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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Meet Hy-Pro’s New Applications Engineer

We’re pleased to introduce the newest member to the Hy-Pro team.

We are pleased to announce that Samuel Antwi Adjei has joined us as our new Applications Engineer.   With a wealth of experience in the design, application and sales of hydraulic components (in particular hydraulic control valves), Sam has already been meeting some of our major customers.

Born in Ghana in the West Africa, Samuel was raised and educated in Italy. In 2002 he attained a Diploma in Industrial Engineering and went on to graduate as a Mechanical Engineer in 2007 at the University of Parma in Italy.

Working for Walvoil between 2003 and 20011 in the Research and Development Department and technical Customer Assistance. Sam worked closely with Caterpillar, Manitou, John Deere and Case.

Sam then went on to work as a Product Specialist for Kramp until 2014 when he joined Pirtek UK to look after 27 franchising centres.  Latterly, Sam was Sales Manager for Welte-Gmbh for the UK, North America, Australia and Africa.

As well as English, Sam speaks Italian, Spanish, German and Swahili.  In his spare time, Sam is very keen on Italian cookery.

If you would like to discuss your own hydraulic application and how we might assist you, please give Sam a call on 01626 863634.  Please also see our website.

The METS Trade Show 2018

The METS trade show is coming to Amsterdam this November 2018 and Hy-Pro are going to be attending.

The exhibition is being held from 13th to 15th November 2018 at the RAI in Amsterdam and is the largest international B2B exhibition for the marine leisure industry since 1988.

This event is a hub for innovation, market developments and industry networking. It is a trade event, meaning that everyone who attends is part of the marine industry and a valuable contact to network with.

Hy-ProDrive Autopilot Drives On Display

Our team will be in Amsterdam  again this year

We will have our reversing pumps, cylinders and combined actuator units with us and, most exciting of all, we will be launching our long awaited constant running pump!

Our team are already preparing for the event and are eager to network and answer any questions you have about our marine products.

We would love to see as many of you there as possible, and we’re sure that it will be an interesting and worthwhile event.

If you want more information on the exhibition, you can visit their official website https://www.metstrade.com/ or alternatively, you can contact our team for your free entry ticket!

Please email sales@hypro.co.uk or telephone 00 +44 (0)1626 863634.

See our marine products: here

We are waiting to welcome you in our Stand in Hall3 in stand number 03.333.

Our Team will be happy to see you there!

A Beginners Guide to EMC Compliancy

What is EMC compliancy?

EMC (ElectroMagnetic Compatibility) testing is the process in which electrical devices are tested to ensure they do not emit a large amount of electromagnetic interference. These interferences are known as radiated and conducted emissions, and there are tests to prove the quality of both.

This is to establish that any device used or manufactured by us functions as expected around other electromagnetic phenomena, and vice versa.

The Electromagnetic Compatibility Regulations 2006 set out the regulations and standards to which electromagnetic equipment must be held.

This is to be certain electromagnetic disturbance does not reach levels that would prevent telecommunications, radio and other equipment from working properly, and to cement the equipment’s immunity from these effects also.

Why is EMC Testing Important?

Untested electromagnetic equipment can interfere with navigational equipment.

This could have dangerous implications to your craft whilst at sea, on a small-scale interfering with the ultrasound frequencies of fish finders, and on a larger scale affecting the radar, compass and transmissions on military sea craft.

Similarly, untested equipment can itself be affected by other equipment.

All the Hy-ProDrive marine pumps we manufacture are tested to the EMC Navigational standard  BS EN 60945:2002 (DC) for radiated and conducted emissions.

Radiated Emissions Testing

Radiated emissions testing measures the electromagnetic field strength of any unintentionally generated emissions. The overall purpose of radiated emissions testing is to measure the susceptibility of your device to surrounding electromagnetic interference.

So how to EMC labs test this? The device will be placed in a ‘semi-anechoic chamber’, or a shielded metal room, with an antenna directed at it.

This reduces the force of background radio signals, making it easier for the antenna to pick up the signals coming from your product in comparison to background emissions which are kept at a minimum.

This increases the chances of the final readings being considered quantifiable and accurate data.

