Lockdown learning improves in-house engineering skills

The UK-wide lockdown might not have been everyone’s ideal start to 2020 but at Camloc, we embraced the evenings and weekends spent at home as an opportunity to upskill our engineering team to better serve our customers in the future.

We’re big believers in continually investing in our people to ensure that they have access to the latest personal development and training opportunities. A constructive use of the additional time we found ourselves with both at home and in the office has seen our engineering department benefit from industry-specific training that will help them deliver superior customer service in the future.

Training was primarily focused on improving CAD skills, with the team completing different levels of the only industry-recognised SOLIDWORKS and DriveWorksXpress certification exams available in order to help with the development of new gas spring products in the future. These have included:

  • Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate (CSWA)
  • Certified DriveWorksXpress Associate (CDWXA)
  • Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional (CSWP) 
  • Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional Advanced (CSWPA)

CSWA is the starting point and classed as an associate examination, which enables the holder to begin their journey towards a new CAD qualification. The related CDWXA exam then builds on this by expanding the holder’s knowledge further and demonstrating their expertise as a Certified DriveWorksXpress associate. For Camloc, the long-term benefits include helping the business reduce the turnaround time to customer enquiries, eliminating errors and allowing us to innovate in new and exciting ways. 

CSWP is the most recognised and sought after SOLIDWORKS qualification. Passing this demonstrates the holder’s ability to use the software to a professional level while CSWPA recognises advanced levels of competence in sheet metal, weldments, surfacing, mold tools and drawing tools.

Company Director Matt Warne is delighted to see so many members of the team committed to continuing their personal development during lockdown and sees significant benefits for the business and its customers by making this investment in the team.

“Gaining these accreditations demonstrates our competencies across various areas of SOLIDWORKS and associated products,” says Matt. “This includes advanced part and assembly modelling skills as well as the ability to design and analyse parametric parts and moveable assemblies,”

“Not only has the team committed to this training in work time, but everyone has also chosen to commit a significant amount of their own time to this too, showing how seriously as a team we all take our continued professional development and desire to better serve our customers,”

“Having these accreditations will allow the team to better serve customers in the future and answer a range of queries in relation to their specific applications. All of this recent training simply reinforces our company-wide commitment to delivering bespoke gas spring solutions that meet the needs of engineers across a range of industries,”

When not undertaking formal qualifications, the team has also attended numerous training courses and webinars relating to both SolidWorks and Microsoft Office products to further enhance and develop skills in these areas.

Well done to everyone that’s completed training to-date and we look forward to seeing the results of all of this hard work in the coming weeks and months!

To speak to our specialist team of engineers about a gas spring or application enquiry, visit www.camloc.com/help-centre.

Mass Gas Spring Customisation since 1989

At Camloc Motion Control, we’re more than just a manufacturer of gas springs and dampers. Our team of expert designers and engineers are here to solve head-scratching problems associated with a wide range of specific customer applications.

As a result of our many years of problem solving knowhow, when it comes to designing any new product, mass customisation and being able to adapt to thousands (if not millions) of uses for common and uncommon applications is often at the forefront of our technical minds.

More often than not, our products have to be as flexible as possible so that they create viable solutions for a variety of industries and sectors. From medical environments such as hospitals and doctors surgeries, to hatches on trains, access panels on planes, signage and even safety mechanisms on military vehicle seats, our gas springs are manufactured to be agile enough to perform critical functions for numerous scenarios.

When considering our standard fixed force 8-18 Swift & Sure product in isolation as an example, the below illustration demonstrates just how flexible this humble gas spring really is.

P8325 What Makes Camloc Different Infographic V3 A scaled - Mass Gas Spring Customisation since 1989

It’s only when we sat down to crunch the numbers on the 8-18 Swift & Sure’s many uses that we realised the significant number of product combinations we can actually produce.

The numerous thread options to accommodate a long list of end fittings, stroke and tube lengths, end plugs, oil levels and types, piston options and force settings mean that from a single gas spring, we can produce 8.6 billion possible combinations!

