High-Quality Content Written for the Discerning Design Engineer

Understanding the importance of answering commonly asked industry questions regarding gas springs and dampers, we have teamed up with numerous publications across engineering and manufacturing to provide high-quality content to the discerning design engineer.

This continuing our mission to be more than just a manufacturer of gas springs and dampers.

Often finding the same questions regarding gas springs, dampers and motion control solutions being asked, we have teamed up with leading publications to put our content answering these questions in front of design engineers world-wide.

To begin with, we have compiled four whitepapers. The first of these whitepapers has been written as a guide to understanding the basics of gas spring application; providing the reader a basic understanding of the workings and terminology used when specifying gas springs and dampers. This whitepaper also describes the differences orientation and damping expected dependent on the mounting position chosen.

The following three whitepapers have been written by engineers, for engineers. These technical whitepapers include a two-part technical overview, discussing ‘forces’, ‘effect of rod diameter’, ‘effect of rod insertion’ and ‘effects and limits of temperature on gas springs’ – with the second of the technical overviews covering ‘damping’, ‘metering and extension speeds’, ‘friction and P1 – P4 charts’, ‘force and force ratios’ and ‘oil levels’.

Following on from our technical overview guides, Technical Director Matt Warne has provided an in-depth technical whitepaper on gas spring mounting. This whitepaper covers a wide variety of areas including ‘handling forces’, ‘mounting positions and gas spring sizing’, ‘mounting orientations’, ‘mounting – crossover, self-rise and self-close’, ‘mounting – practical application’ and ‘mounting – dampers’.

If you would like to offer any feedback on our content or have any questions you feel need answering around gas spring, dampers and motion control, please email support@camloc.com. Any feedback or content ideas are greatly appreciated.

You can access and download our whitepapers here Technical Support.

Investment in a Second CNC Lathe to Further Enhance Production and New Product Development Capabilities

We continue our mission for growth, with further investment in a second CNC Lathe machine to increase production capability and flexibility.

The DMG MORI Sprint 32|8 is similar to the Lathe machine which arrived in September 2017.

Priding ourselves on our capability to design and manufacture bespoke gas springs and dampers to meet exacting requirements of our customers, the new machine enables improved flexibility to fulfil this mission.

The new lathe arrived on 7th January, 2019, becoming fully operational and going into action on 16th January, 2019.This being yet another major advancement within our business, to ensure we remain at the forefront of our industry.

“Following the proven success of the first CNC Lathe, we decided to bring forward the investment in the second” explains Technical Director, Matt Warne.

“Having access to a second lathe has enabled us to bring forward new product development, plus improve our flexibility to tailor customer specific solutions. Reducing specialist component lead-times means we are better able to meet customer needs with this being another step forward in adapting solutions to meet customer requirements” added Matt.

Marking the End of the WW1 Centenary

Understanding the importance of remembering those who served, sacrificed and changed our world, this year we hosted a raffle to mark a century since the end of WW1.

The Poppy Appeal is the Royal British Legion’s largest fundraising campaign, held each year in November, deemed the ‘period of remembrance’. This year (2018) being a notable one, as it marked 100 years since the end of WW1.

The Royal British Legion provides vital support for the Armed Services Community, from supporting veterans in emergency situations or those who may have fallen in debt, to providing well-deserved breaks for service families.

This year our Executive PA decided to mark the momentous occasion, we would do more than providing a collection box; instead opting for organising a raffle on top, with all proceeds going to the Poppy Appeal.

“A few employees kindly donated prizes, and tickets were sold to the workforces of both Camloc Motion Control Ltd and National Windscreens (who share our building)” Di stated.

“I am very pleased to let you know we have received official notification that we raised the magnificent sum of £151.06 for the 2018 Poppy Appeal. A wonderful effort – thanks once again to everyone who participated and donated.” Di went on to say.

We mark a special milestone for Production Operator Kay as she celebrates 15 years with Camloc!

Fifteen years is a long time when thinking about employment and it’s very rare in the modern day for any employee to remain with a business for such a sustained period of time.

