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Making the most of tax incentives

As an innovative manufacturing company Norbar is investing in new products, technology and processes to ensure we can compete in an ever more competitive global market.  To compete at the highest level possible we need to make use of benefits available to Norbar, which includes tax and financial incentives.   While there a number of different incentives and reliefs of varying sizes I’ve provided a brief description of the two most significant below:   Research and Development Relief:  This is a relief against the company’s corporation tax and is calculated on the basis of the amount spent by the business on research and development activities.  The added incentive is that for every £100 spent by the company on R&D activities the government currently allows tax relief on £225 of otherwise taxable profits.  The challenge for us is to determine what we can and can’t classify as R&D costs in order to maximise our claim.   This re ...

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An end to over-bolting? [Part 2]

The aerospace sector has been very forward thinking in its use of materials to reduce aircraft weight. When it comes to bolting design and practise however, the industry has not experienced the same level of advancement. Torque is an indicator to bolt tension (sometimes called pre-load) and it is the bolt tension that we really need to control. The final stage of the bolting evolutionary ladder is therefore direct control of the tension induced in the bolt.    There are various ways of doing this, including strain gauging the bolt or adding a load cell, load indicating bolt or washer into the assembly.  However, such methods can be costly or impractical to implement.  A more efficient method which requires minimal modification to the bolt is to ultrasonically measure the extension of the bolt due to the tightening process.  For every bolt type there will be a relationship between the extension and the induced load so, measuring the extension allows accurate calculation of ...

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An end to over-bolting? [Part 1]

The aerospace sector, like most manufacturers, have traditionally used more, or larger bolts, than is strictly necessary in their assembly, in order to offset the effect of poor control of the bolted joint.  With ever increasing pressure to design lighter structures to increase fuel efficiency, this practice is fast becoming obsolete.    Over-bolting is not confined to the aerospace sector. Even the humble car wheel uses four or five bolts to secure the wheel, when in reality the job could be done with fewer and smaller bolts if greater control was applied. This reduced un-sprung weight of the car would also, as a result, improve the acceleration, braking and ride quality of the car. Similarly, in the aircraft industry, the cost of over-design, particularly its effect on fuel efficiency is even more noticeable. The rule of thumb is that a 1% weight reduction results in 0.75% reduction in fuel consumption; therefore a considerable saving potential. Over 80% of the fully laden take-of ...

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Two Become One!

Back in the late seventies or early eighties, walk into any engineering company in the UK and you would find rows of drawing boards each with an engineer beavering away with his or her set squares, Rotring pens and eraser shields. Most of these engineers would have been mechanical, with only a sprinkling of electrical engineers probably hidden away in a side office. These electronic engineers were a little different to those of today - electronic control was still fairly primitive. Remember this was the era of the mainframe computer sitting in a sterile office environment which generally only served the accounting side of the companies. The PC as we all know it did not really appear until the mid-80’s. There was of course electronic control but predominantly via relays, cam timers and drum sequencers that were bolted or affixed in some way onto the creations of the mechanical engineers. This was however all about to change forever; in 1968 General Motors in the USA decided that it wanted to replac ...

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Three Birds With One Stone

As part of our commitment to reduce Norbar’s carbon footprint we are planning to install solar panels on the roof of our Wildmere Road property. An initiative which could generate up to 500 kW of renewable electricity. We will be doing the work in association with a not for profit organisation called the Low Carbon Hub (LCH). The LCH is a social enterprise based in Oxford, with a core aim of reducing carbon emissions across Oxfordshire. It works alongside businesses, schools and local communities to install manage and maintain renewable energy technologies.   The LCH scheme is very neat. From a company perspective it provides an opportunity to reduce your carbon emissions, contribute to the local community and save money all in one go! It works by sharing the financial benefits from the government feed in tariff between the LCH investors who have provided the funding to install the solar panels (or other renewable scheme), the business whose roof (in the case of solar panels) is used to mount th ...

