The Abbey Group – CONTINUING INVESTMENTS

Our continuing Capital Investment program, which sees us re-investing in the business year on year, includes the following plant and equipment, focused initially on expanding the offering from our powder coating facility.
Future investment plans:

We have further plans for the future and we are actively working with a number of manufacturers towards our next big investment. By the end of Q1 2017 we will have a new 6 kw Fibre Laser with a 4M X 2M cutting bed. Further updates will be given when the new machine is commissioned.

The Abbey Group has already completed a number of investments, including:
Two new spray wash plants to provide a chemical clean and a stronger paint bond to any substrate that we coat. With this process the chance of small pockets of uncleaned material or small blemishes on the finished coat are greatly reduced.
Two new state of the art Gema powder coat guns. These allow us to coat all parts more evenly and reduce our waste through overspray. This investment has the added benefit of improving our environmental performance as well as our overall paint quality.
A new 8 metre X 3.5 metre X 2.5 metre box oven. This is one of the biggest ovens of its kind in the North West of England and enhances our production capacity, as it is additional to our inline powder coat oven. This new facility allows us to coat large items ‘offline’ while continuing to paint small parts on our continuous powder coating line.
A new self-contained shot-blast facility using chilled iron shot to produce a fantastic paint key for heavier duty products and allowing us to provide a new lease of life to any rusty parts sent to us for refurbishment. The shot blast preparation is the perfect key for our Extreme Paint, a powder coating finish which offers extended lifetime in outdoor use.
A brand new fleet of Fork Lift Trucks to improve our material handling capabilities.
An 18 Tonne delivery vehicle to improve our delivery capabilities and lead times, which we have added to our existing fleet
Continual investment in our Machine Shop, from small equipment such as drills and grinders, through to fully automated bar-fed HAAS CNC Turning Centres and HAAS Vertical Machining Centres.
A 4 metre Amada Pressbrake, enhancing our folding capabilities, as an addition to our existing Amada 1 metre and 3 metre Pressbrakes.
CAD / CAM Software. We have continued to invest in software that enhances our production capabilities, including Autocad & Solidworks, Amada bend development Software for our pressbrakes, and an improved CAD / CAM package for our Bystronic lasers. We are committed to continuing investment in this area, and we are in the process of further software evaluation.
A secure, offsite, IT system backup facility which backs up all of our business data on a quarter-hourly basis. This is independently provided with regular tests taking place to ensure that our data can be restored quickly and accurately. In the unlikely event of a total site data outage, we have the ability to run remotely with our IT and telephone systems working as if we were still in the factory! This data resilience is critical for some of our more demanding customers, but is not exclusive, it applies to all.
All of this investment has a cost, but we haven’t been cavalier with our investment plans. Much of what we have done has been self-funding as a result of us buying better, researching service provisions and getting cost savings back in to the business.

 

 

 

The Abbey Group – DELIVERY

We are now beginning to fully reap the benefits of our investment in a full MRP system, Aventa, which meets Aerospace and Nuclear standards. This system was installed 2 years ago and we have been learning about its capabilities ever since. We are using the data generated within the system to make better, more informed decisions about our lead times and manufacturing capabilities, and we are improving our internal reporting on a weekly basis.
To ensure that we have a keen focus on meeting our promised delivery dates, we have now assigned an External Sales Account Manager, Internal Sales Account Manager and a Production Management representative to every customer. From the data contained in our MRP system, there is a daily review meeting for each of the teams to check on progress of all orders. By using this centralised data, linked to live job cards on the shop floor, we are able to accurately track the progress of all orders at all times.
We are fully committed to improving our quality, delivery and service to all of our customers and welcome feedback, good or bad, as this helps us on our journey to providing every customer with what they want.

