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Staff Spotlight – Paul Hadfield, Technical Director

Paul Hadfield

What do you do at Abbey? 

I look after three key account customers and provide technical support to the sales and service team mainly on Hand Arm Vibration (HAVs) issues.

How long have you worked at Abbey? 

I started with the company in June 1986, some would say too long..Ha Ha

What is the best advice you have ever received and from whom? 

Best advice was definitely from my parents “Hard work is not effective – where carelessness is.”

What is the best book you’ve ever read? 

Wilbur Smith – The Seventh Scroll

What’s your favourite film? ​ 

The Full Monty

Tell us something most people do not know about you 

I enjoy gardening

What temptation can you not resist? 

Spending time with my granddaughters

What is your most elusive goal? 

Finishing my family tree

Where is the one place you’d like to visit before you die – and why? 

Iceland to see the Geysers and Northern Lights

Which tool would you want with you if you were stranded on a desert island – and why? 

Swiss army knife – it has so many uses

If you could be someone else for a day, who would you be and why? 

My great grandfather Charles, to understand why he returned from America after emigrating in the 1850`s


If you invite any 5 people to a dinner party living or dead who they be and why? 

Peter Kay, Barack Obama, Al Murray, Alf Garnet and Mohamed Ali – Lively, comical and interesting conversation to say the least!

Describe yourself in one sentence 

Approachable, helpful and a good listener

Why are you good at your job? 

My experience and good people skills

If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be? 

An owl

Do you prefer cities or the countryside?

Countryside for relaxation

Describe your perfect night out 

Nice meal, nice wine and good company

What would be your perfect holiday? 

All inclusive, hot and sunny

Sum up Abbey in one sentence

A growing innovative company with good foundations, great people and a vision for the future.

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Product Spotlight – Atlas Copco LSV39 Grinder

Atlas Copco LSV39 grinder image

Introducing the brand new Atlas Copco LSV39 grinder, the tool of choice for material removal.  Whether it’s rough grinding, de-burring or sanding in cramped and narrow spaces then this is the perfect tool.

It’s pitched to be the most powerful vane grinder of its size on the market.  With its impressive 1800 kW output it increases productivity by up to 20% over its predecessor the LSV38.

This state-of-the-art material removal tool will significant shorten production processes and provides a host of other benefits:

Extended service life

Designed with longevity in mind the LSV39 is practically maintenance free, providing years of exceptional function.  The service schedule is kept to a minimum, just a grease change every 1,000 hours of use will guarantee 2,500 hrs service life.  Long service intervals are as standard thanks to the sealed angle heads on all of 39 series grinders and sanders.

Greater power – greater productivity

The aesthetics of the LSV39 are cutting-edge with a new ergonomic trigger that provides comfortable handling and reduces total grip size. It’s top of its class too and provides 50% higher output than other grinders on the market.  Productivity can be improved by as much as 20%, providing increased power, which in turn provides faster material removal and improved productivity for your workforce.

Enjoy consistent performance thanks to the new air motor technology, even if it’s connected to a long hose. It gives off 1.8kw output with a 3 metre hose attached, so it gives an impressive output, enabling users to accomplish the trickiest of jobs in the most cramped conditions.

Ergonomic styling – less strain on the operator

The design of the new LRV39 has comfort in mind, textured non-slip grips make the tool comfortable to hold for the duration of the job and standardised Autobalancers on the grinder help to reduce operator stress and fatigue.

Not compromising on power or comfort the LSV39 enables customers to become more productive than ever before.

We have a complementary fit with a partner product too, the Atlas Copco LSV39 integrates nicely with the Pferd CC Grind Solid, which increases production and reduces vibration – the combination is truly fantastic and definitely worth a try!

If you are interested in a free trial of the Atlas Copco LSV39 grinder then please contact us to arrange a demo.

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Product Spotlight – Atlas Copco PF6000

atlas copco pf6000

Introducing a revolution in fastening solutions from Atlas Copco.  This new technology takes productivity, ergonomics, quality and environmental impact to a whole new level.   And all this with the most user-friendly experience ever. Enjoy the benefits of a system providing a unique operator experience, with superior quality control and the most flexible integration. The Power Focus 6000 and Tensor STR is the perfect option for your safety critical assembly processes!