This variety is not unique to the Swift and Sure, with eyewatering statistics common across our growing product range. So when we say that our designers and engineers are here to solve problems, we mean it.

This commitment to meeting the needs and exceeding the expectations of our customers time after time, coupled with over 30 years of expertise in the manufacturing of bespoke gas struts and dampers, is what continues to set Camloc apart.

Discover more about how gas springs are made, their uses and answers to a wide range of frequently asked questions over in our Help Centre. You can also email our team of specialist designers and engineers with any questions relating to your specific product or application.

Gas springs – the secret support keeping the NHS moving

When visiting a hospital ward, doctors surgery, dentists or physiotherapy studio, it’s easy to focus on the big items in the room and the basic functions they contribute to a patient’s procedure or recovery. However, there’s one vital component within all of these that people commonly overlook, unless you’re us, and that is the role that gas springs play in keeping everything moving like clockwork.

Gas springs, or gas struts depending on the terminology you use, allow for the smooth movement of applications in a range of scenarios and environments. We’ve been dedicated to manufacturing such products for over 30 years, with our wide range of gas powered springs supporting sectors including the military, speciality vehicles, signage, rail and aerospace. 

With the current Covid-19 pandemic changing the way we view the world, it’s time the humble gas spring received some recognition for the role it plays in ensuring that doctors, nurses and medical professionals can successfully treat patients during an unprecedented time of crisis.

Hospital Wards

When you enter a hospital ward, there’s a range of applications that require smooth motion control in order to operate effectively. The most obvious is a patient’s bed. When a doctor or patient operates the bed controls to adjust a back or leg rest, side rails or the bed lift/tilt function, these movements are often assisted by a gas spring, damper, cam-stay or hydraulic lift.

The same is applicable when operating overbed tables, with the height adjustment and tabletop angles all controlled by either locking or multi-positional gas springs.

Other applications reliant on gas springs and dampers include drugs cabinets and mobile workstations to control lid opening and closing, height adjustment and the position of screens/tablets, as well as wheelchairs and patient handling chairs which require the seat to be tilted to provide optimum patient comfort and support.

Operating Theatres

Granted when you step into an operating theatre, the last thing on your mind would be gas springs. But without the power of motion control, surgeons and their support staff would struggle to complete successful procedures.

The operating room table uses dampers to control the back rest, along with multi-positional stays for the leg rests and hydraulic height adjustment systems to tilt and lift the bed itself. Without these mechanisms, procedures would be complicated to perform and add unnecessary risk for the patient.

As with hospital wards, workstations use gas springs to control height adjustment and the position of displays. There’s also a need to control the movement of lids, hatches and panels on the range of medical storage units around the theatre – with gas springs providing assisted opening and hold functionality for easy access.

The final application within this environment that relies heavily on gas springs is the arms that control lighting and monitor screens. Typical examples include the lighting arms that hang over patients and staff around the operating table, as well as x-ray/live camera TV screens mounted to an arm for easy viewing throughout a procedure. Without the multi-positional gas springs within these applications, the life of a medical professional would become very complicated and again risk patient safety during procedures.

General Healthcare

When we say general healthcare, this can include a doctors or dentists surgery, a physiotherapy room or a range of other applications needed within hospital environments. All of these have their own tools that require careful movement to improve efficiency and make them as safe as possible to handle for both the medical professional and the patient.

Similar to hospital beds, treatment beds and couches typically found in a physiotherapy studio require both back and leg rests to be moved slowly and precisely to make treatment easier for the patient. At the same time, the bed needs to be tilted and lifted in the same way, to provide simple manoeuvrability into the right position for both the patient and carer.

Dentists and opticians, like doctors and surgeons, always have a range of applications at their disposal. The main ones are lighting arms above a dentist’s chair or a wall-mounted arm for opticians with eye-testing tools at one end. Gas springs control the movement of these arms to minimise the effort needed to operate them and ensure they can be ideally positioned for both patient and user. A dentist’s chair is another common place to mount a gas spring – controlling both the back and leg rests as well as the height and tilt of the chair.