 

 

 

The Abbey Group – QUALITY

From your first contact with The Abbey Group, you can be assured that our systems and processes are geared up to providing you with Quality Assured Products which conform with your requirements. We have recently promoted from within and have a dedicated Quality Manager, Dave Colburn, who is a qualified RWC (Responsible Welding Coordinator), and is responsible for managing our ISO 9001 Quality Assurance system and our BS EN 1090 CE Marked, structural steel production to Execution Class 2.
To improve our internal processes on quality, we have fully reviewed all of our shop floor based inspection methods and, within the last 3 months, have put new Control Plans in to operation on each and every workstation. The result of the control plans is that we are confident that we will capture any issues on our shop floor, preventing non-conforming parts getting to our customers. This also aids the learning process for our Operators, as people have more responsibility and accountability, and we are seeing an improvement in every department as people strive to ensure that they are making product right first time.

 

 

 

The Abbey Group – ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE

2016 has been a challenging yet exciting year for The Abbey Group, as we continue with our Capital Investment Programme and Operational Improvements throughout the business.
We have very recently streamlined and reorganised our Sales and Manufacturing teams with the sole purpose of providing a better service to our customers. As a result of our recent changes, we have a more cohesive and focused team who are all pulling in the same direction to provide excellent customer service. Our full organisation chart is attached to this document showing all key personnel within the business.
As a diverse business with a wide offering to a number of industries and sectors, we recognise that serving all customers is a challenge. To ensure that we retain full focus on all aspects of our business we have split the business into distinct Value Streams. Each value stream team holds full responsibility and accountability, meaning that they are empowered to make business decisions on spending, investment, materials and personnel to ensure that their value stream performs.

 

 

 