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A Simple Solution To A Common Problem

No matter what your profession, or the industry you work within, we encounter problems that are designed to test our ability to think outside the box.  Yet, sometimes there are solutions that are both simple and elegant. I recently came across such an instance that I would like to share with you.   The issue is taking data from Norbar’s measuring instruments via RS-232 and getting the data in to the customer’s own software. Norbar already offers software to manage data, coming from our instruments but, for a variety of reasons, this is not always suitable. Some customers are very wary about installing any third party software for fear of introducing viruses for example, while others might have their own tried and tested templates and don’t want to switch to Norbar’s software. Frequently, these customers have to rely on manually entering data which is time consuming and prone to error. The MicroRidge Wedgelink cable offers an ideal solution, and with Norbar’s meas ...

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Continuous Improvement – “Are we nearly there yet?”

Continuous Improvement (CI) sounds so straightforward on paper and from the outside it gives a perception of a company or organisation that is heading in the right direction; but is this really the case and are they embracing it in the right way?From my experience I have seen both extremes and I often question where we fit into this scale. If the truth be told, I still don’t really know and to a certain degree, does it matter? After all “as long as we are heading in the right direction, surely we are embracing Continuous Improvement right? Well no, not necessarily”Continuous Improvement can be a very controversial subject. On so many occasions I have literally seen people run a mile at the mere mention of those 2 words but in other cases I have seen people talk and demonstrate it with such passion and belief, you would have no reason to question it. So, how can a subject matter provoke such diverse reactions when the intentions are only for the good?The fact of the matter is there is no single answer. Perhaps ...

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Good customer service is at the heart of Norbar's philosophy

It goes without saying that excellent customer service is a vital part of a successful business and at Norbar this is no different. In fact, we pride ourselves on delivering the very best service to our customers at every stage. We don’t just see the customer service team as a group of people who deal with complaints or who are called upon when people have an issue that needs resolving. Exceptional customer service starts from the first contact that is made with the customer to the last, and our staff are trained to always ensure that each and every one of our customers receive the very best service from any member of the Norbar team they encounter. This customer focused ethos is part of Norbar’s philosophy, something that we instil in all of our staff from the moment they join us, and something that we continually strive to uphold. Our Customer Relations Manager, Stephen Maxfield, has blogged about the mantra that his team upholds: Good customer service is about giving the customer an e ...

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Mathew Hodgkins - Technical Sales Engineer

I have been with Norbar Torque Tools for nearly seven years, with my first role being a Trainee Sales Engineer. I have worked my way up through the company to my current role of Technical Sales Engineer. The primary objective of my role is to support the internal Customer Relations team, who deal with the day-to-day order entering process and are the first point of contact for customers. I also support the network of distributors that we have, and the end users that contact us on a daily basis. The Technical Sales Engineers are essentially the ‘safety net’ for when something goes wrong or when a customer has a technical enquiry. The role involves a lot of interaction with the distribution network that has been set up to enhance maximum productivity for customers. It involves daily support via email and telephone about potential applications for Norbar products. However, our support offering for customers doesn’t end there. We regularly visit end users to evaluate applications and sol ...

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Excellent customer service...what does it mean?

Customer service is something I’m very passionate about and have been for over 30 years. Over these years, I have managed many teams in the sales arena, internal and external, large and small, and the one thing they all had in common was a passionate customer focus. Good customer service is the lifeblood of any business. You can offer promotions, promise the world, slash prices to bring in as many new customers as you want, however, unless you can retain those customers and generate repeat business, your company won’t be as profitable as it should be. It’s all about sending the customer away happy – happy enough to pass positive feedback about your business along to others, who may then try the product or service you offer them and then become repeat customers. It’s a well-known fact that people buy from people, and Norbar’s customers are no different. Our customer will always have a choice, so it’s down to us to make sure that when they are in the market for a ...

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