Some healthcare scenarios require more bespoke gas springs in order to overcome specific challenges.

One such example of this is MRI scanner beds. In this environment, the springs must be non-magnetic in order to avoid interfering with the machine itself while it’s in operation. Such solutions require a more tailored approach, with designers and engineers working together to create a product that meets the needs of the specific application.

There’s also a number of alternative applications that require gas springs to ensure patient comfort, especially in hospitals. Namely, multi-positional arms and mounts for TV screens or dampers to control the movement of bin lids. More functional than critical, but all part of providing patients with a comfortable experience within a hospital environment should they need to stay there for an extended period of time.

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, our team is working closely with the NHS and healthcare providers to ensure that our products are readily available and supply chains remain open. We’re committed to playing our part in supporting this sector in its hour of need, with all of the above applications crucial to supporting staff in successfully fighting the virus.

If you manufacture medical sector applications and wish to speak to a member of our team about how our gas springs can support your product range, please visit our contact us page to get in touch. For more bespoke product solutions, visit our Help Centre where you can email our designers and engineers with information about your specific application.

Camloc is proud to be supporting the NHS

At what is an understandably difficult time for many across the world, we remain committed to playing our part in supporting the UK’s NHS and healthcare organisations across the globe in their fight against Covid-19.

We are incredibly proud of our in-house team and the way everyone has adapted to the constantly changing situation in recent weeks – it’s at times like these that you get to see how great your team really is. Production of our range of gas struts and dampers remains unaffected at this time and everyone has stepped up the capacity of their work in order to ensure that we continue to meet the needs of each and every customer – especially those in the healthcare sector.

Our central location in Leicester enables us to supply products UK-wide and react quickly to changing customer needs, as well as to key locations for distribution across the world. Both material and stock levels remain healthy and supply chains are open and free-flowing.

Whilst we are doing everything we can to ensure that product manufacture and delivery remain unaffected for all of our customers, the healthcare sector must take priority for us at this difficult time should we see an influx of orders. We hope that all of our customers can appreciate this and should anything change from our side in terms of timescales and manufacturing capabilities for specific projects, then we will be in contact with you individually to find a workable solution.

Our gas spring product range, which includes the Stop and Stay, Cam-Stay and locking gas strut range, provides motion control solutions for a number of medical sector applications including operating tables, hospital beds, lighting and monitor arms and overbed tables. Keeping these products operational at this time more than any other, is proving essential for hospitals and medical staff in their battle against coronavirus. We recognise that the priority for healthcare organisations is to keep supply chains open. Fortunately, our UK manufacturing location and on-site engineering teams allow us to react quickly to customer needs and take a flexible approach to in order to meet specific requirements.

We hope that all of our customers, suppliers and distributors remain safe and well. We would like to stress that the health and wellbeing of our team remains our highest priority and all appropriate measures have been taken internally to safeguard both employees and their families. We will continue to monitor and follow the latest guidance from both the government and Public Health England.

Above all, we will continue to work closely with healthcare providers in the UK and across the globe – ensuring that no one goes short throughout this unprecedented situation. Tackling Covid-19 is a worldwide collective effort and we are more than ready to play our part.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with our team via phone or email should you have any questions.

Wishing you all the best,

 

Matt Warne

Director at Camloc Motion Control

Improved Help Centre makes answering your gas spring questions even easier!

We have recently invested in significant improvements to our website’s Help Centre (formerly Technical Support), to make answering your questions and providing up-to-date support significantly more straightforward.

As part of the changes we have incorporated an Ask The Expert section, allowing you to direct specific queries straight to our team of trusted designers and engineers. You can download our Gas Spring Sizing and Gas Spring Application Enquiry Forms from the text to the left of Ask The Expert, complete the information relevant to your enquiry and then submit your form within Ask The Expert.

Once your enquiry is received, a member of the team will come back to you as soon as possible to work through the best solution to your motion control query.