Powdercoat RAL colour chart

ColourID Hex Value Ral Number Description
1 #BEBD7F RAL 1000 Green beige
2 #C2B078 RAL 1001 Beige
3 #C6A664 RAL 1002 Sand yellow
4 #E5BE01 RAL 1003 Signal yellow
5 #CDA434 RAL 1004 Golden yellow
6 #A98307 RAL 1005 Honey yellow
7 #E4A010 RAL 1006 Maize yellow
8 #DC9D00 RAL 1007 Daffodil yellow
9 #8A6642 RAL 1011 Brown beige
10 #C7B446 RAL 1012 Lemon yellow
11 #EAE6CA RAL 1013 Oyster white
12 #E1CC4F RAL 1014 Ivory
13 #E6D690 RAL 1015 Light ivory
14 #EDFF21 RAL 1016 Sulfur yellow
15 #F5D033 RAL 1017 Saffron yellow
16 #F8F32B RAL 1018 Zinc yellow
17 #9E9764 RAL 1019 Grey beige
18 #999950 RAL 1020 Olive yellow
19 #F3DA0B RAL 1021 Rape yellow
20 #FAD201 RAL 1023 Traffic yellow
21 #AEA04B RAL 1024 Ochre yellow
22 #FFFF00 RAL 1026 Luminous yellow
23 #9D9101 RAL 1027 Curry
24 #F4A900 RAL 1028 Melon yellow
25 #D6AE01 RAL 1032 Broom yellow
26 #F3A505 RAL 1033 Dahlia yellow
27 #EFA94A RAL 1034 Pastel yellow
28 #6A5D4D RAL 1035 Pearl beige
29 #705335 RAL 1036 Pearl gold
30 #F39F18 RAL 1037 Sun yellow
31 #ED760E RAL 2000 Yellow orange
32 #C93C20 RAL 2001 Red orange
33 #CB2821 RAL 2002 Vermilion
34 #FF7514 RAL 2003 Pastel orange
35 #F44611 RAL 2004 Pure orange
36 #FF2301 RAL 2005 Luminous orange
37 #FFA420 RAL 2007 Luminous bright orange
38 #F75E25 RAL 2008 Bright red orange
39 #F54021 RAL 2009 Traffic orange
40 #D84B20 RAL 2010 Signal orange
41 #EC7C26 RAL 2011 Deep orange
42 #E55137 RAL 2012 Salmon range
43 #C35831 RAL 2013 Pearl orange
44 #AF2B1E RAL 3000 Flame red
45 #A52019 RAL 3001 Signal red
46 #A2231D RAL 3002 Carmine red
47 #9B111E RAL 3003 Ruby red
48 #75151E RAL 3004 Purple red
49 #5E2129 RAL 3005 Wine red
50 #412227 RAL 3007 Black red
51 #642424 RAL 3009 Oxide red
52 #781F19 RAL 3011 Brown red
53 #C1876B RAL 3012 Beige red
54 #A12312 RAL 3013 Tomato red
55 #D36E70 RAL 3014 Antique pink
56 #EA899A RAL 3015 Light pink
57 #B32821 RAL 3016 Coral red
58 #E63244 RAL 3017 Rose
59 #D53032 RAL 3018 Strawberry red
60 #CC0605 RAL 3020 Traffic red
61 #D95030 RAL 3022 Salmon pink
62 #F80000 RAL 3024 Luminous red
63 #FE0000 RAL 3026 Luminous bright red
64 #C51D34 RAL 3027 Raspberry red
65 #CB3234 RAL 3028 Pure red
66 #B32428 RAL 3031 Orient red
67 #721422 RAL 3032 Pearl ruby red
68 #B44C43 RAL 3033 Pearl pink
69 #6D3F5B RAL 4001 Red lilac
70 #922B3E RAL 4002 Red violet
71 #DE4C8A RAL 4003 Heather violet
72 #641C34 RAL 4004 Claret violet
73 #6C4675 RAL 4005 Blue lilac
74 #A03472 RAL 4006 Traffic purple
75 #4A192C RAL 4007 Purple violet
76 #924E7D RAL 4008 Signal violet
77 #A18594 RAL 4009 Pastel violet
78 #CF3476 RAL 4010 Telemagenta
79 #8673A1 RAL 4011 Pearl violet
80 #6C6874 RAL 4012 Pearl black berry
81 #354D73 RAL 5000 Violet blue
82 #1F3438 RAL 5001 Green blue
83 #20214F RAL 5002 Ultramarine blue
84 #1D1E33 RAL 5003 Saphire blue
85 #18171C RAL 5004 Black blue
86 #1E2460 RAL 5005 Signal blue
87 #3E5F8A RAL 5007 Brillant blue
88 #26252D RAL 5008 Grey blue
89 #025669 RAL 5009 Azure blue
90 #0E294B RAL 5010 Gentian blue
91 #231A24 RAL 5011 Steel blue
92 #3B83BD RAL 5012 Light blue
93 #1E213D RAL 5013 Cobalt blue
94 #606E8C RAL 5014 Pigeon blue
95 #2271B3 RAL 5015 Sky blue
96 #063971 RAL 5017 Traffic blue
97 #3F888F RAL 5018 Turquoise blue
98 #1B5583 RAL 5019 Capri blue
99 #1D334A RAL 5020 Ocean blue
100 #256D7B RAL 5021 Water blue
101 #252850 RAL 5022 Night blue
102 #49678D RAL 5023 Distant blue
103 #5D9B9B RAL 5024 Pastel blue
104 #2A6478 RAL 5025 Pearl gentian blue
105 #102C54 RAL 5026 Pearl night blue
106 #316650 RAL 6000 Patina green
107 #287233 RAL 6001 Emerald green
