Edbro Invests in UK R&D and Test Centre...
- 26 May 2012
- Product News
The world's leading manufacturer of tipping hydraulics for commercial vehicles, Edbro, has made significant investment in its state of the art test and development centre. Based at the company's main manufacturing facility in Bolton, UK, the test centre will accelerate product development and add a cost effective testing capacity for different operating conditions in the company's many expanding international markets.
The investment has enabled a complete overhaul and update of Edbro's test facility whilst adding two new test rigs which are used for assessing the bending coefficient of the company's signature CS series range of cylinder products and the operational longevity of new designs under accelerated life test conditions.
An additional area has also been created featuring a wide array of specialist test equipment for testing the core technology behind many of the company's cylinder products. Pressure testing seals and cylinder tubes in both static and dynamic loading conditions enables Edbro to confirm that all new products meet its design engineers' uncompromising targets for sealing, pressure performance and durability.
Peter Smith, Edbro Sales and Marketing Director, commented: "Investment in manufacturing is essential in order to keep ahead of our competitors in terms of production efficiency and production quality. R&D investments however are even more critical to ensure the long-term future of the business by continuing to provide the world's lightest and most durable telescopic tipping cylinders.
"The new buckling test rig allows Edbro to ensure that even our longest telescopic cylinder delivers the reliability that is our trademark in every market from Chippenham to China, ensuring that our selection of cylinder is perfectly suited to the application; providing the lightest solution for a given application.
"Our telescopic cylinder products are market leaders in many parts of the world due to their performance, their incredible reliability in the field and the weight saving they provide. By engineering out weight and increasing the payloads for our customers we are helping them reduce the number of loads required to fulfil each contract. Not only does this increase their profit, it also helps to reduce their carbon footprint.
"We also manufacture a huge number of individual designs each year and the test facility allows us to physically test new designs to confirm CAD design projections for stress analysis and key performance envelope parameters. This has allowed us to develop unique cylinder designs for some very challenging applications whilst remaining completely confident of the product's performance even before it is tested in the field.