Hypro is pleased to announce a new addition to our premises – a brand new, 5 axis milling machine.
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
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.
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.
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.
We are very pleased to welcome Peter to our team but this comes with a sad goodbye to our long-standing employee James – Peter is taking on his role as Applications Engineer.
James was originally steered towards this industry back at school: “As a small child with a passion for all things mechanical (preferably with wheels) some crusty teacher looked at my 11 – Plus exam paper and declared “You shall be an Engineer boy!”. And off to Homelands Technical High School For Boys Torquay I went for 6 years…which suited me just fine. Machines, metal work, technical drawing, maths, sports (including swimming and diving). Brilliant! …we even had a car to take to bits and reassemble! So ending up working for a company that design, develop and manufacture products that go into all kinds of machinery and boats all over the world has been just great.”
James started working for Hy-Pro in 1972 in the Machine Shop and Assembly areas and after a brief break away from Hy-Pro to pursue a role elsewhere in direct field sales in advertising, he came back to us in the role of Technical and Quality Manager. In 2014 James took up the position of Technical Sales Manager which has involved supporting our OEM customers, appointing and training our distributors, finding and growing the relationship with new clients.
James recalls “The real fun and privilege has been planning and showing off the Company and its products at various trade exhibitions including the METS Marine Trade Show in Amsterdam, the Fluid Power and Systems Show at the NEC and other events.”
When asked if he learnt anything in his time at Hy-Pro, James answered “Look for ways to commend people and help them grow. Listen and believe in them. When we are confronted by a seemingly unsurmountable problem, remember there is a solution, we just don’t know what it is yet.” For us and the custom solutions our team can build to suit many different applications, this is very apt advice.
Peter is now taking over James’ role and he too has experience in the Fluid Power industry as for just over 15 years he was dealing primarily with mobile applications, starting as a self-employed Agricultural service/repair engineer working on bespoke harvesting machinery and involved in the design of simple hydraulic systems.
Peter has previously collaborated with Hy-Pro when working with another company and when we asked why he wanted to work with us he commented: “HyPro have a remarkable reputation for their technical expertise and customer support which will be great to be a part of. Working with customers on their machinery, new and old. It gives you great sense of achievement seeing it all come to life for the first time.”
Peter and James have been working closely to get up to date with everything Peter needs to know about Hy-Pro and the needs of the role, however, James did have a few things to say on the matter: “I never thought the day would come when I pass my role over to a left handed lager drinking vegetarian with slightly ginger hair and a French surname. (who incidentally got a bigger computer screen on day 2 than I’ve EVER had) Sacré bleu!”
Peter knows he has some big boots to fill, and we’re really going to miss James, but we know that with his experience he’s going to do a great job for us and our customers. Our Managing Director, Elaine, has added: “I’ll miss James’ wicked sense of humour, which has kept me going for the last 30 plus years!”
It has been a phenomenal few years with James but it is now time for him to sail and travel his way through retirement. We really hope it treats him well! So we will leave you with one final message from James…
“Thank you for giving me meaningful, enjoyable, creative employment for all these years and I hope in return you have received the quality and quantity deserved. It’s been a pleasure. Thank you all for your understanding and support in the difficult times. To faintly echo the words of Dick Hammond, Hy-Pro’s founder ‘I hope I’ve made a difference’.”
For those of you unfamiliar with the term BSI it is the “the business standards company that helps organisations make excellence a habit”, established to develop “a new generation of standards” by helping manufacturing organisations to “improve their performance, reduce their risk and help them be more sustainable.” To this day there are 1200 BSI committees operating to achieve just that. At Hypro, our very own Quality Manager Rob Daniels has joined BSI Committee QS/001/02 Quality Management System Standards.
The scope of QS/001/02 Quality Management System Standards is as follows:
“Under the direction of QS/1, is responsible for the UK input into the revision and development of quality management standards and guidelines, including drafting, comment resolution and nominating delegates to international meetings.” This process ensures that proposed new standards or updated standards are discussed and reviewed in detail to ensure the standards are as concise, clear and easy to follow as possible in which an international delegation make final amendments. Continue reading BSI – HYPRO QUALITY MANAGER ROB DANIELS JOINS BSI COMMITTEE
Looking for a new career? We have some engineering vacancies at Hy-Pro.
Join the team which have been designing and manufacturing world-class products in the UK for over 50 years. We are a forward thinking company with modern equipment and ideas, based on the beautiful south Devon coast .
**This vacancy is now filled**
We are currently looking for a Hydraulic Applications Engineer to join our sales team and a skilled CNC machine setter/programmer/operator for our state of the art machine shop.
**This vacancy is now filled**
See www.hypro.co.uk for information about the company
Hypro goes global
* Since the publication of this article it has been brought to our attention that Jeanne has sadly had to postpone her voyage due to a serious injury, she is now recovering in hospital and we wish her a speedy recovery and hope that she will be able to continue her mission at some point in the near future.*
World record holder Jeanne Socrates is busy preparing for what she hopes to be her second sail nonstop and unassisted around the world in her boat Nereida. Jeanne became the oldest woman to successfully sail around the world nonstop on Monday 8th July 2013 and has since attempted to become the oldest person. After coming across various problems with her boat in 2016 when she gave two solo attempts, Jeanne has spent the last few months fixing problems with the boat and getting new parts fitted and created to ensure that 2017 is her year. Now aged 75 Jeanne is ready for the challenge and is looking forward to becoming the oldest person to sail nonstop unassisted (what an achievement)!
Hypro are delighted to announce that we have been helping Jeanne in her preparations for what is expected to be a 7-8month long journey! Continue reading World Record Holder Jeanne Socrates Is About To Begin Her Solo Trip Around The World Using Hypro Hydraulics
At Hy-Pro we use lathes extensively in production, particularly for producing spools of various sizes which are used in our hydraulic control valves. There are multitudes of other parts which we also make on our lathes, from simple washers to complex gears.
The lathes we use can machine intricate shapes to minute tolerances, and we can control the process to within a couple of microns. This is vital to hydraulic engineering which relies on very precise fits between components. Previously, gears would have to have been produced by grinding which is a highly skilled and expensive process. Using this new generation of sophisticated lathes we can produce perfect results with low costs; something we could not have imagined ten years ago. Continue reading Citizen ‘Sliding Head’ Lathes and The New Star Lathe