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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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I feel there are a lot of similarities between my work and running. I like pressure, a challenge, and the goals are the same. Namely, when I start a job or a run, my aim is to finish to the best of my ability. Subsequently, I put everything into the task ahead with the ultimate goal of finishing and doing a good job with no regrets. I enjoy pushing myself to see what I can achieve. I love running, the freedom it gives, the fresh air, and how much ground and miles I can cover on the long events, ...
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The 2017 edition of the standard is considerably modified from the 2003 edition. The five Norbar articles are designed to explain the key differences and how the new standard is intended to be used. They are an overview, not a replacement for studying the standard. If you have questions we will be happy to try and help. Please follow the email link at the end of each article.This fifth article of five has been written with industrial users in mind.  Industrial applications for torque are st...
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The 2017 edition of the standard is considerably modified from the 2003 edition. The five Norbar articles are designed to explain the key differences and how the new standard is intended to be used. They are an overview, not a replacement for studying the standard. If you have questions we will be happy to try and help. Please follow the email link at the end of each article.This fourth article of five has been written with users in the general automotive and other road vehicle aftermarket in mi...
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The 2017 edition of the standard is considerably modified from the 2003 edition.  The five Norbar articles are designed to explain the key differences and how the new standard is intended to be used. They are an overview, not a replacement for studying the standard. If you have questions we will be happy to try and help. Please use the email link at the end of each article.This third article of five has been written with calibration laboratories in mind.  Further articles for, automoti...
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The 2017 edition of the standard is considerably modified from the 2003 edition.  The five Norbar articles are designed to explain the key differences and how the new standard is intended to be used. They are an overview, not a replacement for studying the standard. If you have questions we will be happy to try and help. Please follow the email link at the end of each article.This second article of five has been written with hand torque tool manufacturers in mind.  Further articles for...
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The 2017 edition was published at the end of February and is considerably modified from the 2003 edition.  This article is designed to explain the key differences and how the new standard is intended to be used.During March, four further articles will explain the changes from the perspective of different users of the standard. Questions are welcome. Please follow the link at the end to email us.What has changed?The 2003 edition was itself a development of the 1993 edition. The 2003 standard...
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This is aimed at anyone that has ever wondered - Why do torque wrenches come with a fine tooth ratchet? why would I ever need one?Well clearly in my case as Engineering Manager for Norbar, I am only to aware as to the need for a fine tooth ratchet, and recently whilst performing some fairly major ‘open heart surgery’ to my American V8, I had to use a wrench (Mdl 100 with Industrial ratchet) in a situation which I thought at the time would be perfect as an example to explain why fine ...
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