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)

Mini-Oskar next step - replace cam drive for each jaw on puller deck with a #ballscrew. Took 3 to lift - hardly surprising with 2 cam surfaces on casting 1.5" thick - to #reveal drive shaft & glow transformer. Pullers draw backbone wires & control grid feed rate (pitch) & stretch

Caught them laying down on the job again! The pressure vessel drain plug damaged in shipping finally removed with some filing and mole grips. With new plug fitted, the first run of the compressor showed no major issues or faults apart from the chiller.

Work started today on the last machine - Big Agnus - the large tube evacuator. It`s a similar operation to Little Agnus but wider tracks & different pinch off / getter firing process. Volunteers stripped the skirts, scrap pipes & wires to reveal the core ready for paraffin spray

It's been quite awkward working between 2 sites - nothing is in the place you need it - tools, volunteers and pizza included. Having now cleaned the anealing m/c & pumps, that just leaves the big evacuator. Meanwhile Tungsten Works is having a compressed air system plumbed in.

This is how our #metalpress looked and worked https://t.co/0dovANmnhF but you can see its now in a very poor state with many functioning parts as well as the tooling missing. If you can help us to get it going then please contact the #GBVP

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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)

Mini-Oskar next step - replace cam drive for each jaw on puller deck with a #ballscrew. Took 3 to lift - hardly surprising with 2 cam surfaces on casting 1.5" thick - to #reveal drive shaft & glow transformer. Pullers draw backbone wires & control grid feed rate (pitch) & stretch

Caught them laying down on the job again! The pressure vessel drain plug damaged in shipping finally removed with some filing and mole grips. With new plug fitted, the first run of the compressor showed no major issues or faults apart from the chiller.

Work started today on the last machine - Big Agnus - the large tube evacuator. It`s a similar operation to Little Agnus but wider tracks & different pinch off / getter firing process. Volunteers stripped the skirts, scrap pipes & wires to reveal the core ready for paraffin spray

It's been quite awkward working between 2 sites - nothing is in the place you need it - tools, volunteers and pizza included. Having now cleaned the anealing m/c & pumps, that just leaves the big evacuator. Meanwhile Tungsten Works is having a compressed air system plumbed in.

This is how our #metalpress looked and worked https://t.co/0dovANmnhF but you can see its now in a very poor state with many functioning parts as well as the tooling missing. If you can help us to get it going then please contact the #GBVP

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