108 #2D572C RAL 6002 Leaf green
109 #424632 RAL 6003 Olive green
110 #1F3A3D RAL 6004 Blue green
111 #2F4538 RAL 6005 Moss green
112 #3E3B32 RAL 6006 Grey olive
113 #343B29 RAL 6007 Bottle green
114 #39352A RAL 6008 Brown green
115 #31372B RAL 6009 Fir green
116 #35682D RAL 6010 Grass green
117 #587246 RAL 6011 Reseda green
118 #343E40 RAL 6012 Black green
119 #6C7156 RAL 6013 Reed green
120 #47402E RAL 6014 Yellow olive
121 #3B3C36 RAL 6015 Black olive
122 #1E5945 RAL 6016 Turquoise green
123 #4C9141 RAL 6017 May green
124 #57A639 RAL 6018 Yellow green
125 #BDECB6 RAL 6019 Pastel green
126 #2E3A23 RAL 6020 Chrome green
127 #89AC76 RAL 6021 Pale green
128 #25221B RAL 6022 Olive drab
129 #308446 RAL 6024 Traffic green
130 #3D642D RAL 6025 Fern green
131 #015D52 RAL 6026 Opal green
132 #84C3BE RAL 6027 Light green
133 #2C5545 RAL 6028 Pine green
134 #20603D RAL 6029 Mint green
135 #317F43 RAL 6032 Signal green
136 #497E76 RAL 6033 Mint turquoise
137 #7FB5B5 RAL 6034 Pastel turquoise
138 #1C542D RAL 6035 Pearl green
139 #193737 RAL 6036 Pearl opal green
140 #008F39 RAL 6037 Pure green
141 #00BB2D RAL 6038 Luminous green
142 #78858B RAL 7000 Squirrel grey
143 #8A9597 RAL 7001 Silver grey
144 #7E7B52 RAL 7002 Olive grey
145 #6C7059 RAL 7003 Moss grey
146 #969992 RAL 7004 Signal grey
147 #646B63 RAL 7005 Mouse grey
148 #6D6552 RAL 7006 Beige grey
149 #6A5F31 RAL 7008 Khaki grey
150 #4D5645 RAL 7009 Green grey
151 #4C514A RAL 7010 Tarpaulin grey
152 #434B4D RAL 7011 Iron grey
153 #4E5754 RAL 7012 Basalt grey
154 #464531 RAL 7013 Brown grey
155 #434750 RAL 7015 Slate grey
156 #293133 RAL 7016 Anthracite grey
157 #23282B RAL 7021 Black grey
158 #332F2C RAL 7022 Umbra grey
159 #686C5E RAL 7023 Concrete grey
160 #474A51 RAL 7024 Graphite grey
161 #2F353B RAL 7026 Granite grey
162 #8B8C7A RAL 7030 Stone grey
163 #474B4E RAL 7031 Blue grey
164 #B8B799 RAL 7032 Pebble grey
165 #7D8471 RAL 7033 Cement grey
166 #8F8B66 RAL 7034 Yellow grey
167 #D7D7D7 RAL 7035 Light grey
168 #7F7679 RAL 7036 Platinum grey
169 #7D7F7D RAL 7037 Dusty grey
170 #B5B8B1 RAL 7038 Agate grey
171 #6C6960 RAL 7039 Quartz grey
172 #9DA1AA RAL 7040 Window grey
173 #8D948D RAL 7042 Traffic grey A
174 #4E5452 RAL 7043 Traffic grey B
175 #CAC4B0 RAL 7044 Silk grey
176 #909090 RAL 7045 Telegrey 1
177 #82898F RAL 7046 Telegrey 2
178 #D0D0D0 RAL 7047 Telegrey 4
179 #898176 RAL 7048 Pearl mouse grey
180 #826C34 RAL 8000 Green brown
181 #955F20 RAL 8001 Ochre brown
182 #6C3B2A RAL 8002 Signal brown
183 #734222 RAL 8003 Clay brown
184 #8E402A RAL 8004 Copper brown
185 #59351F RAL 8007 Fawn brown
186 #6F4F28 RAL 8008 Olive brown
187 #5B3A29 RAL 8011 Nut brown
188 #592321 RAL 8012 Red brown
189 #382C1E RAL 8014 Sepia brown
190 #633A34 RAL 8015 Chestnut brown
191 #4C2F27 RAL 8016 Mahogany brown
192 #45322E RAL 8017 Chocolate brown
193 #403A3A RAL 8019 Grey brown
194 #212121 RAL 8022 Black brown
195 #A65E2E RAL 8023 Orange brown
196 #79553D RAL 8024 Beige brown
197 #755C48 RAL 8025 Pale brown
198 #4E3B31 RAL 8028 Terra brown
199 #763C28 RAL 8029 Pearl copper
200 #FDF4E3 RAL 9001 Cream
201 #E7EBDA RAL 9002 Grey white
202 #F4F4F4 RAL 9003 Signal white
203 #282828 RAL 9004 Signal black
204 #0A0A0A RAL 9005 Jet black
205 #A5A5A5 RAL 9006 White aluminium
206 #8F8F8F RAL 9007 Grey aluminium
207 #FFFFFF RAL 9010 Pure white
208 #1C1C1C RAL 9011 Graphite black
209 #F6F6F6 RAL 9016 Traffic white
210 #1E1E1E RAL 9017 Traffic black
211 #D7D7D7 RAL 9018 Papyrus white
212 #9C9C9C RAL 9022 Pearl light grey
213 #828282 RAL 9023 Pearl dark grey