Our Production Operator Kay moved to the UK when she was only eight years old, with little grasp of the English language. After finishing school, she went on to fulfill numerous roles before taking on the role of Production Operator at Camloc. We recently caught up with her to see how things have changed and what her highlights have been during her 15 years with Camloc Motion Control.

What experience did you have prior to joining Camloc?

After leaving school, I opted against going to university or college and decided to get a job in order to provide a steady income for my family. For a while I worked at a shoe manufacturers before becoming a carer in a local care home. I quickly discovered how tough it is mentally to work in that environment and decided that it just wasn’t for me. One of the men I cared for had holes in his shoes so I took it upon myself to get in touch with the shoe company and get him a brand new pair. He was very happy and said to me that he’d never owned new shoes before!

I then took time away from work to have my daughter. I was a stay-at-home mum for a couple of years before signing up with a recruitment agency to get back into employment.

What first attracted you to Camloc?

Whilst with the agency, most of the companies I worked for offered me a job but because I didn’t have a car, they weren’t easy to access. Camloc was much easier to commute to and the hours worked around my children. I joined Camloc as a temp and stayed for three years. After a brief spell away, I was then offered a full-time job at Camloc within the build team. I prefer being involved in the build of the gas springs, so the job specification definitely attracted me back.

What has changed since joining Camloc 15 years ago?

A lot has changed. New machinery, changes to the factory and we now design and manufacture a wider range of gas springs. I was saying just the other day that often we won’t work on one type of gas spring for a while and then a week later, we receive a large order for them – typical!

When I first joined the company, we regularly received substantial orders for pistons to go into game machines but now, the work is far more varied. I prefer the variety though because it means that every day is different.

What do you enjoy most about working at Camloc?

I love that we all get on and the team feels like an extended family – it makes life a lot easier. Everyone help out with jobs such as getting the oil filled properly and because of the brilliant team ethic, it ensures that orders are fulfilled on time.

One example of this is when the line one machine broke down. We struggled without it but we still managed to fulfill orders on time by pulling together as a team. You don’t see that togetherness at a lot of other companies.

Why have you stayed with Camloc for 15 years?

I love what I do and the people I work with! All of this has resulted in me becoming very settled and comfortable here. If I didn’t feel comfortable then I wouldn’t be here 15 years later.

I said to my daughter recently “I’ve done 15 years and look I have a certificate”. Her response was “well done mum, you can do another 15 years now!” (laughs).

On behalf of everyone at Camloc Motion Control, we would like to extend a sincere thank you to Kay for her 15 years of service. We look forward to having her with us for another 15 years!

 

We’ve added to our expert team with the appointment of Distribution Channel Sales Manager, Richard Parker

We have recently expanded our team with the appointment of Distribution Channel Sales Manager, Richard Parker.

With over eight-years experience in commercial and construction sales recruitment on a regional and national level and a further six years in external territory-based sales – Richard brings a wealth of experience in account development and new business generation to the role.

After four years with RS Components, Richard has joined our Sales Team and will be reporting to company Director Andy Hubbard – who was very impressed by Richard at interview stage.

“Richard comes equipped with a wealth of transferable skills and experience that he will be able to put to good effect at Camloc in order to benefit our customers and our business growth,” said Andy.

Day-to-day responsibilities for Richard include the strategic identification of potential new markets, searching for appropriate distribution partners and value-added resellers, as well as contract negotiation and management. His new role also requires him to source new potential end-user clients to add to Camloc’s strong portfolio of customers.

Richard has been impressed with our internal processes and procedures and has praised the company’s strong values for quality and good customer service which sit at the heart of everything we do.

“Camloc has a very customer-centric approach and holds a respected reputation for manufacturing high-quality products – while continually supporting its staff and constantly meeting customer demand,” said Richard.

“This position is a great opportunity for me to gain an in-depth understanding of Camloc’s products and its markets and play an active role in significantly growing the company’s distribution channels. I have enjoyed the hands-on training provided and there is a great team spirit across all of the departments. I look forward to tackling the challenges ahead in order to take the company to the next level.”

To find out more about Camloc Motion Control, visit www.camloc.com

A thank you from LOROS following five years of donations from Camloc!

