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RCI - Machine Shop Organisation

The second week in July 2018 marked Norbar’s third, full scale Rapid Continuous Improvement (RCI) event, consisting of four teams, each tasked on a different, week long, intensive project. Each team had differing objectives but all had common goals: to help make the factory more productive, easier to work in, and safer.

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BS7882:2017 Method for calibration and classification of torque measuring devices

The latest edition of BS7882 was published on the 31st August 2017. Current best practice has been incorporated into this revision which provides a practical solution for the calibration of torque measuring devices including the technical requirements needed for high accuracy classes without making the calibration too time consuming to perform and hence commercially unacceptable. There are minor changes to the calibration procedure compared to the 2008 edition. The minimum certificate content has also been increased to reflect the enhanced technical requirements of the standard.

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In my professional capacity

Norbar has always been a very family orientated business often employing husband-and-wife team’s sons, daughters and cousins. The best thing and the thing I will miss most is people I have worked with over the years, not just in Banbury but also in the Norbar companies around the world. I look forward to seeing a lot of my Banbury colleagues when we celebrate 75 years since Norbar was incorporated over the next couple of months.

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The Formative Years

On the eve of my retirement I reflect back on 50 years involvement in the Torque Tool industry. It was at the age of five I had my earliest memory of the North Bar Tool Company Ltd (it was to be four years later that we renamed the company Norbar Torque Tools Ltd.), I was visiting my father’s office in North Bar Place wearing my school uniform of shorts and shirt and I ended up scolding the backs of my legs on the radiator, you could say that event was burned into memory.

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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).

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Longevity is key (even if that includes a stint in the garage)

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.

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Cologne 2018 - Showtime

Saturday 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.

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Cologne 2018 - Getting to the show

For all our careful thought and planning in the lead up, it was to be something entirely out of our control that, at the eleventh hour began to threaten our presence

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Rapid Continuous Improvement Continues

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.

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Calibration Laboratory Training

My training at Norbar Banbury took place in 2 stages. The first part enlightened me to the operation of a world-class calibration laboratory. Having picked up these good laboratory practices, they were immediately put to use upon returning to the Singapore Laboratory.

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