The Abbey Group wins Manufacturing & Engineering Business of the Year 2015

MIBAwards2015

MIB Awards 2015

The Merseyside Independent Business (MIB) Awards is the only ceremony in the region to celebrate the achievements of independent businesses.

From one man operations to large employers the awards sees businesses from all over the county enter the prestigious awards with 12 categories. An overall winner is also picked to win a business package worth more than £10,000.

The awards are judged independently by two panels made up of key Merseyside stakeholders including Liverpool Vision, Liverpool & Sefton Chamber of Commerce, Liverpool BID Company and more.

The ceremony took place at the Rum Warehouse in Liverpool on Thursday 1st October.

See other category winners here

Recommended Tapping Drill/Hole Sizes

ISO Metric Coarse

Size (mm) Pitch (mm) Drill (mm)
M1 .25 .75
M1.1 .25 .85
M1.2 .25 .95
M1.4 .3 1.1
M1.6 .35 1.25
M1.8 .35 1.45
M2 .4 1.6
M2.2 .45 1.75
M2.5 .45 2.05
M3 .5 2.5
M3.5 .6 2.9
M4 .7 3.3
M4.5 .75 3.75
M5 .8 4.2
M6 1 5
M7 1 6
M8 1.25 6.75
M9 1.25 7.75
M10 1.5 8.5
M11 1.5 9.5
M12 1.75 10.2
M14 2 12
M16 2 14
M18 2.5 15.5
M20 2.5 17.5
M22 2.5 19.5
M24 3 21
M27 3 24
M30 3.5 26.5
M33 3.5 29.5
M36 4 32
M39 4 35
M42 4.5 37.5
M45 4.5 40.5
M48 5 43
M52 5 47
M56 5.5 50.5
M60 5.5 54.5
M64 6 58
M68 6 62
M72 6 66
M76 6 70

UNC

Size No.
or inch
Pitch
TPI
Drill (mm)
#1 64 1.55
#2 56 1.85
#3 48 2.1
#4 40 2.35
#5 40 2.65
#6 32 2.85
#8 32 3.5
#10 24 3.9
#12 24 4.5
1/4 20 5.1
5/16 18 6.6
3/8 16 8
7/16 14 9.4
1/2 13 10.8
9/16 12 12.2
5/8 11 13.5
3/4 10 16.5
7/8 9 19.5
1 8 22.25
1 1/8 7 25
1 1/4 7 28
1 3/8 6 30.75
1 1/2 6 34
1 3/4 5 39.5
2 4.5 45
2 1/4 4.5 51.5
2 1/2 4 57.25
2 3/4 4 63.5
3 4 70

UNF

Size No.
or inch
Pitch
TPI
Drill (mm)
#0 80 1.25
#1 72 1.55
#2 64 1.9
#3 56 2.15
#4 48 2.4
#5 44 2.7
#6 40 2.95
#8 36 3.5
#10 32 4.1
#12 28 4.7
1/4 28 5.5
5/16 24 6.9
3/8 24 8.5
7/16 20 9.9
1/2 20 11.5
9/16 18 12.9
5/8 18 14.5
3/4 16 17.5
7/8 14 20.4
1 12 23.25
1 1/8 12 26.5
1 1/4 12 29.5
1 3/8 12 32.75
1 1/2 12 36