Multi tool controller

The Power Focus 6000 increases your flexibility in rebalancing assembly lines. Now you are able to connect up to six tools to the same controller. Giving you a simpler installation with less cables, hardware components and network drops. Add to that the lower power consumption, less floor space utilisation and a much lower environmental footprint.

Common controller

Benefit from one platform for handheld and fixtured tools. The Power Focus 6000 reduces your inventory costs and training requirements. It’s easy to connect and has configure back up tools, using the same programming interface, becoming your common controller for all tooling requirements.

IAM – Intelligent application module

Software, tightening data and configuration – carry all important information with you in a future proof portable module. Easy to upgrade and stable with a rapid back-up function. Two software areas allow for smart software management. Allowing a much safer upgrade process, always giving the possibility to switch between two software versions.

For a competitive quote on the new Atlas Copco PF6000 fastening solution please call 01924 224240 or email

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Tool servicing – Why it’s important to your business

tool servicing

Here’s a commonplace scenario for many businesses, you purchase tools for important jobs and need them to be working consistently, but the question may be raised around the necessity of tool servicing and regular maintenance and if the extra cost is justifiable and you can just ‘get by’.

It’s a fact that broken tools result in downtime, which can affect your productivity, your relationships with your customers, compliance and even your staff morale.  So how can something like a comprehensive service package for your mission critical tooling equipment benefit your business.

Legal requirements

The main driver around tool safety is legal regulations, ensuring your business remains compliant with all the relevant legislation and fully complaint with the leading industry bodies is imperative.

The PUWER Regulations of 1998 are an important element to workplace safety, under regulation 4 it stipulates that “equipment should be suitable for the job.”  And, regulation 5, which focuses on maintenance goes on to state that “every employer shall ensure that work equipment is maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair.”

In order to remain complaint with these regulations you need to have a structured process in place for regularly maintaining and servicing your tools and equipment.

Prevent accidents

An employer has a duty of care to ensure a safe working environment and that any equipment used within their job role is safe and fully operational.  This is reflected under the Health & Safety at Work Act 1972 section 2 that highlights “Without risk to health so far as reasonably practicable.”

By regularly servicing your tools any potential issue can be identified and promptly resolved, this minimises the risks of any accident due to tools being faulty.

Improve productivity

Regular servicing of tools means any potential issues can often be avoided and if a fault does occur then swap out tools mean minimum downtime, so your staff can keep working, leading to a productive and efficient workforce across the year, keeping your essential projects on track and your customers happy.

Reduce vibration

Hand-arm vibration (HAVs) is vibration transmitted from work processes into workers’ hands and arms. It can be caused by operating hand-held power tools, such as road breakers, and hand-guided equipment, such as powered lawnmowers, or by holding materials being processed by machines, such as pedestal grinders.

If tools are not properly maintained, then vibration levels could exceed those approved and the employer could risk breaching Health & Safety regulations which pose massive fines and your staff could be left with a debilitating disability, which could have easily been avoided.

From a compliance perspective the Control of Vibration at Work 2005 Regulations focus specifically on reduced exposure times to vibrations and ensuring the levels of exposure are acceptable.  Regular tool servicing ensures that your tools are not exceeding these levels and remain safe for your company and your workers.

Cost efficiency

It’s simply not a cost effective business model to replace tools as they break and in many cases proves costlier in the long run. If you take the analogy of car servicing, when purchasing a new car, you maintain regular service schedules, this ensures your vehicle is working efficiently and any problems are addressed, there is also the need to adhere to manufacturer recommendations to keep the warranty valid. The same principle applies for your tooling.

Increased lifespan

By having your tools regularly serviced you will get the best from them and extend their lifespan and they are likely to last longer than if there was no service plan in place.  Exact tool servicing depends on specific manufacturer requirements and the shift patterns and workloads the tool is used for.