Charity remains a primary focus for us here at Camloc, as we continue to support LOROS with their donation station initiative.

LOROS faces the momentous challenge each year of raising a minimum of £7.7 million, to ensure they can continue to provide free, high-quality care tailored to the needs of each individual patient. A large percentage of this is reliant on support from local communities.

We first partnered with LOROS in 2013 by getting on board with their donation station initiative, with this currently being housed in the canteen.

Since partnering, we have encouraged all employees of Camloc to get involved by donating any of their unwanted goods. Each bag is worth £25 on average; this offers the potential for an hour of patient care, an aromatherapy reflexology or massage session, or collection of two patients from home for day therapy.

“I would like to thank everybody who has, and who continues to take part in the LOROS donation station initiative” remarks Financial Director, Julie Barker.

“Having raised £1,100 over the last year is a fantastic effort, which will provide ample care for those who need it. LOROS continues to do fantastic things and we shall continue to proudly support them” Julie states.

 

Screen Shot 2018 11 22 at 09.40.51 300x222 - A thank you from LOROS following five years of donations from Camloc!

The race is on for three Camloc employees taking part in a 52-mile ultra-marathon!

For some people, the standard 26-mile marathon would be more than enough of a challenge. But for three of our employees, that number isn’t quite hitting the mark!

Race To The Tower is a 52-mile ultra-marathon along the Cotswold Way starting near Stroud in Gloucestershire and finishing at Broadway Tower in Worcestershire – taking place on the 9th and 10th June 2018.

Northern Area Sales Engineer, Michael Cook was the first, out of the team, to sign up for the event and encouraged his colleagues to endure the race with him – “I was excited by the challenge for my personal achievement as it is nowhere near anything I have ever done before, ” says Michael.

“It is great to complete the race as a team and I am confident that we will all support each other through it!” he adds.

Joining Michael in the 52 miles across two days is former Camloc employee Tracy Ayres. However, going the extra mile, are Camloc Directors Matt Warne and Julie Barker – who are completing the full 52 miles non-stop, in a single 13-hour stint.

Matt and Julie are both revved up for the event, and keen to raise as much money as possible – “Both myself and Julie are extremely competitive and lack the ability to say ‘no’ to a challenge – hence why we are putting ourselves through 52 miles in 13-hours!,” explains Matt.

“I imagine it will feel like the longest 13 hours of our lives – but it is for two fantastic causes, so I am sure there will be enough motivation for us to keep going!”.

The chosen charities are LOROS Hospice and Georgie’s Gift. LOROS provides free, high-quality, compassionate care and support to terminally ill adult patients, their families and carers – while Georgie’s raises awareness of the signs and symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia.

“This event is allegedly one of the toughest ultra-marathons you can do, so we really feel it is a challenge worthy of people’s donations. Our chosen charities are two very worthy causes and it would be amazing to make a significant donation to both of them,” says Julie.

“I can speak for all of us when I say that any donations made will be very much appreciated and we thank everyone in advance for any contributions made – no matter how big or small.” adds Julie.

From all of us at Camloc, we wish the guys the very best of luck and we will provide an update on how they get on after the event! To make a donation in support, please follow the link here> https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/camloc-ultra

For more information about LOROS and Georgie’s Gift, please visit https://www.loros.co.uk/ and http://georgiesgift.org/.

We’re excited to continue our partnership with Leicester College in 2018 as part of its ‘Industrial Cadets’ programme

Following a successful partnership in 2017, we have recently agreed to once again nurture future industry talent through our exciting work supporting Leicester College’s Industrial Cadets scheme.

The programme offers experience to young people taking part in the nationally-recognised programme which forms part of the Prince’s Trust’s Engineering Education Trust – set up by the Prince of Wales. It allows students nationwide to benefit from work experience across the in-demand skill areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Through the trust, cohorts of young people are able to gain valuable experience with the aim of equipping “all Prince’s Trust young people with the STEM skills needed for employment”.

