Posted on 16/11/2015 By Norbar
Radio controlled cars are big business but I’m not talking about the latest children’s toys here. With the capability to reach 48,000 rpm and powered by 3.5 cc engines, eighth scale circuit cars aren’t for the faint-hearted.
For years now, my passion has been racing. For a short time after my son was born my kit was hidden away at the back of the garage but as soon as my son was old enough, it was him who found it and dug it out and reinvigorated my love for eighth scale circuit cars once again.
The sport, and yes it is a sport, is led by the British Radio Car Association to which I am currently the Chairman. The BRCA promotes radio controlled car racing, in all of its forms, throughout the UK. We are also affiliated with the Motor Sports Association, which often surprises people, but you’d be amazed at some of the similarities.
Eighth scales circuit cars race on purpose built tarmac circuits and feature purpose built racing engines much like our Formula 1 ...
Posted on 02/11/2015 By Norbar
Having recently embarked on a project to gain ISO50001 (Energy Management System) accreditation, a question I’ve been posed a few times has been, “Yeah, but I turn the light off when I leave…..isn’t that enough?”
Well, what is ISO50001 and what is an Energy Management System?……
ISO50001 is the international standard for Energy Management Systems and within this standard it defines Energy Management Systems as such: “To enable an organisation to follow a systematic approach in achieving continual improvement of energy performance including energy efficiency, energy use and consumption.” This shouldn’t take too long, we’ll be back home in time for tea and biscuits before you know it!
So, first things first, make sure it’s managed from the top and put an energy management team together…..right done that, so what’s next? How about conducting the energy review and finding out how, where, a ...
Posted on 05/10/2015 By Norbar
Business and Personal – Personal and Business … however one considered it, it was good to be back in Scotland again.
My late Grandmother was Aberdonian and while she left in the 1930s, I have happy memories of sunny holidays spent in the Granite City, visiting my Great Grandpa. The reason I was there this time was work - Norbar took a stand again at Offshore Europe, in Aberdeen, UK.
Several of the Technical Sales team from Norbar, Banbury, were at the show, manning the stand for the week; which included assisting with erecting the stand as well. Despite the well-documented fall in the oil-price and the reduction in industry activity, the show was busy overall (especially the second and third days).
Aberdeen is a world centre of engineering expertise for the sector and although there have been a number of lay-offs, remains highly dependent on the oil industry. Brits talk of Aberdeen as the “Oil Capital of Europe”. It’s certainly the ...
Posted on 01/09/2015 By Norbar
As I am sure you are aware, there has been huge media attention on the lack of Engineering resource in the EU.
Norbar is no different and we have been experiencing staff shortages in this area for some time.
We changed our recruitment strategy and have recently used Linked In which has actually helped (despite being inundated with CVs). We also took the decision that we may need to consider resource outside the EU.
Employing people from outside the EU requires an employer to be awarded a ‘Sponsors Licence’. This is essentially written permission from the Home Office to recruit non-EU people. However it is not as easy as it seems and I would like to share with you my experience of working through this process as it was highly complicated requiring legal input.
In my naivety, I believed that if the most suitable candidate responding to one of our advertisements was from outside the EU we could just apply for a Certificate of Sponsorship to employ them (the old w ...
Posted on 01/09/2015 By Norbar
Torque wrenches are common place across a variety of industrial processes, commercial garages and even homes wherever there is a precision assembly process utilising threaded fasteners. Considering their widespread use however, there remains a number of things that people get wrong or simply don’t know. Here Philip Brodey at Norbar Torque Tools highlights the top ten things to consider.
1. Storing your torque wrench
When a torque wrench is in regular use it does not need to be wound back. However, when storing a torque wrench for an extended period of time, users should always wind it down to the minimum scale setting and never to zero.
A fully loaded torque wrench, left in storage for a long period, can cause a ‘set’ in the spring, causing it to weaken over time. On the other end of the scale, by completely off-loading the spring, other components within the wrench may move fractionally relative to each other. When you re ...
Posted on 21/08/2015 By Norbar
In my last blog I explained that the working group for torque wrenches had been meeting since 2008 to revise and develop the existing standard for torque wrenches ISO 6789:2003.
The project has taken far too long and sometimes people ask me why we have not finished before. In the following paragraphs I will try to explain some of the reasons, from my perspective. My aim is to give you an insight into standards preparation.
Every ISO standard has an owner, in the form of a Technical Committee. ISO/TC 29 looks after “small tools” which includes drills, milling cutters, abrasive grinding discs as a well as hand tools. The area of spanners, screwdrivers etc are defined as “Assembly tools for screws and nuts” and these are the responsibility of a Sub-Committee called ISO/TC 29/SC 10. Sub-Committees are populated with delegates from member countries. In ISO/ TC 29/SC 10 we have 10 countries who are registered as participating and 16 countries who are observing. More informa ...
Posted on 14/08/2015 By Norbar
As a lad I was always fascinated by the TV show ‘One man and his dog’ as a farmer, usually from Wales or the ‘bleak North’ would gather sheep of various levels of intelligence and commitment to the cause into a pen, against the clock but with other criteria such as style (or some other qualitative factor) being important to the outcome. This was prime time telly and strangely absorbing.
And so it is with being a Process Stream Manager as you stand there with your metaphorical crook and pipe (to make you look unflappable) gazing out over your flock as they all walk in the right direction in a timely manner taking care of all qualitative matters. Then one day the company asked if my Process Stream could take cost out of the Torque Wrench Body Tubes by moving some of the sub contracted operation in house. We were to start with surface preparation and investigations were undertaken with suppliers of the equipment who were more than happy to sell us kit confidently exclaiming wit ...
Posted on 13/08/2015 By Norbar
Cycling is a growth sector in the UK. Whether it’s because of Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome, Chris Hoy or Team Sky at the Tour de France, cycling traffic has increased every year since 2008 – roughly about the time that the British first realised we were getting quite good at it.
Posted on 06/07/2015 By Norbar
UK manufacturers are now reporting a slowdown in order intake particularly in Export sales, hindered somewhat by the strong pound and the potential Greek exit of the Euro. Inventory and supplier rationalisation, volatile commodity prices and zero inflation, the list could go on but in short, it is getting tough out there!
There is a subtle difference between being able to “respond” rather than “react” when faced with challenging times. This is often the difference in taking sound business decisions rather than adopting a short term emotive response but it does rely on strong leadership and an agile team approach.
Whilst we at Norbar have no direct control over what happens in the wider economy, we can influence the impact this has on our business when it comes to People, Process, and Performance.
At our recent European Distributor Seminar in Geneva, we discussed at length the “Supply chain value” and the integral links between “Product, Ima ...
Posted on 23/06/2015 By Norbar
My name is Mark Hadfield and I am one of the Technical Sales Engineers based at Norbar in Banbury. One of our roles is to liaise with our distributors and customers to provide solutions to any issues they may have with any Norbar products.I was involved with the original testing of the EvoTorque prior to its launch and have been closely involved with the use of the tool ever since.
The EvoTorque, in common with other mains powered tools, is often used with an extension lead. This, in turn, has lead to questions from Customers and Distributors as to the effect of voltage drop on the EvoTorque. For an AC tool voltage drop describes how the supplied voltage is reduced as electric current moves through the passive elements (in this case the cable) of an electric circuit. This is caused by the internal resistance of the cable and the resistance to change of current (Reactance). Together they are called Impedance.
We knew the EvoTorque exceeded the minimum requirements for minimum and maximu ...