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2016

Grade 3 Mooring Swivel

 

A new product that that may be of interest to you, is an enclosed mooring swivel filled with grease shown in the picture.

 

The customer had one in service since the 1990’s, made to suit grade 2 chain cable, and was very pleased with its longevity in rough sea conditions.

 

The Company that made it had ceased, so our task was to re-engineer it.

 

Our job was complicated by the fact that the customer wanted us to upgrade it to meet grade 3 cable loads that they now wished to attach it to.

 

This required full Lloyds Register Approval of the product material, and processes, throughout its manufacture.

 

Drop forging from the bar, machining, linking and testing, all being done on our site.

 

The 44mm cable swivel comfortably exceeded the 157 tonne break load requirement and is now in service.

 

 

2014

Major Forge Refurbishment

 

This year our focus has been on upgrading our forge, Solid Stampings.

 

Historically, our forge furnaces have run on oil, and this year the opportunity has come along to change them to gas, a cleaner and more efficient fuel.

 

Our main drop hammer is air operated and the compressors feeding the hammer have also been replaced with the latest Atlas Copco units.

 

The outcome is a more efficient forging unit, requiring less maintenance.

 

Further refurbishment in the forge will take place in 2015 on the other hammers.

 

2013

Launch Of the SS Solid Brand

 

Solid Swivel has been looking to display our confidence in our products by identifying them with a brand name.

 

The selection was made and the registered trade mark secured. We thought that the word  'Solid'captured the essence of our products.

 


This follows 100 years of compliments about how our parts are 'strong and reliable', take 'misuse and abuse' and 'last a long time'.

Soon you will see 'SS Solid' marked on our parts, giving you the confidence that it is the genuine article that you can depend on.

 


Our largest forged shackle so far

 

The first picture shows us clear space forging the body of the anchor shackle for HMS Ocean, currently the Navy's largest warship.

 


The second picture shows the finished shackle after the 300 tonnes break load was applied, there was little deformation to be seen, an excellent result.

 

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2012

ISO 9001 Scope expanded in our triennial Award

 

Solid Swivel is a customer led business, and our scope has been enhanced by our accreditation body in recognition of the additional new work we are now doing as follows:

 

‘The Design, Research, Development, Manufacture, Supply, Survey & Repair of Lifting, Lashing & Rigging gear, Chain, Links & Couplings including Ancillary Fittings and EN 795 Anchors.

 

As well as, Open Link Chain, Chain Cable & associated accessories for Mooring, Anchoring and Towing, for the Marine, Mining, Rail, Power and Commercial sectors.

 

Utilizing general forging & engineering practices including proof testing, and project management for the supply of associated spares and ancillary equipment.

 

Capacity Increased


 

5 years after we set up our first chain and linking plant, we are pleased to announce that our second plant has begun production.

Plant number 2 can duplicate the range of plant 1, reducing delivery time and exposure, but the exciting part is that it can make much bigger links. We are working up the diameters at present to see how large we can go.

 

Below is a photograph of the largest link we have recently made, it is 80 mm diameter. (3 1/8").

 

Once we reach the maximum diameter we can fuse, then our Lloyds Register Of Shipping Approvals for chain and linked products will be up rated accordingly.

 


New Enquiries are most welcome at this early stage for large links and rings, or the flash butt welding of free issue material.

 

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2011

New Product boosts our exports

 

Azerbaijan, Mexico, Iceland, Philippines, Spain and Australia have all taken delivery of our 'Preston Shoe' this year. This unique Container Lifting Lug is being chosen across the globe because of its robust heavy duty quality, ease of use and low maintenance.

 

See animation here

 

Prestigious Order won


 

Solid Swivel received an order for the tensioning of cables for the Kiev Stadium in the Ukraine for the Euro 2012 games. The order was the result of our developing a special low cost rigging screw with a unique feature. The criteria was that the traditional tommy bar hole be omitted to stop the ingress of water.

 

The customer was delighted with the design and method that we came up with, which enables the tightening to be done by a standard spanner directly onto the tube. The flats were created hot by our blacksmiths to a very tight tolerance.

 

See picture below.

 

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Deep Mine Cage Chain orders won

 

These are the chains that suspend the lift cages.

 

The specification exceeds all other chains we have made due to the safety aspect. Up to 50 miners are at risk being lowered hundreds of feet in the lift.

 

Our quality has now been approved over several orders all of which are now successfully operating daily in the UK deep mines.

 

See picture below.