 

ISO Metric Fine

Size (mm) Pitch (mm) Drill (mm)
M2 .25 1.75
M2.2 .25 1.95
M2.3 .25 2.05
M2.5 .35 2.15
M2.6 .35 2.25
M3 .35 2.65
M3.5 .35 3.15
M4 .35 3.65
M4 .5 3.5
M5 .35 4.65
M5 .5 4.5
M5 .75 4.25
M5.5 .5 5
M6 .5 5.5
M6 .75 5.25
M7 .75 6.25
M8 .5 7.5
M8 .75 7.25
M8 1 7
M9 .75 8.25
M9 1 8
M10 .5 9.5
M10 .75 9.25
M10 1 9
M10 1.25 8.75
M11 .75 10.25
M11 1 10
M11 1.25 9.75
M12 .5 11.5
M12 .75 11.25
M12 1 11
M12 1.25 10.75
M12 1.5 10.5
M14 1 13
M14 1.25 12.75
M14 1.5 12.5
M15 .75 14.25
M15 1 14
M15 1.5 13.5
M16 .5 15.5
M16 .75 15.25
M16 1 15
M16 1.25 14.75
M16 1.5 14.5
M17 1 16
M17 1.5 15.5
M18 .75 17.25
M18 1 17
M18 1.25 16.75
M18 1.5 16.5
M18 2 16
M19 1 18
M20 1 19
M20 1.5 18.5
M20 2 18
M22 1 21
M22 1.5 20.5
M22 2 20
M24 1 23
M24 1.5 22.5
M24 2 22
M25 1 24
M25 1.5 23.5
M25 2 23
M27 1 26
M27 1.5 25.5
M27 2 25
M28 1 27
M28 1.5 26.5
M28 2 26
M30 1 29
M30 1.5 28.5
M30 2 28
M30 3 27
M32 1 31
M32 1.5 30.5
M32 2 30
M33 1.5 31.5
M33 2 31
M33 3 30
M35 1.5 33.5
M35 2 33
M35 3 32
M36 1 35
M36 1.5 34.4
M36 2 34
M36 3 33
M38 1 37
M38 1.5 36.5
M38 2 36
M39 1.5 37.5
M39 2 37
M39 3 36
M40 1 39
M40 1.5 38.5
M40 3 37
M42 1.5 40.5
M42 2 40
M42 3 39
M42 4 38
M45 1.5 43.5
M45 2 43
M45 3 42
M48 1.5 46.5
M48 2 46
M48 3 45
M48 4 44
M50 1.5 48.5
M50 2 48
M50 3 47
M52 1.5 50.5
M52 2 50
M52 3 49
M52 4 48
M56 2 54
M56 4 52

*All information is strictly informative

Laser Cutting and Laser Profiling in Liverpool


Laser Cutting using a 4.4kw Bystronic Byspeed 3015

The Abbey Group offer a precision laser cutting service with a maximum cutting size of 3000mm x 1500mm.
Using state of the art software and machinery the Abbey Group can fulfill your Laser Cutting needs all year round.

The Abbey Group can design, draw and Laser Profile new Components in a very short time frame.
The following materials can be processed on our two state of the art flatbed lasers.

  • Mild steel – 0.5mm up to 25mm
  • Stainless steel – 0.5mm up to 20mm
  • Aluminium – 0.5mm up to 12mm
  • Brass – 0.5mm up to 6mm

 

Our head office in Knowsley holds an extensive range of stock in all of the materials listed above. Other materials can be sourced on request (please ask a representative for more details) Free issue cutting is also available if you wish to source your own material. Our customised programming software enables rapid and effective processing of components, enabling the very best utilisation of material. We can work with most file formats including DXF, DWG, IGES & .SLD and can also offer a 3D design service if required.

From one off components to contract stock, together with 24 hour callout service, Abbey are your one stop shop for all your engineering requirements.

Based on Knowsley Industrial Park our 40,000 square foot premises have easy access to motorway links and a freight rail terminal.

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