METS Show in Holland – Hy-Pro Are Exhibiting!

The METSTRADE show is known for its global popularity in exhibiting marine and construction materials. Being the world’s largest trade show within this sector, the event specialises in B2B networking and are proud to welcome Hy-Pro’s exhibition stand, from 19th – 21st November.

What is the METSTRADE Show?

Based in Amsterdam, this trade show is a base in which marine leisure professionals can come together to market their products and connect with various international companies that share similar qualities.

This platform provides opportunities for marine brands across the globe to acquire strong leads and establish relationships with other employers. The MET Show ran their first show in 1988 and continues to expand on its visitors and exhibitors, including Hy-Pro.

Who Visits the Show?

The multi-award-winning trade show represents 121 different companies and their expertise in marine and construction equipment. This allows not only the attending companies but its audience to gather more advanced knowledge on the manufacture and trade of these products.

Last year’s show accommodated over 26,000 visitors, including both companies and prospects within the industry.

The worldwide event attracts great publicity and attention every year, due to obtaining some of the top global companies. Last year, 279 trade journalists attended the event.

Our Stand

Hy-Pro will be presenting a selection of our hydraulic autopilot drives that all comply with the new RCD requirements. We are proud to exhibit our range of products in the sense of their durability and overall productivity, providing purpose for a wide range of customers at the trade show.

Similar to our attendance in last year’s show, we intend to meet with many distributors and present them with solutions to any issues their facing and build on their knowledge of hydraulics.

We’re on stand 03.333 at the show this year and will be offering our marine customers a 15% discount for all orders we receive at the show for delivery in 2019.

This Year’s Pavilions

This year’s METS show will be accompanying three different pavilions for us to participate in. These categorise the expertise of the exhibitors attending the show into different specialities. The pavilions are as follows:

  • SuperYacht Pavilion
  • Construction Material Pavillion
  • Marina & Yard Pavilion

You can find more information on these and see the full list of exhibitors here.

The 2019 METSTRADE Show will be presenting a variety of stages for its exhibitors. There will be a platform for boat builders, designers and architects so that companies can exchange knowledge and present their work and materials alike. There will also be a ‘construction in process’ stage to offer more of an engaging and interactive display at the exhibition. This is the perfect platform to become inspired by the raw materials and processes that acquire them.

For more information on the different platforms the Metstrade Show will be offering, you can find out here.

 

To find out more information about our stand or to register as an attendee for this year’s METSTRADE Show, you can sign up to the list here. Alternatively, contact us at Hy-Pro for more information! If you’re coming along to the show please do stop by our stand and say hello, we’re looking forward to talking to you!

A Brief History of Hydraulics

Using fluid to generate movement within different machinery has been around for thousands of years. The uses of water power dates back as far as Ancient Egypt and it is still used to this day.

Hydraulic power is now all around us and is used in everyday life, powering many of our vehicles and even everyday objects like dishwashers.

Early Discovery

The first evidenced example of hydraulic power is the Perachora wheel, invented in 3rd century BC. The wheel presents one of the simpler models, and this provides an example of using the movement of water to generate power. Many historic entrepreneurs have elaborated on this invention and gradually made hydraulics more and more advanced over time.

In Rome, as early as 25 BC, water was used to power mills that generated the production of flour, stone and timber. It was even used in ‘hushing’, which was the process of extracting tin from lead ores. When people began to build more knowledge on the power of hydraulics this process was then converted into ‘hydraulic mining’ which was particularly helpful within the Californian Gold Rush in the mid-1800s.

The discovery of hydraulics initially began with a French mathematician and physicist named Blaise Pascal. Pascal’s Law was his dominant finding, and this explored the ideals that “pressure exerted anywhere in a confined incompressible fluid is transmitted equally in all directions throughout the fluid such that the pressure variations remain the same”. This law provided a template for the more advanced findings that took place later on in the next century.

Daniel Bernoulli later generated Bernoulli’s principle in 1738, which outlines the behaviour of fluids in various conditions of flow and height. This was particularly helpful for the development of high-pressured water pipes that relied on steam-driven pumps and mills to permit power over long distances.

While this finding was extraordinary at the time, electricity was proven to be more convenient and led to the evolution of combining both electricity and hydraulics to create a more efficient method of power.

Hydraulic Power

Towards the end of the eighteenth century, the hydraulic press came into creation. In 1795, Joseph Bramah used the knowledge sourced by Pascal’s Law for the invention of the hydraulic press.

This hydraulic press provided a pathway for the manufacturing of objects using printing presses, cranes and different forms of machinery.

