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2015 Oct – LBBC Technologies backdrop for Sheffield City Region devolution deal

Sheffield City Region has agreed a historic devolution deal with the government which will lead to the appointment of a directly-elected mayor who will oversee a range of devolved powers including responsibility over transport budgets; franchised bus services and strategic planning.

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Couldn’t be a better back drop for the signing for Sheffield City Region devolution deal as part of the Northern Powerhouse initiative.  The deal was signed by Rt Hon George Osborne MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer at the AMRC with Boeing centre in Rotherham in front of LBBC’s Thermoclave equipment.

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2015 Sept – LBBC Technologies attend Northern Powerhouse reception in Downing Street

L-R Stuart Andrew MP, Chris Spencer Chief Executive Officer of EMIS Group; Rt Hon George Osborne MP; Robert Pickard Director LBBC; Howard Pickard Managing Director LBBC; Peter Southby Chief Financial Officer EMIS Group.

L-R Stuart Andrew MP, Chris Spencer Chief Executive Officer of EMIS Group; Rt Hon George Osborne MP; Robert Pickard Director LBBC; Howard Pickard Managing Director LBBC; Peter Southby Chief Financial Officer EMIS Group.

At the reception they met with other businesses from the Northern Region and were introduced to Chancellor of the Exchequer The Rt Hon George Osborne MP.

This followed a visit by Stuart Andrew MP for Pudsey, Horsforth and Aireborough to the LBBC site in Stanningley, Leeds to see the new facilities. LBBC Technologies who export 70% of their work mainly to the USA, Russia and China carry out a high level of advanced engineering in the investment casting and pressure containment sectors.

Directors of LBBC Technologies, Howard and Robert Pickard were recently invited to attend a reception on the Northern Powerhouse initiative at No. 11 Downing Street.

Pictured with Stuart Andrew MP for Pudsey, Horsforth and Aireborough (centre)

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2015 Aug – Baskerville Reactors and Autoclaves brand acquired by LBBC Group

The brand and product range of the company Baskerville Reactors and Autoclaves Ltd has been acquired by LBBC Group and will now trade under the division LBBC Baskerville.

The LBBC Group has been established for over 130 years working in the industrial engineering sector in particular specialising in industrial autoclaves. The group welcomed the opportunity to bring the Baskerville range of products within the group as it provides an excellent fit to their existing activities.

“It works really well for us to integrate the Baskerville product range into our existing activities as we have good mechanical and systems engineers familiar with this type of product as well as comprehensive project management and service support resources. Coupled with our long trading history in a global market and our financial stability, we are very excited about the prospects” commented MD Howard Pickard.

For more details on LBBC Baskerville please visit the website at www.lbbcbaskerville.co.uk

The brand and product range of the company Baskerville Reactors and Autoclaves Ltd has been acquired by LBBC Group and will now trade under the division LBBC Baskerville.

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July 2015 – LBBC Group sponsors Stanningley SARLC

man of the match presentation photo

SARLC is one of the oldest amateur Rugby League teams in England founded in 1886.  The club serves all ages and abilities has 4 all ages teams 11 youth and junior teams from Under 18’s down to Under 12’s and a further 6 mini teams going right down to Under 4 & 5’s

Director Robert Pickard pictured right, presented the Man of Match award at a recent home match.

For more details please visit the website: www.stanningleyrugby.co.uk

LBBC Group has announced sponsorship of local rugby club Stanningley Sports and Amateur Rugby League Club (SARLC).

Pictured L-R Robert and Howard Pickard, Directors of LBBC Group, Dean Buckler, Coach and Nick Borras, Team Manager from SARLC

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Apr 2015 – LBBC Technologies to exhibit at GIFA 2015

 

LBBC’s Boilerclave® leads the industry for autoclave dewaxing applications whilst the Core Leaching Autoclave remains the benchmark in efficient, safe and accurate ceramic core removal.  As a world leading technology company specialising in the investment casting sector, LBBC Technologies based in Leeds, United Kingdom have recently confirmed ISO9001 accreditation.

LBBC LeedsAs part of LBBC Technologies’ extensive R & D into the core leaching process, as presented in a paper at ICI 2013 by Howard Pickard, the company have developed a new ceramic core leaching model to extend the range of component and core geometry that can be efficiently leached. This unit now provides a solution for the commercial and medical sectors as well as low volume aerospace components.

