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Steel Fabrication for Paignton Zoo

March 16th, 2015

RB Engineering received a new project request for steel fabrication at Paignton Zoo.  The Zoo had designed a background theme for their latest feature Wetlands that was due to open in the summertime.   This gave the team at RB Engineering a month to complete the project.

Paignton Zoo had prepared the design in an art package file which had to be converted to work in the water jet cutting software.   Several meetings were held between the Zoo and RB Engineering to discuss the changes that were required before work could commence.  Health and safety issues were also discussed including the rounding off the sharp points that showed in the original design to make the sculpture safe.

The client also specified that they would like to have the sculpture made with mild steel as this would give a rustic look to the piece.

Drawings were then made for the project and once they were accepted by the client an order was placed for the material.  Once the material had arrived it was loaded into the water jet and cut to the required size.

The client visited RB Engineering to discuss how much roll was required on the plate.  The end result had to be that the sculpture would stand on its own without wobbling.  The plate was then rolled to specification.

On completion of the project the sculpture was then delivered to the site and placed in concrete by staff at the Zoo.  The steel fabrication for Paignton Zoo was a success and the client and designers were extremely happy with the end result.

You can check out the work for yourself as the sculpture still stands at the entry to the Wetlands feature at Paignton Zoo.

Steel Fabrication Paignton Zoo

Steel Fabrication Paignton Zoo

Steel Fabrication Paignton Zoo

Steel Fabrication Paignton Zoo Wetlands Project

Steel Fabrication and Maintenance Work

February 16th, 2015

Steel Fabrication and Maintenance Work

RB Engineering are experienced in all types of Steel Fabrication and Maintenance Work.  Projects such as Roll Cages, Stainless Steel Storage Tanks, Mezzanine Floors, Stainless Steel buildings and staircases, are just some of the projects that the company has worked on.

When a client contacted RB Engineering for help with rusted trunking the work was carried out to a high standard and the client had more than one problem solved.

The hot air trunking from the furnace to a crushing machine had rusted due to condensation that was caused by constant hot and cold temperatures through the trunking.  It was obvious that the trunking would need to be replaced with a material that could cope with the constant change in temperature.  The materials used were 6mm thick mild steel to handle the heat and chromium content to help alleviate the condensation and prevent corrosion within the pipes.

Drawings were taken onsite and then a CAD model was made and put into our duct forming software which unfolds the drawing into a flat pattern that the water jet can follow to profile the necessary parts.   MAG welding was used on this project to produce the required product for the client.  All of the drawings for this Steel Fabrication and Maintenance work were filed for future reference.

The installation was completed on the client premises at an arranged date, and although the work had taken time to complete because of the complexity of the drawings the client was more than happy with the product.

Hot Air Trunking Repair

Hot Air Trunking Repair

Hot Air Trunking Repair

Hot Air Trunking Repair

The expertise and skill of Steel Fabrication and Maintenance Work offered by RB Engineering helped to provide a first class, longer lasting product for the client.

Roll Cage Manufacture and Design

February 9th, 2015

Roll Cage Manufacture and Design

As a bespoke manufacturer RB Engineering are involved in many different types of projects including roll cage manufacture.   This type of project requires specialist skills in the design, welding and the construction of the roll cage.

When an email arrived at the office with a request for a certified roll cage to be fitted to a 50 series x army dodge pickup, the job was picked up by our experienced engineer.   The work would prove to be relatively straight froward to do as this type of project is common place at RB Engineering. .

Roll Cage Manufacture

Roll Cage before

The customer requested a simple hoop design to fit behind the cab and 2 back stays were also required.  It was important that no space was restricted from the load bed of the vehicle.

The materials used for the project of roll cage manufacture consisted of 90mm of cold drawn seamless tube which was MIG welded to base plates.  All of the welded joints were done to the standard of EN51614-1-2012.  Cross members were designed to go across the vehicles chassis to allow the roll cage to be bolted on.

Once the vehicle had arrived in the workshop, the chassis cross members and attachment plates were mounted.  A CAD drawing was then produced for the tube bending layout and the programme was put into the tube bender machine.

2 back stays were then cut and the tube was then notched to the correct radius.   Using a MAGS welder the stays were then welded to the hoop and the attachment plates were welded to the bottom of the back stays.

Roll Cage Manufacture

Roll Cage After

On completing the work the roll cage was duly rubbed down and primed with etch primer then painted with 2 coats of black top coat

A full inspection was carried out on the roll cage before the vehicle was returned to the customer.

This roll cage manufacture project is just one of the many various project services that RB Engineering provide for their customers.

If you need a high quality roll cage, get in touch!


Roll Cage Fabrication

Roll Cage Fitted

Roll Cage Fitting

Roll Cage Design