and some of the greatest engineers in the history of the UK were able to flourish.
The Greatest Engineers in the UK
The UK is not short of great men who excelled in the field of engineering, and a quick roundup of the history of engineering would not be complete without the honourable mention of some of the greatest minds in engineering.
Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Brunel was born in 1806 and is easily one of the most popular engineers in the UK in his time. He was the mind behind great creations of his era like the Great Western Railway and also the Clifton Suspension Bridge.
Stephenson and Brunel were born around the same time and was the son of George who had played a significant role in the building of railways. Stephenson went on to make a name for himself as one of the greatest engineers of his time because of his contribution to the locomotive design and railway development.
While the former two built their reputation in the 19th century, Barnes contributions were in the 20th century. He is credited for building the bouncing bomb which played a critical role in WWII and is also the inspiration behind the Hollywood film ‘The Dambusters.’
CNC Milling Vs. Manual Milling
Different fields in the manufacturing industry rely heavily on machining. Whether you are considering starting a machining business or looking to have components for your next project produced, you need to decide whether you are going for CNC machining or manual machining.
Even though CNC milling has eclipsed manual milling with better technology and broader applications, manual machining still holds an important place in the world of machining. Both types of machining can be used in different applications in different fields like construction, dental, aerospace, medical, metal work, automotive, agriculture among others.