The user journey and content has also been refreshed throughout the Help Centre, with a more concise navigational menu calling itself home to a range of hints, tips and tricks. These include how to get started, covering the basics of gas springs and terminology, as well as information on how to select the right product, customisation options and a series of handy ‘How To’ videos under Show Me How.

Within Want to Know More?, we’ve expanded on specific mounting positions and the do’s and don’ts of gas springs alongside our series of specialist whitepapers. If you’re looking for bite-sized answers to questions then be sure to check out our FAQs in the Troubleshooting section while for technical documents and accreditations, downloads are available within Datasheets.

Our team is always on hand to provide free technical advice for projects from our central head office in Leicester, alongside dedicated engineering support. Our Help Centre is part of our unwavering commitment to you to make sure that we can best support you with your next application, using our 30+ years of expertise to deliver quality, made-to-order products.

The statistics behind a successful 2019!

Last year marked another successful year for Camloc and its team as we continued to build upon the foundations that have established us as a trusted, go-to name for gas struts and dampers.

Read on and check out some of the numbers behind our successes!

Statistics V2 - The statistics behind a successful 2019!

We are nothing without our customers and the feedback we receive on a regular basis is incredibly positive. Of the 410,558 products we manufactured in 2019, only 100 were returned as faulty – that’s a customer satisfaction score of over 99%!

Over the last 25 years, we have also taken great pride in the short lead times we can deliver for the manufacture and distribution of our gas struts – and last year was no different. Over 99% of our deliveries were on time – not too shabby if we say so ourselves.

We also know that our people make us who we are, with our team continuing to set us apart within the industry. We ensure that everybody feels part of the bigger picture so that they become invested in our ethos and can visualise exactly how we plan to move forward as a business.

Twenty years ago we launched our continuous improvement scheme – allowing our employees to make suggestions and recommendations towards how we operate. These suggestions can range from how we lay out our office space, to efficiencies that can be made when manufacturing products on the shop floor. Since its launch, we have implemented over 7,400 of these ideas, that’s over 85% of the total suggestions we’ve received! As you can see, our people really are at the heart of everything we do and they continue to lay the foundations for our achievements.

Speaking of our fantastic team, we have now clocked up 519 years of combined experience across all of our in-house departments. So you can rest assured when working with us that you’re in safe hands, with expertise on offer throughout our team – from the sales team through to our highly skilled designers and engineers.

Get in touch if you would like to find out more about our range of gas struts and dampers and explore how we could work with you on your next project and application.

We’ve expanded our international distribution network with PSM CELADA Fasteners partnership

We have expanded our distribution network after partnering with Milan-based supplier, PSM CELADA Fasteners.

With over 30-years industry experience, we design and manufacture a range of gas springs, struts and dampers – including bespoke made-to-order products – from our factory in Leicester. We have already established a global network of distributors covering the UK, Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East.

Founded in Italy in 1986, PSM CELADA Fasteners is a market-leader in the distribution of innovative fastening systems, quick closings and assembly equipment. The company prides itself on providing clients with economic growth through improved performance by providing designers, engineers and manufacturers with technical solutions to their assembly problems and applications.

This new relationship will see PSM CELADA Fasteners stock and distribute a range of our stainless and mild steel adjustable force gas springs, fasteners and accessories online. 

For Julie Barker, Director at Camloc Motion Control, adding PSM CELADA Fasteners to the company’s global distribution network brings significant benefits for both businesses.

“We are always looking for the right partnerships and we highlighted the need to increase our presence in Italy,” says Julie.

“As with any new distributor, we wanted to ensure that we found a partner with the same values as Camloc – putting quality products and customers first. As an ISO 9001:2015 accredited company, PSM CELADA Fasteners has quality at its heart and the team prides itself on putting its customers first in order to find the right solutions and build successful, long-term relationships,”

“We felt that they would be the perfect team to represent our products and for the team at PSM CELADA Fasteners, they saw a need for our range of mild steel and adjustable force products in the Italian market and are confident that a real demand exists there,”

Ben Taylor, Export Sales Executive at Camloc added, “As part of the relationship, PSM CELADA Fasteners will provide technical support and value-added engineering to its customers both through our bespoke product offering and through discussions with our team of specialist in-house engineers. It’s an exciting time for both parties and we can’t wait to see where this partnership will take us!”

