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  1. November 07, 2019

    2 mins with David Turner - Employee Spotlight Questions



    Check out what David, our Advanced Engineering Product Specialist, had answered when we asked him a list of questions about himself for you to get to know him better. This is what was said:

    How long have you been working at the Allendale Group?
    10 Years +

    When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
    Something practical, maybe a Mechanic or Carpenter

    What’s one hobby you’d love to get into?
    I’d like to be able to play the Guitar but struggle to find the time

    What’s your most used emoji?
    Smiley Face

    What’s your favourite sport to watch and which team?
    Rather be playing than watching

    What’s your favourite movie?
    Blues Brothers

    Do you have a hidden talent? What is it?
    Still to find it!

    What’s your guilty pleasure?
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  2. November 01, 2019

    What is a Feeler Gauge used for?



    Feeler Gauges are used to precisely determine the size of small gaps between two objects that are in close proximity and usually consist of several finger-shaped strips of thin metal which vary in thickness (also known as leaves or blades), secured at one end by a pivot pin.

    Metric and imperial versions are available, each individual finger is etched with the thickness of the finger. Multiple thicknesses can be achieved by layering several fingers together to reach the thickness you require. If the gap is larger than the blade, and there is little or no resistance, change to a thicker gauge or add additional blades until the resistance feel is correct.

    Feeler gauges are traditionally used by mechanics for the fine setting or verification of clearances between two parts, such as spark plug gaps, ignition ‘points’ on a petrol engine or engine valve
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  3. 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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  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

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. October 11, 2019

    5 Things you can do with your Bare Conductive Electric Paint (50ml Jar)



    If you’re new to Bare Conductive’s Electric Paint, it’s just like any other water-based paint, except that it conducts electricity and allows you to make your projects interactive. Paint wires or sensors directly onto almost any material around you, including paper, wood, plastic and glass, then watch it come to life. Here are some quick and easy ideas on what you can do with Electric Paint.

    1. Paint a Capacitive Sensor - Turn your simple piece of paper into a capacitive sensor with Bare Conductive Electric Paint. The surface becomes conductive once the paint is applied, so when it’s connected to a small device like the Bare Conductive Touch Board, you can experiment with triggering audio and visuals
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  9. October 11, 2019

    5 Things you can do with your Bare Conductive Electric Paint (50ml Jar)



    If you’re new to Bare Conductive’s Electric Paint, it’s just like any other water-based paint, except that it conducts electricity and allows you to make your projects interactive. Paint wires or sensors directly onto almost any material around you, including paper, wood, plastic and glass, then watch it come to life. Here are some quick and easy ideas on what you can do with Electric Paint.

    1. Paint a Capacitive Sensor - Turn your simple piece of paper into a capacitive sensor with Bare Conductive Electric Paint. The surface becomes conductive once the paint is applied, so when it’s connected to a small device like the Bare Conductive Touch Board, you can experiment with triggering audio and visuals
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  10. October 08, 2019

    Editorial in the Machinery World Magazine for our DRO’s & Encoders



    Catch Machine DRO in the latest edition of the Manufacturing Machinery World magazine this month and read an interesting editorial on our DRO's & Encoders on page 25. It’s a great read with an overview of selected products we offer in terms of our digital readouts and encoders from a host of leading brands such as Mitutoyo, Newall and our own popular brand, M-DRO.
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