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Today (8 May 2018) is the 75th anniversary of the incorporation of the North Bar Tool Company, now renamed Norbar Torque Tools Ltd.  The North Bar Tool Company was incorporated on 8 May 1943 by William Brodey (my grandfather, generally known as Bill) and his friend Ernest Thornitt (Ernie). It is hard to imagine, for those of us born decades after the war ended, what life was like in the midst of the second world war.  A glance at Bill’s diary from late 1942 gives some clues....
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When you work for a company it is natural that you are enthusiastic about them and their products. That’s how I feel about Norbar they have a fantastic range of tools and equipment. But it is more than that, my father is a retired mechanical engineer. Some 35 years ago I needed a torque wrench for my personal usage mainly, if not exclusively, for use on the various cars I worked on. He told me to buy a Norbar which I did, as a good son should always listen to his dad. The Slimline 2 (SL2) ...
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Getting to CologneFor decades now, our exhibition presence at the bi-annual Hardware Fair (Eisenwarenmesse) in Cologne has been our headline act. This is still the case and we had a 66m2 stand as part of the Federation of British Hand Tool Manufacturers (FBHTM). Planning commenced back in October 2017. We submitted a brief to the exhibition stand contractors which the FBHTM had selected, and in parallel gave some serious thought to what our messages, product focuses and objectives for 2018 would...
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At CologneSaturday 3rd saw a directors’ meeting take place, whilst the three-man set-up team walked to the exhibition halls to begin the task of setting up the stand. It was a full and long but productive day. We left having set up all display tools, the TWC Auto demo, the meeting rooms, the store room and the reception area. Only the polythene floor covering needed removing, which the contractors did. We depart to check-in at the boat, moored on the Rhine, aptly named Charles Dickens. On ...
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During the week of January 29th Norbar held their second Rapid Continuous Improvement (RCI) event.Once again, this involved 4 cross functional teams, each given a set of objectives to resolve and improve key processes across the product range.Team A - Multiplier Set Up ReductionReduce changeover time from last machined part to first part of the next batch.Team B - Electronics Production TruCheck ProcessImprove the TruCheck process from order entry to DespatchTeam C - TW ManufacturingImprove flow...
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A significant aspect of a business’ success depends on its ability to train the people who work for them. At Norbar, I have experienced the company’s serious commitment to support new staff as they learn the ropes of their position. The amount of effort and consideration that went into my training program at the Calibration Laboratory is exemplary of the value of the company's philosophy and methods. A lot of thought had gone into formulating a training plan that will equip the s...
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We had our annual Careers Engineering Open Evening Thursday and despite less take up than normal, we had 100% turnout of those who said they would attend.As always, our apprentices otherwise known as ‘shepherds’ were a credit, all dressed in smart business dress and corporate white shirts.They each took a group of visitors on a tour around the factory showing them areas from skilled Machining, Quality and its role in the business, Calibration and Electronics, to Torque Wrench Assembl...
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2017 was expected to be a year of consolidation, Norbar having moved into our fabulous new premises in July 2016.  We had plenty of work to do in getting to grips with our new property, getting the best out of it and making it pay for itself.  However, the quiet year was not to be.  Read to May to find out why!JanuaryThe final sales figures for 2016 confirmed a year of highs and lows.  Some distributors are still being heavily impacted by the slowdown in the oil and gas secto...
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As a company we have made various step changes towards the ideal process flow state through the use of waste reduction techniques under the methodologies of Continuous Improvement, but since the acquisition by Snap-on we have been introduced to the term Rapid Continuous Improvement (RCI).The addition of the word ‘Rapid’ doesn’t seem a lot on the face of it, but when you tell a team that they need to get it done in just under a week then that’s a different story.So, what d...
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Did you know, that there are 1.718 billion train journeys taken every year in the UK?! Those trips are taken on 10,072 miles of track that link the 2,563 different stations spread across the UK. That, by any standards, is quite some infrastructure, and unsurprisingly it demands a great deal of installation and maintenance.Servicing, maintenance and repair work on this vast network of railway track is relentless and requires the right tools for the job. With the demand on the network so high and ...
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