Stefano Chiodini, Commercial Director of PSM CELADA Fasteners is delighted to be working with Camloc Motion Control, adding, “We pride ourselves on working with industry-leaders, adding to our products proposition another Premium Quality partner committed to delivering effective engineered solutions for clients across a range of sectors,”

“We are proud to stock Camloc’s specialist range of gas springs, struts and dampers and we look forward to working together on a variety of projects and seeing how our relationship grows and flourishes.”

To find out more about PSM Celada, visit https://www.psmcelada.it/

Construction of a gas strut infographic

Our made-to-order gas struts and dampers provide engineered motion control solutions for a range of applications – solving complex product issues that can turn cloudy visions into reality.

Product designers often know that they need a gas strut to support and move their product or application, but not everyone knows and understands exactly what goes into making a gas strut in order to achieve the desired outcome.

We’ve put together this useful infographic and supporting content to break down how a gas strut is constructed and provide a quick overview of what its constituent parts do when applied to an application.

P8199 Social Inforgraphic 1 scaled - Construction of a gas strut infographic

Gas struts are used for the lowering of weights as well as the lifting, damping and general safe manoeuvring of applications. Our range of gas struts have been used across sectors including aerospace, military, signage, medical, specialty vehicles and rail.

A gas strut is the same as a mechanical coil spring in so far as it’s a device for storing energy. However, where a coil spring’s energy comes from straining the material that makes up the spring, a gas spring’s energy comes from compressing the Nitrogen gas contained within it.

Gas struts are closed systems that are charged with inert Nitrogen gas and require no external energy source in order to operate. The pressure on either side of the piston remains equal irrespective of its position, which differs to a hydraulic or pneumatic cylinder that requires a pressure differential across the piston in order to move.

So, if this is the case, how does it work when no further gas is introduced, and the internal pressure remains equal? The answer lies in the small cross-sectional area of the rod where the gas is unable to exert any pressure. It is the difference between the gas pressure acting on the internal cross-sectional area of the rod, and the atmospheric pressure acting on the external end side of the rod that causes the rod to extend.

As the rod is pushed into the tube the available gas volume is reduced and the gas contained in the spring is compressed. This increases the pressure (or resistance to force applied) and this compression of gas creates the spring-like behaviour. A small path through the piston enables the gas to flow across the piston and also provides the means of controlling the speed of the spring as it is depressed and extended.

The strut is sealed with the end plug, preventing the gas from escaping and providing the attachment point for the end fitting.

Thumb through our technical support section to find out more along with FAQs, terminology and a series of how to videos.

If you would like to find out more about our range of gas struts and dampers and how we could work with you on your next application, contact our in-house team of expert design engineers.

We’re spreading extra festive cheer with our gas strut Christmas tree!

After hanging our stockings on the wall and preparing the end-of-year office Christmas lunch, we’ve well and truly got into the Christmas spirit at our Leicester HQ. To top it all off, we’ve added one final decoration to the office – a Christmas tree manufactured out of gas struts!

This latest festive addition has taken pride of place in our main reception to welcome visitors and is made entirely from Camloc products.

Our team of highly-skilled engineers was tasked with creating something festive using only Camloc products and it’s safe to say they went above and beyond in creating an early slice of Christmas magic.

The tree brings together a range of gas struts, dampers and end fittings and took 6 hours to make, incorporates 46 individual products, and would certainly be the envy of any engineer. To top it off, we’ve added a gas strut angel and some on-brand tinsel.

After such a great year for the company, our beloved tree is very much the icing on the cake as we look forward to the festive season.