The unit maintains the same basic processing system as has been proven on the many larger core leaching systems supplied to aerospace and IGT foundries throughout the world. As with all LBBC Technologies systems, the unit incorporates the highest levels of safety design.  The new unit has demonstrated how ceramic cores, traditionally removed by other techniques in days, can be removed in hours in a safe and controlled environment.

© Simon Vine Photography 6 November 2014 LBBC building offices Leeds Pudsey

 

LBBC who were founded in 1876 have invested in a new manufacturing and R&D facility at their Leeds site moving into the new facility at the end of July 2014.

To book your place at GIFA 2015, register on the website http://www.gifa.com/

LBBC Technologies are exhibiting at GIFA 2015, Dusseldorf, Germany in Hall 13, Stand A30-9 from 16th to 20th June 2015 where they will be showcasing their new core leaching unit.

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Mar 2015 – LBBC Technologies hosts Leeds Manufacturing Forum Steering Group

Leeds Manufacturing ForumDavid Whiteley, Chair said ” We were impressed with the investment in new technology and commitment to the Leeds City Region that LBBC Technologies have made, they have been on the site for over 130 years, it is good to see the company’s future plans and development supporting apprenticeships, engagement with universities and their Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.”

 

The Leeds Manufacturing Forum provides a platform for supporting Leeds-based manufacturers of all sizes and from all sectors of industry to help them improve and grow. Leeds Manufacturing Forum is made up of representatives from manufacturing companies across the city. It was set up to help give manufacturers a collective voice and enable them to influence policy and decisions that affect the sector.

 

Leeds Manufacturing Forum is facilitated by the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) and Leeds City Council (LCC) to give local manufacturers a platform for sharing knowledge and debating issues relating to manufacturing.

 

The Leeds Manufacturing Forum Steering Group held their meeting at LBBC Technologies new facility on Friday 6th March 2015.  It gave the 11 members, strongly represented by Leeds City Council, a chance to see the new design, R&D and manufacturing facilities.

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Mar 2015 – LBBC Technologies attend the most Advanced Blade Casting Facility in the world for the official opening by the Business Minister

LBBC LeedsHoward Pickard, Managing Director of LBBC Technologies said: “As a long term supplier to Rolls-Royce we are pleased to have played our part in this prestigious project, supplying both Boilerclaves® and Core Leaching Autoclaves.  The equipment will play a key part in the manufacture of the turbine blades ensuring accuracy and quality of the blades during the de-waxing and core removal processes.”

 

Business Minister, Matthew Hancock said: “This new facility will house the most advanced blade casting facility in the world and is a truly remarkable feat of engineering. When fully operational, it will create 150 high skilled jobs and support the local economy.

 

“Our aerospace growth partnership has put in place a long-term industrial strategy for the whole aerospace industry and this investment by Rolls-Royce in new technology and modern manufacturing processes is testament to the ongoing strength of this sector. Continuing to back leading companies like Rolls-Royce, and supporting the UK’s manufacturing sector is part of the government’s long term economic plan.”

 

16464254828_a0235a1328_zGareth Davies, Rolls-Royce Executive Vice President, Turbines said: “It was a great pleasure to welcome the Business Minister to open the most advanced blade casting facility in the world. Rolls-Royce is committed to investing in innovative technology and world-class facilities to help us deliver our record £73.7 billion order book. This facility will use ground-breaking manufacturing techniques to produce single crystal turbine blades for our Trent engines including the world’s most efficient aero civil engine, the Trent XWB.”

 

The turbine extracts energy from the hot gas stream delivered by the engine’s combustor and uses it to drive the fan and the compressors. The blades produced in Rotherham operate in the hottest part of the engine at temperatures up to 200 degrees above the melting point of their alloy and sit in a disc that rotates at more than 12,000 rpm, creating a centrifugal force equivalent to the weight of a London bus hanging off each blade. They are grown in a special process which ensures that they are created from a single metal crystal to maximise their strength. They are then coated with a heat-resistant ceramic and when in use they are cooled with air that passes through a series of precisely placed holes in the blade.

 

The ABCF will have ground-breaking automated manufacturing techniques including integrated wax fabrication lines, 3D structured light inspection, which measures the entire surface of components and computed tomography (CT), which has the ability to measure deep into the blade’s internal structure. These techniques have helped reduce the time it takes to manufacture a turbine blade by 50% while producing a step-change in component performance. This state of the art facility makes use of manufacturing methods developed within Rolls-Royce and at the Manufacturing Technology Centre, Ansty, near Coventry. Some of the £15m investment by the UK Government was used by Rolls-Royce to develop these techniques.

