vehicle washing machines were playing havoc with the warning
beacons mounted on a telecommunication company's giant vehicle
fleet. As well as the £15 replacement for beacons regularly
demolished by the brushes, there was also the lost time
and inconvenience involved in replacing them.
inspirational solution from Lamb Engineering's Technical
Team led to the development of a completely new product
to overcome the problem.
was clear that the way forward on the client's costly dilemma
was a bracket to enable the beacon to flap down out of the
way as soon as it came in contact with the cleaning brushes.
Technical Team recommended updating a simple, proven technique
- the old-fashioned door closure system which relies on
a spung ball bearing recessed into the door frame.
the system for the beacon application, Lamb Engineering
opted for stainless steel as the most suitable material
for the bracket to avoid rusting in the harsh all-weather
environment. It also provided a satisfactorily hard running
surface for the ball bearing.
tests were carried out at the client's premises, a new stainless
steel spring was designed and produced. It provides exactly
the right pressure to hold the bracket up on a windy motorway
but is equally balanced to let the beacon flap back when
pushed by the brushes. The mechanism was fitted to a welded
tubular stainless steel support.
complete the comprehensive service, even the non-standard
sized stainless steel bearings were sourced by Lamb.
then, 75,000 of the specially-adapted brackets have been
manufactured by Lamb Engineering. They are despatched to
the client's centres around the UK along with a fitting
kit, enabling the client to carry out the final task of
making the beacons damage proof.