New apprentices join Thomas Keating (September 2014)

Thomas Keating welcomes Josh Martin to begin his toolmaking apprenticeship. First year training will cover the manufacture of personal equipment using traditional skills to our proven designs dating back to the early 1940's.

Student Outreach 2014

In 2013 Thomas Keating stepped up its efforts to provide students who have Physics and Engineering in their sights  - both at school and at university -  with an experience of industrial life.  We have continued this into 2014. Vicky Whiting is an Engineering undergraduate at the University of Bath and joined TK for a month in summer 2014.  She worked on a range of projects, including: a study of the uses of a new 3D printer at TK designing a new support for the electronics boards used in the Support Units in the Pro/Engineer CAD package and printed them printing a model of an upgrade to a quasi-optical in-vessel plasma diagnostics for the Joint European Taurus (JET) desi...
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400 GHz Gyrotron Quasi-Optics for DNP

TK has delivered and installed a Quasi-Optics (QO) sub-system to link a Bruker/CPI 400 GHz 40 W gyrotron to two separate DNP probes at the US National High Magnetic Field Lab in Tallahassee. Working with NHMFL colleagues Steve Hill and Thierry Dubroca, the QO sub-system takes the output of the gyrotron and routes the energy to an NMR Probe.  On the way, the Quasi Optics circuit cleans up up the polarization, switches an in-and-out dump, using a fast actuator, allowing variable average power with changing mark/space ratios, attenuates the beam using a three grid system, using scaleless cone technology to absorb the power switches the power between two DNP magnets, provide power monitorin...
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Altitude co-operation with VDI

Over many years Thomas Keating has collaborated with Virginia Diode Inc - with TK providing Quasi-Optics and VDI source chains. Many of these combinations are found on ESR and DNP system operating around the world at frequencies above 100 GHz. Our colleagues Tom Crowe and Steve Jones organized a walk to see the top of Mount Rainier, on an trip run by Rainier Mountain Inc . TK's MD Richard Wylde and his brother-in-law William Wilcock were lucky enough to join the expedition. We took the nominally easy Disappointment Cleaver route.....   Climbing to the summit on the summer Solstice, we were very fortunate with the weather and, with Tom and Steve help, unfurled the TK Queen's Award flag a...
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CATR in Beijing

The CATR - a joint project between QMUL, BUPT and Thomas Keating -  has now been installed in the BUPT Lab in Beijing.  With operation designed to work all the way up to 500 GHz, using precision TK machined aspheric optics, good results (we understand) are flowing in.     The main 1 Metre diameter dish has an RMS accuracy - as displayed in this Mathematica analysis -  of 3.5uM.   In particular, the use of the TK design an manufactured Ultra-gaussian horns will define the beam in the system more precisely than previous generations of CATR's. There is a remarkable fit between the CORRUG mode matching prediction, and the measured result, kindly provided by QMUL The...
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New Jig Grinding Manager (September 2013)

Andy Bagley has taken over the position of Jig Grinding Manager alongside that of Sink Erosion Manager which he has held for the past 15 years. Andy has been with Thomas Keating since 1979, joining as an apprentice and then served time as a toolmaker.