Whatever your requirement, Abbey has a range of bespoke servicing and preventive maintenance packages to suit all businesses that provide complete traceability, accountability and compliance.

To learn more about our comprehensive tool servicing packages click here.

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Top 5 tools for your Christmas list

As the festive season is upon us, what industrial power tools will make your Christmas list.  We’ve reviewed some of the most innovative and dynamic power tools currently on the market from our partner Atlas Copco and here’s what makes our final cut.

GTG25 5” Grinder 

The GTG25 grinder provides outstanding turbine technology to boost productivity, speeding up turnaround times on vital jobs.  This grinder offers outstanding efficiency over a traditional vane grinder motor and the total air consgrinderumption is significantly lower.

With this state-of-the-art turbine grinder, you get an extremely high rate of material removal on the roughest of surfaces. A speed governor ensures optimum process speed and results in reduced process time, making your workforce more productive and efficient.

Power Focus PF6000

This all new fastening solution takes productivity, ergonomics, quality output and environmental impact to a whole new level.

For safety critical assembly processes the Power Focus 6000 offers superior quality control and flexibpower-focusle integration with the ability to connect up to six tools to the same controller.  Benefit from a simple solution which means less vibrations and no more network drops.  Enjoy lower power consumption, less floor space utilisation and a much lower environmental footprint, the list of benefits really does go on and on with this great product.

LZL05 Air Motor

If you need a powerful performer in a tough environment, then a stainless steel air motor could be the answer.  A strong air-motorproduct that offers efficiency, reliability and longevity. So if your work involves strict hygiene requirements, hazardous or corrosive environments, heat, vibration or knocks, then rest assured these pose no problems for these hard-working motors.

The new LZL models are lubrication free, ensuring a cleaner working environment. Simple to service, and highly reliable, they are an excellent solution for precise mixing of chemicals, pharmaceuticals and paint. They are also a light, efficient power source for general applications.

MultiFlex Swivel Multi-Directional Connector

If you are working with pneumatic assembly tools in cramped and awkward spaces or with heavy material removal tools, then we have a solution. Atlas Copco grinders and sanders are the lightest, most powerful on the market today. But to give optimum performance, they need large-dimension air hoses. As the day goes on, the hose seems to get heavier, but a MultiFlex connector can address these issues, making your workforce much more productive.

The MultiFlex swivel is an ingenious multi-directional connector. Connect your tool and the hose will stay in the ideal position, however much you and the tool move around. The MultiFlex bends in all directions while the hose stays straight. It takes the effort out of working in those cramped spaces. What’s more, the hose feels almost weightless. Combining ergonomic thinking and ingenious design this is an essential for your power tools list.

Tool Positioning System – SMC POSI LA

Put your operation on the path to zero-fault assembly! A Tool Positioning System (TPS), provides operator guidance for tool-positionerassembly operations using hand-held tools across a wide range of applications. The TPS works with an Atlas Copco torque arm and the tool controller to ensure that the joints are tightened in the correct sequence and position. If the tool is not positioned correctly, it simply won’t operate.

Atlas Copco offer a TPS with SMC carbon arms and 2 encoders to measure the length the arm travels and the angle of the arm to determine the position of the arm/tool. With this SMC carbon arm it is possible to verify the position due to the length the arm travels together with an encoder that measures the angle of the arm. The length encoder is mounted inside the arm to safe guard that nothing can interfere with the length measurement and the angle encoder is mounted at the top of the arm. The SMC POSI LA can work in both horizontal and vertical positions and be roof or wall mounted for ease of use. The accuracy of the encoders is 0.32 mm and the arm together with a TPS controller will control the sequence and position.

So what are you waiting for…. get these tools added to you Christmas list and let’s see if you’ve been naughty or nice this year and Santa brings you everything you’ve asked for.

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Abbey welcomes ATN

Abbey acquiries ATN Tools

Abbey Industrial Solutions is pleased to announce the acquisition of Preston-based industrial tool company, ATN Tools.

