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Report - Caparo Part 1 - Atlas Fasteners - Darleston - Feb 2016

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Speed, Feb 21, 2016.

  1. Speed

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    In October 2015 industrial giant Caparo Industries went into administration. Eventually the company and many of its vast fleet of metalworking factories were saved but in this process unfortunately three factories within the group were lost, The three to close were the two Clydesdale Forge sites at Netherton and Hartlepool and this factory, the former Atlas / GKN works at Darleston. I had previously checked out all three with no luck but today i was joined by @clebby to start round two and what do you know this time things had changed!

    The works itself has little architectural merit (although nice GKN stone friezes survive on buildings a little further down that are now owned by a different firm) We did however manage to make it inside just in time to see the factory with nearly all of its original equipment still in situe. There were so many items of great, mainly british made, machinery in here i just didn't know where to point the camera next!

    I think i will let the photos do the talking with this one other than to say if you wish to look be quick, viewing for the site auction is on Tuesday and by the 2nd March nearly everything on site will be sold.

    Boltmakers - The first area i looked at and the start of the process. I won't pretend to be an expert on the manufacture of bolts but i believe these machines take the large coils of bar and forge them into what we would recognise as a fastener. Not only was the factory flooded with large equipment we also started to notice smaller interesting details like the 'night watchman lighting'

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    Thread Rolling and Finishing - Moving across the site there was an area devoted to 'finishing' which seemed to consist of various miscellaneous machines, some that i recognised some that i didn't. There was also some large thread rolling equipment that obviously would have put the threads on...​

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  2. Speed

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    Heat Treatment - After the fasteners are formed they must be heat treated to remove stresses and ensure the correct strength and hardness. Three large tunnel furnaces and a pair of washes made up the majority of the heat treatment area. It appeared at some point to have been larger and part almost looked as if it had been on fire it was so manky!

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    Stores - There were numerous different stores, spares stores, tooling stores, bar stores, finished product etc etc. Many were very dated and all still fully stocked. I wish i had the time to rummage through every last box or drawer! We also found an area of the site that was barricaded off and appeared to be still operational, we chose not to mess with it.

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    Inspection - With fasteners being a critical part of most engineered products it's no surprise that inspection and testing was all over the place here. Some parts were still locked up others not so.

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    Tool Room - Last off is the toolroom. Just an amazing little collection of machines, many manufactured in the local area. It makes me quite sad that all this lot is due to be split up and sold. They even had it all colour coded.

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    Absolutely mint this one mate, it's a shame everything is going to auction soon. Would have liked to have a look at this but no chance before 2nd March unfortunately.
     
  4. stranton

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    in public? thought best in non public.
     
  5. Ojay

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    NP is fast becoming pointless

    As you were
     
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    ok
     
  7. Speed

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    Nope, in public for sure. For one it will all be gone in two weeks time. For two whenever i post things non-public either no one bothers to go anyway or the tour bus turns up and everyone just spunks it on facebook to try and take the credit. For three i just dont give a damn to be honest.
     
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    He's right, besides all the NP stuff is on Flickr these days anyway :rolleyes:
     
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    Excellent and fascinating report as always!!!! :)
     
  10. Dave W

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    Quality on a stick....
    Sadly I'm unlikely to get there in time :-(

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    This whole "part 1 of 769" thing is really starting to fuck me off now. Can we all just go back to posting normally titled threads?!
     
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    quite nice! :thumb looks like it was ... "down your tools and leave, mates" :(
     
  12. Speed

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    The more people moan... haha
     
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    Looks great, thanks for posting!
     
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    Lots of cool machinery there, this place looks great. Worth the perseverance.
     
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    We had a look in at the site you mentioned near Hartlepool, no luck either...

    Good work here though, looks like a nice wander!

    EDIT - I should add that we checked Hartlepool around 2 month ago mind - Camera City...
     
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