A group of 35 engineering students worked with us for one week in 2017, learning directly from company directors Andy Hubbard and Matt Warne about our specialist products and how they are manufactured. They were required to complete a 30 hour project as part of the programme – spending the first and last day of the week on-site with us – benefiting from a tour of the premises and carrying out a Q&A session with Andy and Matt.

At the end of the week, the students then pitched their product designs to a panel which included Camloc directors and teachers from Leicester College. The best group at the end of the pitch process was then chosen to work up their brief further.

Following the success of last year’s programme, both ourselves and Leicester College have renewed our working relationship in order to offer this innovative opportunity to another cohort in the spring of 2018.

“We put a high value on the time taken by the team at Camloc accommodating and educating our cadets,” said Gemma Jackson, Employability and Enterprise Manager at Leicester College.

“Our students cannot gain this sort of experience in the classroom – it is only by going out into the world of work and learning first-hand from industry professionals that they can truly appreciate the processes and procedures in place for successful manufacture of such intricately engineered products.” added Gemma.

For Camloc, being able to offer insights to the next generation is an exciting opportunity, and one that company Director Andy Hubbard is looking forward to – “Last year’s cohort showed immense potential and a keen enthusiasm for engineering and our products,”.

“We look forward to welcoming this year’s group to Camloc in the coming weeks.” added Andy.

Students that take part in the Industrial Cadets programme are ‘silver accredited’ upon completion and will be able to add the nationally-recognised accreditation to their CVs and portfolios.

To find out more about the range of products we manufacture, visit www.camloc.com.

Team Leader Jason Ascott, celebrates a quarter of a century with Camloc!

A lot can change in 25 years, but one thing that’s remained consistent at Camloc over the previous quarter of a century is the presence of our experienced Team Leader, Jason Ascott.

Jason started his career working as an apprentice mechanical fitter in 1986, building a wide range of machine tools and transfer lines. Due to his love for problem solving, after his apprenticeship he went on to build industrial robots.

He took a keen interest in Camloc after hearing about a vacancy at the company in 1993 – and has worked for the company ever since. We recently put some questions to one of our longest serving team members to see how his role within the company has changed and what he’s enjoyed about working for Camloc over the last quarter of a century.

 

What has changed since you first started at Camloc, 25 years ago?

My role, and what is required in order to ensure we meet demand, has changed within the company – but the company itself hasn’t changed too much. Yes, people have come and gone and technology has advanced but everybody is recognised as an expert in what they do and treated as an equal – regardless of their role. The reason why people stay at Camloc for so long is because of the great people that work here.

What have you been involved in over the last 25 years?

When I first started at Camloc I was involved in running the machine that injects the gas into the springs. My next role was working as a Maintenance Technician – this role allowed me to go back to college and gain several new qualifications – including a BTEC in engineering. In my first year in this role, I went to America for three weeks in order to smooth out a few inevitable problems for a customer. However, 22 years ago my role was no longer needed and I became Team Leader on shift work at Camloc grinding rods. Now I look after all processes on the shop floor.

What do you enjoy most about working at Camloc?

I really enjoy solving a problem and getting my hands dirty. I’m in charge of all aspects of running the shop floor, so I enjoy the responsibility that comes with my role. I also enjoy working alongside my colleagues – most people have been here for a long time so we’ve developed a great working relationship. For example, Ben Taylor, recently hit 15 years with Camloc, while Carl Payne and Gary Keavney have both been at the company for a decade! Camloc employees are happy and dedicated within their role – which is usually why we stick around for so long!

We would like to extend a big thank you and congratulations to Jason for his 25 years service, and to Ben, Carl and Gary for your 15 and 10 years respectively. That’s a combined 55 years of hard work – and we look forward to another combined 55 years service!

We’re engineering future success with the appointment of new Applications Engineer, David Mathias

We have continued our positive start to 2018 after expanding our team with the appointment of Applications Engineer, David Mathias.

David graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2016 with a BEng Hons degree in Mechanical Engineering, which stood him in good stead by helping him to secure his first role as a Design Engineer with FREM Group Screens – a company specialising in office furniture solutions.

After 14 months at FREM, David has joined our Engineering Team and will be reporting into company Director Matt Warne and Senior Design Engineer Georgina Hoyle – with the former very impressed by David’s expertise at interview stage.