After a short period of time, the Americans combined this knowledge with their understanding of electricity to generate hydro-power. It was around this point that hydraulic power plants began to be built.

In the late nineteenth century, the first hydro-power scheme came about, William George Armstrong was the founder of this idea, however he decided shortly after that this wasn’t the most efficient way to harness energy. Instead, he began designing the rotary engine, powered by water. Unfortunately, this engine was also unsuccessful and not many people showed interest in his design.

Following this idea, determined to construct an efficient and successful form of hydro-power, Armstrong took upon redesigning the engine and created the piston engine instead.

The piston engine led to the growing development of the hydraulic power-pipe networks. These networks carried power across various locations from one main power source via the movement of water. This was particularly successful in powering cranes across Britain and even in other countries like Switzerland.

Armstrong’s invention had proven to progress much further than any other hydraulic invention, however, there was still a lot of room for improvement. Eventually they realised that H2O was a basic element to persist in hydro-power and in fact oil was more suitable. Some of the key benefits that led to this discovery were that oil proves to be a lot less susceptible to evaporation when operating a machine. Also, a non-corrosive type of oil would be able to perform a lot better, without damaging the machine.

The Use of Hydraulics Today

The rapid evolution of hydraulics has led to a robust and efficient form of hydro-power that we still use today.

This system provides up to ten times more power than an electric motor, making it extremely helpful when lifting and moving heavy objects. The precise mechanics make it a safer alternative than electricity alone and therefore it is better for using around workers and people.

This list of progressive benefits has led to the popularity of hydraulics and its large number of uses within construction, shipping and manufacturing.

 

For more information on how hydraulics have developed over time and become helpful towards the products that we manufacture here at Hy-Pro, you can contact us on 01626 863634 to speak to a member of our team.

 

Why HyPro Manufacture In-House

Here at HyPro, all of our products are designed and manufactured in house. We pride ourselves on their quality, so manufacturing in-house provides a whole host of benefits to us as a business, and to you, our customer.

So, what are the benefits?

Quality

As our customer, we know that the quality of your products matters to you as much as it does to us. You need to know the products you order are of the standard you expect and will perform as intended upon use.

By making all of our products in house, we can ensure the quality is perfect.  In-house manufacturing means businesses like us can constantly be tracking our manufacturing process and follow stricter procedures than if we were to outsource this.

We’re always updating our quality control procedures, using the latest measuring equipment, including CMM machines, lasers and other probing apparatus to test all of our equipment before sale and distribution.

Our hydraulic components are top of the range; they’re made to very tight tolerances, often to 2 tenths of a thousandth of an inch, to achieve minimum leakage without sticking.

Price

When it comes to subcontractors, manufacturing in-house also holds other benefits. Since there are a limited number of aerospace contractors who can create tolerances in components so high, they tend to be expensive.

Because we’re able to machine parts on our premises at cost price, we can create products of the highest standard and lowest price for our consumers. Subcontractors would have to add a significant mark-up to products manufactured elsewhere. We’re constantly striving to provide the best quality products at the most affordable price.

What’s more, the manufacturing team have easy access to the design team and can communicate directly about design elements and ensure the parts are made in the most efficient and effective way.

On Time Delivery

One huge bonus of manufacturing our products in house is the ability to meet demand from our customers and react to the market quickly– we’re able to machine what we want to when we want to.

This means we can respond quickly to orders and deliver the most efficient service for our customers.

We are helped by our state of the art machinery which includes pallet loading 5 axis machinery and sliding head lathes. These are capable of running “lights out” and unmanned so production can continue even in the early hours to meet constant demands from OEMs and distributors.

Innovation

Having machinery on site means we are able to make experimental and prototype components at the whim of our design engineers.  This means we can develop and expand our range quickly to suit new applications for our customers and continually improve our designs.

If you’re looking for new hydraulic equipment or are interested in what we do – find out more about us at HyPro here.

Hydraulic Projects Ltd – The First 50 Years

Hydraulic Projects Ltd was incorporated by our founder, Dick Hammond, on 14th April 1966.  Following his degree, 15 years in companies like Rolls Royce and Hotpoint and working in air crash investigation, Dick decided to set up on his own and specialise in hydraulic design.

Dick’s first products were a range of hydraulic power units and a hydrostatic transmission system for canal craft.  The latter design allowed engines to be situated in the stern (instead of mid-ships under the table) and its manufacture was licenced to other companies for many years.  During the 1960’s Dick and his wife Irma worked from the Morgan Giles Boat Yard and later the Globe Hall Works in Topsham.

