Willie Scott

History of Automated Assembly

The history of automation in the manufacturing industry can be traced back to the early use of basic pneumatic and hydraulic systems, up to the modern robots used by industry today. Many operations in the manufacturing industry have become automated, increasing production at the expense of labor.

The Jersey Central Drawbridge Disaster

On 15th September 1958, the commuter train carrying passengers from Bay Head to Jersey Central met with a fatal accident. The engineer ignored three warning lights and both train locomotives tumbled off the end of an open drawbridge, dragging two of their five cars into the waters of Newark Bay.

Vibration Eliminator for Piping

Whether installed on a ship, factory, or in the local supermarket, all piping needs to well supported and vibration free. Pipe supports can incorporate springs to reduce vibration, however there are numerous other designs of specific vibration eliminators that can be fitted to the pipework.

The Warble Narrowboat

Warble Narrowboats was a highly regarded canal boat building company that carried out construction to their own designs at their boatyard in Hyde, England. They were renowned for their steel hulled boats that were specifically designed for waterways and canals. They ceased trading in 2004.

What are Gimbals? What is a Gimbal Bearing?

Gimbals and gimbal bearings are extensively used in components that are required to stay stable in unsteady conditions. These range from use in the NASA spacecraft engine gimbals, to shipboard applications such as the gyro compass and chronometers compensating for pitch, roll and yaw conditions.

Decarbonization of Engines

Decarbonization of aux engines such as power generators aboard ships is a part of routine engine maintenance. It involves the removal of the cylinder heads and valve gear, pistons and rings, allowing the inspection of the liner and removal of the accumulation of carbon from these components.

The Sinking of the OBO Carrier MV Derbyshire

MV Derbyshire was built at Swan Hunters Yard at Wallsend on the River Tees in 1976, being originally named MV Liverpool Bridge. She was the last of six oil, bulk, ore (OBO) carriers built for the Bibby Line. She was lost in the South China Sea in 1980 during a typhoon, going down with all hands.