“David demonstrated a clear understanding and sound knowledge of the skills we require for an Applications Engineer – with transferable skills and experience that he will be able to implement to good effect at Camloc in order to benefit our customers and our internal product development,” said Matt Warne.

Day-to-day responsibilities for David include supporting the Engineering Team in product development, responding to application enquiries and producing sales drawings. His new role also requires him to test and evaluate products in order to guarantee quality for our portfolio of customers.

David has been impressed with the internal processes and procedures at Camloc, and he values the focus on quality and customer service which sit at the heart of everything the company does.

“Camloc has an ethos that is all about the customer, and manufacturing quality products – while continually investing in its staff, machinery and product development,” said David.

“This position is a great opportunity for me to spread my wings. I particularly like the hands-on side of engineering – such as manufacturing, product testing and developing ideas to find the best solution – so I feel that making the move to Camloc Motion Control is the perfect fit for me.”

Investment in future talent continues with the appointment of graduate applications engineer, Gagan Chatha

We are continuing to grow our team after hiring recent university graduate Gaganpreet Singh Chatha as an applications engineer.

Gaganpreet, or Gagan as he is known by his colleagues, has taken up his new role with Camloc after successfully graduating from Birmingham City University (BCU) with a BEng in mechanical engineering, having previously achieved a Higher National Diploma from Leicester College.

As part of his role, Gagan is responsible for providing support on creating new applications as well as testing springs and dampers to identify, analyse and develop existing products in order to provide performance improvements. He is excited to get to grips with all aspects of his new role and learn more about the industry to put his teachings into practice.

Gagan forms part of the wider engineering department and reports into engineering director Matt Warne, who was impressed with Gagan from the moment he first spoke to him at interview stage.

“Gagan was a standout candidate for this role because of his BEng in mechanical engineering at BCU, as well as his hunger and enthusiasm to learn and develop in an entry-level role within our industry,” said Matt. “As a company, it’s vital that we support the next generation of engineers as they bring fresh ideas and thinking to the business. Gagan has hit the ground running and I’m confident he’ll become a much-valued member of the team.”

Gagan’s BEng mechanical engineering degree provides him with fantastic grounding and an in-depth understanding of the industry.

“Being able to help in creating applications, as well as testing springs and dampers in such a hands-on environment, is really satisfying,” says Gagan. “The thing that has impressed me most about Camloc as a company, is the amount of support they’ve provided in developing me as an applications engineer.”

To find out more about Camloc Motion control, visit www.camloc.co.uk for more details.

We have invested in the talent of the future with the appointment of new apprentice, Conner Danvers-Rushin

We have invested in future industry talent by adding new apprentice, Conner Danvers-Rushin, to our in-house engineering team.

Eighteen-year-old Conner has taken up the position of Testing and Development Support Engineer and will study at Leicester College two days a week. As part of his apprenticeship, Conner is required to complete a minimum of two years studying at Leicester College.

Within his day-to-day role at Camloc, Conner is learning all aspects of product testing, development and engineering in the business – working closely with our Development Engineer of 26 years, John Widger.

Conner is excited to be given this opportunity with the company and learn as much as he can from John.

“Camloc is a trusted and well-respected name in its industry” said Conner. “When I heard about this apprenticeship opportunity, I jumped at the chance to apply. I am so lucky to be working alongside someone like John who has so much experience.”

Company Director Matt Warne explains how Camloc recognises that investing in the future is vital in an industry where specialist knowledge and expertise is key. And, with a long-serving expert such as John to learn from, Conner could not be in better hands in order to get to grips with Camloc’s processes, procedures and innovative products.

“As a company we were keen for an apprentice to come in and learn the job inside out from an experienced mentor such as John in order to gain all the necessary skills required to help us to continue to push Camloc forward in the future,” said Matt. “We are excited to watch Conner grow with the company and help him to develop his skills moving forward.”

Senior Design Engineer, Georgina Hoyle celebrates her 20th year at Camloc Motion Control

Congratulations to Georgina Hoyle, our Senior Design Engineer, who is celebrating her 20th year with Camloc!