We would like to take this opportunity to extend a big thank you to all of our customers and partners for your continued support and we look forward to working with you in 2020 and beyond. From the entire Camloc team, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 

Our new range of UK manufactured locking gas struts is officially unveiled

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve officially launched our range of UK manufactured Blocklift locking gas struts.

The Blocklift is the latest UK manufactured product within our extensive range of gas struts and dampers and features an internal locking mechanism – allowing the strut to be locked in any position along the length of the stroke.

An adjustable force version has been developed whereby the struts force can be adjusted down using a 2mm Allen key to suit the application requirements. 

The Blocklift range includes four products suited to different applications, the BL1 which is rigid in extension, the BL2 which stays rigid in compression, the BL3 with elastic locking and the BL4, which remains rigid in both extension and compression.

Common applications for the Blocklift range include the height and angle adjustment of seats for the aerospace, bus, train and specialist and military vehicle sectors. It also provides controlled adjustment on hospital beds, physiotherapy tables and wheelchairs for the medical sector.

Company Director, Andy Hubbard, is excited by the solutions on offer to businesses with the Blocklift range.

“Our team of design engineers has been working to develop the Blocklift after we saw the opportunity to reduce lead times by up to two-weeks and improve overall product performance. We are also looking forward, in the coming weeks, to launching a selected range of adjustable force Blocklifts that will be available through online distributors on a next-day basis” says Andy.

The Blocklift range will be available both direct and through selected distributors. For businesses looking to incorporate Blocklift on their next project, the benefits of product customisation are a real plus – as Andy goes on to explain.

“Our Blocklift products can be tailored to meet the most exacting customer requirements. Customisation is key. We are able to manufacture Blocklifts in 1mm rod and tube increments and 5 Newton force increments.

“We pride ourselves on our customer service and provide free UK-based engineering support for customers as standard, with complete technical advice from our skilled team of designers and engineers. Our design engineers work closely with our customer’s engineering design teams to understand their requirements, timelines and budget, and provide the right solution for their specific application needs.”

To find out more about our Blocklift range, click here.

We recently celebrated the dedication of our long-serving Production Operative, Andy Knight!

Twenty-six years is a long time to spend with one company and such dedicated service is becoming increasingly rare in today’s working world.

Our Production Operative, Andy Knight, joined Camloc in a temporary role 26-years ago before progressing into a series of permanent positions across the shop floor. We recently caught up with him to hear his thoughts about the last 26-years, what his highlights have been and what’s changed.

What first attracted you to Camloc?

I’d previously worked in similar roles within manufacturing, but I was keen to secure a job within a larger company with a solid reputation for creating high-quality products. When I saw that Camloc was advertising for a temporary role, I thought that it would be great experience if nothing else, and luckily for me they offered me a permanent position!

What has changed since joining Camloc 26-years ago?

The improvements in the machinery we use have been incredible! At the start of 2019, we invested in a second CNC Lathe machine to help increase production capability and flexibility. The willingness to invest in both our equipment and the team makes a huge difference – making you feel valued and part of the bigger picture.

It’s not just the equipment either if there’s something that will improve the quality of our working life, it’s always considered. Last year, the company replaced the entire roof to increase the natural light in the factory – making it brighter and easier for us to do our jobs.

What do you enjoy most about working at Camloc and why have you stayed for 26-years?

I think what I enjoy the most about Camloc is how well we are all treated. The company really looks after you – so much so that you would think it was a family-owned business.

One of my main reasons for staying is the people. The team that I have seen built over the last 26 years is fantastic! I think it’s very rare for a large team to communicate across all levels but everybody pulls together at Camloc, making it feel like one big family. 

On behalf of everyone at Camloc Motion Control, we would like to extend a sincere thank you to Andy for his 26-years of dedicated service and we look forward to the next 26!

We have continued the growth of our worldwide distribution network with Appian Fasteners partnership!

We are expanding our worldwide product reach after appointing Ireland-based Appian Fasteners to our global distribution network.

