Abdie Recruits Wellbeing Manager Four-Legged Friend, Skye

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for most of your life, most of you will know that spending time with a furry-friend is good for you. That’s why we’ve welcomed Skye into our work space, an adorable two-year old Sproker Spaniel. Skye is now an important member of our team working in a brand-new role as Wellbeing Manager, providing a real boost for our staff.

At just two years old she is the youngest of the Abdie team with her favourite past times including playing chase, begging for buttery toast and getting her tummy stroked.

Skye provides us with endless cuddles and love whilst maintaining a healthy state of mind and emotional support for our staff, boosting productivity and reducing stress levels. Skye loves the outdoors just as much as we do and has a keen interest in the agricultural sector and rural life.

Our new canine companion doesn’t just reduce stress levels, Skye also boosts our office morale and motivates us to take time out from our busy day for fresh air and exercise.

Some argue that it’s easier to talk with Skye than with each other at times and Skye is a very therapeutic addition to the Abdie team.

Just don’t ask her what she knows about plug screws.

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Laserscan. Tech Handling to Improve Bulk Handling

The devil is in the detail, so when it comes to designing new bulk handling systems, we take pride in getting it right first time.

Last year we invested in the latest 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) software which has helped us show clients the layout of our proposed machinery for their projects in more detail, giving them a 3D visual representation of how the new machinery will integrate with their existing machinery and buildings. This helps us deliver the most efficient layout possible.

When the existing site is larger or more complex, we can then deploy the use of laserscanning to help gather all the relevant information in a very short period. The 3D CAD produced from this laserscan will highlight the smallest of features that can be hidden away in a building that can have a significant effect on the placement of machinery. This reduces the chance of human errors during the design phase which would impact negatively on the installation phase of the project.

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Recently we’ve put this theory into practice and are using the laserscan of a large textile manufacturer, existing building and plant. This has allowed us to design a new system for them to handle waste produced from their factory and convert it back into energy.

Following the initial design phase, this 3D model means that, working in partnership with our client, we can fine tune the machine specifications & sizes. We’ve already benefited from this with the ability to share our design via the 3D model with our structural engineer and other contractors working on the project.

As we now look to begin the installation phase, the 3D model will ensure everyone will be “singing from the same hymn sheet”, everyone will know the end goal and will be working together to achieve that goal on time and on budget.   

Ultimately, this advanced technology makes a smoother process from start to finish, saving time and money.

Plugging the Market with Bespoke Machinery

The team at Abie Solutions is on hand to help design bespoke machines for customers’ specific requirement and we’re regularly called upon to fix, source & install conveying machinery.

A machine we supplied recently was a Plug Screw. Plug Screws are used to create an ‘explosion barrier’ between different machines within a conveying system. This is done by using a ‘plug’ of the product itself to flood the Plug Screw and stop any unwanted explosion from propagating throughout the entire system.

Working with the design team of a machinery supplier, we specified, supplied and installed a bespoke plug screw to replace an existing failed one. We love it when a plan comes together.

Both machines, old and new, were installed to handle oats. Oats are very abrasive and the new Plug Screw has been manufactured with this challenging product characteristic at the forefront of its specification. The unique design includes removable trough bottoms which allow for maintenance and inspection access, and the Plug Screw is manufactured from heavy-duty Hardox steel in order to withstand the constant wear from oats travelling through it.

We fulfilled this customer’s challenging requirements by supplying and installing an extra-heavy-duty machine to perform in a very demanding environment. If you need machinery that’s tailored to your specific requirements, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire, the Abdie Team.

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Food Glorious Food

We have the pleasure of working with a wide variety of sectors, everything from biomass to chemical and pharmaceutical, and more recently food production.

Typically, the machinery we recommend is used to handling more robust material but with food production, the way in which it is handled (i.e. gently) is of paramount importance.

To gain a better understanding of some the technical specs of the machines that are purpose built for food production, Kenneth, our Sales Engineer visited our partners Guttridge Ltd and Farleygreene to be given an in-depth walkthrough of all the products manufactured for the Food Production industry.

Guttridge manufacture various types of screw conveyors, screw conveyors which can be linked to hoppers and sack-tip stations, metering screw conveyors, and bulk bag dischargers. Farleygreene supply several different types of sieves, some of which we’ve previously used with a biscuit lump breaker for a customer.

This has given us the specific knowledge helping us propose the best possible solutions for our food manufacturing customers’ problems and projects.  We also have contacts at other food production machine manufacturers, meaning we can supply customers with a full range of kit, and of course, we offer a complete service, including installation.

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