Graduating from Coventry University with a B.Eng in Mechanical Engineering, and from Liverpool University with a Masters in Engineering Materials, Georgina first joined us 20 years ago as a Design and Applications Engineer.

We asked Georgina some questions to see how her role within the company has changed over the last two decades.

What has changed since you first started at Camloc, 20 years ago?

My role has changed as the company has evolved. Camloc has gone from a product-standardisation focus to a more niche product manufacturer with a broader range of products. I am now the Senior Design Engineer in a team of Engineers made up of people with diverse roles, skills, and experience. Our current Engineering team has a fantastic range of experience and skills which enables us, with the support of other functions, to develop creative  designs and solutions to both internal and customer-driven projects.

What do you enjoy most about working at Camloc?

I really enjoy solving a problem, and at Camloc I have had the opportunity to solve complex problems. I get enormous job satisfaction in taking a problem, finding design solutions, and then following that solution through to prototyping and testing, and on to production.

What have you been involved in over the last 20 years?

I have been involved in some really interesting and challenging design and development projects including various new gas spring and damper assemblies. Many of the projects have developed my skills and have broadened my experience of different processes and designs, growing my engineering knowledge over the years.

 

Well, congratulations Georgina and a big thank you for all of your hard work over the last 20 years! We look forward to your work for Camloc in the future.

We have invested in a new CNC Lathe to enhance production capability and flexibility for future product development

We have recently invested in a new state-of-the-art CNC lathe machine in order to increase production capability and flexibility.

The new Sprint 32|8 machine is manufactured by DMG MORI, an industry leader in metal cutting and milling machines. This new addition to our arsenal is “ideally suited for the machining of more complex workpieces” according to DMG MORI.

Major benefits of the new machine include faster development of new products and, increased flexibility when it comes to the levels of product customisation available for applications – in order to meet customer requirements.

Matt Warne, Engineering Director, said, “We wanted to invest in the right machinery that will enable us to expand our operating capabilities – and this new lathe has allowed us to take our customers’ products to the next level, with improved bespoke functionality. The investment in the new CNC Lathe was a crucial stepping stone as part of the company’s future growth plans and demonstrated a significant investment from the management team into the business”.

A management buyout alongside a £1.5m investment from leading independent private equity investment company Foresight Group, saw us successfully change hands in mid 2016.

The new lathe was successfully installed in September and is now fully operational – marking a significant step forward for us in order to keep Camloc Motion Control at the forefront of innovation and design in the gas spring and damper industry.

To find out more about the range of products we manufacture, visit www.camloc.com

We’ve invested in the latest training on cutting-edge CAM software for our new CNC machine

We have recently invested in specialist training for three members of our team on the latest CAM software required to operate our new CNC lathe machine.

The training, hosted by training provider CAM Supplies, was recently completed by employees John Widger, Gagan Chatha and Tom Gale – enabling them to get to grips with the processes required for the company’s new machine to turn a CAD model, into a fully functioning part.

The software translates 3D CAD models – converting them into a data file which can then be interpreted by the CNC machine in order to create tool paths. The movement of the lathe is  then controlled to accurately produce the required part from the paths laid down from the CAD model.

Created by software developers Esprit, this cutting-edge programme is specifically designed to work with the Italian-manufactured DMG MORI CNC machine we recently purchased. Major benefits of the new machine include faster development of new products and increased flexibility when it comes to the levels of product customisation available for applications.

“Camloc always looks to invest in the latest machinery, software and training in order to keep the company at the forefront of its industry” said Matt Warne, Director at Camloc Motion Control. “We now have three team members fully trained on Esprit’s new software package which will enable us to manufacture even more bespoke products in order to meet a variety of customer specifications.”

To find out more about our range of products, visit www.camloc.com

We have formed a strong partnership with Leicester College to provide first-hand experience to ‘Industrial Cadets’

We have recently been nurturing future industry talent, thanks to a partnership with Leicester College to offer experience to young people taking part in the nationally-recognised ‘Industrial Cadets’ programme.

