Our Facility

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In 2003, we purchased and moved into a purpose-built 4,000m2 facility in Manchester, UK. This facility is split into different glassblowing processes in order to streamline our work flow:
  • Good in/out & stores
  • Cold-working & machine zone
  • Acid rinse area
  • Dedicated drying room
  • Laser cutting station
  • Hot-working lathe and bench room with dedicated extraction
  • Annealing ovens
  • Inspection room
  • Dedicated packing area
  • Mezzanine floor for in-house tool machining and additional storage

We specialise in the hot-working processes such as precision bench welding, joining of plates, and small, medium, and large lathe working (up to Ø400mm). Our laser cutter is a key part of our production process, and many of our methods are developed in order to make best use of this piece of equipment. We have a shot-blasting chamber in order to offer parts with either a shot-blasted or clear finish. Finally, at the end of the line, our high end inspection equipment enables us to measure parts down to accuracies of 0.005mm.

Despite the high level of gas and energy consumption that come hand-in-hand with any glassblowing activity, we continuously strive to reduce our carbon footprint. One example of this is the large investment we’ve made to install 176 Kyocera 245 W solar panels on the roof of our facility, giving us a total power rating of 43.12 kW. As well as making us more self-sufficient on our electricity requirements and lowering our energy overheads, this also gives us the opportunity to explore the possibility of generating our own H2/O2 gases using electrolysis. This remains a long-term vision for our facility.

 

 

Christmas Shut Down 2015

We would like to wish you all a happy Christmas and New Year from the crew at Enterprise Q. We will be closed from 12:00 noon on 23rd Dec until 7:30 am on Monday 4th January 2016. Last shipment date 18th December,…

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Enterprise Q participates at Semicon Europe 2014 – stand 342

This year Semicon Europe 2014 will be held in Grenoble, France. As Dan (our MD) is a native French speaker, it seemed natural for us to attend and exhibit a selection of our semiconductor products with a stand at this…

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New website launched!

We have finally launched our new website (better late than never). Have a look around and see if you can spot the deliberate mistakes! The staff photos are especially fun… Group photo Individual photos We have also spent a fair…

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Christmas shutdown times.

As you will have seen from our November newsletter, our facility will be closed from 12:00 today (23rd Dec) until 7:30 am on Thursday 2nd January 2014. We will be operating an emergency call-out service during this period. Please call…

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In the spotlight: Jayne Coulter.

Jayne is our Customer Service Manager and started her career with Enterprise Q in 1999. Together with Paul (our Production Manager), she is our longest serving employee. When at work, Jayne splits her time between running the office, overseeing regular…

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Enterprise Q voted as one of the top 10 NMI suppliers.

A few weeks ago, the NMI (National Microelectronics Industry) manufacturing group conducted a survey to identify the top suppliers to their industry. Four questions were posed to purchasing professionals and engineers in relation to: •             Flexibility and responsiveness •             Quality…

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Enterprise Q photoshoot.

In preparation for the launch of our new website in the New Year, we held a photoshoot of all staff members and a variety of our regular products. See below for a sample preview of our favourites.

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In The Spotlight: Paul Rathmill.

Paul is our Production Manager and started his career in the Quartz business as an apprentice glassblower with Westdeutsche Quarzschmelze (WQS) in Warrington way back in 1985. Paul is one of our master glassblowers, and splits his time between overseeing…

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