Spotlight on the Engineering Department

Spotlight on the Engineering Department

During 2015 the Gedore Torque Engineering Department underwent various changes and considerable expansion, and we would like to keep you up to date with what the team are working on in 2016.

Head of the department is Peter Shafe, a mechanical and astronautical engineer, and the rest of the team comprises mechanical engineers Matthew Conacher and Kilian Fiveash who, like Peter, both joined last year, design engineer Adam Gilham, who is the longest-serving team member, production engineer Luke Dealhoy and prototype toolmaker Robert Dillon. The photo shows Luke and Peter on the factory floor.

The department has two main areas of work, R&D and general activities. The main focus of the R&D activities is bringing new products to market. The general activities include creating, updating and managing the engineering drawings, designing and adapting the tooling and jigs for production and assembly, conducting investigative work to improve the manufacturing process, and, finally, equally important domestic matters such as site plans for fire assessments.

There are currently a number of exciting projects under way in the development of new products. Later this year Gedore Torque will be bringing out the Capture Hub, a torque tester for calibrating and checking power tools, either in production or in assembly areas. This is a sister product to the popular Capture system torque analyser, and can also be used with the Capture Manager software. Offered alongside the torque tester will be a range of run-down fixtures. We expect a high demand for these new products once the final fine tuning has been completed, so keep an eye on our website for the launch date!

The team will also be expanding the range of our Capture Sensors for applications which require calibration in-house, or for use in a calibration laboratory. Currently a prototype of 0.1 - 1 Nm is being tested. The whole digital family of Gedore Torque products will be expanded eventually, with the team looking at digital displays for wrenches and screwdrivers in the quality and maintenance sectors.

In addition to these projects, there is a redesign under way for our TSC and TSP range of torque wrenches; we are looking to improve the aesthetics and performance of the tools and introduce a more streamlined look, whilst retaining their unique capabilities and quality.

On any particular day, the team will be dealing with a mixture of design work, brainstorming, troubleshooting and testing on both new and current products, engineering admin such as department workload and queries on new materials, dealing with specific customer and supplier questions, and spending time on the factory floor or in the R&D lab.

Department head Peter Shafe joined what was then Torqueleader in September 2015. He has had a hectic start with work on the rebranding as Gedore Torque Ltd taking up a good deal of time, and has also particularly enjoyed working on the Capture hub with its integration of electronics and software. He has been delighted to see the team double in size, reflecting the firm's commitment to the research and development of new products.

As a result, preliminary costing of fourteen new customer-driven product ideas is currently taking place. Peter says "our tech-savvy customers want digital scales and readouts on their wrenches and screwdrivers, and more expansion to higher torque ranges. Customers are looking to to able to integrate their tools into their own quality inspection systems."

Gedore Torque Ltd is committed to providing tools which meet our customers' individual and specific needs, so watch this space for some exciting new products from the Engineering Department throughout 2016.

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