At JB Springs we are constantly improving our manufacturing efficiency and accuracy. This is a perfect example of how technology is helping us to achieve this. In the video above, 12mm pre-galvanised wire-forms, produced on a WAFIOS BM6, are being checked by a Keyence high-speed quality inspection camera, and then picked and packed by our RARUK Automation Robot arm (affectionately known as Kevin).
JB Springs recently installed a new LED2D-140 inspection camera from industry leaders MicroStudio. The camera is able to detect and precisely measure springs and wireforms with amazing speed when the parts are placed on the instrument’s table. The mechanism allows springs or wireform parts up to 500mm long to be measured as the camera can track along the length of the measurement table. JB Springs’ managing director, Alex Driver, commented, “This new investment shows our commitment to stay at [...]
Recently JB Springs visited Low Ash Primary School in Shipley, following a competition at Bradford Science Week. JB Springs took Springtelligence to the Year 3 classes at Low Ash Primary School and taught them the basics of springs and where they are used in our daily lives. The pupils carried out an experiment, which involved looking at how increased extension of a spring-loaded catapult provided a greater force. This was done by measuring how far chocolate snowmen and Santa Claus [...]
We were delighted to welcome fellow Skipton-based STEM ambassadors and teachers to JB Springs last week. MD Alex Driver led the group on a tour of the factory, as well as discussing how important it is to support kids who find it hard to engage with school by showcasing the range of activities developed through our Springtelligence programme over the last two years. It was great to see others demonstrating their passion & enthusiasm for sharing the excitement of [...]
JB Springs’ innovative new e-commerce website has been shortlisted in the ‘Web Development Project of the Year’ category in the 2019 Digital Entrepreneur Awards. The website has been nearly two years in development and has gradually evolved during that time to now offer, what we believe, is the slickest, most comprehensive online custom spring buying experience in the world. JBSprings48.com allows the user to create and order over 200 million product (spring) variations based on their inputs and once [...]
Work is already underway at Skipton Girls’ High School as they prepare to enter several teams in the Land Rover 4X4 In Schools competition again. Last year SGHS reached the National Finals of the competition and the 4x4 teams have been really busy developing their 4x4 cars in preparation for the Regional Finals on the 10th January, held at the National Centre for Motorsport Engineering. JB Springs went along to help provide advice and support to the teams in [...]
JB Springs hosted engineering and motor vehicle students from Keighley College as part of Bradford Manufacturing Weeks. Russell Baker, the college’s motor vehicle course leader thanked the JB Springs team adding that feedback was really positive with students gaining a lot from the visit. A further party of students from The Holy Family School in Keighley also enjoyed an afternoon visit the JB Springs factory. Both groups were given a factory tour as well as a talk on Springtelligence [...]
Christian, Steve, Tom, and Joe (and Kevin the Robot) recently completed their robot training with RARUK Automation. JB Springs recently acquired a robotic arm that needed to complete Springtelligence training before it joined the production team. Some of the JB Springs team also had to learn how to use the UR10 E series robot. The team carried out training with RARUK Automation, a UK robotics, and automation company that specialise in collaborative robots, industrial robots, automation and feeding systems [...]
How to measure a tension spring using a digital vernier caliper. Watch the video to find out more.
Over the years, UK manufacturing has declined because we are not cost competitive. Consequently, to compete in a global market we have to do something special. We are not going to be cheaper than our global competitors which means that it is vital that we are more technically advanced. Improving productivity and continuing to be innovative are key factors in ensuring we remain at the forefront of technological thinking. To compete globally, UK manufacturers must embrace apprenticeships to excite [...]