Bulletin …. We need to start moving our clean machines into the new factory at Stoke Prior. Can anyone help with trucks and lifting gear?

 

brimar grid winding process libraryThe UK was the centre of thermionic valve (tubes for our U.S buddies) production for many years and we produced the best and most consistent products which are still highly sought after even now – nearly 50 years after production stopped. Our dream is to restart manufacturing of valves in the UK using existing knowledge and equipment but bringing it into the 21st century where not only consistency and performance are drivers but efficiency and the environment.

The Great British Valve Project is about creating a valve manufacturing base in the UK. There have been many twists and turns since we started this project back in 2015 but our biggest breakthroughs have been finding a backer and the final acquisition of equipment which will allow us to start small scale manufacturing of a limited range of valves in the UK.


Now that we have presses, grid winders, out-gass, bulb making, etc. machines located in our West Midlands base we need to get on with their refurbishment and building all the ancillary facilities, equipment, QA procedures etc. that will bring our manufacturing into the 21st century.  We now need to assemble a small army of volunteers  with experience in project management, fund raising, finance, negotiation, law, production engineers, etc.

You can email the ‘Great British Valve Project’ team using the form below if you want to volunteer, ask for more information or are able to help us revive valve/tube manufacture in its spiritual home – the UK. You can also sign up to our newsletter to get regular updates.

Stop Press …. (@brimarbob)

See a quick walk through of tbe Tungsten Works #heritage factory floor in the latest video on our new #gbvp YouTube channel - https://t.co/ZDsojF3dTG

Another #gbvp milestone as the last 11 machines come from the workshop to our #heritage factory. We still have plenty to do to get each one functioning & commissioned as well as building a document + resource library & exhibition area. A big thank you to all who made it possible.

Enjoyed afternoon at Forge Mill Needle Museum @redditchmuseum. Fascinating how needles were made and why Redditch made 90% of all needles & fishing hooks. Great museum & interesting to see all the presses and scourers. Loved the valve wall hanging in the gallery - icing on cake!

Our activation rack is taking shape as we finalise the #busbar and inter-connect system. We are now looking for volunteers who can work from home or Tungsten Works to assemble and wire the 10 panels. This is one of the machines that we have to design & build from scratch.

New #mezzanine floor extension took a day longer than expected to install but has added some much needed space upstairs. Also took opportunity to strengthen the existing floor. Last 11 machines were meant to move in today and now delayed to next week and hopefully drier weather.

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brimar grid winding process libraryThe UK was the centre of thermionic valve (tubes for our U.S buddies) production for many years and we produced the best and most consistent products which are still highly sought after even now – nearly 50 years after production stopped. Our dream is to restart manufacturing of valves in the UK using existing knowledge and equipment but bringing it into the 21st century where not only consistency and performance are drivers but efficiency and the environment.

The Great British Valve Project is about creating a valve manufacturing base in the UK. There have been many twists and turns since we started this project back in 2015 but our biggest break throughs have been finding a backer and the final acquisition of equipment which will allow us to start small scale manufacturing of a limited range of valves in the UK.


Now that we have presses, grid winders, out-gass, bulb making, etc. machines located in our West Midlands base we need to get on with their refurbishment and building all the ancillary facilities, equipment, QA procedures etc. that will bring our manufacturing into the 21st century. We now need to assemble a small army of volunteers with experience in project management, fund raising, finance, negotiation, law, production engineers, etc.

You can email the ‘Great British Valve Project’ team using the form below if you want to volunteer, ask for more information or are able to help us revive valve/tube manufacture in its spiritual home – the UK. You can also sign up to our newsletter to get regular updates.

Stop Press …. (@brimarbob)

See a quick walk through of tbe Tungsten Works #heritage factory floor in the latest video on our new #gbvp YouTube channel - https://t.co/ZDsojF3dTG

Another #gbvp milestone as the last 11 machines come from the workshop to our #heritage factory. We still have plenty to do to get each one functioning & commissioned as well as building a document + resource library & exhibition area. A big thank you to all who made it possible.

Enjoyed afternoon at Forge Mill Needle Museum @redditchmuseum. Fascinating how needles were made and why Redditch made 90% of all needles & fishing hooks. Great museum & interesting to see all the presses and scourers. Loved the valve wall hanging in the gallery - icing on cake!

Our activation rack is taking shape as we finalise the #busbar and inter-connect system. We are now looking for volunteers who can work from home or Tungsten Works to assemble and wire the 10 panels. This is one of the machines that we have to design & build from scratch.

New #mezzanine floor extension took a day longer than expected to install but has added some much needed space upstairs. Also took opportunity to strengthen the existing floor. Last 11 machines were meant to move in today and now delayed to next week and hopefully drier weather.

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