 

deep mine cage chain

 

2010

New in 2010

 

test bed machining centre
A new build 255 tonne test bed,
available for any testing you may require
A 4 axis machining centre

 

Long Term Contracts Awarded

 

The 4 year MoD Enabling Contract for Chain Cable for the Royal Naval Fleet.

 

Two BAE Systems contracts for the supply of eyeplates and linkplates to the new Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carriers.

 

The MoD Recovery Shackle Contract for 25 t and 50 t shackles for fighting vehicles.

 

HMS QEC

 

2009

New Website Launched

 

As you can see, there is now a lot more content than before! Hopefully, seeing more of what we make, how we do it, and for who, will give you the confidence to try us with your enquiries.

 

web release 2009

 

In House Welding Facility upgrade planned

 

Currently we have our two operators being trained to the latest Standards using TIG, MIG and stick. A TIG machine is being purchased and will give us the facility to weld non ferrous as well as steel.

 

Certification will be gained in ferrous and non ferrous welding to meet the stringent Approvals of Lloyds Register.

 

2008

Non Magnetic Minesweeper Chain Cable

 

This year Terry Meacham developed a special calibrated gas furnace for the chain plant.
This facility enables the very tight temperature controls needed to preform bronze links prior to flash butt welding.

 

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The whole process has been overseen and Approved by Lloyds Register.
Our scope is now being extended to cover the manufacture of chain cable and the linking of cable fittings in non ferrous material.

 

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2007

Tensile Forgings Company’ purchased by Solid Swivel

 

Well known for their quality range of shackles, eyebolts, and upset forgings, the addition of the business and the skills of the men who have joined us, has helped consolidate Solid Swivel’s position in this market.

 

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2006

Chain Cable Making restarts in the UK

 

Following the closure of Lloyds (Brierley Hill) chain works at Brettell Lane, Solid Swivel recruited Terry Meacham, their Chain Manager with a view to building a production facility in one of our bays.

 

Terry’s 42 years experience in the business was utilised to the full, and a Chain Making Centre has been created at Solid Swivel and staffed by other Lloyds BH lads who were made redundant.

 


The centre piece of the facility is a fully automated ‘A1’ Flash Butt Welding machine, capable of welding diameters between 12mm to 54 mm.The whole process has been Approved By Lloyds Register for marine chain cable and linking.

 


Rail Industry Approval for the welding of their safety critical parts to BS 6944 :1988 has also been gained, and customers are delighted with the quality.

 

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2005

XYZ Horizontal CNC Turning Centre

 

The purchase of this brand new machine enables Solid Swivel to offer improved turned product finish, improved cycle times, and more flexibility, as well as additional capacity.

 

Several of our operators have been on the XYZ training course on how to program the machine.

 

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2004

220 tonne Purpose Built Tensile Test Bed

 

Solid Swivel commissioned local experts 'AJT' to build the huge machine. It can pull parts up to 4 metres long and over 1 metre wide.

 

This machine complements the Company’s two other AJT machines, 5t & 20t, and its 50 tonne Avery. Solid Swivel has now become Approved as a 'Lloyds Register' Approved Test House, with fully calibrated machines.

 

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2003

Extension to Solid Stampings Workshop

 

The building housing our forge's ancillary machinery, such as the Lumsden Grinder, milling machine, saws, welding bay, die prep area, and the post forging processes such as punching, grinding, inspection etc, has been extended by 50%.

 

The extension is a fully insulated steel and brick building that required planning permission. This has given our operators a much improved, spacious, modern environment to work in.

 

2002

T B Wellings International

 

Following the 'Woodcote Group' going into Receivership, Solid Swivel bought the machines and tooling that made the complete range of the famous ‘Wellings International’ portfolio.

 

Tony Boult, who ran the Shackle and Fittings making facility at TB Wellings for many years, was employed by Solid Swivel to Champion the installation of the machines, and get production underway. New processes have been brought in house to The Company such as Upset Forging and Profile Cutting that were previously sub contracted.

 

Hundreds of new products have been added to Solid Swivel’s range, strengthening and diversifying its position.

 

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2001

3 Axis CNC Milling Facility, including full CAD / CAM Systems

 

Following the sudden closure of one of our sub contract die sinkers, the Company decided to create its own Die Sinking facility in house.

 

The CAD package also allows us to do Rapid Prototyping in solid resin, with our Partners at the University.


Customers now find it a real benefit to handle the resin model of the forging before the dies are sunk. Amendments to size and shape at this point are quick and easy to do.

 


This ensures that the customer knows the finished forging will meet their requirements first time, on time, and no extra costs are incurred.

 


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