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Expert news, information and analysis. Get expert technical advice on high quality CNC machining of components for a wide range of industrial sectors. Find out how to ensure improved consistency and lower production costs.

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The artistry of plating

21st Jun 2022

Plating is a common way of finishing machined components, but it is a stage that is very different to machining. Where CNC machining is precision process, plating is an art, and needs careful management of multiple variables. This is why it is important to plan your finishing requirements early on in your design.

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What's the point of reshoring?

19th May 2022

Reshoring is becoming increasingly common. There are lots of benefits to moving your production back to the UK. Take a look at our top four reasons to reshore the manufacture of your precision machined components.

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Help! My quote is just too high!

21st Apr 2022

If you're trying to get a component within a specific budget, consistently getting quotes that are just too high is going to cause you problems. Here are a few tips on how to optimise your design and get your component in budget.

Is your supplier ghosting you?

Is your supplier ghosting you?

17th Mar 2022

It's all too common. At the start of a relationship, everything's rosy. But then you take the next step... And suddenly, you've been ghosted. Not just in love, this can happen in the manufacturing industry too. So, what next?

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Is the cost of your machined components increasing?

17th Feb 2022

If you outsource CNC machining, you are probably seeing component prices rise. For buyers that are focussed on getting best value for money, an environment where prices are rocketing can make your job very hard indeed. 

3 ways to secure your supply chain

3 ways to secure your supply chain

18th Jan 2022

When the economic backdrop is challenging, taking steps to secure your supply chain is one way to feel more in control. Technical Sales Manager Edward Moss shares three top tips for sourcing CNC machined parts. 

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2021 - A Year in Review

14th Dec 2021

2021 has marked a year of change at Penta. From new employees to new locations, our focus for the year has been the same as ever – providing an exemplary service for customers.

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How to beat the material price rises

18th Nov 2021

Engineering raw material prices have rocketed and it’s causing chaos.

Uncertainty over availability means it’s difficult to get quotes for materials, and difficult to get quotes for manufacturing. The timeframe in which a quote remains valid is shortening significantly. We’re feeling the effects, and we know our customers are too.

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5 Ways to Cut Costs When Designing an Electronic Enclosure

19th Oct 2021

Designing an electronic enclosure isn’t always straightforward, and keeping costs down can be crucial for making the end product financially viable. From material choice to surface finish, there are decisions made across the whole manufacturing process where you may be adding unnecessary costs. 

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Are Badly Specified Engineering Tolerances Pushing Up Your Costs?

19th Jul 2021

It can be a tricky balancing act to specify components in industries where there is a need for volume but also for safety, competition is high, or the market is commoditised. Designers and product development teams facing these challenges understand that tolerances must be detailed. And the datum must be precise. If they get any of this wrong, they risk compromising the product’s fit, form and function.

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Specifying The Right Aluminium Grade And Plastic Type For Medical Devices

14th Jun 2021

You love the brushed aluminium finish on your top-of-the-range designer laptop. And you want the same finish for the high-end medical device you’re specifying.

But this may not be as easy as you think. The aluminium grade you want may not be readily available. Or the finishing may require special techniques.

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Has Pre-Production Exposed Your Prototype's Hidden Problems?

17th May 2021

Prototypes are not as easy as you might imagine. You probably had to do a bit of filing and fettling to get your prototype to work. Perhaps a few tweaks to ensure a perfect geometric fit.

But did you update your drawings to reflect those changes? If not, your poor machining company may have been working from outdated and inaccurate drawings.

Our experienced engineers get lots of calls and emails from medical device/component manufacturers who are in this situation. They need help to fix the problem (along with other issues they haven’t discovered yet).

"In our dealings with Penta Precision we have found them to be very committed to our needs, keeping us informed on the progress or our orders." Derek - Purchasing

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