Monthly Archives: October 2019

  1. October 29, 2019

    Eliminating Backlash on a Milling Machine Quill with a Vertical Linear Digital Scale



    There has been a fantastic article written by one of our customers who purchased the Vertical Linear Digital Scale for his milling machine to eliminate backlash.

    “On my machine, even with the spindle bearings correctly adjusted, there is around a millimetre (40 thou in imperial) of backlash, I assume this slack must be in the rack and pinion, the effect of this is that the quill clamp always needs to be slightly tightened putting additional pressure on the rack and pinion making it harder to move the quill. Failure to clamp the quill can result in a chattering cutter that can drift up and down when machining. I have seen people fit springs to hold the quill rack up against the pinion but spring rates change as the spring
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  2. October 25, 2019

    Pancake the New Allendale Office Dog



    We have a new four-legged recruit that has joined the Allendale Group team and his name is Pancake who happens to be a Corgi. He’s our smallest (and cutest) staff member who’s day-to-day tasks will involve patrolling the office, eating treats and bringing a lot of joy to the other members of the team.

    We’re sure you’ll be seeing a lot more of Pancake the office dog on our social media pages, follow and like our Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn pages to see more of him.
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  3. October 25, 2019

    How to Create a Sound Triggered Pumpkin – Bare Conductive



    Do you want to make an interactive pumpkin make some scary noises this Halloween? Look no further. With the help of our Bare Conductive range, you can really spook your guests this Halloween by bringing your pumpkin to life.

    Firstly, the Touch Board is a great tool for any object into an interactive MP3 player. In this blog, we’ll show you how to really bring your pumpkin to life by playing sounds or sound effects when you touch the pumpkin. To make sure the Touch Board and the Electric Paint can come in contact with each

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  4. October 25, 2019

    How to Create a Sound Triggered Pumpkin – Bare Conductive



    Do you want to make an interactive pumpkin make some scary noises this Halloween? Look no further. With the help of our Bare Conductive range, you can really spook your guests this Halloween by bringing your pumpkin to life.

    Firstly, the Touch Board is a great tool for any object into an interactive MP3 player. In this blog, we’ll show you how to really bring your pumpkin to life by playing sounds or sound effects when you touch the pumpkin. To make sure the Touch Board and the Electric Paint can come in contact with each other,
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  5. October 23, 2019

    Introducing Our New Engineering Products Manager



    It’s a great pleasure to welcome our new Machine DRO Engineering Products Manager and Technical Product Specialist, Phil Cadman.

    Phil comes with a wealth of Metrology knowledge and experience as he joins us after 15 years at Bowers Group, operating in many areas, latterly as Midlands Area Sales Manager and National Accounts Manager, supplying Metrology solutions across many industry sectors. Other roles include being a Moore & Wright Product Manager and before that role, Phil was the UK Sales Manager for Bowers Group. Metrology has been a part of Phil’s working career from an early age – he joined Cromwell Tools for a total of 11 years where he joined straight from school. Firstly, he worked in Metrology carrying out repairs to a wide range of measuring products in their UKAS facility, before moving into a sales environment, hence his experience in distribution, gaining experience across many product categories.

    However,
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  6. October 22, 2019

    Pretty in Pink - Breast Cancer Awareness Day



    To raise awareness for Breast Cancer Day, the Allendale team have come dressed in an item of clothing which is pink, as well as having some delicious pink cakes made for us by a member of our Warehouse team. We have also included our very pink Vanity Case in the shot as well to add a bit more colour. This case can be found here.

    Well done to everyone who got involved and has donated. For more information about Breast Cancer Awareness Day or to donate, please click here.
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  7. October 21, 2019

    1 Tool. 6 Attachment Types. Multiple Benefits. – The Longbow Multi-tool & Accessories



    The universal Longbow Oscillating Multi-tool allows you to sand, saw, scrape, cut, polish and grout by simply changing the attachments to fit your needs. As our customer is demonstrating in the images sent to us, our multi-tool is ideal for home hobbyists, DIY projects, renovators and other trades of all kinds; with a variety of attachments and a variable speed functions, meaning you have all the tools you need to complete the job quickly and accurately. The universal head allows most other branded attachments to be fitted (check fittings before purchase).

    Most of the attachments can be positioned in a 180° (22.5° steps) and clamped firmly in place to avoid any inaccuracy. The corded multi-tool powers a 220W motor without the fuss of batteries running out or dropping in power. The lightweight, slimline body is finished with durable rubber which offers
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  8. October 18, 2019

    Proudly Sponsoring UWR F3 Cup Team & Formula Student Car



    We’re very excited and proud new sponsors of the University of Wolverhampton’s F3 Cup Team and Formula Student Car with our ROC Cases.

    We are the exclusive Flight Case sponsors of the UWR team and we have our ROC Cases logo featured on the wings of the F3 race car which looks great, giving our ROC Cases brand the coverage it deserves on qualifying and race days. It’s fantastic for us to be supporting such an incredible and skilful group of Engineers who can apply both theory and practice in the industry. Good luck to the team on the track as they strive for glory, from the driver, Shane Kelly, through to all of the team in the pits and beyond.

    About University of Wolverhampton Race (UWR) Team

    This race team run professionally by our engineering students is part of the University’s commitment to producing graduates who can apply both theory and practice in the industry. After the success of
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  9. October 16, 2019

    Our Ultrasonic Cleaner Features on BBC1’s The Repair Show



    As seen on Episode 24, Series 4 of The Repair Shop - Music box maestro, Stephen Kember is on hand to welcome an unusual item into the barn: a wooden bench from Switzerland, with two carved bears, proudly standing sentinel on either side of a seat that plays a tune when sat upon.

    Our Ultrasonic Cleaner features in this episode to clean the musical mechanism (called the Guvnor) which helps regulate the speed the mechanism turns. Stephen says; “This is a lovely and gentle way of shaking all of the debris out of the Guvnor and all of the congealed oil out of the bearings. It will do a lovely job and there will be no abrasion, no risk from cleaning of scrubbing, it’s just going to do its job.” As the musical mechanism is then taken out after the cleaning cycle has finished, Stephen says; “We’ve got a beautifully sparkly clean Guvnor…
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  10. October 14, 2019

    A Night of Mini-golf & Food ‘fore’ Team Bonding



    The Allendale Group team enjoyed a night of fun (and slightly competitive) mini-golf, with a great meal at Firejacks once everyone had finished on the course, followed by more tasty courses at the restaurant. There were quite a few hole-in-ones but it was our IT Director, Scott, that took the crown this time around with a score of 43.

    It was a great evening enjoyed by all and it was a good opportunity for everyone to meet and get to know our new Technical Product Specialist, Phil Cadman, a little more as well. Phil was at Bowers Group for 16 years and brings a wealth of Metrology knowledge with him to the Allendale Group & Machine DRO, we’re looking forward to what the future has in store with Phil onboard.
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