Industrial Cadets forms part of the Prince’s Trust’s Engineering Education Trust – set up by the Prince of Wales to allow students nationwide to benefit from work experience across the in-demand skill areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Through the trust, cohorts of young people are able to gain valuable experience with the aim of equipping “all Prince’s Trust young people with the STEM skills needed for employment”.

A group of 35 engineering students worked with us for one week, learning directly from company directors Andy Hubbard and Matt Warne about Camloc’s specialist products and how they are manufactured.

The students were required to complete a 30 hour project as part of the programme – spending the first and last day of the week on-site with us – benefiting from a tour of the premises and carrying out a Q&A session with Andy and Matt.

“The students were given a ‘live project’ to work on – with the brief of designing either a new blast mitigation severity indicator or quick release end fitting for a gas spring,” explains Andy.

At the end of the week, the students then pitched their product designs to a panel which included Camloc directors and teachers from Leicester College. The best group at the end of the pitch process was then chosen to work up their brief further.

“Camloc has been very accommodating and provided valuable mentoring to our cadets,” said Gemma Jackson, Employability and Enterprise Manager at Leicester College. “Both Andy and Matt were great with the students. This is experience that they simply cannot gain in the classroom, and we are very grateful to Camloc for taking the time to work so closely with them.”

Andy applauded the application and enthusiasm of the students and hopes to see them go on to be great success stories in the future.

“The attitude of the students was great!” said Andy. “They took everything on board that we and the college taught them across the week, and the standard of the ideas and presentations at the end was exemplary. We are looking forward to inviting the winning teams to Camloc to further develop their ideas alongside our engineers”

Students that take part in the Industrial Cadets programme are ‘silver accredited’ upon completion and will be able to add the nationally-recognised accreditation to their CVs and portfolios.

To find out more about the range of products we manufacture, visit www.camloc.com

We have partnered with the University of Bristol for an innovative R&D project

We are currently participating in an exciting research and development project working with the University of Bristol.

Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) the project is being lead by Dr Jason Zheng Jiang, a lecturer in dynamics and control from the university’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. It focuses on creating an improved damper design in order to maximise its performance capabilities.

“Working closely with Camloc Motion Control as the experts in product design and manufacturing, our overall aim is to improve specialist design techniques and constitute a major step towards application in multiple industrial sectors – including road and rail transportation, civil engineering and aerospace engineering,” explains Dr Zheng Jiang.

Along with other commercial partners, we will be actively involved in the development  – leading on prototype manufacture – and company Director Matt Warne is pleased with the progress made so far.

“This is an incredibly exciting piece of work and we are honoured to collaborate with Dr Zheng Jiang and such a prestigious university,” says Matt. “Although still early days, this may well lead to significant improvements in the UK’s capability for advanced design, which will enable our high-end manufacturing industry to maintain its competitive edge in the future, so for Camloc to play such a pivotal role is hugely satisfying for the whole business.”

To find out more about the range of products we manufacture, visit www.camloc.com

New 10 year lease signed for our HQ as £170k worth of improvements get underway

We are delighted to announce that we have signed up to a new 10 year lease for our Leicester HQ, which will see £170k worth of improvements to both offices and the manufacturing shop floor.

Over the coming months, staff and visitors will see significant improvements to the building, totalling around £170,000, including a new roof and roof lights, providing natural lighting on the shop floor. The building – owned by landlords Charles Street Buildings Group – will also be fitted with new double glazed UPVC windows throughout, a new front entrance porch and major mains electrical works.

We underwent a management buyout last year having secured investment from Foresight Group, a leading independent equity investment manager with UK offices in Nottingham, Manchester and London. Finance Director, Julie Barker, part of the MBO team, sees the new lease as a reinforcement of the team’s commitment to the long-term future success of Camloc Motion Control.

“When we first bought the company just over a year ago, we were keen to invest money back into the business,” says Julie Barker. “These improvements are long overdue, but they will have a hugely positive impact on everyone. Camloc Motion Control is a thriving business with a bright future, and it’s great to be able to reassure our staff and customers that our Leicester HQ, development and manufacturing site will continue to be our home for at least the next decade.”