Whilst manufacturing is at our core at Bibby we also pride ourselves on providing solutions to difficult challenges that our customers face – we work “hand in glove” with the client’s representatives to develop a fully working prototype and are happy to continually research & develop the scheme together to achieve a cost effective and efficient working model to meet our clients’ aspirations.
Bibby provide hands on support and can also provide CAD engineered drawings to support the development of the solution throughout the process.
Bibby were approached by our customer to design and manufacture a machine for extracting the nut debris out of the used cooking oil – they wanted to recycle the used oil in the processes but contaminated oil was causing some significant production and financial issues.
The unit design was made up of a series of multiple filter trays that were aligned together in the vertical plane, seated on sliding guide rails and then a hydraulic ram would force the spent oil through the filter plates. During this process the nut debris would be captured on them and the residual oil would be clear of contamination.
The unit was 1.5mts in length and manufactured in 316 stainless steel for cleanliness.
Bibby Precision Engineering were approached by an existing customer to support them in developing and trialling the first CTC scanner for Horses in the UK – a unique challenge for the whole team.
The principle of the scheme that the CTC scanner would be a fixed unit – but given that all horses differ in height, we would have to develop a platform unit that could be hydraulically raised and lowered to accommodate the height variance of each animal – with a lowering pit being constructed to accommodate this process and to accommodate the control/lifting rams etc.
The platform, with removable handrails, would also have to be a substantial engineered solution as to support the weight of the range of horses and also be able to be clinically cleaned after each operation – to this end high quality stainless steel was used in the fabrication/manufacture.
Following initial trials it was found that the head and neck of the animal needed to be kept fixed and level – so Bibby introduced a carbon fibre boarding to give additional support during the scan.
Bibby Engineering were approached by Dr Alexander Seifalian from the London Free Hospital with a project to develop and manufacture a prototype machine used within the research department to create artificial veins.
The machine was installed in the hospital laboratories where it successfully created the first artificial veins for research.
This unit can be seen working on the BBC Programme Operation Ouch Series 2 episode 5 from 19 minutes into the programme.
Another of our exciting advances at Bibby was made during a visit to a large pharmaceutical company involved in the production of flu vaccine in Liverpool. Our client wanted to significantly increase the output of egg injection in its facility.
After a series of intensive consultation, plans were drawn up and the machine was developed to achieve the client’s aspirations and meet their performance criteria – as part of the final solution was a unique and innovative “double insert needle” engineered arrangement.
The final machine dramatically improved our clients existing output performance by more than 20 fold.
Working in conjunction with a market leaders research & development team Bibby Engineering were tasked with the development, manufacture and assembly of a prototype machine in order to reduce the lead time in the manufacture of toothpaste tubes for the company’s product range.
Built from an array of complex machined parts, over a period of 6 months, the successful unit was used at one of our client’s overseas Plants.
Our client regularly had to lift a very large bearing into a vertical position during routine maintenance procedures – this was performed using a sling & lifting arrangement, with the potential to move during this process. The bearing had a considerable weight and was therefore a cautious and demanding procedure to undertake.
Following a series of discussions with our client we developed a hydraulic lift & tilt platform, capable of securing the bearing in position and being able to safely operate the platform hydraulics and in doing so lift the bearing into a safe and secure working position in a variable range.
This application is extremely versatile and could easily be modified to provide a number of solutions across a wide spectrum of industry.