Our Design Work
We are hands on and involved. Work can be taken on as a design brief or clients can be intimately involved in the process.

Remote Control De-mining

This client needed de-mining equipment which could be operated remotely from a safe distance. We produced an armoured skid steer complete with cameras and an assortment of clip on tools – a flail to detonate anti-personnel mines, grass cutter and brush cutter to clear back vegetation and a front bucket to move rubble etc. Commissioned in Kosovo.

VIEW IMAGE GALLERY

Golf Club Head

The need was for a new putter head to be incorporated into a training system offered by a highly sophisticated manufacturer of clubs. Together with the client we developed a weight adjusted head with a following cup designed to send a second golf ball along the line of swing (as opposed to the strike angle). We are still unsure as to who was providing the most training!

VIEW IMAGE GALLERY

Thermostatic Valve

The client had an idea which improved combination boiler efficiency by holding back the hot water flow until a desired temperature was reached. Once the water is hot enough the valve releases at full flow. Fitted to a domestic water heater this unit makes appreciable savings on fuel and water bills. Now available through water board distribution.

VIEW IMAGE GALLERY

 

Shot blasting around a corner

Shot blasting is usually required in a straight line. There is an occasional need for blasting at an angle of up to 90 degrees. We supplied conventional solutions and two unique responses – a curved carbide nozzle and a 90 degree unit. Originally developed with A US client/partner.

VIEW IMAGE GALLERY

Graphite Block Lifter

The client was tasked to remove graphite blocks from a “nest” in a radioactive environment so needed a quick (time limited) and easy to use system. The answer was a three screw system which drilled into and captured the blocks ready for lifting. Once raised, transported and lowered into a receiving basket the motor is reversed to unscrew and drop the block. 

VIEW IMAGE GALLERY

Grabs and Lifters

As part of a project to strip out a Nuclear Facility we designed and supplied Grabs to lift waste from the bottom of a container and to seize and lift plate sections. The emphasis was on simplicity and survivability in a difficult environment.

VIEW IMAGE GALLERY

 

Automated Drilling

The client had an area accessible only by an overhead crane where they needed to lift out steel plates held down by bolts which had seized. The answer was a remote drilling system (worked with an umbilical control cable) which was swung into position and clamped magnetically. Once located the system was used to automatically drill off the bolt and free the cover plate.

VIEW IMAGE GALLERY

Vibration Proof Fastener

The failure of assemblies through vibration is a continual problem in a huge number of areas. Unalock proved to be a perfect answer. The compression ring clamps the nut threads to the bolt to lock the closure. 

VIEW IMAGE GALLERY

Train Wheel Balancing Machine

Train wheels are solid steel. To balance them it has been common practice to attach balancing by bolting. This creates a possible safety issue as drilling into the wheel can cause cracking. We designed and manufactured a lightweight machining head which clamped to any wheel and removed a small amount of material to “balance” it. This was one of a series of projects to improve production performance in a train manufacturing company.

VIEW IMAGE GALLERY