Conducted Emissions Testing

Conducted emissions testing measures not the emissions the device itself creates, but rather the electromagnetic energy conducted out of the device, such as along any connecting cables like power, signal or data cables.

To reduce the amount of interference a device can have on a power supply, the emission levels are measured to ensure they comply with the limits specified by regulatory bodies.

The interference range tested is typically anywhere between 9kHz to 1GHz.

A LISN (Line Impedance Stabilization Network) will be placed between the equipment under test and a power source to isolate the radio frequency signals from the power source. It will also measure the radio frequency from the device.

Hy-ProDrive Pumps For Marine Autopilots

Hy-ProDrive Pumps (reversing and constant running) and combined actuator units will not affect electronic navigational equipment and will not be affected by other electrical devices.

Our products have undergone rigorous testing to EN 60945:2002 by an approved test house to verify their safety and compliance with UK and EU laws. Why not browse our selection?

Upcoming BFPA Conference on Fluid and Lubricant Contamination

The BFPA is holding a technical conference in Bath this September, and whilst we are not attending this conference, it may be of interest to some of our customers and partners.

This conference will focus on how important it is to minimise hydraulic fluid and lubricant contamination, as well as how recent developments may have changed our appreciation of what clean is.

Should I Attend?

This conference is targeted towards the end-users of products such as hydraulic products who want to maintain and clean their systems.

It is also targeted for professionals who are responsible for the maintenance, condition and cleaning of fluid and lubricant products. These could be for a wide range of applications.

Finally, this conference is perfect for the professionals in the field of Lubricants and Hydraulic Fluids. If you fit one of these criteria than this conference will be perfect for you, but even if you have an interest in wanting to take care of your hydraulic system a little better, it could definitely be worth a visit.

There is a whole range of industries that this conference is applicable for, including:

  • Oil companies.
  • Additive manufacturers.
  • Car manufacturers.
  • Hydraulic equipment.
  • Filter manufacturers.

These are just a few of a large range of industries.

What Are the Key Things I’ll Take from This?

There is so much to learn and take from a conference like this one. The main topics covered in this conference will be:

  • Contaminant formation.
  • Varnish – This is an increasing problem in large applications.
  • Developments in the test methods for lubricant cleanliness and assessing fluid.
  • The changes to the classification of cleanliness.
  • The control of fluid cleanliness and contamination (by air, water and particulates).
  • Case studies of the problems associated with cleanliness and with contamination.

Key Information

It will be held on 10th – 11th September at Bath University. The first floor of the Chancellors Building in the Centre for Power Transmission and Motion Control will be the conference’s home for the two days of exhibitions and information. There is a program of talks throughout the two days, and you’ll want to check this beforehand to ensure you get to hear everything you want as well as have time to walk around the stands.

In order to attend this event, you will need to buy a ticket; this also includes an evening dinner at Bailbrook House. You don’t need to be a BFPA member to attend, although there is a discount if you are. The pricing of these tickets along with venue information and event program, is available on the official website here: http://bfpatechnicalconference2018.co.uk

Hy-Pro to Replace Imported Monoblock with British Slice Valve

If you have read our previous blogs, you will know that increasingly manufacturing is returning to the UK. This is great for the UK industry as well as the consumers of the high-quality goods.

We are pleased to announce that Hy-Pro will be replacing the previously imported monoblock range with our very own British designed and manufactured slice valves.

This will offer quality improvements, technical advantages and most importantly reliable deliveries. We are always striving to offer our customers the best products and service in this market, and we hope that this will only improve our business.

Over the past 6 months, we have been experiencing problems with the regular supply of imported monoblock valves that we need.  This is believed to have been a problem for many other companies as there appears to be a world shortage.

There are still a limited number of monoblock valves available for delivery, but we will not be replenishing this stock due to the upcoming replacement.

If you are interested in the new valve we will be stocking, please call for a quotation. This will be an equivalent British sectional valve from our V4-40 (40 l) and our V5-60 (60 l) ranges.

These valves are designed and manufactured by Hy-Pro, here in the UK. Currently, there is a 4 week lead time on this product.

Our valves are made with match honed spools and include built-in load check valves. They also come with a huge range of ancillary options and include manual, electrical, cable and pneumatic control.

See our website for details on our new product, or for more information or a quote about this new UK valve, get in touch!