With 30-years industry experience, we design and manufacturer a range of gas springs, struts and dampers – including bespoke made-to-order products – from our factory in Leicester. We have an established global network of partners and distributors across the UK, Europe, North America, Scandinavia, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific.

The new partnership will see Appian Fasteners stock and distribute a range of Camloc’s stainless and mild steel adjustable force gas springs and accessories through its online webshop, offering next day delivery from stock. In addition, Appian will also provide gas spring and damper technical support and value-added engineering to its customers through our experts and bespoke product offering.

Founded in 1967, Ireland-based Appian Fasteners is a leading distributor of industrial fasteners, mechanical components and access hardware. The company has locations in Dublin, Belfast and Scotland – servicing customers in both and Ireland and the UK as well as mainland Europe.

For our company Director Andy Hubbard, adding Appian Fasteners to our global distribution network presents a fantastic opportunity for both businesses.

“Appian Fasteners is a perfect fit for us. Like Camloc, the team at Appian are experts in their field and offer friendly technical advice when it’s needed most. With over 52-years experience they understand OEMs, contract manufacturers and local customers alike.” said Andy.

He continues, “Appian provides us with fantastic opportunities in new and existing sectors that are ideally suited to our product range whilst adding to our global distribution footprint.”

Des Broderick, Managing Director of Appian Fasteners said “Appian prides itself on working with leading Global manufacturers to support our highly technical markets. We are delighted to team up with Camloc Motion Control whom we view as innovative partners to offer their excellent range gas springs, struts and dampers to the Irish and UK market.”

He added “As a technical distributor, we look forward to working together on many varied projects and achieving the growth and increase in market share to which we both aspire. This opportunity will add to our extensive range of products that allows us to continue to support our key customers with the level of customer service they expect.”

To find out more about Appian Fasteners, visit www.appianfasteners.com.

5th Anniversary of Made in Britain Membership!

We are proud to announce that we have signed up to our fifth consecutive year with Made in Britain.

The Made in Britain mark is accredited to businesses selling goods that are manufactured in, or have undergone a substantial final change in Britain before sale.

Many industries still place high importance and value on products manufactured in the UK; so we are delighted to have secured the accreditation for another year as we continue our mission to be more than a manufacturer of gas springs and dampers.

Paired with free UK-based engineering support from concept design through to completion, as well as first-class after-sales care, the Made in Britain accreditation adds additional security and peace of mind to our customer base through the knowledge that they will receive a quality product.

“We know that consumers from the UK and further afield hold products manufactured in the UK in high regard,” says Director, Andy Hubbard.

He continues “The membership means that we remain part of an exclusive group of manufacturers working in line with the principles of the Made in Britain mark. This evokes a real sense of solidarity and promotes and encourages UK manufacturing as something to be proud of and to be invested in.”

To find out more, visit the Made in Britain website or if you have any questions regarding Camloc gas springs, feel free to get in touch.

99.4% On-Time Delivery For Your Gas Spring Solutions

Consistently delivering quality gas spring and damper solutions on-time and around the Globe is what we do.

As a leading UK manufacturer of gas spring and damper solutions we know the importance of delivering our products to you on-time, wherever in the world you need them. With this in mind, we are proud to have a world-class On-Time Delivery record of 99.4% – this being a factor which sets us apart from the competition.

Do you have tight deadlines to meet? This is not a problem, we are here when you need us and are used to working with customers who have tight deadlines. Working with customers around the world from concept design right through to completion, we offer practical solutions to suit your gas spring and damper requirements.

Understanding there is often a number of stakeholders in any given project, we recognise it is crucial our customers work with reliable additions to their operation – we can, and do, confidently state we are a reliable addition to our customers’ operation – with this customer-centric approach spanning across all aspects of our business.

These qualities further solidifying what makes us more than just a manufacturer of gas springs and dampers.

We’ll deliver a quality engineered solution to you on-time.

  • FY19 YTD (Oct ’18 to Feb ’19 inc.) OTD – 99.4%
  • FY18 OTD – 98.0%
  • FY17 OTD – 99.1%

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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!