 

There are two types of turbine blade manufactured at the Rotherham facility: high pressure (HP) and intermediate pressure (IP) single crystal blades. There are 182 turbine blades of these types in each Trent XWB engine. One HP turbine blade extracts around 1000 horsepower from the gas flow towards the rear of the engine, which is equivalent to the power of a Formula 1 racing car, to drive the engine’s compressors. Each blade is approximately 10cm in height and 300g in weight and goes through 200 processes before it is ready to be installed.

 

Rolls-Royce has marked the official opening of its new £110m Advanced Blade Casting Facility (ABCF) with a ceremony conducted by Business Minister Matthew Hancock. When fully operational in 2017, the 150,000 sq ft (14,000 sq m) facility in Rotherham will employ 150 people and have the capacity to manufacture more than 100,000 single crystal turbine blades a year.[...]

Mar 2015 – Fundamentals of reliable dewaxing

To ensure successful dewaxing, it is necessary to follow certain guidelines.

  • Main objective to avoid shell cracking is to melt the wax at the wax/mold interface to allow the wax to be absorbed into the prime coat and create space for the remainder to expand. The critical time is from the mold being removed from the shell room to being at pressure in the autoclave.
  • Keep this time to a minimum by having
    • A simple effective loading system
    • Fast reliable door operation with push button actuation to integrate with safety interlocks
    • Short simple steam transfer from boiler section to autoclave section.
    • Minimal restriction on steam entry and automatic air venting
  • Aim for time from cycle start to achieving 90 psi to be under 3 seconds
  • Control the rate of steam depressurisation
  • Use steam from autoclave to ‘force’ wax to a large container through steam heated pipework
  • Have clear push button operation and record basic system data through data collection or by network integration

The LBBC dewaxing Quicklock® Boilerclave® has been supplied to the industry for over 50 years and is used by most of the leading investment foundries in the world.

 

The removal of wax from molds is an important stage in the investment casting process that reduce yield if not performed correctly.

There are basically two generic methods for dewaxing – use of air i.e. flash fire or steam i.e. autoclave. Due to the unique heat transfer properties of steam – just put your hand over a boiling kettle with steam at only 21[...]

Feb 2015 – LBBC Technologies further expand process technology knowledge with KTP

LBBC Technologies’ Managing Director Howard Pickard, recently presented at a Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) and Leeds Manufacturing Forum event on how his company had been working with the University on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), said

 

“Being a local SME, it is important that we explore the opportunities the University of Leeds can offer us, using its expertise and facilities to further our product innovations.

 

“We identified the KTP initiative – run by Innovate UK – as the most effective form of collaboration and are nearing the end of a highly successful two and a half-year programme.

 

“The associate has brought a lot of expertise to our business, expertise we couldn’t have afforded to bring in ourselves and this has resulted in the development of new coating technology that will ensure our products remain globally competitive.”

 

During the recent Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) and Leeds Manufacturing Forum-backed visit to the University of Leeds’ new £4.3m EPSRC National Facility for Innovative Robotic Systems a rallying call was made.  Yorkshire manufacturers were urged to embrace robotics and autonomous systems if they are going to make the most of new global opportunities and bring innovations to market.

 

More than 40 local manufacturers were given access all areas in a bid to showcase the opportunities for collaboration with Universities and how new technology – including one of the world’s largest multi-material 3D printers – can be used to develop new products, introduce new processes or build larger components.

 

For further information, please visit www.mymas.org, www.robotics.leeds.ac.uk or www.leedsmanufacturingforum.co.uk

LBBC Technologies have further expanded their process technology knowledge through a KTP projects with University of Leeds and an EngD project with University of Birmingham in conjunction with Rolls-Royce.

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Dec 2014 – LBBC Technologies host visit as part of Future of Manufacturing Tour of Leeds City Region

Paul Stephens, UKTi said “We were impressed with the investment in new technology and the continued focus on export with 80% of LBBC Technologies turnover.  Attendees also praised LBBC’s support of apprenticeships, engagement with universities and their Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, supporting the next generation of engineers and continually developing their knowledge and technology.”

On 20th November LBBC Technologies played host to a visit from UKTi’s team of Investment and Trade Advisors as part of their Future of Manufacturing Tour of Leeds City Region.  MD, Howard Pickard gave a short presentation on the company, it’s products and the latest developments in autoclave technology.  The attendees also then had a tour of the faci[...]