New apprentices join Thomas Keating (September 2013)

Thomas Keating  welcomes Nick Stone and Thierry Chapman to begin their toolmaking apprenticeships. First year training will cover the manufacture of personal equipment using traditional skills to our proven designs dating back to the early 1940's.

Transition Edge Sensors arrive in ancient Rome

In September 2013, QMC Instruments Ltd. exhibited the revolutionary cryogen-free THz bolometer system technology at two major European conferences. From September 1st to 6th we were at IRMMW-THz 2013 in Mainz, Germany, and during following week at the 6th UK/Europe-China workshop on Millimetre Waves and Terahertz Technologies -  UCMMT13. The latter was held in the beautiful setting of the Museo Nazionale Romano - Palazzo Massimo , in Rome. We took this opportunity to create the image shown below which presents an interesting contrast between brand new technology and works of art more than 2000 years old.   

Moore-based ultra-precision 3D machining

The Moore Machine Tool company - over many decades of work  - dedicated themselves to mechanical accuracy. They made many of  the secondary mechanical measurement standards used by National Metrology labs around the world. For their Jig Grinders - essentially 2D machines -  they went to significant lengths to generate X,Y,Z axis orthogonality and lead screw precision. Many of our Jig Grinders are 30 Years old - normally you would expect such machine tools would be worn out, but given the forces-less process of jig grinding, the machine's casting are now fully stabilised, and no wear can be detected. The Moore 8400 machine imaged below was fully rebuilt for us in 2012 by 2 SQ b...
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DNP for the US Magnet Lab

Thomas Keating Ltd has won a 150 K USD order to provide the US National High Magnetic Field laboratory with a 395 GHz Quasi-Optic transmission line for a new Dynamic Nuclear Polarization instrument they are building. Our job is to couple efficiently power from a gyrotron to the sample buried deep inside a high homogeneity superconducting magnet. The use of DNP to enhance NMR spectrometer sensitivity is generating great excitement in the structural biology community.    Our subsystem will use Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-nosho...
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Student Outreach 2013

Thomas Keating is stepping 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. Annabelle Nye, who is an undergraduate reading Physics at Birmingham, is spending a month with us developing a PID based heating system to hold samples at high temperatures in one of our Quasi-optical bench. Our customer is the Fraunhofer Institut Zuverlässigkeit & Mikrointegration - IZM Abt. Systemdesign & -integration in Berlin, and we are hoping that she will be able to visit them to demonstrate her work when we deliver our hardware in the autumn.   Charlie Braham is seen here add...
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New Electroforming Manager (May 2013)

Simon Croucher joins Thomas Keating as Electro-forming Manager to oversee the expansion of our electro-forming business. Simon’s experience covers many years in the electro-plating industry and with working along side our highly skilled toolmaking section, Thomas Keating can offer highly complex electro-formed parts for the defence, scientific and  space industries.