Mobility Engineering: Pipe Lagging Reels

Pipe Lagging Reels

Mobility Engineering: Pipe Lagging Reels

We have been using our expertise and experience to create and manufacture 30 large pipe lagging reels for use in the mobility engineering sector.

Produced for spooling on foam extrusions direct from the specialist machines that create various forms of foam pipe lagging, these are commonly used around any exposed pipe runs where protective lagging is necessary to prevent freezing and other types of damage to the pipes.

The plants manufacture foam lagging in thousands of metres and require it to be spun onto the reels, which rotate on a central axle system. The foam is then processed and cut into the required straight lengths to be transported to the distribution sale outlets.

Mild steel tubing

A complex procedure, the large reels were rolled in mild steel tubing and then fabricated for use in the mobility engineering industry. Our custom metalwork services enable us to work with a wide variety of materials on even the most complex projects.

The client chose Pipecraft to supply the reels because we are experts in tube manipulation and metal fabrication, including CNC milling and CNC turning. Our expert engineers possess the skills that are required for this kind of specialist job.

Mobility engineering involves manufacturing and installing high-quality conveyor systems for use in many sectors, including the food and pharmaceutical industries.

Quality and accuracy

Using top quality, ethically sourced materials, guaranteeing consistent quality and accuracy; we can perform fully automated tube cutting, tube punching, end forming, swaging and notching processes through our high-volume machinery.

Our goal is to make sure all projects are completed to our clients’ complete satisfaction, on time and within budget, which is why we have an exemplary reputation in the industry.

Established in 1980, Pipecraft is a market leader in tube manipulation and the production of every type of tubular based product. Quality comes as standard.

For further information on our expert services, please contact us for a no-obligation chat.

Historic Racing Car

Ginetta Exhaust System

Historic Racing Car

A unique single-seater car, that was built more than 50 years ago to compete in the new Formula 3 motor racing events, has been refurbished to take part in modern races. Ginetta, a specialist British builder of racing and sports cars, built its groundbreaking G8 in 1963/64 to compete in the F3 championship.

The unique car was the manufacturer’s first single-seater and was the only one ever built, using technology that was way ahead of its time. Featuring a fibreglass monocoque tub and inboard front suspension, it finished in fourth place on its first outing, making its debut at Snetterton on 30th August 1964, driven by Chris Meek.

Powered by a Holbay-tuned 1000cc engine, the G8 was time-consuming and complex to build and remained a one-off. It wasn’t raced in F3 again after 1964. All this changed when it was purchased in 2018 by enthusiast Bill Cowing, who began renovating the G8 to race in Historic Formula 3, both in the UK and internationally.

The major renovation included designing and manufacturing an “up and over” exhaust system, which was performed by Pipecraft, utilising all our precision engineering skills to make Bill’s dream a reality. He said keeping the pipes away from the narrow fibreglass monocoque walls required “innovative design and great precision and skill.”

Using Mandrel tube bending on a variety of different radii, plus specialist fabrication skills to successfully complete this one-off design, this was appropriate to both the ergonomics and visual appeal for this extremely rare exhaust manifold.

We also provided design input, so that each of the four primary pipes from each exhaust port on the cylinder head were of identical lengths. This was crucial to ensure the gas flow from each cylinder would extract at an identical rate, which is essential for efficient exhaust scavenging on a high-performance racing application.

Bill was thrilled with the results. He said, “I have used Pipecraft to make an exhaust on a previous Ginetta race car and knew they had all the skills and passion to create the complex system, which looks perfect, but also maintains the style of the car in period.” He describes the G8 as, “a really important car in Ginetta’s history.”

He can’t wait to start competing in historic F3 race events in 2020!

Trusted by a Leading Medical Brand

Eichmann Cotside

Trusted By A Leading Medical Brand

Medical Equipment – Patient Transfer ‘Cot-Side’

The manufacturing processes that are required to produce this kind of Medical Equipment Device show the range of skills and services that the Pipecraft Innovations Group are able to offer. The cotsides, which are used in hostpitals, nursing homes and even for people convalescing at home, are made by manufacturing and manipulating the source materials in several ways. The entire process involved a number of the team and included Tube Manipulation, Tube Bending, TIG welding , Fine Polish Finishing , and the Machining of components (Stainless Steel & Acetyl).

Manufacturing and Assembling High Quality Medical Products for a Market Leading Global Brand

The whole project culminates with all the component parts coming together for final assembly & testing (including the actuation mechanism) before shipping the finished product in a bespoke packaging container.

Unique and Distinctive Bar Furniture at Polpettos Restaurant, Soho

Bar Stools

Unique And Distinctive Bar Furniture At Polpettos Restaurant, Soho

In 2013 we were commissioned by the Studio of Design and Architecture (Soda) to work in conjunction with du Boulay on the fitting out of the prestigious Polpetto restaurant in Soho. The project involved producing custom made furniture for the bar area, including special levered bar stools along the bar itself and sculptured tables in the seating area, and metalwork that is used throughout the restaurant.

Manufacturing the stools and tables involved a degree of artistic flair that made both the project and the process an absolute pleasure for all the Pipecraft staff involved, and really shows what we can do in terms of design and the metal manufacturing process.

The restaurant has been featured in the Food Section of the Mail on Sunday’s Event Magazine, and our metalwork was pictured prominently as an integral part of the overall design and effect that diners are so full of praise for.

This project really was a wonderful showcase for both the practical metal manufacturing skills of our team, and their artistic eye for detail and design.

Glass Stile For Gunnebo

Glass Stile GUNNEBO A1

Glass Stile For Gunnebo

We recently completed a project for Gunnebo, manufacturing the metal sections for glass turnstiles used for control of entry. Gunnebo are a global company that provide security products and services, so we were pleased to be involved in the construction of stiles that help with control of entry to buildings.

The construction of the metal components required precision metal manufacturing, including tube bending, to ensure they fitted precisely with the glass sections. A part of the design was that the stiles were to be aesthetically pleasing as they are functional, and now we’ve seen them in situ we’re really pleased with the results. The high quality metal finishing complements the glass, and fits in well with the décor and demeanour of the location.

Dumbell Rack for Luxury Yacht

Dumbell Rack

Dumbell Rack For Luxury Yacht

We’re often asked to manufacture one-off or small run items that are unusual and interesting. This project was particularly interesting, not just because of the sleek design and very high standard of finishing required at all stages of the metal manufacturing process, but also because it’s final destination is the luxury yacht belonging to an extremely prestigious client.

Metal Manufacturing Process

The processes involved in producing the rack was not overly complicated, but the precision and quality of finish required, including tube bending and angled jointing to give the weight racks the required degree of tilt against the frame, did require an extra degree of care and attention.

Ptt – Special Table for the Stansted Hilton

Hilton Stanstead Table

Ptt – Special Table for the Stansted Hilton

Good design always sits well with the team here at Pipecraft, so metal manufacturing this particular table for furniture design company Ptt brought out the best in more than one of our departments. The unusual design is visually appealing and provides an attractive centre piece for its location in the Hilton Hotel at Stansted, and the high-spec finish really complements the wood and glass elements of the table.

Coffee Tables For 6* Hotel

Ptt Brass Coffee Table

Coffee Tables For 6* Hotel

We have once again had the opportunity to work with the prestigious Furniture Design company Ptt, this time producing the brass elements for a range of tables for a 6* hotel.

Our metal manufacturing team produced inlays, trims and fittings, as well as the legs and frames of a number of the pieces.

The specification required only the highest standards of polishing and finishing and this formed a major part of the task, as well as extremely accurate bending of the brass lengths to ensure they fitted precisely with the body material sections of the tables.