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Fine Tubes partners with Plymouth University

Published: Friday, 04 March 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

Fine Tubes is partnering with Plymouth Electron Microscopy Centre (PEMC) at Plymouth University to investigate new ways of producing aerospace components.

The precision engineering company manufactures high precision metal tubes that are used all over the world in critical applications for industries including aerospace, oil and gas, power generation and medical devices.

The latest move could potentially create a wealth of opportunities for graduates from engineering and related backgrounds, while also strengthening links with Plymouth University.

Its titanium alloy tubes are mainly used in the hydraulic systems of aircraft, where they need to withstand extreme pressure and high temperature. They also have the unique capability to manufacture both seamless and welded tubes, in a wide range of stainless steel, nickel, titanium and zirconium alloys.

What does the partnership mean?

Fine Tubes has been collaborating with Plymouth University for a long time, using its electron microscopy facilities for testing and fault finding. 

The centre has enabled Fine Tubes to understand the processes in detail and has helped with writing conference papers which are presented at an international level. This has also helped to maintain the company’s strategy to achieve technological leadership in the production of precision tubing for advanced applications.

The partnership could allow the company to change their manufacturing processes by benchmarking their product, which could have a massive impact on their standing in the international market.

The Plymouth based company will investigate different samples of the material more closely, working with PEMC's cutting-edge facilities and experienced team.

Fine Tubes – established in 1943 – has also just been awarded a contract by leading airframe manufacturer, Airbus, in which they will manufacture the tubing and ship it to Airbus sub-contractors worldwide.

Growth for Plymouth University

Established over 30 years ago, PEMC was recently transformed as part of a £1.3million project, funded by the University, JEOL (UK) Ltd and a £579,960 grant from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), which gave local businesses free access to its state-of-the-art facilities.

PEMC is continually upgrading its facilities to ensure it is the first port of call for any South West business requiring comprehensive materials analysis and characterisation and image processing using advanced analytical electron microscopy.

Through GAIN (the Growth Acceleration and Investment Network), Fine Tubes accessed an advanced electron microscopy technique to support their research and development. GAIN is enabling Plymouth University to work with partners across the South West to help businesses achieve their growth potential.

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