In 1969 Dick was approached by a local manufacturer, Twose of Tiverton, to design and make hydraulic valves for farm equipment.  At 250 relief valves per month, this was a daunting task and the poor economy and unfavourable climate for small business did not help.  With little capital for equipment, Hy-Pro relied on a sub-contractor for the bulk of its manufacture. During this year Colin Willcocks invested in the company, enabling real growth to begin. The business then moved to a former café, the Flamingo (later became M&D Hire), on the Dawlish Road.

By 1976, 50% of turnover was being used to pay the sub-contractors and Dick felt that our future was too dependent on that of other companies.  Dick was keen to invest profits in plant of our own.  With a rented machine shop, Hy-Pro began a planned programme of investment.  Dick’s policy at the time was to buy British, as much for the technical back-up provided as for the quality of the machinery.  These first machines were considered very advanced at the time and included plug board controlled EMI MECH lathes and Moog punch tape controlled vertical machining centres.  John Robberts with his experience from Centrax master-minded the introduction of the machinery.

By the late 70’s the company were producing 5,000 valves every month (including the popular relief valve range developed in the late 60’s), employing 20 people and turning over half a million pounds.  During the 70’s the first range of pumps was designed for the marine autopilot market and the V1790 3/8” ported valve was the first Hy-Pro bankable slice valve.

1982 saw the completion of the present purpose-built machine shop and by 1984 the present office block was completed.

Product improvements and advances followed in the intervening years, including electric solenoid control and the successful V5-60 and V3-100 slice valves.  In 1991, Dick won the prestigious British Design Award (sponsored by the Design Council) for the integral linear hydraulic actuator. A worthy tribute to Dick’s career in hydraulic design.

In July 1995, Mike Humpershon was appointed Managing/Sales & Marketing Director and in 2001 the new pump assembly building was completed in anticipation of increasing demand from Raymarine and the possibility of us setting up our own distributorship.  Unfortunately, 2001 proved to be a difficult year with an economic recession and Raymarine elected to build their own pumps under licence.

2002 was a very sad year for Hy-Pro as Dick passed away in June following a battle with cancer.  He has been greatly missed in the ensuing years.  We were fortunate that Colin Willcocks agreed to step in as our Chairman Of The Board to help ensure the continuity of the business.

Mike left the company in early 2003 and John Robberts and Elaine Slater were appointed as joint CEOs .  Alan Wilson became Sales Director later the same year. On John’s retirement in 2010, Elaine continued as MD.  The Willcocks family purchased the remaining Hammond shares from Dick’s daughters, Lisa and Anna, in 2014.  We are fortunate to include John, Irma, Lisa and Anna in our extended family and we are now privileged to have Colin’s sons, James and Ben on the Board.

Dick would have been proud to know that we are still developing new hydraulic valves in 2016.  His original pumps were re-vamped by Barry Wynn and by commonising parts, reducing costs and producing a 1 litre version, we were able to win back the volume Raymarine work in 2014.  The award winning actuator, with reduced backdrive, has also come into its own through Garmin’s patronage and Hy-Pro is now embracing electronic technology with the new radio remote  (designed by our own Ben Willcocks).  The company continues to regularly invest in cutting edge machinery and technology and we have come a very long way since Dick’s first pencil drawings.

Today we are pleased to say we are still working closely with customers from the early days, such as Teagle Machinery in Cornwall, and that our sales portfolio continues to grow.  We are now developing a network of distributors for both control valves and the marine industry, including distributors in Chile and South Africa.  With new products on the way, excellent quality, reliable delivery, sound investment and competitive prices , we look forward to the next 50 years.

See www.hypro.co.uk for more information about our products and the company

Hypro Premises Expansion

We have some exciting news – we’re expanding our premises!

We are moving 3 vertical machining centres and some smaller ancillary machines into a building directly next door to our current premises.

There is now space within the original Hypro unit to install new machines which we’re in the process of completing, and the relocation allows space to be created for additional layout changes involving valve assembly operation and warehouse facilities.

The new building will also house two new programming offices and additional storage space.

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Our Experience at the METS Trade Show

Our representatives recently attended the Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) in Amsterdam again this year, following the success of our time at the show last year.

Known to be the world’s biggest trade exhibition of marine equipment, materials and systems, the show proved successful for HyPro and our range of products.

Since 1988, the METS trade show has served as the biggest platform for marine technology and innovation and provided the best networking environment for marine autopilot manufacturers and professionals in the industry.
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