SPP Pumps requires the highest standards of manufacturing excellence from its facilities around the world. This is crucial to the on-going growth and development of the company. At the main manufacturing facility located in the UK, SPP Pumps set the highest standards attainable in the industry for quality and reliability.
|Main manufacturing facility located in Coleford,
SPP Pumps distinguishes its product split between pre-engineered standard products and fully customised equipment engineered and packaged to order. The extensive manufacturing and testing capabilities reflect this wide and diverse product range.
Manufacturing Planning System
To ensure efficient use of production resources, an MRPII manufacturing planning system is utilised. Assembly areas are segregated into the main product groups; standard pumps, industrial fire pumps, contractors pumps and engineered products. The machine shop is planned in cell layout with individual cells specialising in types, or ranges of components. CNC machines are linked by a DNC system allowing programming to be carried out on the machine or offline.
Lean manufacturing principles ensure that SPP Pumps are always focused on continuous improvement to support their 'Right First Time' philosophy. Customers are always welcome to visit the facility, either during manufacturing or when equipment is on test.
Testing, including witness testing, of all SPP's range of pumps is performed at SPP's own extensive in-house test facility. The main test area has a 1.4 million litre test tank with a depth of 6 metres. It can test pressures up to 50 bar, flows up to 2000 l/s and powers up to 800kW at 6.6kV, 400kW at 415V and 400kW at 60Hz. Generators can be used for higher powers or voltages.
SPP are planning an exciting new development at their manufacturing site to increase the build and test facilities to cater for both the growth of the business and also the increase in size and weight of the product. SPP’s current test pit is 6m deep and has cranes with a maximum lift of 20 tonnes and a headroom of approximately 20m. Within the new development this will increase the pit depth to 12m, provide cranes with a maximum lift capacity of 60 tonnes and headroom of 35m respectively. This new development will bring great benefits to SPP, not only with the additional size and lifting capabilities but most importantly will reduce health and safety risks caused by congestion and inadequate lifting facilities. In addition, noisy engines on test will be able to be isolated more easily therefore reducing the need for ear protection.
Work on the new development will begin late 2014.