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Example of our surface grinding abilities

Surface grinding at Thomas Keating: polarising grid frames Thomas Keating  have been at the forefront of surface grinding excellence since our beginnings in 1940. This continues to this day, with our large surface grinding capacity of 800mm x 400mm, servicing the injection mould tool manufacturing sector as well as the grinding of batch parts and the grinding of exotic materials for the space and  scientific instruments industries. The following video shows the use of ancillary work holding equipment for the grinding of an Invar grid frame aspart of the manufacture of a polarising grid.                 ...
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TK welcomes new apprentice

Thomas Keating Ltd welcomes Reece Clements to begin his toolmaking apprenticeship. 'An apprentice's first year's training, which  uses a training structure that has been in place since 1940 in the manufacture of personal equipment, really does allow that apprentice to appreciate the skills needed when using hand tools through to operating machinery.  'With that comes personal pride in seeing what they have achieved' says Training Supervisor Dave Cox. TK strongly believes in the continuation of strengthening its personnel skill base for the future. 'We are always planning ahead so we are able to recruit an apprentice year on year' says Toolmaking Manager, Simon Duke. ...
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Mie notches seen in small raindrops for the first time by the GRaCE radar

The GRaCE Radar - with TK designed Quasi-Optical circulator and high gain antenna  - has observed Mie notches at a frequency associated with small raindrops for the first time - a world first: Chilboton from the air - GRace is sitting on the Red Star GRaCE - G-band Radar for Cloud Evaluation - is a development of a 200 GHz Monostatic, pulsed, doppler, zenith looking, solid state radar by consortium of  the UK's Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, St.Andrews and Leicester Universities as well as commercial partner TK, funded by the UK's Centre for Earth Observation Instrumentation. The GrACE radar has given this Doppler spectrum - taken during a rainstorm by the Chilbolton-based radar i...
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NASA/MIT TROPICS "Pathfinder" radiometer cubesat images Hurricane Ida

We are delighted that the NASA/MIT TROPICS pathfinder cubesat - launched on the 30th June into a polar orbit by SpaceX's Transporter 2 - is operating well, and giving useful mm-wave images of the whole globe - three examples of which  (at 92, 116 and 205 GHz) are below: Thomas Keating had the privilege of designing and making the antenna. There are a full details on NASA's www site here, with more technical details here - showing the progress of Ida ... and an explanatory video here (Thanks to NASA for the images)


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Calibration Targets for ICI ships to AIRBUS in Madrid

The TK team which has designed, built and tested the On Board Calibration Target (OBCT) for EUMETSAT's Ice Cloud Imager mission (ICI) assembled to wave goodbye to the last three target as they departs for our customer AIRBUS in Spain.... viz FM2, FM3 and the Flight Spare. Built to provide hot radiometric calibration from 183 to 660 GHz, all three Targets have been calibrated to a few tens of mK precision in our TVAC facilities.   From left to right: Nigel Richardson,  Andy Bagley, Marie Parsons, Georg Sebek, Trevor Walker, Kevin Pike (Project Manager) , Josh Martin, Frank Jennings, Stuart Froud and Richard Wylde Missing from the picture are Jorge Fenandez de Toro Espejel, Graham Ba...
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