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Month: February 2019

Greatest Engineering Marvels of the Modern Day

Throughout history there have long been many examples of breath taking engineering marvels that simply defy logic. Here at MNB Precision we love marvelous engineering feats and have decided to provide our opinion on the greatest engineering marvels of the modern day.

Greatest Engineering Achievements of the Modern Day

Millau Viaduct

Millau Viaduct
The Millau Viaduct

The Millau Viaduct is a cable bridge that spans the gorge valley of Tarn in southern France. It is the tallest bridge in the world with a height of 343 metres. Designed by English architect Lord Norman Foster and French structural engineer Michel Virlogeux, the bridge is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s most outstanding engineering feats. Winning prestigious awards such as the Outstanding Structure Award, the sheer size and majesty of the viaduct cannot be understated and is a must on our list of engineering achievements.

Palm Islands

Palm Islands are three artificial islands located on the coast of Dubai, UAE. The islands will be known as Palm Jumeirah, Deira Island and Palm Jebel Ali. So far the only located island is Palm Jumeirah. When viewed from the air, Palm Jumeirah resembles the form of a palm tree with a crescent top. The three islands will host a variety of luxury hotels, residential beach side villas, parks, restaurants and shopping malls. Definitely worth a mention in our opinion.

Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam
The Hoover Dam

The Hoover Dam is a concrete dam situated in the Black Canyon on the Colorado River on the border between Nevada and Arizona. The dam was constructed between 1931 and 1936. At the time such a large concrete structure had never been erected and the isolation of its location provided many logistical problems. Built two years ahead of schedule and providing power for facilities in Nevada, Arizona and California, the Hoover Dam provides a major tourist hotspot and is a worthy contender on our list of greatest engineering marvels.

Large Hadron Collider

The Large Hadron Collider is the world’s largest machine and the most powerful particle collider. Built between 1998 and 2008, the construction involved over 100 countries and over 10000 scientists. The tunnel in which it is situated is as deep as 175 metres and is 27 kilometres long. The large Hadron Collider provides scientists with the opportunity to test various theories of particle physics. The sheer size of this machine warrants it being considered an engineering marvel.

Panama Canal

The Panama Canal
The Panama Canal

The Panama Canal is an artificial canal spanning Panama that connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The canal is 40 miles in length when going from shoreline to shoreline. Completed in 1914, the canal was crucial in providing a safer route for sailors; they otherwise would have been obliged to sail around Cape Horn in South America. It both shortened voyages by as much as 8000 nautical miles and also provided a far safer route. The location of the canal provided many problems, not least the fact it was being built through a tropical jungle. Issues such as torrential rains, exhausting heat and humidity and tropical diseases all had to be contended with. Because of this, the Panama Canal is a worthy contender for our greatest engineering feats of the modern day.

The Channel Tunnel

The International Space Station
The International Space Station

The Channel Tunnel is a rail tunnel that links the United Kingdom to Northern France between the English Channel. Reaching depths of 23.5 miles is has the longest undersea portion of any tunnel in the world. This provides the only fixed point between the island of Great Britain and mainland Europe. Construction began in 1988 and was opened to the public in 1994. The Channel Tunnel was a magnificent feat of engineering and is definitely a worthy contender for our list of engineering achievements.

International Space Station

The International Space Station was first launched in 1998 and first hosted long-term residents in 2000. It is effectively an artificial satellite, orbiting the Earth in low orbit. The ISS is the largest human made object in low orbit around the Earth and in some instances can be seen with the naked eye. The fact this satellite allows humans to effectively live in space means it is definitely worth a mention on our list. A fantastic aerospace engineering feat indeed.

Greatest Engineering Marvels

There have been many modern day greatest engineering marvels throughout history and to summarise these into a list of just seven does not do it justice. Above are just a few suggestions but of course there are many, many more feats that could have been considered. When we consider the great many engineers through time the possibilities are endless. If there are any you believe should be included on the list let us know!

Greatest Engineering Marvels

The 10 Greatest Aerospace Engineers Of All Time

Just who are the greatest aerospace engineers of all time? The ability to fly has long been an ambitious quest for mankind. Many centuries have been spent trying to master the art, as such there have been many aerospace engineers with a profound and lasting impact. Here at MNB Precision we have compiled a list of both the greatest engineers and the greatest aerospace engineers. Ranging from the most famous and prominent to some lesser known yet still crucial figures, these are some of the best professionals in the field. Read on to find out more.
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Greatest Aerospace Engineers of All Time

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.

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Greatest Engineers Of All Time

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.
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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.

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Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC)

3 Benefits of Manual Turning

Since the inception of CNC milling, a lot of machining experts and even service providers have tried their best to make the move and make their machining operations more automated. However, there are some that are still holding on to manual turning.

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Benefits of Wire Erosion

Wire erosion which is also known as Electronic Discharge Machining (EDM) is a highly accurate process where a strand of wire is used to cut through the workpiece.  During the process, electrical sparks between the workpiece and the wire are used to cut the workpiece.

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Spark Erosion Explained

When dealing with difficult materials or complex shapes and sizes, spark erosion is one of the most successful forms of machining. There are no cutting forces so the integrity of the material is always maintained.  The process is highly controlled and allows for proper removal of material even on delicate materials.

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What Exactly Does an Aerospace Engineer Do?

An aerospace engineer does whatever his current job requires him to do. During his undergraduate training, an aerospace engineer is trained and given all the fundamentals of all subsystems that are related to rockets, aircraft, spacecraft and rotorcraft. You also receive training on design, testing and some aspects of manufacture.

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MNB Precision is Hiring!

Our Growth and Investment

Here at MNB Precision, we strive to provide our clients with the very best precision engineering services and we are delighted to announce we have embarked on a growth program that will see our turnover double to £20 million within the next 5 years. In order for us to meet this target, we have invested over £500,000 in four new machines.

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