The move forms part of Abbey’s strategy to significantly grow its presence in the North West, and will see businesses in the region benefit from an expanded tooling range and service offering.  The acquisition takes Abbey’s turnover to in excess of £5M with the business employing 40 staff and are now undergoing a recruitment drive to grow the business even further.

Both ATN and Abbey will complement one another as they cross sell products and services to the other’s customer bases, and from October 2016, ATN will rebrand as Abbey.

The acquisition marks a period of growth for Abbey and will enable ATN’s clients to benefit from the high level of resources the business has invested in over recent years.  Such as a state-of-the-art service centre, ensuring high quality tool repair with fast turnaround times, strong back office infrastructure and wide choice through their best-of-breed manufacturer partnerships.

Chris Stead, Managing Director of Abbey, is delighted with the deal. He said: “I’m over the moon, with plenty of synergy between the two businesses they were a natural fit for us.  What attracted us to ATN was their extremely innovative approach and strong product range.  They have built an excellent reputation in the market and this acquisition provides diversification for our business and helps us to continue to build on our knowledge base.  We are looking forward to combining the best of both companies to offer customers more choice and an all round better experience.”

Stephen Robinson of ATN Tools commented: “This acquisition offers huge potential for ATN to continue to grow and develop as part of a much larger business. We’re looking forward to working with Abbey and continuing to offer businesses in the North West best-in-class industrial power tool solutions.”

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Abbey rebrands & launches new website

Abbey launches new website

Abbey are pleased to announce the launch of refreshed branding and a revised online presence with a new website.

New Abbey website

The update takes the existing branding and logo and gives it a refreshed, clean and modern new look. The new logo and new design have been rolled out across the website, offline collateral and social media collateral for consistency across the business.


A key advantage of this branding update is that we have aligned the colour scheme across our four key business areas – industrial sales, service and repair, health & safety guidance and technical support.

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Product Spotlight: New GTG25 Grinder


Atlas Copco launch new GTG25 Grinder

Press the throttle and experience the immense power of turbine technology. With 2.5 kW of raw power in a 2.1 kg tool, you’ll get the job done quicker than ever before.



The turbine motor is more efficient than a conventional vane grinder motor, therefore it takes less time to do the same job. Also the total air consumption will be significantly lower for a specific job.

With the state-of-the-art GTG25 turbine grinder you get an extremely high rate of material removal on the roughest surfaces. A speed governor ensures optimum process speed and process time is cut to a minimum.

Ergonomic in every sense
The impressively high power-to-weight ratio will not only make your job much easier, it will also boost your productivity. With its amazing power-to-weight ratio, ergonomic angled throttle handle, and the autobalancer to minimize vibrations, the GTG25 effectively reduces strain on the operator.

Your safety, our priority
The GTG25 is equipped with an overspeed shut of device. The adjustable and durable wheel guard ensures maximum operator safety. A dual acting security mechanism is incorporated in the throttle handle to avoid unintentional starts.

Features & benefits

  • Great power to weight
  • 2.5 kW spindle power – 2,5 kW at 32 l/s
  • Energy efficient turbine motor
  • Speed governor for optimal performance
  • Auto Balancer for reduced vibrations
  • Low noise
  • Overspeed shut-off for increased safety
  • Spindle lock and adjustable wheelguard
  • Modular internal components – Easy to service

More efficient than a conventional vane grinder motor, the 2 stage turbine motor in the GTG25 provides an extremely high efficiency leading to great rate of material removal. When it comes to power, performance and operator comfort, the GTG25 is in a class of its own.

Contact us today to arrange a demo and obtain the latest pricing.

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Abbey drives growth with new recruits


Abbey, a leading provider of industrial power tools, has made another appointment to the sales team. The new recruit will build upon Abbey’s strong reputation in service and delivery, to explore additional streams of revenue and build upon existing relationships with customers to drive growth.

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Abbey directors celebrate 30 years

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2016 has marked a pivotal year for Chris Stead, Managing Director and Paul Hadfield, Technical Director. Serving the company for 30 years they decided to celebrate this benchmark and invite staff to a team building day at Hazlewood Castle.

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