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IN TOUCH WITH TUBE
  Welcome to this edition of In Touch with Tube, the news bulletin which brings you information about new developments at Top Tubes and in steel tube technology   In this edition:
• Our continuing investment »
• Our new Health and Safety man »
• Celebrating our 25th anniversary »
 
 
  £1.5m plus investment keeps Top Tubes on top  
 

“Our mission has always been to be at the forefront of the tube industry” says MD Adam Bradley, “and our latest investment programme very definitely keeps us there”.

Commissioned in November, our new Trumpf TruLaser Tube 7000 tube laser expands still further Top Tubes’ laser capabilities and capacity. The greater autonomous operation of the Trumpf means there’s less chance of errors and user-friendly controls and electronics make operating and maintenance much simpler.

 
New Trumpf Tube Laser
 

In a departure from standard Top Tubes practice, the new machine delivers power via revolutionary fibre technology, resulting in faster, cleaner cutting. The new machine also offers ‘better quality first time’, avoiding time consuming adjustments.

 
Nitrocube

Feeding the new Trumpf with nitrogen is our next new acquisition, the NitroCube, an ingenious device that takes in compressed air and separates the nitrogen component from the oxygen and other gases and feeds it to the laser processing machines where it produces a cleaner, uncarbonated cut. Although the unit itself required only a simple plug’n play install, the extensive pipework involved took a week to fit.

Three new heavy duty double girder cranes from the Street Crane Company have been installed this month (December). With duty ratings of between M6 and M8, these are the workhorses of our business.

 
 
New Cranes - Crane Assembly
New Cranes - Crane Hoisting

Top: Contractors assembling one of the new cranes on site at Top Tubes prior to being hoisted into position. Above: A crane being hoisted onto its track.

 
 

In addition to the cranes two new ICS chillers have been installed, upgrading our chiller facility. These units chill the coolant, oil and water used in the ERW tube welding process, before it is then recirculated, helping to cut down on precious resources.

 
New Vehicles
 
 

Finally, our transport department has been strengthened by the addition of two new vehicles, both from Renault, an 18 ton GVW curtain sider with sliding roof for loading with overhead crane and an 18 ton GVW flatbed truck. Both have been tailored precisely to Top Tubes’ requirements and include front air suspension, on-board load weighing and all-round cameras to eliminate blind spots and provide easier loading bay positioning.

“Using world class equipment from the likes of Street Crane, ICS and Trumpf, as well as BLM Adige”, says MD Adam Bradley, “has always been Top Tubes policy”. “Quality pays off” he says. “In addition, operating our own purpose-built delivery fleet means we can guarantee our customers reliability as well as quality”.

The current investment is only part of the story. Top Tubes has plans to invest a similar sum in 2020 in further upgrading, plus the digitising of various processes employed in manufacture. “Bold, strategic thinking has got us where we are and it’s what will continue into the future” says Adam.

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Ensuring ‘peak’ health and safety at Top Tubes

David Jones

It might seem ironic that someone concerned with the safety of others lives dangerously in his spare time, but that’s exactly what David Jones (right), Top Tubes’ new Health & Safety Officer, does by pursuing his hobby, mountaineering.

At work, though, David is dedicated to ensuring that Top Tubes’ working environment and procedures are absolutely accident free.

David is superbly qualified to administer our Health & Safety policy, having spent many years as a Health & Safety consultant. “I fervently believe”, he says, “that employees should be aware of all the issues involved and that they have a duty of care to themselves – no-one can be complacent!”. To that end he supervises a continuous mandatory company-wide training programme for all personnel.

“I think it’s a matter of instituting a safety culture in an organisation whereby Health & Safety becomes second nature”, says David.

Factory wide CCTV not only assists with security it is also a useful monitor for risk assessment purposes.

“There’s only one thing we care about more than the quality of our tube and that’s the health and wellbeing of our employees”, says MD Adam Bradley, “and we have every confidence that David’s commitment to his role will ensure that”.

   
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Taking tube further for 25 years

Celebrating our 25 year success story

25 years of continuous growth is something to celebrate, and celebrate it Top Tubes did in no uncertain terms.

Our first event of the year was a theme park day held at Drayton Manor on 6th July. Enjoyed by over 100 personnel and their families, despite the occasional shower or two.

Adam Coley and partner

Laser warehouse man Adam Coley and partner at Stratford Races.

We fared better with the weather for our race day on 7th September. Sunshine and warmth were in abundance at Stratford Race Course on the day and it was thoroughly enjoyed by the 80+ personnel and their families.

The final event for 2019 was the 25th anniversary party held on 19th October at the WS10 Banqueting Suite, Wednesbury, where personnel, their families, customers and suppliers joined Adam and Matt Bradley and their family. Following a delicious fusion meal, party goers danced the night away to live band the Subterraneans plus disco.

Here’s to the next 25 years.

Party goers at our 25th anniversary celebration

Party goers at our 25th anniversary celebration

   
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We thank all of our
customers and
suppliers for their
continued support
and wish all of you

A Happy
Christmas
and a
Prosperous
New Year

Top Tubes closes for the Christmas and New Year break at end of business on Tuesday 24th December and re-opens on Thursday 2nd January 2020.

Happy Christmas

Top Tubes Ltd
2 Smith Road, Wednesbury
West Midlands WS10 0PD, England
Tel: +44 (0)121 506 1080   Fax: +44 (0)121 506 1090
Email: enquiries@toptubes.co.uk

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