Hy-Pro are Open for Business

We would like to assure all of our customers and suppliers that we are still open for business here in Devon. Due to the temporary closure of some of our customers and the need to maintain social distancing, we have reduced the number of people on site down to about 1/3. Everyone who can do so is working from home.

Our technical sales team are all at the end of a phone as usual, as are people in our accounts and purchasing departments.

We do maintain good levels of stock for most of our popular products but our machine shop is currently running at reduced capacity. This means that our usual stocks will fall. For this reason, I would ask that our regular OEM customers and distributors consider their requirements at least one month in advance. We are currently scheduling our machines for the second half of May.
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HY-PRO – Covid-19 Update

Dear Supplier

We are just writing to let you know that, while it’s business as usual at the moment, we are taking precautions to protect our staff and our future.

In particular:

  • Only essential and pre-arranged visitors will be allowed on site.
  • Delivery drivers will not be allowed inside and proofs of delivery/collection will be ‘name only’ – ie not signed. This is to prevent personal contact.
  • Key workers who are able to work from home now have the facility to do so.
  • Government guidelines for isolation have been re-enforced for all our staff and we have announced emergency sick-pay policies to ensure everyone complies.
  • Hygiene policies have been put into place.

We are still in full production and, for the most part, we are not currently having problems with raw materials and supplies.  We would ask our suppliers to inform us immediately if they know of any expected problems with their own supply chains.  In particular, we urgently need to know if any existing purchase order will be delayed.  Communication and cooperation will be vital in this emergency.

I would like to wish all of our suppliers the very best in these worrying and uncertain times.

 

Kind Regards

ELAINE SLATER

Managing Director

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!

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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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.

GDPR – What It Is & How We Use Your Data

Many of our customers are companies, and if you are one of these you are probably aware of the approaching deadline for GDPR. There is a lot of confusion surrounding GDPR, so we’ve highlighted the basics in this blog and briefly explained how it affects us as a company and might affect yours too. If you’re an individual who is an ‘end user’ customer of ours, this blog also explains how we treat your personal data, and how this complies with the new GDPR regulations.

What is it?

GDPR stands for the General Data Protection Regulations, this is a piece of EU legislation that will be coming into practice very soon. This piece of legislative text will be replacing the UK’s Data Protection act 1998, this new regulation will be aimed at businesses in regards to their use of the personal data of individuals.

Companies who are not compliant with these new terms of GDPR will be subject to penalties given out by the ICO.

The deadline to be compliant with these new regulations is 25th May 2018, this is when the regulations will start to be enforced, and penalties will begin to be handed out to non-compliant companies.

Why is it happening?

The regulation looks at modernising our existing data protection laws – the way that businesses use and handle data has changed a lot over the years, so therefore the legislation needs to reflect these changes.

One of the main aims of GDPR is to rectify the numerous methods companies have created to use, and sometimes abuse an individual’s personal data.

What is involved in becoming GDPR compliant?

The GDPR regulations are quite complex so it may be worth talking to a professional in this industry. However, some of the main actions you need to take in order to be compliant are:

  • Produce a data map of where your data is collected, stored and used.
  • Make sure all personal data you hold is as secure as possible.
  • Ensure you have adequate consent for the use of an individual’s data.

How does Hy-Pro use ‘personal data’ of customers who are individuals?

Here at Hy-Pro, we send order confirmations, statements and enquiry replies via email to our customers.  We also use this data to keep you informed using newsletters.  If you are currently on our news mailing list, you are able to unsubscribe at any time to stop us using your data to send you newsletters .  Our news mailing list is stored by and processed by MailChimp and we store your information in our accounts system on an internal server protected by the latest technology.  We don’t share your data with third parties or use it for anything else.

For Inland Revenue purposes, all of our customer data has to be stored for 7 years from your last transaction in our accounts system.   After this period, we intend to render personal data “beyond use” – ie remove email addresses, phone numbers and postal addresses.

The data we hold is limited to names, contact details and accounting records for the legitimate purposes of conducting our business and complying with the law.

If you have any questions or concerns over how we treat your data, you’re welcome to get in touch with us.